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Our Official List of the Best Food Network Kitchen Desserts

The search is over! These recipes have been perfected by our test kitchen—and are the ones you’ll make time and time again.

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Tried-and-True Treats

Baking is an exact science. So, when it comes to desserts there’s nothing more valuable than a collection of tried-and-true recipes. Ones you can count on. Ones that have been tested, re-tested and perfected — like these ones. That’s why we’re proud to call them our "Bests" and share them with you. You’ll find something for everyone in this roundup—from classic cookies to bakery-worthy cakes —but chocolate mousse is one of our all-time favorites. It’s rich, indulgent and not too sweet, with a texture that’s both light and silky. After many attempts we nailed it and made a dessert that not only exceeded our standards, it's also quite easy to pull off . Close your eyes and take a bite of this mousse and you'll be transported to a 4-star French restaurant. Promise!

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The Best Vanilla Cake

We love the light texture that cake flour gives baked goods, but we didn't want you to buy a whole box of it. So we used a cheat — all-purpose flour mixed with cornstarch. Cornstarch blocks the formation of gluten in the flour and makes the cake airy and tender. We also added 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, an old baker's trick, to ensure that the cake stays moist. The heavy cream keeps the frosting light and fluffy.

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The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

We skipped the white sugar and went all in with dark brown sugar, which gives our cookies the ideal chewiness and perfect level of sweetness. Paired with the right amount of semisweet chocolate chips, this treat is a definite winner. The recipe makes a lot of cookies, but in our opinion, this is never a problem!

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The Best Lemon Meringue Pie

It's the stuff of dreams: a classic sweet and tart dessert with a foolproof meringue topping that won't weep! We use mostly butter in our from-scratch pie dough, but add a little vegetable shortening as well — we found that this combination creates a crust that is both tender and flaky.

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The Best Classic Strawberry Shortcake

For our simple and iconic shortcake, we discovered a great double-stacking technique that creates super light and high biscuits that are easy to split. This makes them easy to fill without crumbling. A simple recipe like this one allows its ingredients to shine, so use the very best berries you can find.

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The Best Creme Brulee

We wanted a rich and creamy custard that wasn't too sweet, so we could fully enjoy the signature crunchy layer of caramelized sugar on top. By only using egg yolks, we achieved a soft and creamy texture. We tried using milk and half-and-half but, in the end, we landed with heavy cream for its richness. Whole vanilla beans give a more intense, pure vanilla flavor that you can't get from extract. We also like seeing the vanilla seeds flecked throughout the custard.

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The Best Coconut Layer Cake

Can something be impossibly light while also being incredibly rich and decadent? Apparently so. This coconut cake is majestic in its height and a beauty — a flurry of tangy frosting, sweet shredded coconut and tender cake. It will truly put all other coconut cakes to shame. The bar has now been set.

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The Best Lemon Bars

It's tough to top a classic lemon bar, but we've done it! We kept the tender, buttery crust and bright filling of the original, and made a few improvements. For our luscious lemon layer, we employed a unique double-cooking method. Simmering first on the stovetop like lemon curd allows us to add butter, which balances the tart and sweet elements and adds a richer, smoother texture.

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The Best Tiramisu

Making this classic Italian dessert is surprisingly easy. We start the custard with a traditional Marsala-flavored zabaglione — a cooked mixture of egg yolks and sugar. Then we lighten it with tangy mascarpone cheese, which provides just the right creamy, mousse-like texture. Once assembled, the ladyfingers soften sufficiently after 4 hours in the refrigerator, but if you can wait longer, the flavors will meld even more .

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The Best Cheesecake

We’ve created the cheesecake of your dreams — rich, dense and creamy with a buttery, not-too-sweet graham cracker crust. Easy-to-follow instructions ensure a smooth, crack -free top every time.

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The Best Fudgy Brownies

We've created the perfect brownie by employing a few tips and tricks. Using both semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder gives us the deep and complex chocolate flavor we crave. Cooking the butter until golden brown adds a toasted nuttiness, while the pop of cream provides luscious texture.

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The Best Banana Pudding

This creamy banana dessert is our very favorite version, piled high with layers of just-ripe bananas, rich vanilla pudding and tender cookies. We used vanilla bean paste instead of extract in our homemade filling for a bold flavor boost and topped the pudding with swirls of freshly whipped cream. When it all comes together, it's dreamy, luscious and feeds a crowd!

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The Best Peanut Brittle

This sweet and salty peanut brittle has the perfect crunch and sheen. With a little patience, you'll have a delicious brittle to serve to party guests or as an edible gift around the holidays.

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The Best Sugar Cookies for Decorating

Our sugar dough is easy to roll and cut into all shapes and sizes. The cookies hold their shape during baking and come out firm and strong, perfect for decorating. We made them with a little less sugar, so feel free to load on the icing and sprinkles. Their buttery crispness will still come through.

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The Best Apple Pie

We love using a variety of apples in our pie; it adds both flavor and texture and makes every bite a little different. Vodka in the pie crust makes the dough easier to work with, and since the alcohol burns off during baking, it doesn't impart any flavor. But feel free to use bourbon or apple brandy instead to complement the filling.

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The Best Butter Cookies

Your search is over — this perfect butter cookie will stay in your recipe box for years. It's crisp, yet tender and perfect for tea for two or cookies for someone special. Plus, you have the choice to make drop cookies or a slice-and-bake version!

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The Best Peach Cobbler

In our classic southern-style peach cobbler, we layer the fruit on top of the batter before baking. In the oven, the sweet batter rises through the peaches, creating a light and airy cake-like topping. We left the peaches unpeeled, which adds a nice color and makes the recipe even easier. Serve it with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer dessert.

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The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

We wanted a super peanut buttery treat but found that store-bought peanut butter made the cookies a bit gummy when we used more than 1 cup. So we ground roasted peanuts ourselves and added that to the batter for an additional boost of flavor. Honey and melted butter add richness and create a soft and chewy cookie with an irresistible crackled exterior. We topped the dough balls with raw sugar for extra crunch and a hit of sweetness that balances the salt of the peanuts.

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The Best Chocolate Lava Cakes

Go ahead and indulge in these perfectly rich and dreamy chocolate lava cakes! Bittersweet chocolate and espresso powder create a luscious and balanced batter that stays molten in the center during baking.

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The Best No-Bake Cheesecake

Who doesn't love a dessert that can be made without turning on the oven? This no-bake cheesecake is light and fluffy, thanks to the whipped cream that gets folded into the cream-cheese mixture. Have no fear — it will have the signature creamy, tangy flavor of the classic.

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The Best Chocolate Cupcakes

The only chocolate cupcake recipe you'll ever need. We love these for the deep rich chocolate flavor and their moist and springy interiors. It's the perfect cake base for any frosting.

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The Best Banana Cake

This banana cake is delectably moist, perfectly sweet and easy to make. Dark brown sugar and sour cream add depth to the batter, and we added melted butter instead of vegetable oil for a flavor boost. Fluffy cream cheese frosting and swirls of dulce de leche will make you go back for seconds. We also upped the ante by using bananas in two ways — fresh bananas are mixed into the cake while maple-candied banana chips create a crunchy topping.

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The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Do you like chewy cookies? Or do you prefer cakey ones? Our oatmeal-raisin cookies can be both! For a chewy cookie, bake them right away. For a cakey cookie, let the dough rest in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (or overnight works even better) to allow the oatmeal to hydrate.

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The Best Bread Pudding

Toasting the challah adds flavor, but more importantly, it helps the cubes to soak up and hold onto more of the deliciously rich custard. And if that wasn’t enough, we use not 1 but 2 vanilla beans to amp up the custard — plain old extract just doesn’t do it justice.

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The Best Carrot Cake

Our classic carrot cake is nicely spiced with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and has toasted pecans both in the cake and on top. Plumped golden raisins and a full pound of carrots make it nice and moist while buttermilk lends tang and tenderness. Our homemade cream-cheese frosting has just the right amount of sweetness.

