Hello again! What a week this has been. After developing this super easy vegan lemon curd I had about 10 cups of lemon curd to use up. I wasn’t letting one drop of this liquid gold go to waste! That’s when I started thinking of the 27 uses for vegan lemon curd that I couldn’t live without!
From topping, filling, dipping, and whipping, this curd is good in a wide range of deliciously sweet treats. My personal favorite use is to eat it straight from the jar, but I can only do that in the privacy of my kitchen, so I’ve made a list of my top 27 uses for lemon curd.
Cakes & Cupcakes using Vegan Lemon Curd
Top ANY Cheesecake with Vegan Lemon Curd
My absolute all-time favorite dessert is cheesecake. Put lemon curd on top of that? Heavenly! Vegan lemon curd pairs well with cream cheese and this rich delight packed with creamy goodness. Keeping to plant-based?
There are a number of great choices when it comes to vegan cream cheese. My personal favorite is Mikoyo’s Cultured Organic Cream Cheese, but I’ve enjoyed Kite Hill and Tofutti’s versions as well. Got a frozen cheesecake in the fridge? Even better, just thaw spread, and serve!
Easy Vegan Lemon Curd Cupcakes
These are lemon cupcakes with lemon curd topping baked into the crust with a lemon glaze. These powerfully potent pretties can be made vegan with a few alterations and take only 35 minutes from start to finish.
With a full teaspoon of curd in each cupcake, you’ll be sure that every bite is packed with tart and tangy goodness.
Sandwich Vegan Lemon Curd Between Vanilla Cake Layers
Happy Birthday is right! Instead of having another vanilla cake with plain vanilla frosting, why not add a hidden layer or two of sweet and tart lusciousness?
Simply pipe out a border of buttercream around the outer edge of your cake and spread an even layer of vegan lemon curd in the center. Your guests will be happily surprised by this bright addition.
Coconut Cake with Vegan Lemon Curd Filling
Growing up my father had a somewhat irrational aversion to coconuts so I was well into my 20’s before I realized just how irrational he was being.
Not only is coconut a sweet shredded treasure, but the more I cook the more I understand the almost innumerable ways it can be used! Need a natural alternative to cane sugar? Try coconut sugar! Can’t use heavy cream? Try coconut cream!
I am still learning all the new and inventive things coconuts can be used for and I’m happy to say this Coconut Lemon Curd Cake well…takes the cake!
With a little coconut extract in the batter, then sweetened shredded coconut on the outside you really get the coconut flavor. Want to keep it plant-based? Here is the perfect, yes perfect, place to use coconut oil in place of butter!
Vegan Lemon Curd Topped Poppy Seed Muffins
Turn up the volume on a classic lemon poppy seed muffin recipe and top with vegan lemon curd.
Vegan Lemon Curd Topped Pound Cake
Did someone say pound cake? The classic pound cake will always be a favorite dessert of mine. Pound cakes are also one of the easiest cakes to make.
Or you could elevate a store-bought pound cake by drizzling on some hot vegan lemon curd before serving. Almonds pair well with lemon curd so you could try adding slivered almonds to the curd for some extra crunchy texture.
Vegan Lemon Curd Roll Cake/Roulade
Now we’re rockin’ and rollin’! Pair vanilla, coconut, or almond roll cake sponge with a thick layer of lemon curd and whipped cream. Make sure to heat the curd before spreading it on the cake, a smooth layer is essential to obtain a tight roll spiral.
Blueberry and Vegan Lemon Curd Layer Cake –
There are several ways to interpret a blueberry and lemon curd layer cake. My personal favorite is by making vanilla with blueberry cake, lemon curd filling, and pair with lemon buttercream.
You could also try a lemon cake, lemon curd filling with a layer of blueberries, and completed with vanilla buttercream. Not a fan of blueberries? Substitute your favorite fresh berry.
Raspberry and Strawberry are popular options for a reason.
Shortbread Cookie Sandwiched with Vegan Lemon Curd
Shortbread pairs wonderfully with lemon! The rich buttery flavor in the cookies enhances the buttery undertones in the curd. You can even find vegan shortbread cookie recipes but beware of using oil substitutions.
Substituting oil for butter is simple enough, but remember some oils have stronger flavors than others. Coconut oil for example will have a stronger flavor in the cookies compared with some milder choices such as canola or even olive oil. I prefer to use vegan butter as it keeps the flavor of the original version and it’s readily available at my local grocery store.
Vegan Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies
I have been making my husband’s favorite strawberry jam thumbprint cookies since we met. Then one day I had an epiphany –lemon curd thumbprint cookies!
Spoiler alert – you’re going to love these! These melt in your mouth, fresh, and sweet these really hit the spot!
Vegan Lemon Curd Filled Macarons
Personally, I love making macaroons. These gluten-free French confections are a wonderful way to highlight this vegan lemon curd and you can use endless flavor combinations!
Blueberry Macarons with lemon curd and cream cheese centers? What about a Lemon macaron with buttercream and lemon curd centers? Lavender? Raspberry? Matcha?
Yes, truly I can keep going if you need more…no? Well just hit me up later and we’ll talk (Sneak preview – Maple? I’ll leave this right here.)
Italian Vegan Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies
The flavor combination of lemon zest, almond and vanilla extract, and white chocolate is a real party pleaser. These cookies are a little intricate and require piping. If you’re looking for something to challenge your baking prowess give these a try.
Vegan Lemon Bars
And of course, my 27 uses for lemon curd post absolutely has to include vegan lemon bars!
Traditional, timeless, a true classic. Lemon bars are probably my number 1 go-to use for vegan lemon curd. I prefer my bars to have a flaky rich crust, silky smooth lemon filling, and a light dusting of powdered sugar to kick up the sweet taste.
