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12 Contest-Winning Summer Fruit Desserts

Adorn your dessert table this summer with these beautiful desserts that feature fruit. Think mango tiramisu, roasted strawberry cake, blackberry ice cream and more!

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Grand Prize: Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake BarsTaste of Home

Grand Prize: Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars

These cheesecake bars layer a buttery pecan shortbread crust with a rich and creamy filling and sweet-tart strawberry rhubarb jam. For larger squares, cut into nine bars instead of 16. —Amanda Scarlati, Sandy, Utah

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1st Place: Lemon Rhubarb Bundt CakeTaste of Home

1st Place: Lemon Rhubarb Bundt Cake

For a taste of summer, try this dessert. The cake's fresh lemon flavor and tart rhubarb topping are so refreshing. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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2nd Place: Blackberry Daiquiri SherbetTaste of Home

2nd Place: Blackberry Daiquiri Sherbet

The summer I decided to try making sherbet, which is one of my favorites, blackberries were in season in my mom's garden. I love the flavor of daiquiris, and the two blend together beautifully! —Shelly L. Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon

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3rd Place: Lemon Blueberry Whoopie PiesTaste of Home

3rd Place: Lemon Blueberry Whoopie Pies

These whoopie pies are soft, cakey cookies studded with tart, juicy blueberries and filled with tangy cream cheese frosting. I take them to family and school events and they are always the first thing gone! Be sure to continually scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula while making the batter and frosting. —Kathy Martino, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Runner-Up: No-Bake Mango Strawberry CheesecakeTaste of Home

Runner-Up: No-Bake Mango Strawberry Cheesecake

Cheesecake is my mom's favorite dessert. I made this especially for her on Mother's Day to thank her for being such an awesome mom. Decorate to your own taste! —Elizabeth Ding, El Cerrito, California

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Runner-Up: Peach Panna CottaTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Peach Panna Cotta

This no-bake dessert is guaranteed to cool you off in the summer heat. I really enjoy the texture—rich and creamy Panna Cotta balanced by the sweet and pulpy texture of the peach puree. —Andrea Campbell, Los Angeles, California

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Runner-Up: Dirty Banana TrifleTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Dirty Banana Trifle

What could be better than bananas, cookies and Kahlua? You can adjust this to suit your taste, depending on whether you like a stronger or weaker Kahlua flavor. —Laurie Handlin, Ocean View, Delaware

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Runner-Up: No-Churn Blueberry Graham Cracker Ice CreamTaste of Home

Runner-Up: No-Churn Blueberry Graham Cracker Ice Cream

This sweet and creamy no-churn ice cream features a fresh blueberry jam swirl and graham cracker pieces. You can use raspberries in place of the blueberries for a different berry flavor. —Heather King, Frostburg, Maryland

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Runner-Up: Roasted Strawberry Sheet CakeTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Roasted Strawberry Sheet Cake

My Grandma Gigi loved summer berry cakes. Almost any time I’d call her during the warmer months, she’d invite me over to taste her latest masterpiece. This cake is an ode to her. —Kristin Bowers, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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Runner-Up: Mango Glace with Pineapple Pomegranate SalsaTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Mango Glace with Pineapple Pomegranate Salsa

I’d like to say this dish was a brilliant idea that came from expert planning. But the truth is that between the quickly ripening fruit on my counter and the 100-degree heat, it pretty much invented itself! Very ripe fruit eliminates the need for extra sugar. —Jodi Taffel, Altadena, California

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Runner-Up: Lemon Mango KanafehTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Lemon Mango Kanafeh

Several years ago I came upon a little neighborhood restaurant making the most incredible Turkish food I'd ever seen or tasted. I was completely blown away by the dessert and had to learn how to make it. —Jodi Taffel, Altadena, California

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Runner-Up: Mango TiramisuTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Mango Tiramisu

I love tiramisu and I wanted to make one with summer flavors. I swapped the Grand Marnier and Malibu rum for the usual coffee liqueur, giving a tropical twist. —Carla Mendres, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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