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The Best M&M Cookies

We took our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and increased the brown sugar to make these cookies extra moist and chewy. Then we super-sized them — the better to get in more of our favorite candy-coated chocolates. Save some extra candy for topping each cookie before baking. The result, cookies that look just as good as they taste!

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The Best Vanilla Cupcakes

These vanilla cupcakes taste as delicious as they look (which is often not the case when it comes to vanilla cupcakes!). Mixing flour with cornstarch gives the cake a light and airy texture that stays perfectly moist with a bit of added vegetable oil. Each cupcake is topped with a swirl of creamy, fluffy vanilla buttercream that’s super easy to make.

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The Best Crepes

Our classic crepe is versatile enough to go sweet or savory, just omit the vanilla if going the savory route. The rest time here is key; the flour absorbs the milk as it sits giving you a more tender crepe and golden color.

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The Best Angel Food Cake

Even though there are just a few ingredients in this simple cake, there are also a few techniques that will make or break it. First, be sure to use the correct pan — an angel food cake pan — and do not grease it. Additionally, superfine sugar, sifted cake flour and perfectly whipped egg whites are key components that set you up for success — and set this cake apart from the rest.

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The Best Key Lime Pie

A Floridian classic, this bright, creamy and tart dessert is so simple to make it will become a regular at your summer get togethers. Key lime juice is the star of this pie, adding a slightly more floral note than regular limes. But not to worry if you can't find fresh Key limes or the bottled juice — you can use standard limes with equally delicious results.

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The Best New York-Style Cheesecake

This cheesecake replicates all the iconic slices we have enjoyed in the Big Apple, with a dense, creamy texture and that familiar lemony tang paired with plenty of graham-cracker crust. Now you can make New York-Style Cheesecake at home and save yourself a ticket to the city.

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The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms

If you're a peanut butter lover then these chewy cookies with a warm, gooey chocolate center will be sure to satisfy. This recipe makes about 4 dozen, so it's perfect for any holiday or big-batch baking.

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The Best Chocolate Cake

This is not your everyday chocolate cake. It's a showstopper — very tall and much more of a bakery-style cake than a cake from a box. The frosting has both melted chocolate for smoothness and cocoa for depth of flavor.

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The Best Coconut Cream Pie

This old-fashioned pie is filled with rich, creamy custard, then capped with a cloud of toasted meringue and a generous sprinkling of sweet coconut flakes. It tastes as if you pulled it straight from the dessert case of your favorite diner, only better.

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The Best Apple Crisp

If you just went apple picking, here's the perfect recipe to enjoy the fruits of your labor. We've included two varieties of fresh apples, plus warm spices and tangy cider. The sweet, buttery crumble topping is flavored with brown sugar and studded with nutty pecans for the ultimate easy apple dessert.

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The Best Pumpkin Pie

Instead of store-bought pumpkin pie spice, we like using ground cinnamon and nutmeg so we can control of the ratio between the two, opting for a healthy amount of nutmeg as it brings out the flavors in the pumpkin.

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The Best Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are inspired by the thin and crispy style made popular by the Long Island bakery Tate's Bake Shop. In our version, we've upped the brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate chips for an even more flavorful and decadent treat.

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The Best Pecan Pie

This pie delivers plenty of classic flavors like brown sugar, vanilla and toasted nuts. We found that bourbon made a welcome addition. The alcohol bakes off leaving behind irresistible notes of smoke and caramel. Our all-butter crust perfectly balances the sweetness of the filling.

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The Best Gingerbread Cookies

Here's the perfect holiday cookie recipe for cut-outs and decorating. The balanced blend of warm spices and molasses adds just the right amount of seasonal flavor. A combination of butter and shortening creates a dough that rolls out easily and holds it shape during baking.

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The Best Pumpkin Cheesecake

There's no better way to celebrate pumpkin-spice season! With swirls of pumpkin filling, caramel and a gingersnap crust, this autumnal cheesecake is a delight. We start by whipping up a classic cheesecake batter, then add pumpkin and warm spices to half the batch. Both are used to create a unique bullseye pattern. Nutty spiced seeds add crunch. Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature -- this ensures that the cheesecake is smooth and creamy.

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The Best Fruitcake

Fruitcakes have become the punchline of many a holiday joke, but this recipe will give the notorious seasonal gift a whole new reputation. Filled with loads of real dried fruit and nuts along with brandy, warm spices and citrus, this cake tastes like the holidays. The recipe makes two loaves so you can gift one.

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Discover delicious, triple-tested dessert recipes for every occasion, from quick and easy sweet treats to super indulgent and impressive showstoppers.

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Chocolate fondant on a plate with molten centre oozing out

Easy chocolate molten cakes

Bake an impressive dinner party dessert with minimum fuss – these chocolate puddings, also known as chocolate fondant or lava cake, have a lovely gooey centre

Salted chocolate & hazelnut brownies cut into squares

Salted chocolate & hazelnut brownies

Chocolate hazelnut spread ensures these moreish brownies have a fudgy centre. Flecked with pecans and sea salt - they'll be the new go-to brownie recipe

A selection of no-bake PB&J cheesecake squares

No-bake PB&J cheesecake squares

Try these peanut butter and jam cheesecake squares. We’ve chosen a fruit topping, but you could opt for chocolate – turning it into a giant peanut butter cup.

Chocolate truffle & honeycomb torte with a slice cut out

Chocolate truffle & honeycomb torte

Try this easy no-bake dessert which uses just five ingredients. As well as looking great as a centrepiece, it‘s easy to carry to a gathering.

Banoffee tirami-trifle in a trifle bowl

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Combine bananas and custard with tiramisu in this sharing trifle, ideal for a celebration. You could also make individual trifles for a party, if you like.

Treacle tart cut into slices

Treacle tart

Treat family and friends to a comforting treacle tart with crumbly pastry and rich filling. A classic British dessert, serve with ice cream or clotted cream

Peach Melba pie served in a dish with a spoon

Peach Melba pie

Have some raspberries that are a little past their best? Use them to make this fabulous Peach Melba pie – a wonderful combination of raspberries and peaches

Easy cornflake tart cut into slices and served with custard

Easy cornflake tart

Make this cornflake cake for a fabulously easy family dessert that uses simple ingredients. With a pastry case and jam base, it's delicious served with custard

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Floating islands

Whip up some floating islands at your next dinner party, the retro-cool French dessert featuring crème anglaise, meringue and caramel

Damson crumble served in a dish

Damson crumble

This damson and apple crumble will go down a treat as a family dessert. The damsons will contain stones, so remember to warn people to remove them as they eat

A cherry & almond frangipane galette on baking paper

Cherry & almond frangipane galette

Use spelt pastry for this free-form pie, as its nuttiness complements the frangipane. The combination of squishy baked cherries and juicy fresh ones is lovely

Two blackberry & lemon fools served in small glasses

Blackberry & lemon fool

Create this delicious pudding in just 10 minutes, then pop it in the fridge. Serve in glasses and garnish with fresh blackberries for an elegant summer dessert

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Lemon sponge cake

Top this citrussy sponge with lemon icing and candied peel. Greek yogurt creates a cake that's extra moist and tangy, for an irresistible teatime treat

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Chocolate & malt loaf torte

Don’t be deceived by how easy this is to make – the result is a rich, dense cake with a malted coating. Eat it warm as a pudding or serve it with afternoon tea

Chocolate tiffin squares

Chocolate tiffin

Go all out and treat yourself to these chocolate tiffin slices, full of milk and dark chocolate, raisins and biscuit. Be warned: they won't last long!

