20 Ways to Make and Use Lemon Curd

Perfect Lemon Curd in a bowl
Photo: Sally

Lemon curd is a lemon lover's dream. Rich and glossy, with a sweet-tangy kick, lemon curd can be used as a zesty filling in so many desserts, including layer cakes, cupcakes, tarts, and cheesecakes. Use it to sandwich together cookies, macarons or meringues, or swirl it into whipped cream for an extra decadent topping. Here we've compiled all of our best recipes using lemon curd, as well as top-rated recipes for lemon curd from scratch.

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Microwave Lemon Curd

Microwave Lemon Curd
Microwave Lemon Curd. Luchi777

Making homemade lemon curd in the microwave turns out to be even easier than making it on the stove! naples34102 says "If I didn't see this for myself I would have never believed it. In two minutes flat (seriously!) I had a beautiful, sweet, tart, fresh homemade lemon curd."

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Lemon Curd Tarts

Lemon Curd Tarts

Making these adorable mini lemon tarts couldn't be simpler, thanks to a few shortcuts including using prepared lemon curd and frozen mini phyllo shells. Decorate with chocolate curls and arrange them on a glass plate, then stand back and watch them disappear!

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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Lemon meringue cheesecake

If you happen to be one of those people who find it hard to choose a favorite between lemon meringue pie and lemon cheesecake -- you're in for a treat with this dessert! The great thing about this recipe is that you can make your own lemon curd filling using the leftover egg yolks from the meringue.

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Chef John's Lighter Lemon Curd

Lighter Lemon Curd
Lighter Lemon Curd. Katie Rogers

Get rave reviews with this lighter lemon curd recipe from Chef John that is smooth and rich with just the right amount of tartness. It's perfect for making in bulk to give away as food gifts to any citrus fans in your life!

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Blueberry Lemon Shortcake

Blueberry Lemon Shortcake
Blueberry Lemon Shortcake. queso144

Strawberry shortcake tastes great but this version with layers of zesty lemon curd and fresh blueberries might become your new favorite pairing! Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh mint leaves for a summer treat!

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Rainbow Citrus Cake

Rainbow Citrus Cake
Rainbow Citrus Cake. Alyanah

Three brightly colored sponge cakes are layered on top of each other with a silky, smooth lemon curd filling in between. The top and sides are frosted with orange buttercream to create a stunning celebration cake.

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Lemon Trifle

Lemon Trifle
Lemon Trifle. Toi

Ladyfingers are soaked in a lemon syrup, then arranged in layers and topped with a tangy homemade lemon curd and sweet vanilla cream. Decorate with toasted sliced almonds or grated white chocolate to make this dessert even more irresistible!

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Perfect Lemon Curd

Perfect Lemon Curd in a bowl

You don't need to look any further for a traditional lemon curd recipe. In fact, this review from SunnyByrd says it all. "I love lemon curd and have never made it at home because I thought it would be too much trouble. Totally easy and came out perfectly -- hence the name, I guess."

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Lemon Curd Bars with Coconut

Lemon Curd Bars with Coconut
Lemon Curd Bars with Coconut. Ethan Rayvasg

A generous layer of lemon curd is spread on top of a buttery cookie base and topped with flaked coconut and toasted almonds to create a cookie bar that will rival all the lemon dessert bar recipes out there!

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Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting

Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting
Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting. Jens Zalzala

Impress family and friends with this vibrant lemon cake. Each layer is sandwiched together with a zesty lemon curd filling, then covered with a rich, velvety lemon buttercream. Make sure you show it off before it's sliced and gone!

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Easy Lemon Curd Pound Cake

Easy Lemon Curd Pound Cake
Easy Lemon Curd Pound Cake. Allrecipes

A few heaped tablespoons of store-bought lemon curd elevates a simple pound cake into a delectable dessert. Cut into thick slices and serve with whipped cream and an extra dollop of lemon curd on the side.

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Lemon Lovers Luscious Cheesecake Pie

A baked lemon cheesecake gets an extra lemony boost when you add a layer of tart lemon curd on top. Serve with whipped cream and garnish with lemon zest to create a dreamy dessert for anyone who loves lemon. Try using ginger or chocolate cookies instead of the graham crackers for a flavor twist.

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Maharani Cupcakes

Maharani Cupcakes
Maharani Cupcakes. Katrina Bergunder

If you're curious to try new flavors, look no further than these exotic coconut cupcakes filled with a sweet curry lemon curd and topped with a basil cream. Sprinkle some silver or gold dragees on top of the finished cupcakes and garnish with basil leaves for a gorgeous presentation.

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Coconut Rum Cake with Lemon Curd and White Chocolate Ganache

With three tiers, a tangy lemon curd filling, rich pastry cream and a luxurious white chocolate ganache -- this cake is impressive! Don't be put off by the different components of the recipe. The lemon curd and coconut pastry cream can be prepared up to three days in advance.

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Dairy Free Lemon Curd

This recipe uses coconut oil instead of butter to create a rich lemon curd without sacrificing the creamy texture. It takes less than 30 minutes hands-on time to make before going into the refrigerator to set.

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Whole Lemon Layer Cake

This easy to assemble cake has a layer of luscious lemon curd which keeps this cake really moist if you need to make it in advance. Top with a cream cheese frosting and decorate with sugared flowers on the day to create a show-stopping dessert!

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Lemon Curd Tassies

These cute little tarts are filled with a zesty homemade lemon curd. They're perfect for a baby shower or party dessert. Garnish each one with a single berry or brighten someone's day and put a cherry on top!

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Coconut and Lemon Cream Pie

Coconut and Lemon Cream Pie by RusticJoyfulfood
Coconut and Lemon Cream Pie. RusticJoyfylFood

Traditional lemon curd gets a makeover in this recipe with the addition of coconut cream. It's well worth making the pastry shell and lemon curd in advance. Try doubling the quantity of meringue and pile it into a pyramid shape on top for extra wow factor!

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Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

a tray of lemon curd thumbprint cookies with lemons in the background

Deliciously delicate shortbread cookies with a lemon curd thumbprint center. These are as yummy to eat as they are pretty to look at!

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Lemon Butter Tarts

Baked tart shells are filled with lemon curd, and topped with meringue to create this retro-style dessert. If you pipe the meringue on top, it helps to secure the lemon filling and makes them look irresistible! Served warm or cold, they're sure to please even those with the sweetest tooth.

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More Lemon Inspiration

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