Slideshow: The Best Sweets We Ate in March

Lemon Tart at Nomad, NYC
Lemon Tart at Nomad, NYC

Here's the thing about this lemon tart: it's very much a conventional lemon tart, more creamy than gelatinized and more tart than sweet, but simple lemon curd all the same. But the presentation isn't just a gimmick: the crust takes the form of liquified almond shortbread, and it's full of rich caramel flavors. It envelopes the curd all over so every bite is a perfect one. You can read more about it here.—Max Falkowitz, New York Editor

[Photograph: Niko Trianfillou]

Homemade Hoosier Mama Orange Cream Pie
Homemade Hoosier Mama Orange Cream Pie

Excuse me as I toot my own horn and pick a dessert born from my usually culinarily inept hands. Ever since getting The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie by Paula Haney, owner of Hoosier Mama in Chicago, I've been really into making pie. Hell, I made two this month, which is two more than I usually make in a year. Haney has instilled me with the confidence that I can make awesome pie, a dangerous confidence that will surely result in some pants stretching. Her Orange Cream Pie recipe is a winner, and it's easy to make. Think key lime pie but...orange instead of key lime."—Robyn Lee, AHT Editor/Art Director

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Chocolate Champ Milkshake at Intelligentsia, Chicago
Chocolate Champ Milkshake at Intelligentsia, Chicago

A milkshake at Intelligentsia? I was confused as hell when I first heard about this, too. After all, this is a very serious coffee roaster, not a place known for screwing around. So you better believe the two offerings are genuinely well thought out. Each starts with loads of Jeni’s ice cream, which says a lot. You can go with an espresso-laced milkshake called the Black Cat, or a straightforward a Chocolate Champ, which skips the coffee completely. Because it was the late afternoon, I went with the latter, even though it is derivatively labeled a “kid’s shake” on Intelligentsia’s website. Frankly, they can call me whatever they want, because I felt no shame slurping down this miniature offering. —Nick Kindelsperger, Editor of Serious Eats Chicago

[Photograph: Nick Kindlesperger]

Ciao Bella! Cupcake at Swift, San Francisco
Ciao Bella! Cupcake at Swift, San Francisco

Look, I'm just as surprised as you are to see a cupcake here. But this thing really surpassed its form (i.e. a cute, tiny piece of cake.) It's a play on tiramisu made from a light and springy sponge cake body, a potent coffee icing filling, and a mascarpone frosting. The lady finger crust on the bottom sealed the deal, making it really taste like tiramisu—but possibly better.—Carrie Vasios Mullins, Sweets Editor

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Hamantaschen at Breads Bakery, NYC
Hamantaschen at Breads Bakery, NYC

I've never particularly loved hamantaschen —every version I've had since childhood has been dry and bland. But Breads Bakery (makers of some of our favorite babka) finally proved that not all 'taschen are boring, thanks to their thin, buttery cookie and moist poppy seed and chocolate fillings (I'm still not okay with marzipan hamantaschen, though).—Jamie Feldmar, Managing Editor

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Strawberries from the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, San Francisco
Strawberries from the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, San Francisco

I cannot believe that we're already getting good strawberries, but they've been AWESOME, impressively sweet and tangy and full of flavor. The other night we ate them with coconut-milk ice cream: the perfect simple dessert.—Maggie Hoffman, Senior Editor

[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Chocolate Pudding at Hominy Grill, Charleston
Chocolate Pudding at Hominy Grill, Charleston

I'm not usually a pudding fan because they often taste like sugar, cocoa powder, and stabilizers, but Hominy Grill in Charleston has the best version I've ever had. It's so thick you can stick in a spoon upright and it'll hold without falling over. It has a very clean, slightly bittersweet chocolate flavor that will appeal to all of us who like our chocolate on the 60% cacao and over side.—Leang Chaning, Sales Operations Manager

[Photograph: Leang Chaning]