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White chocolate cheesecake

Make a simple, creamy dessert for a dinner party with very little effort. Pairing this white chocolate cheesecake with fresh fruit offsets the richness

Self-saucing butterscotch pudding served in a dish

Self-saucing butterscotch pudding

Serve this self-saucing butterscotch pudding warm with ice cream for the ultimate treat for the whole family. It's sure to disappear in a flash

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Nanaimo bars

Need ideas for a coffee morning or afternoon tea? These bars from Canada are so moreish, with a crunchy biscuit base, custard layer and chocolate topping

Panna cotta on plates with strawberries and coulis with pot of coulis

Vanilla panna cotta

Try making this classic Italian dessert with delicate vanilla and a fresh strawberry topping. The perfect light sweet for a chilled summer gathering

Two bowls of espresso mud cakes & ice cream

Espresso mud cakes, chocolate syrup & ice cream

To finish your meal try this take on coffee and dessert, and if you have any coffee liqueur in the back of the drinks cabinet, put a splash in the syrup

Melt-in-the-middle mug cake

Melt-in-the-middle mug cake

This chocolate cake is made entirely in a mug. It requires no weighing, takes 45 seconds to cook and has a melty chocolate centre, perfect for a quick treat

Plum & apple cobbler in a serving dish

Ultimate plum & apple cobbler

Slide this pudding into the oven after the Sunday roast has come out. It's classic comfort food and the cobbler topping can be used on any stewed fruit

Chocolate ganache with sea salt, olive oil & toasts

Chocolate ganache with sea salt, olive oil & toasts

Silky smooth chocolate ganache, with crisp ciabatta toasts and a sprinkle of sea salt makes for a quick, chic, ultra-indulgent dinner party dessert

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Raspberry brûlée

Celebrate raspberry season with this take on crème brûlée. The sharp tang of this red fruit cuts through a rich custard base for the perfect summer dessert

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20 of Our Most Popular Desserts

These are ubiquitous American desserts, the ones you expect to see in bakery cases, on pastry menus, at bake sales, and on the table at family get-togethers. They've rightfully earned their top spots as our most-craved treats: There's no denying the deliciousness of cream cheese icing on a moist carrot cake , the whipped decadence of rich chocolate mousse , or the compelling simplicity of a perfectly executed chocolate chip cookie . Get reacquainted with your favorites, from traditional renditions to slightly reimagined classics.

Georgia Peach Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

When you slice into this delicious pie, don't be surprised by the gap between the filling and the top crust. This happens when a pie is baked at high heat because the crust sets before the fruit in the filling has cooked down.

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake with Ganache Glaze

Many bundt cakes are heavy and buttery, but this one is surprisingly light and incredibly moist under its silky chocolate glaze. Strong-brewed coffee in the batter intensifies the chocolate flavor while cutting the sweetness.

Biscoff Banana Pudding

The subtle spice of Biscoff cookies helps to balance the sweetness of each decadent layer of creamy custard and fresh bananas in this tall and impressive banana pudding for a crowd. It's inspired by one made by 2019 F&W Best New Chef Kwame Onwuachi's aunt Yolanda, of Beaumont, Texas.

Lee Lee's Double Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Pastry chef Lee Lee Reid is a self-proclaimed brownie aficionado. "I'm always looking for that perfect chew," she says. This chocolate chunk brownie recipe she developed is the ideal balance of cakey and fudgy. While many recipes call for creaming the butter and sugar before adding the eggs, Reid whips eggs and sugar together to aerate them, leading to the ultimate brownie consistency.

Best-Ever Birthday Cake

Celebrate your birthday any day with a big slice of this super-fun sprinkle cake. Sour cream adds a perfect tangy balance to the easy chocolate frosting — and gives this kid-at-heart cake a delicious grown-up twist. The key to a tender crumb is to cream the sugar and butter longer than you think — at least five minutes — to incorporate plenty of air into the batter.

Tiramisu Icebox Pie

When developing the dessert menu for Pastaria in Nashville, pastry chef Mathew Rice knew he wanted to update the classic tiramisu. "The original has a uniform mouthfeel," he says, "but I love to play with texture in pastry." His crunchy, salty, coffee-laced streusel does just that in this dessert.

Lemon Pudding Cakes

These pillowy cakelets are adapted from The Greyston Bakery Cookbook . "When you overwhelm dry ingredients with wet ones, an amazing texture separation happens," food writer Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan says. "These cakes are rich without being too heavy."

Strawberry Shortcake for a Crowd

This giant biscuit-cake is split and stuffed with a pile of fresh strawberries and fluffy whipped cream for a tender, delightfully messy dessert. Cut it into wedges and serve up a strawberry shortcake that is modern not only in looks, but also in how easy it is on the cook.

Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling

Cookbook author Peggy Cullen fills her tender chocolate cupcakes with a creamy, salty peanut butter mixture, then dips the tops twice in a rich, silky chocolate ganache frosting. "For some reason most bakers don't fill their cupcakes," says Cullen, "but taking that extra step is no big deal." All you need to do is poke a hole into the top and squeeze in the simple blend of peanut butter, sugar, and butter.

Classic Carrot Cake with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot cake, that 1970s favorite, has a new audience at luxe restaurants like Manhattan's Le Bernardin. Austin pastry chef Jodi Elliot prepares the ultimate version: moist and not too sweet.

Brown-Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Most traditional chocolate chip cookie recipes start by creaming softened butter with sugar. Here, the butter is first melted in a skillet until golden brown and nutty. This simple step does require a bit of extra time (mainly for chilling the butter), but the result is an intensely toasty butterscotch note that makes these thin, chewy cookies irresistible.

Apple Cake with Toffee Crust

When pastry chef Lara Atkins was little, her mother made this cake for her bridge club; Atkins remembers how she and her brothers would have to wait (and wait and wait) for their slices until all the ladies of the club had served themselves. Atkins now makes the cake for her son, who never has to wait for his piece.

Ultimate Chocolate Mousse

In 2018, Food & Wine named this recipe one of our 40 best. The key to this dessert is to use the very best semisweet dark chocolate you can find — we like Valrhona. The better the chocolate, the better the mousse.

Lemon Meringue Pie with Marcona Shortbread Crust

Recipe developer Ann Taylor Pittman's bright, sunny pie isn't fussy to make. "The crust, which is made in a food processor and requires no rolling, comes together lickety-split," she says. "The filling, which I chill in an ice bath before it goes into the crust, sets in lightning speed. And the meringue, which does not need to bake, is ready to enjoy as soon as it's whipped up — because when you want lemon pie, you want it now."

Triple-Cheese Cheesecake with Amaretti Crust

Made with ricotta, mascarpone, and cream cheese, this killer cheesecake has an ethereally light, creamy texture and fantastic crunchy crust made from honey graham crackers and amaretti cookies.

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

This incredibly chocolaty and creamy quick-bake pie is chef Vitaly Paley's grown-up version of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

Mama's Blueberry Buckle

"Sometimes the cake buckles, and the top is full of sinks and holes," cookbook author Martha Greenlaw remarked about this delicious coffee cake–like dessert with a streusel topping. "But put whipped cream on it and it looks perfect."

Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake

This pound cake is made especially rich by swirling in the chocolate-hazelnut spread Nutella. Serve it with coffee ice cream for an extra-special treat.

Old-Fashioned Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

Chef Rollie Wesen's secret for making a crisp topping is to sprinkle it lightly over the fruit in a thick, even layer without packing the crumbs together. He's super generous with the topping because he loves how it complements the tangy filling.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Filling

With a creamy center and chocolate frosting layered on top, this delicious recipe delivers on its promise of being over-the-top and decadent.

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60+ Top-Rated Desserts Everyone Should Make At Least Once

In our opinion, no meal is complete without dessert, and this luscious collection of dessert recipes is so delicious you'll definitely be tempted to eat your desserts first. Whether you're in the mood for our classic Hummingbird Cake, easy Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, or something new like our Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes, our collection of dessert recipes has a sweet treat for any occasion.

Our best desserts have solutions for hurried hostesses, like our easy Cakey Strawberry Cobbler, which only requires 10 minutes of hands-on time. But we also have dessert recipes for impressing your next dinner party guests like layer cakes , pound cakes, pies, and tarts. We've got options for the spring—our Strawberry Lemonade Cake is a beautiful way to celebrate the season—and the fall (Sea Salt-Caramel Cake is calling our name). And don't worry, whether you're craving homemade ice cream or fixing a fruit pie, we have you covered. Now, you've just got to make sure to leave enough room for dessert!

