PART OF Summer Grilling

30 Best Memorial Day Desserts, Cakes & Treat Ideas

Whether you're having a picnic or a BBQ cookout, here are some ideas for Memorial Day dessert recipes—from cakes to pies to ice creams—that will please a crowd.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

"Not too tart, not too sweet... Absolute perfection. I sprinkled a good bit of coarse sugar on top of the egg-washed crust before baking. I always do this for fruit pies, because it just adds a little crunch to the crust."


Flag Sheetcake

"This is a huge cake, so it's perfect for a crowd. For being so big and decorated, it's actually quite easy to make. Ina Garten can do no wrong, in my book. I used a 'Wilton No. 21 Open Star Tip' to pipe the stars and stripes."


Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Pie

"This is seriously the best summer pie ever! I don't have a kitchen torch, so I used the oven method of browning the meringue. Worked like a charm."


Sky-High Watermelon Cake

"Bring this super fun look-alike cake to a picnic, cookout, or any other summer gathering. Your friends won't believe their eyes when they see this cake's seedy slice and lifelike rind!"

-Milkmoon Kitchen

Pool Party Ice Cream Cake

A pool party with candy, graham crackers, chocolate wafers atop blue waves of icing. And as your fork descends the waters, ice cream!

Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Pie

"It was delicious! I couldn't find blueberry ice cream to save my life, so I turned to trusty and there it was! I used Kim D's Blueberry Ice Cream and it was good. Easy to put together, creamy and delicious!"


Bananas Foster Ice Cream Cake

"Excellent dessert! I simplified it by making the cake in a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish, and mixing the bananas, butter and caramel as recipe instructed. Cutting a slice of cake for each plate, I put a big scoop of softened ice cream, then topped it with the banana mixture, sprinkled on pecans and drizzled the caramel topping on it. Very easy and delicious!"


Red, White & Blue Jell-O Flag

"We had a block party for Memorial Day and I brought this jello dessert. This will be a hit at your next holiday gathering!"


Strawberry Pretzel Salad

"I just made this for our office luncheon today. I had people hunting me down to tell me how much they loved it and ask for the recipe. They couldn't stop raving about it, even hours later!"


Banana Cream Pie

"This is probably the best banana cream pie I've ever had! The cream cheese and pudding layers go so well with the bananas and the pecan crust is perfect."


Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

"This recipe is perfect for summer! It is sweet but not overpowering and you can definitely taste the rhubarb and the strawberries. Eat this warm with vanilla ice cream and your neighbors will be knocking on your door asking for this recipe."

-Linda of Castle Rock

Alton Brown's Fudgesicles

"OMG these are so good. When I started to make them I discovered that I was out of heavy cream so I used half and half for the cream and milk. I can't even imagine how delicious they'll be when I get more heavy cream!"

-Dreamer in Ontario

Summery Frozen Lemonade Pie

"Love this recipe! I make it several times during the summer. Try serving the pie somewhat frozen. We really prefer it that way. So refreshing!"


Lemon Tiramisu

"It was the hit of the night. Everyone went back for more until it was gone. This is just a stupendous recipe. Great flavors, obviously lemon but not overpowering in any way. I made my own lemon curd and just whipped this thing together."

-Doyle O.

State Fair Funnel Cake

"Now this was just FUN! Fantastic recipe... tasted like I was at the fair. The kids went NUTS over them and were begging for more! Very easy to make."


Watermelon Sorbet

"Wonderful flavor! Tastes like creamy, icy cold fresh watermelon. Not too tart from the lemon juice—just right. I will be making this a lot!"


Pineapple Coconut Jell-O Shots

"First time I ever made jello shots and it was so easy!! I could not find pineapple jello for the life of me, but I did find a tropical jello with pineapple, cherry and orange. I used this with the Malibu, and everyone was asking for more!"


Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches

"Such a simple way to make an ordinary ice cream treat special. I prepared these for some students in summer classes. Everyone loved them."

-Ms B.

Simplified S'mores

"Delicious! I had enough chocolate mixture to make two s'mores. The second one, I added some marshmallow fluff to make it more s'moreish! Yum yum yum!"


Ice Cream Bread

"Yum! Tastes like fluffy butter cookies... I lightened the recipe a little by using half-fat vanilla ice cream."

-Nancy G.

Arnold Palmer Bars

"I served these to my friends as dessert when they came over for lunch and everyone loved them! I even got a text from one of them saying they couldn’t stop thinking about these bars. Definitely winners in my books! The lemon flavor is present but the acidity isn’t too strong thanks to the addition of the tea."

-Izy Hossack

Key Lime Pie

"Really, really good. I left out the lime zest because I wanted a purely creamy texture. Also, I used an Italian meringue as topping. Super good!"

-P.Q. Butterfat

Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

"This instantly reminded me of the ice cream my papa used to make many years ago with his old crank ice cream maker. I will be making this again."

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Patriot Day Mini Pies

"This was so good! I even ate the pie crust! I got in trouble because I ate this first and did not have much room for my sandwich. But it was so good I couldn't stop myself."

-Mini Chef Ty

Red, White & Blue Jell-O

"This was amazing! The middle layer was absolutely divine, and I'm totally going to experiment with it, trying new flavors. Took it to a Memorial Day party, and the dish was empty in minutes."

-Brianna M.

Patriot S'mores

"Have this for any patriotic holiday. Wonderful for the 4th of July or Memorial Day. It will be the hit of the picnic."

-Mimi in Maine

Red, White & Blue Dessert

"This was a big hit at the Fourth of July barbecue and pool party with friends. I really enjoyed the use of cream cheese, as it gave the filling more substance and flavor than just whipped cream would have."


Patriotic Trifle

"I made this for the first time for a Memorial Day get-together. I used pound cake instead of angel food cake, because it was on sale. It was really, really good and can't wait to try it again. Thanks!!"


Healthy Memorial Day Carrot Cake

"I find this to be the perfect time of year for carrot cake. It’s an ideal dessert for cookouts, picnics and graduation parties."

-Elanas Pantry

Seven-Layer Jell-O

"I make this red, white, and blue every year for Memorial Day for my aunt's picnic. My kids love it and so do I."

-Laura M.