Whether it's Easter, Passover, a bridal shower or Mother's Day, spring celebrations call for a light and bright dessert.
Fresh fruit is the ideal main ingredient for an occasion like this.
The banana colada cake pictured above is a perfect example. Fresh pineapple rings are quickly caramelized and stacked between layers of banana cake and coconut whipped cream, which is then topped with toasted coconut.
For a less-formal meal, or even a picnic, the Meyer lemon pound cake is a fine choice. Slices of the sweet lemon are briefly poached, then layered in the lemon batter.
You can't go wrong with fresh strawberries this time of year. If you want something lighter than shortcake, try making Pavlovas to show off the fruit. The recipe below was designed for Passover a no-flour dessert but it certainly works for other occasions.
Rice pudding sounds so ordinary, but this pretty dish is eye-catching. Created for the Washington Post, the risotto-style pudding features a fruit sauce.