Hummingbird Cake

Recipe: Hummingbird Cake

If you love Southern Living, you'll know how proud we are of our Hummingbird Cake. We celebrate it every chance we get. It's not just pretty. It's not just tasty. It's a wonder. Thanks to Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of Greensboro, North Carolina, this pineapple-banana spice cake with cream cheese frosting became one of our most requested recipes. Decades after it graced the pages of our magazine, we still stand by Mrs. Wiggins' original, indulgent creation.

Atlantic Beach Pie

Recipe: Atlantic Beach Pie

Often referred to as the easiest pie ever, this citrus pie from North Carolina Chef Bill Smith is just the dessert hot summer days need. One reviewer claimed it is the best lemon pie they've ever eaten.

Cakey Strawberry Cobbler

Recipe: Cakey Strawberry Cobbler

Fresh strawberries and cake-like filling bake together to create this delicious batter cobbler. You can substitute sliced stone fruit, like peaches, for the strawberries if you prefer, but we love the taste of strawberries and a dash of lemon zest in this cobbler. You can easily refrigerate the leftovers, but don't expect to have any!

Easy Peach Cobbler

Recipe: Easy Peach Cobbler

We can't get enough of fresh peaches—especially in a warm cobbler with a gorgeous, golden brown crust. If you're going to try a new recipe for a peach dish this season, make it this one.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

This any-time hit is good enough to make grandma proud. What's the trick? Browning butter. This simple step gives that classic cookie dough its signature taste and chewy, crisp texture. It's a quick, extra step worth taking every time.

Chocolate Cobbler

Recipe: Chocolate Cobbler

A simple list of ingredients that you probably almost always have on hand in your pantry are used to create a decadent chocolate dessert that can be described as a mix of cake and pudding. If there's one tip we have for you, it's that no matter how tempted you may be, absolutely do not stir the cobbler after pouring the water over the chocolate mixture. This helps create the pudding pockets while it's in the oven.

Egg Custard Pie

Recipe: Egg Custard Pie

We think this old-fashioned pie still deserves a spot on dessert tables today. You may be surprised to learn that you just need a handful of ingredients to pull together a dessert that guests of all ages will enjoy.

Shaker Lemon Pie

Recipe: Shaker Lemon Pie

Straight from the pages of the Junior League of Charleston, West Virginia's Mountain Measures cookbook, this old-fashioned pie deserves a comeback. Made with thinly sliced whole lemons—peels and all—this incredibly easy citrus dessert only calls for four ingredients.

Sea Salt-Caramel Cake

Recipe: Sea Salt-Caramel Cake

This cake may well be the ultimate in layer cake decadence. While these tender cake layers taste divine, it's the caramel frosting that really wows. It's outrageously rich— and doesn't require the use of a candy thermometer. In this recipe, you'll see that the rumor is true: Salt really does bring out, enrich, and enlarge the flavor of the sweet caramel.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Recipe: Cream Cheese Pound Cake

You can't go wrong with a cake so beloved. Look no further for the perfect pound cake recipe. This traditional cake is extra-rich. It's also sturdy and substantial because of the cream cheese, and it is always, always in style. Fourth of July? Perfect. Thanksgiving? Ideal. Christmas? Nothing better. Half-birthdays? Yes. We've even been known to dream up holidays on random Wednesday afternoons just to get in the kitchen to make this beauty.

Hot Buttered Rum Bread Pudding

Recipe: Hot Buttered Rum Bread Pudding

Is there anything more comforting or indulgent than a bread pudding? Maybe, but taking one look at this buttered pan of bread pudding, we can't think of anything we would rather nibble on a chilly fall evening. Though you are free to make this dessert in summer if you have a craving for a rum dessert.

Recipe: Wacky Cake

The batter for this chocolate cake is mixed together right in the pan, so there's no dirty mixing bowl in the sink. Originally created to make during leaner times, it also doesn't' call for any eggs or milk. We top the simple cake with a layer of fudgy icing sprinkled with toasted pecans for an even sweeter finish,

Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake

You can assemble this recipe for Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake up to two days ahead of time, minimizing prep time—which we love. Be sure to store at room temperature. Also, you can freeze cooled layers up to a month in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, ensuring that you are always ready to assemble a layer cake for impromptu parties and get-togethers anytime during the day or night.

Mississippi Mud Cake

Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cake

Imagine the richest, darkest, most indulgent chocolate dessert you've ever eaten. Now add some marshmallows, and you've got this decadent yet simple-to-bake cake. Mississippi is known for many things, but a Mississippi Mud Cake is one of the tastiest things we can trace back to the great state of Mississippi.

Chewy Peanut Bars

Recipe: Chewy Peanut Bars

Bite-sized and nutty, these bars are great for tucking into lunch boxes or for sweet and indulgent after-dinner treats. This recipe also has a surprising origin. We weren't exactly excited to test our old microwave column recipes again, but these chocolate-peanut blondies truly surprised us. We whipped them up and had to immediately make another batch. They're easy, the perfect combination of homemade and crowd-pleasing.

Classic Chocolate Pound Cake

Recipe: Classic Chocolate Pound Cake

This moist, classic chocolate cake is dusted with powdered sugar to create a slice chocolate lovers will dream of for days. Plus, with just 30 minutes needed, this traditional cake is a great recipe for experienced and novice bakers alike.

Red Velvet Brownies

Recipe: Red Velvet Brownies

This scrumptious, melt-in-your-mouth treat combines two things almost everyone loves: red velvet and brownies. Our red velvet brownies are a bite-size version of the classic cake. Top them with a decadent cream cheese frosting for the ultimate dessert. It is just special enough—a few degrees beyond a traditional chocolate brownie—and it can be dressed up so easily with a beautiful topping of frosting, icing, cream cheese, or whipped cream.

Classic Chess Pie

Recipe: Classic Chess Pie

It may be simple, but that doesn't make this classic dessert any less impressive. We use refrigerated pie crust to help pull together this old-fashioned pie recipe with ease.

Black-and-Blue Buttermilk Tart

Recipe: Black-and-Blue Buttermilk Tart

This enticing topping of bright berries is just another reminder to revel in the bounty of berries Southerners are lucky enough to experience each summer. This creamy tart and sweet-and-salty buttery cracker crust is topped with a beautiful mix of blueberries and blackberries, but it is equally delicious with strawberries, peaches, or your favorite fresh fruit.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Recipe: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Is an ice cream sandwich your go-to summertime dessert? Then it's time to give your typical ice cream sandwich an upgrade. Now the fan-favorite ice cream bar can become a crowd-pleasing dessert. This decadent ice-cream cake worthy of slicing. Make the whole cake ahead and freeze until ready to serve.

Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie

Recipe: Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie

We're Southerners. We know our pecan pie, and this twist on a regional favorite has us wishing for pecan harvest. We'll spend days picking up pecans in the orchard if it means we can conjure this chocolate-bourbon concoction in the kitchen. We have also gained a new appreciation for whiskey. The liquor goes way beyond drinking and finds its way into sauces, braises, and especially desserts.

Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake

Recipe: Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake

Next time you think you need to run to the grocery store before a summer party for a premade, store-bought dessert, think again. Set aside some time to practice your cooking skills and make this Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake. With its medley of flavors and infusion of fresh seasonal peaches, it will be leagues better than anything you find covered in plastic in a bakery section. Garnish with a drizzle of homemade glaze for a pretty, party-worthy finish.

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Recipe: Red Velvet Cake Balls

When we think of velvet, we think smooth, luxurious, elegant, beautiful, indulgent. And it's true: all of those words can be used to describe this decadent but festive cake balls recipe. Plus, the frosting and sprinkles are a scene-stealer. This tasty creation is made out of red velvet cake that is bonded together with homemade cream cheese frosting and coated in white chocolate for a combination you can't pass up. Don't take our word for it. You've got to taste it for yourself.

Cakey Lemon Brownies

Recipe: Cakey Lemon Brownies

These easy-to-make bar cookies have the chewy, cakey texture of a brownie , but all of the bright and tangy flavor of a lemon bar. Feeling a little extra? Garnish with a few lemon slices for an extra bright, in both flavor and looks. All you need are pretty, thin slices of lemon, which dazzle on top of the brownie slices.