I make mine in my muffin tray for ease of serving, however, this vegan lemon curd holds up when sliced through so could go great in a traybake too!
Puff Pastry Filled with Lemon Curd and Berries
Now, this is probably one of the simplest desserts to make, but at the same time looks like you could have learned it while summering in France.
Simply get some puff pastry (I keep a few store-bought sheets in the freezer for days I want to be impressive, without working too hard for it) and let it thaw out.
Then make it into any shape you want bake and fill! So simple, so elegant, so delicious!
Vegan Lemon Curd Eclairs
On the more challenging side of baking, these éclairs are worth the bother or as Prue Leith (#GBBO) would say “worth the calories”. Make a pat-a-choux, cook, and fill with lemon curd.
Mastering the art of pate-a-choux is challenging, but will give you the ability to make any number of French pastries in virtually no time at all.
Vegan Lemon Curd on Scones
Another easy dish that works with both store-bought and homemade is scones! Just warm the scones and top with curd. For extra flair making fresh whipped cream is always a hit at my house!
Vegan Lemon Ricotta Hand Pies
Lemon ricotta pancakes are a hot item at the moment. I went a step further and decided to turn this into individual hand pies! I’m lucky enough to live down the street from a truly legendary hand pie company Arbuckle Hand Pies.
I first visited this Oklahoma treasure as a teenager on a road trip with friends and I’ll never forget that first pie. It blew the grocery store variety straight out of the water!
Did you know making hand pies, or turnovers, is even easier than making a whole pie? It’s true. You’ll start with a good pie dough recipe and roll it out to about 1/8th of an inch thick.
Alternatively use 2 store-bought pie crust sheets. Then stamp out 4 large circles that are 6 inches wide if you want to fold your pies, or stamp out 8 circles 3 inches wide if you are wanting round hand pies. The fun comes in choosing a flavor and this Lemon Ricotta number really elevates the humble hand pie.
The filling can be whipped together in under 5 minutes. Bake until GBD (Golden Brown and Delicious!). Want a grown-up version of the throwback grocery store hand pies? Just add a powdered sugar glaze over the top and let set before eating.
Vegan Lemon Curd Tartlets
Store-bought pastry dough makes this sumptuous dessert come together in no time. Stamp out the dough into 4” round circles and press into a muffin tin and bake.
Once tartlets are cooled fill with the lemon curd and top with fresh berries and or whipped cream. These tartlets are the perfect accompaniment for afternoon tea or after dinner.
Lemon curd pavlova with fresh berries –
Some of you may be wondering just what a pavlova is. Pavlova is a baked meringue crust layered with fresh berries and whipped cream.
This crispy on the outside, cloud-like on the inside dessert would be a great way to showcase your lemon curd skills. Meringue is traditionally made by whipping egg whites into stiff peaks and baking on a low temperature until crisp.
There are some ways to make vegan meringue involving using aquafaba (the liquid found in cans of chickpeas). This delicate dessert is both impressive and impressively easy!
Top Pancakes with Vegan Lemon Curd
I’m a breakfast junkie for sure. I am of the opinion that breakfast food can be served at ANY time of day or night. This is especially true of vegan lemon topped pancakes.
To give another fresh element to this dish try adding in seasonal berries. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, the list goes on and on. Feeling fancy? Add some whipped cream and you’re in breakfast nirvana!
Vegan Lemon Curd Filled Donuts
Breakfast foods you say? I’m in. Especially if it’s a lemon curd filled donut! These light and pillowy dough balls are the perfect vessel for vegan lemon curd. Are you intimidated by yeast? Me too!
But with a few tips, these donuts are easier than you think to master. Making sure your dough proofs properly and having the ability to monitor the exact temperature of the oil are both keys to a donut that has substance without being dense and moist without being greasy. All to say, keep an eye on the thermometer!
Top Waffles with Vegan Lemon Curd
Topping a waffle with lemon curd and fresh berries turn breakfast into a celebration of flavor! Plain waffles, pumpkin spice waffles, and cinnamon swirl waffles are just a few flavor combinations to try.
Heat up and spoon on dollops of this tangy-sweet treat.
Vegan Lemon Curd Ice Cream
This actually works with both homemade and store-bought ice cream. When adding it to a homemade ice cream simply layer the curd between layers of ice cream and leave it to set in the freezer.
You can do the same with store-bought if you just scoop out the top layer, add in the curd, and put it back in the freezer to set!
Vegan Lemon Curd Parfait
Fresh fruit and yogurt are an excellent accompaniment to this vegan lemon curd. Put some granola in the bottom of a jar or glass then alternate layers of fruits, yogurts, and lemon curd and top with fresh whipped cream.
Done. Dusted. Delicious.
Vegan Lemon Curd Mousse
Mousse is one of the more impressive dishes I make, and the funny part is the refrigerator does all the work! Mousse is typically just a few ingredients whipped together and left to chill into creamy goodness.
Vegan Lemon Curd Trifle
A dish of layered cakes, custard, creams, and fruit? This lemon curd was tailor-made for something like this! Try layering rich butter cake, with lemon curd, raspberries, and hand-whipped fresh cream for a springtime marvel!
Vegan Lemon Curd Dipping Sauce
What could you use to eat this straight from a bowl? Well, you could go with chocolate-dipped pretzels, fresh berries, French toast sticks, cookies, gram crackers, chocolate covered strawberries…the list goes on and on and on and on….
Whether you’ve craving that sweet tangy lemon curd goodness, or have some leftover curd you’re wanting to use, I hope this list gives you an idea of all the many, many, many things that lemon curd can improve!
Thank you for reading my What to do with leftover lemon curd list and please stay connected as there are more delicious vegan dessert recipes to come!
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Until next time!