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Recipe : Fresh Peach Ice Cream

When peach season rolls in—in the South, any time from May to September—we're out in the orchard, picking plump, sweet ingredients to churn into this sweet mixture, which is one of our absolute favorite ice cream recipes. We guarantee that your family will ask for this chilly treat over and over again. Best of all, the seven-ingredient mixture requires no cooking, just stirring.

Eggnog Bundt Cake

Recipe: Eggnog Bundt Cake

Did you think eggnog was just for December holiday parties? Think again. This light and fluffy Bundt cake makes eggnog accessible all year round—in warm weather and in cool weather—though we have to admit, it is still perfect for family gatherings around the holidays. Just when you thought Bundt cake couldn't get any better—eggnog and nutmeg raise the bar.

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies

Recipe: Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies

Fudgy and flourless? It's possible, and this simple chocolatey recipe is proof. Thanks to whipped egg whites, the cookies are airy and crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside, like a brownie in cookie form.

Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake

Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake

The ultimate patriotic dessert for a Fourth of July celebration, this cake has everything: bursting berries, rich mascarpone frosting, and fresh fruit filling. It has red, white, and blue to spare. Our patriotic spin on poke cake is the coolest dessert of summer. With a cake this pretty and patriotic, it serves as decoration and dessert all at once.

Cherry-Nectarine Pandowdy

Recipe: Cherry-Nectarine Pandowdy

If you've seen sweet, plump nectarines at your local grocery store but have refrained from buying them because you wondered how best to use them, look no further than this fresh, pandowdy. Here, nectarines pair with cherries for a beautifully cooked fruit under a pastry crust. As the dish cools, the broken crust absorbs the sweet juices from the cooked fruit, creating a deliciously messy dessertSo next time you see nectarines in the fruit aisle, pick up a few—two pounds, actually—and try out this delectable recipe.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe: Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Buttercream-Cream Cheese Frosting

Inspired by a classic carrot cake , these light, fluffy carrot cake cupcakes are infused with even more bright flavor with the moist Pineapple Filling. Finish them off with adorable eggs for easter or simply pipe the Buttercream-Cream Cheese Frosting on top in whatever design you'd like for a slice-free, party-ready dessert.

Brown Sugar Cookie Stars

Recipe: Brown Sugar Cookie Stars

These Brown Sugar Cookie Stars are the closest you'll get to earning a gold star straight from your oven. Perfect for any celebration, from the Fourth of July to Christmas time, the touch of brown sugar gives this sugar cookie a deeper, richer taste than a traditional recipe.

Georgia Pecan Double-Decker Brownies

Recipe: Georgia Pecan Double-Decker Pecan Brownies

We know that we don't need to convince you to try a new brownie recipe, but we're still going to gush about how much we love this one. They are thick and fudgy—hence the double-decker in its name—with an accessible, comfortable depth of flavor. Speckled with pecans, they sit on a perfectly crumbly layer of chocolate wafer crust you'll taste in every bite. Don't let this recipe pass you by.

The Ultimate Carrot Cake

Recipe: The Ultimate Carrot Cake

A classic at the pinnacle of its powers, our recipe for The Ultimate Carrot Cake is a multi-purpose, always-appropriate star of the dessert table. It is dense and moist, an ideal no-fail recipe for when you need a reliable go-to cake. We went for three thick layers plus a creamy brown sugar-cream cheese frosting. For additional edible decoration, try our recipe for candied carrot curls, pretty helixes that add something special to the display. It's a traditional cake, but with a few thoughtful touches, it feels brand new.

Homemade Cookies-and-Cream Ice Cream

Recipe: Homemade Cookies-and-Cream Ice Cream

Here, five ingredients come together in a swirl of cookies and cream. All you need is your electric ice cream maker and a little freezing time. This combination elevates a typical summer afternoon ice cream treat to a memorable experience—certainly a moment to savor. For a party, we like to showcase scooped cones in decorative glassware for a personal touch.

Caramel Apple Cake

Recipe: Caramel Apple Cake

Looking out your window, you may imagine the leaves changing green to red to gold as you smell fresh apple cake baking in your oven. We would bake this dessert any time of year just to imagine the arrival of autumn, but it's true that this cake is at its best in September, October, and November, when fresh apple harvests send crisp, sweet, freshly-picked apples dripping with flavor into our fruit baskets.

Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake

Recipe: Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake

This frozen dessert comes together quickly. After mixing, this ice cream cake recipe just needs a little time to set in the freezer. It's an ideal blend, with its depth of flavor enhanced by fresh berries on top. Plus, its red, white, and blue layers make it the perfect treat to pull out of the freezer after a Fourth of July feast.

Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream Recipe

Recipe: Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream

You know those desserts that make everyone go "Wow!" when they bite into it? This is one of those desserts. As pretty to look at as it is to slice into, it will be hard to have just one bite of this decadent dessert. With a thick swirl of vanilla-mascarpone on top, it mixes buttermilk and lime in a substantial cake with a delightful, dainty presentation.

Lemon Bundt Cake

Recipe: Lemon Bundt Cake

If you can't get enough citrus in your life, you may want to try this Lemon Bundt Cake recipe. With one bite, it will transport you to the breezy tropics, or at least a sunny nearby lemon grove. This recipe gets just the right bit of punch from the grated lemon zest and fresh lemon juice. The result: one of the best, and simplest, cakes you'll ever make. Add our two-ingredient glaze and, for added effect, candied lemons—they taste great scattered atop the cake.

Mississippi Mud Cheesecake

Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cheesecake

Fluffy marshmallows, chopped pecans and chocolate frosting—who knew that mud could be so delicious? Mississippi did. This Southern state knows how to do a chocolate dessert just right, and we've taken it to another level in our Mississippi Mud Cheesecake. Just look at those crunchy, nutty pecans; smooth, chewy mini marshmallows; and decadent, chocolatey cheesecake. There's definitely nothing better than these treats to pacify a chocoholic.

Sprinkle Sandwich Cookies

Recipe: Sprinkle Sandwich Cookies

As cute as they are addicting, it may be hard to eat just one. These colorful cookies are perfect for a gift box of holiday treats, and you can use different colored sprinkles throughout the year to celebrate the seasons, your favorite school's team, or any special holiday. With two cookies sandwiching together vanilla buttercream, what's there not to love?

Classic Cola Cake

Recipe: Classic Coca Cola Chocolate Cake

Our cola cake is simply one of the best in the world. The magical brew of carbonated cola is the secret to the tender texture of the cake and chocolate frosting. You can use any number of similar colas, but since Coca-Cola is the quintessential Southern beverage—first blended in Atlanta (where the ever-popular Coca-Cola factory welcomes visitors to this day) in the early 20th century, then disseminated in mid 1900s soda fountains across the country—we created the ultimate Cola Cake. It's a sheet cake with a rich syrup, and it certainly lives up to the Southern beverage that anchors it.

Rainbow Sherbet Cake

Recipe: Rainbow Sherbet Cake

Why eat sherbet with a bowl and spoon when you can make it oh so much more fun. We gave this classic dessert a new spin by turning this creamy springtime treat into a refreshing cake. We took a few of our favorite flavors­–pineapple, orange, raspberry– and paired them with pound cake and whipping cream. Summer has begun, and we're going to celebrate in sherbet style.

Dr. Pepper Texas Sheet Cake

Recipe: Dr. Pepper Texas Sheet Cake

Everything is bigger in Texas. Everything is more decadent there too, it seems. Somehow, Texas claimed the sheet cake as its own in the mid-20th century, perhaps because of the pecans, an ingredient that grows in abundance throughout the Lone Star State. Better yet, this cake takes it's cues not only from the classic, but from the beloved flavor of Texas-made Dr. Pepper too. The defining element is its shape—and, of course, the icing, which has to be heated and poured on the warm, just-out-of-the-oven cake. The result is a rich, chocolaty treat that's iconic in Texas.

Ultimate Apple Pie

Recipe: Ultimate Apple Pie

Buxton Hall isn't just known for their BBQ. Their in-house pastry chef, Ashley Capps, serves blue ribbon-worthy pies daily, and she gave us the inside scoop to their legendary Ultimate Apple Pie. Serve this beauty at Thanksgiving, and you're sure to have guests asking for to-go slices for the road.

Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting

Recipe: Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting

Inspired by the classic North Carolina cherry-flavored soda, these cupcakes are the cherry on top to any event. This recipe lets you transform your favorite way to bake a cake into a cherry treat. Whether you combine the bubbly drink with a recipe for homemade white cake or pound cake or a packaged cake mix , the result is a pale pink crumb that tastes of almond extract and mild cherry.

No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie

Recipe: No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie

Zesty is the perfect word for this refreshing citrus dessert. It is completely invigorating on a hot summer day. And, lo and behold, there's no baking involved. With just 15 minutes of hands-on time, you'll have a gingersnap-based crust that's prime for freezing. After freezing, pile in the cool, creamy filling, and you're ready to serve.

Homemade Pralines

Recipe: Homemade Pralines

As Southern as they come, making your first batch of Homemade Pralines is alike a right of passage. One of the many dazzling and flavorful things to hail from New Orleans, these sweet and creamy treats have become a holiday tradition for many across the South. They make wonderful food gifts anytime of year, but there's something delightful about in baking a batch just to have at home too.

Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake

Recipe: Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake

We took the traditional pound cake recipe and raised it a stunning, triple-chocolate twist. This cake means business. A duo of glazes—one creamy chocolate, the other subtle buttermilk—comes together atop this dreamy confection. It's indulgent and, we admit, so much fun to eat and serve. Chocolate enthusiasts will be over the moon for this recipe, but it has enough unexpected flavor—thanks to the addition of the buttermilk glaze—that you'll also win over the harder-to-please dessert eaters at the table. Warning: You—and they—won't be able to resist a second slice. Go for it. We won't tell.

Fresh Apple Cake

Recipe: Fresh Apple Cake

This classic is so fresh and substantial that it can stand on its own. Thinly sliced fresh apples (the recipe calls for two and a half pounds of Granny Smith apples) create rich, moist, irresistible layers of fruit within the cake. This cake can truly do it all. Go simple or adorn it if you'd like to take the recipe a delicious step further. Take your pick of your favorite topping, and cover the apple cake with your choice of Browned Butter Frosting, Cream Cheese Frosting, or Dark Chocolate Frosting. You can't go wrong with your choice. It's just that good.

Grilled Peach Cobbler

Recipe: Grilled Peach Cobbler

The fire gives this classic an extra smoky, caramelized flavor that, we're willing to bet, you won't be able to resist. Serve hot off the grill or at room temperature. Crown the cobbler with a scoop of vanilla for an extra sweet touch. This dish is infused with smoke, creating a luscious mixture of textures. Just the right blend of gooey and crisp emerges as the soft slices of caramelized peaches sink underneath the crisp sweet biscuit crust. Pick up a basket of peaches at the farmers' market in the morning, make this gooey treat, and we guarantee that your afternoon will be smoky and sweet.

The Red Velvet Cake

Recipe: The Red Velvet Cake

This cake requires an article before the title. It's not just any red velvet cake. It is The Red Velvet Cake. For good reason: Red velvet cakes are almost universally loved. When you cut into a cake and realize it's red velvet, not just vanilla or chocolate, euphoria sets in. It's a very special cake. Red velvet has even been celebrated in film, memorialized in comedic form. In 1989, an armadillo-shaped groom's cake in Steel Magnolias kicked off a cult following for red velvet. The craze has continued for decades, fueled in part by the red velvet cakes that have graced the Southern Living Christmas cover three times.

Praline Bread Pudding

Recipe: Praline Bread Pudding

Talk about comfort food. We were, weren't we? This dish oozes sweetness, the perfect Southern indulgence. It's no typical bread pudding, though. We gave our favorite bread pudding a Louisiana-style revival with the addition of an oh-so-decadent homemade Praline Sauce. Our Test Kitchen recommends using stale, day-old bread—better for soaking up the sweet custard. So once your bread has graced your shelf just a day too long, you'll know it's time to whip up this sweet treat. We love dipping generous helpings into petite clear dishes—which are all the better to showcase the layers of gooey praline goodness that await you during the dessert course.

Mini Strawberry Tarts

Recipe: Mini Strawberry Tarts

These sweet strawberry treats start with a pistachio crust, an unexpected, nutty, and subtle twist on the form. A dreamy mixture of cream cheese, lemon juice and zest, and whipped cream are folded together before filling the individual tarts. Toss the fresh strawberries in sugar, just before topping the tarts, to give them just a hint of added sweetness. These miniscule desserts are almost too pretty to eat…almost. They are elegant and accessible, and they pack major flavor in tiny tart form, so they are perfect for dinner parties, when you want to impress but don't want to skimp on taste.

Recipe: Fudge Pie

This Fudge Pie starts with semi-sweet chocolate and pecans and ends with a dollop of ice cream on top. To keep things easy, it calls for a frozen pie crust, but the end result is so tasty, anyone who cuts a slice may swear it's fully from scratch. Delicious doesn't even begin to describe it.

The Lemon Cheese Layer Cake

Recipe: The Lemon Cheese Layer Cake

Expecting a twist on cheesecake? You're in for an even sweeter surprise. These layers are filled with a buttery rich lemon curd instead. Light, sweet, and tart: It's a beguiling blend. The curd is smooth, a bright citrus explosion within a sweet cheesecake concoction. It's like nothing you've ever tasted. The Lemon-Orange Buttercream frosting coats the exterior of the cake like a sweet, thick veil. It opens to the lemon curd-interior and doubles, nay, triples the citrus flavor. Perfect for summer, this sweet cake is best served outside, under a starry sky, surrounded by glowing candles and light, fresh cocktails.

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Recipe: Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Make the most of summer's blackberry bounty with this recipe for blackberry cobbler. Our farmers' markets and grocery stores are filled with blackberries for sale, and we've already picked up more than one container. This versatile, deep-purple hued berry is a winner. A winning fruit demands a top-notch recipe, which we provide here. This recipe for blackberry cobbler is so simple that it only uses six ingredients. Six! Easy to make on even the most harried of nights, you can make it special by topping it with whipped cream and garnish with sprigs of fragrant mint. Confession: We planted an herb garden last spring in anticipation of just this sort of recipe. There's nothing quite like a garnish of fresh herbs in a flavorful summer dessert.

Strawberry Dream Cake

Recipe: Strawberry Dream Cake

This Strawberry Dream Cake is an elegant and eye-catching surprise! It's sure to astonish at any prince themed birthday party. The fluffy whipped frosting and upright strawberries make for a stunningly beautiful display.

The Coconut Chiffon Cake

Recipe: The Coconut Chiffon Cake

White as a Sunday glove, coconut is the doyenne of Southern layer cakes, a masterpiece of home cookery that has crowned dining room sideboards for more than a hundred years. Is there anything as delicate as Coconut Chiffon? It's an almost diaphanous mixture, flavorful and dainty and sweet. We see it gracing the dessert tables at showers, weddings, luncheons—anywhere that calls for casual elegance and a pretty (impressive) dessert. It doesn't call attention to itself, though—this is no red velvet cake—but it is such a beautiful, comfortable addition to any event that, no doubt, all of its slices will disappear on cocktail plates to be smiled at and savored.

Coconut-Banana Pudding

Recipe: Coconut-Banana Pudding

Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake

Recipe: Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake

When served in a dish, strawberries and cream are a favorite English dessert and traditional teatime accompaniment. This strawberries and cream riff on the sheet cake will have your guests fawning over a new way to enjoy the fruit and cream mix. One of the most versatile desserts, strawberries and cream is always appropriate—it's delicate and luscious, a dulcet harmony of flavors that we can't get enough of. The fruity thrill of strawberry, the cooling comfort of cream—it's great any time. Taking that idea and transforming it into the ultimate berry sheet cake was no small feat. But we did it, and with the help of this fantastic recipe, you can too.

The Jam Cake

Recipe: The Jam Cake

Jam cakes are deeply rooted in Appalachia, a region where ingredients like sugar were once expensive and scarce. There, natural sweeteners like jams, fruits, and jellies were used to sweeten cakes. Coincidentally, the berries and fruit preserves delivered a flavor so rich sugar alone could never compete. That's why the jam cake is such a prize dessert still today.

Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake

Recipe: Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake

Serve this decadent spring dessert at your next ladies' luncheon, shower, or party and wow the crowd—all of your friends and family—with a garnish of edible flowers, which are easily purchased and shipped from online retailers. Here, we've garnished the completed and cooled Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake with edible flowers, kumquat slices, and a lovely lemon-orange buttercream frosting. Its an airy dessert, one easily enjoyed at a party or luncheon with minimal mess and minimal effort. The texture is a treasure, with the diaphanous hint of chiffon complemented by the perfectly paired citrus duo of vibrant lemon and exuberant orange.

The Lane Cake

Recipe: The Lane Cake

In March 1966, Southern Living featured a recipe for Lane Cake in its second issue. Our latest twist? Dried peaches (finely diced and ridiculously delicious) stand in for raisins, and the traditional meringue frosting gets a spirited makeover with—get this—a triple shot of peach schnapps. This is your summer cake. The levity of meringue plus the playful taste of peach schnapps makes this cake a fruity cocktail of a dessert. We love it at summer parties, and the meringue frosting creates a dramatic visual, sweeping and soaring and inviting guests to partake in a party of a cake. It's covered in clouds but it's a substantial sweet. It's a dessert that defies gravity.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Recipe: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Moist, delicious, and surprisingly easy, this upside-down cake may become your go-to recipe for entertaining. After you try it for the first time, you'll wonder how you ever got on without this recipe card in your life.

Chocolate Delight

Recipe: Chocolate Delight

No matter what you call it, this chocolate dessert with layers of pudding and whipped topping is sure to delight. We bet the first bite will bring back memories of summer's past.

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90 Easy Desserts That Only Look Impossible

These recipes are game-changers.

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What makes these recipes so easy, you may ask? We've included many desserts that are ready in under an hour (some even in 10 minutes!), so you're not slaving away in the kitchen prepping a towering dessert all day long. Our no-bake desserts couldn't be easier to prep ahead of time, with the majority of their time spent chillin' in the fridge 'til you're ready to serve. Of course, we didn't forget one of our favorite easy desserts: poke cakes . If you're unfamiliar, it's all in the name—they’re baked, poked, then filled with a sweet syrup or milk to add extra flavor. Basically, they're foolproof delicious and a super way to impress without all the fuss of a layer cake.

With these recipes, we've found plenty of ways to create stunning-looking desserts without any finesse, from simple marbling to fruit toppings that don't need anything else for a stunning finish (well, some whipped cream never hurt). Want more dessert recipes? Check out our list of easy fruit desserts for when you're looking for something fresh and fruity. Need more chocolate in your life? Peruse our list of chocolate desserts too.

Flourless Chocolate Coconut Cake

flourless chocolate coconut cake

This gluten-free cake is a perfect last-minute dessert to whip up that is so gorgeous, people will think it took you days to make. The flourless cake is made out of butter, semisweet chocolate, and eggs, PLUS fragrant toasted coconut in the batter and on top. The signature cracked topping dusted with cocoa powder make this easy dessert into a stunning centerpiece.

Get the Flourless Chocolate Coconut Cake recipe .

Key Lime Pie Mousse

key lime pie mousse

This take on Key lime pie has all of the refreshing tartness and buttery crumble of the classic dessert, but in an adorable, individual container. Turning the pie into a crumble ensures that every single bite gives you that delicious sharp tang of the Key lime with the crumbly oat topping. This just might be your new fave party dessert!

Get the Key Lime Pie Mousse recipe .

Chocolate Pots De Crème

chocolate pots de creme topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

These little pots of chocolatey goodness defy explanation. While they are technically a custard, they fall somewhere in the middle between a pudding and a mousse . All you really need to know is that these ultra-chocolatey cups are a rich, sweet dream, topped with fluffy whipped cream .

Get the Chocolate Pots De Crème recipe .

Peach Crumble

baked peach crumble

What makes a peach crumble different than a peach crisp or peach cobbler ? It's all in the topping. A crumble is defined by the crumbled, buttery topping usually made out of clumps of butter, flour, and sugar. In our crumble, we pile the topping on high so every bite gets a perfect balance of juicy peaches and warm cinnamon topping.

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Espresso Cookies

espresso cookies

Adding instant coffee is one of our favorite hacks to add a boost of richness and something a lil extra to our chocolatey desserts. To get that flavorful boost and a stronger coffee taste in these soft and fudgy cookies, we added even more instant coffee to really get that chocolate and espresso taste.

Get the Espresso Cookies recipe .

Gluten-Free Almond Thumbprints

gluten free almond thumbprints

The buttery, gluten-free base to these versatile cookies pair well with just about any filling. Pair them with raspberry, blackberry, strawberry—the world is your oyster when it comes to these adorable, bite-sized treats.

Get the Gluten-Free Almond Thumbprints recipe .

Easy Blondies


Switch it up from normal brownies with these nutty, rich blondies. You can switch up this base recipe however you desire, but if you're aiming for a classic blondie, there are a few necessities. Make sure you're browning the butter to get that signature nutty flavor, and don't forget the white chocolate chips and toasted, crunchy walnuts!

Get the Easy Blondies recipe .

Carrot Cake Dip

carrot cake dip with apples and graham crackers

Everyone knows the best part of carrot cake is the cream cheese frosting , and this carrot cake dip does not skimp on the good stuff. While many other cake dip recipes use boxed cake mix, this version is gluten-free and uses toasted pecans, caramelized cinnamon, carrots, and plump rum raisins to bring out that signature flavor.

Get the Carrot Cake Dip recipe .

No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

nobake blackberry cheesecake bars

These no-bake cheesecake bars are not only delightfully light and fluffy, but the fruity swirled topping is almost a work of art. The creamy middle is complemented perfectly by the tart blackberry topping which doubles as a dipping sauce as well as a stunning swirl!

Get the No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake Bars recipe .

Coconut Cookies

gluten free almond flour coconut cookies

Soft, chewy, slightly golden crispy edges with crispy toasted coconut strewn throughout, these coconut cookies are not too shy to highlight their star ingredient. Topped with even more coconut right before baking, these chewy cookies with a crispy edge are a coconut lover's dream.

Get the Coconut Cookies recipe .

Pistachio Cake

layered pistachio cake with cream cheese frosting

Ground pistachios give a nutty flavor, added crunch and an appealing, light green hue to this layered cake. Paired between layers of tangy cream cheese icing, this warming, textured cake is perfection in every bite.

Get the Pistachio Cake recipe .

Chocolate Almond Bark

chocolate almond bark

This homemade chocolate bark couldn't be easier (ready in under 30 minutes!), and also is so sweet and crunchy that no store-bought bar could compare. We love the sharp taste of dark chocolate and crunchy almonds in this recipe, but feel free to experiment with your favorite combos!

Get the Chocolate Almond Bark recipe .

Easy Profiteroles

closeup of an ice cream filled profiterole topped with chocolate sauce

These may look fancy, but they really are a breeze to whip up. The pastry base of this is a dough called pâte à choux, the king cream puffs, eclairs and more! The staple dough is then filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with sweet, runny chocolate sauce—all ready in under an hour!

Get the Easy Profiteroles recipe .

Magic Cookie Bars

12 magic cookie bars

These might just be the easiest (and most customizable) dessert on this list. To make these sweet bars, simply layer various chocolate and nuts over a graham cracker crust with sweetened condensed milk before baking, and voila! We love the classic ingredients chosen for this recipe (we're looking at you toasted coconut), but we encourage you to find your ideal combinations to discover the true magic of these bars.

Get the Magic Cookie Bars recipe .

Confetti Squares

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These colorful squares are a perfect last-minute party pleaser, only requiring 20 minutes of baking time before chilling! We used rainbow marshmallows for an extra-fun pop of color, but feel free to use regular marshmallows for a more toned-down treat.

Get the Confetti Squares recipe .

Chocolate Fluffernutter Pie

fluffernutter pie in a metal pie tin with a slice taken out

Peanut butter pie just got a major upgrade. We added a quick, easy and super fluffy marshmallow cream on top instead of traditional whipped cream . The best part? This no-bake pie is a perfect make-ahead dessert, requiring little effort and a few hours of chilling time.

Get the Chocolate Fluffernutter Pie recipe .

Homemade Milano Cookies

milano cookies

Don't be intimidated by these fancy cookies—turns out they're surprisingly easy to make and customize! We filled our light and buttery cookies with a simple yet rich chocolate ganache, but feel free to add in some mint extract for a fresh, minty version.

Get the Homemade Milano Cookies recipe .

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

flourless chocolate peanut butter cake

We gave the classic flourless chocolate cake an upgrade in the form of LOTS of peanut butter. The chocolate and PB combo make it even richer than the original, while being just as easy to make. The fancy stripes are optional—but who doesn't love a little extra peanut butter?!

Get the Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake recipe .

Caramel Apple Tart

caramel apple tart

This four-ingredient dessert will look like it took you hours, when it's really ready in under an hour! Store-bought puff pastry is the secret behind this quick and easy tart , but don't fret, the pastry will be just as flaky and delicious as if it were homemade, in half the time.

Get the Caramel Apple Tart recipe .

closeup of vanilla milkshake topped with rainbow sprinkles and a maraschino cherry

If you're feeling nostalgic for diner days, no worries—it's surprisingly easy to make a deliciously creamy milkshake at home! This basic vanilla recipe is a great base for endless mix-ins, like chocolate syrup, candy, or even fruit.

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Desserts spelled backwards is stressed, but these recipes keep the stress levels low and the deliciousness high. Let’s not complicate things and keep it easy breezy. Take your pick out of these 77 effortless and impressive treats, sure to wow any crowd.

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Chocolate mousse with salted caramel and mochi

Chocolate mousse with salted caramel and mochi

This dessert is pillowy and mellow, perfect for capping off a great meal.

Pecan chocolate bread and butter pudding

Pecan chocolate bread and butter pudding

This chocolate bread and butter pudding makes use of any leftover bread.

Chocolate mousse with cherry ripe truffles

Chocolate mousse with cherry ripe truffles

Chef Scott Pickett shares a dessert with nostalgic flavours from his childhood.

Poached pear vacherin (meringue)

Poached pear vacherin (meringue)

Chef Scott Pickett whips together a sweet and creamy dessert with flavours from Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

Coconut yoghurt cake

Coconut yoghurt cake

Zero waste tip: "When it comes to storing perishables like dairy, the freezer is your best friends. Milk and yoghurt can be stored in ice cube trays and popped out to use in smoothies." - Ronni Kahn.

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Melt-and-mix white chocolate and ginger mud cake

Melt-and-mix white chocolate and ginger mud cake

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Easy lemon meringue pie

Easy lemon meringue pie

You will need a kitchen blowtorch for this delicious dessert recipe. This is an edited extract from A Table for Friends: The Art of Cooking for Two or Twenty by Skye McAlpine (Bloomsbury, $49.99).

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Baked ricotta cake

Ricotta is fantastic in desserts, and this cake is no exception. Begin this recipe 1 day ahead.

Burnt butter, almond and honey cake

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90 Easy Dessert Recipes with 5 Ingredients (Or Less!)

Dana Meredith

Need a sweet treat that's easy to make? These simple desserts do just the trick.

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When your pantry is running low, turn to this list of quick, easy desserts. You’ll find the recipe details for the sweets in this video in the following slides. Craving more? Take a look at even more of our quick and easy dessert recipes .

Chocolate Billionaires

Chocolate Billionaires

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Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

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Semisweet Chocolate Mousse

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Frozen Banana Cereal Pops

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Vanilla Meringue Cookies

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Oklahoma Coconut Poke Cake

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Whipped Shortbread

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Pecan Caramel Candies

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Coconut Pistachio Pie

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Devil’s Food Cookies

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Easy Peanut Butter Balls

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Mini Blueberry Tarts

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Quick and Easy Baklava Squares

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No-Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprints

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Rainbow Gelatin Cubes

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Coconut Joys

Mom's Fried Apples

Mom's Fried Apples

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Chocolate Banana Bundles

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Quick Mango Sorbet

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Cranberry Pecan Cookies

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Fresh Blackberry Pie

Peanut Butter Cup Trifle

Peanut Butter Cup Trifle

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Strawberry-Rosemary Yogurt Pops

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Ice Cream Kolachkes

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Rhubarb Fool with Strawberries

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Elegant White Chocolate Mousse

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Double-Chocolate Toffee Icebox Cake

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Layered Lemon Pie

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Raspberry Sorbet

Rocky Road Cookie Cups

Rocky Road Cookie Cups

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Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Meringue Roses

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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Macadamia-Coffee Bean Cookies

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Cake & Berry Campfire Cobbler

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Maple Ricotta Mousse with Candied Pecans

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Quick Icebox Sandwiches

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Buttery 3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

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Pecan Roll-Ups

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Grilled Angel Food Cake with Strawberries

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Coconut Creme Chocolates

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Caramelized Baked Custards

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Refreshing Rhubarb Ice Cream

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Easy Oatmeal Cream Pies

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This 2-ingredient fudge belongs in your recipe box . It’s the easiest candy recipe EVER!

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Confetti Cake Batter Cookies

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Texas Tumbleweeds

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Berry White Ice Pops

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Black Forest Dump Cake

Haystack Cookies with Peanut Butter

Haystack Cookies with Peanut Butter

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Soft Chewy Caramels

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Chocolate-Dipped Apple Rings

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Strawberry-Hazelnut Meringue Shortcakes

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Frozen Greek Vanilla Yogurt

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Blueberry Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

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Butterscotch Toffee Cookies

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Rainbow Sherbet Angel Food Cake

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Quick Double Chocolate Biscotti

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Peanut Butter Cereal Treats

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Macaroon Ice Cream Torte

Macaroon Ice Cream Torte

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Frozen Berry & Yogurt Swirls

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Apple Pie Bites

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Mocha-Pecan Ice Cream Bonbons

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Chocolaty S'mores Bars

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Heavenly Filled Strawberries

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Chocolate Lover's Pizza

Lemon Crisp Cookies

Lemon Crisp Cookies

Grilled Honey-Balsamic Glazed Fruit

Grilled Honey-Balsamic Glazed Fruit

Flourless Chocolate Torte

Flourless Chocolate Torte

White Candy Bark

White Candy Bark

Strawberry Angel Trifle

Strawberry Angel Trifle

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Apple-Spice Angel Food Cake

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Peach Bavarian

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Yummy Cracker Snacks

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Mini Brownie Treats

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Blackberry Frozen Yogurt

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Frozen Mud Pie

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Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

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Apple Kuchen Bars

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Birthday Cake Freezer Pops

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Chocolate Peanut Treats

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy

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Lime-in-the-Coconut Almond Bark


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Blueberry Ice Cream

Rocky Road Fudge Pops

Rocky Road Fudge Pops

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10 Delicious and Decadent Types of Desserts

Delicious and Decadent Types of Desserts

We’ve all experienced that unmistakable craving for sweets. One minute, you’re just going about your business doing the dishes or reading the paper, and then BAM, you’re suddenly craving something decadent and delicious. If you ever find yourself craving something sweet but can’t really pinpoint the exact dessert you’re in the mood for, it might be a good idea to take a look at the options. Have you tried everything desserts have to offer? Do you think there might be a dessert you haven’t yet tasted? We’ve come up with the ten most popular types of desserts, along with some variations that fall into each category.

Categories and Types of Desserts

You can find countless different variations on desserts, from key lime cheesecake to oreo cookie milkshakes, but these sweet treats typically fall into overarching categories. Although some desserts may strike several different boxes, they usually fall within one of these several umbrellas. For example, oreo cookie milkshakes fall firmly within the frozen dessert category. To broaden your dessert repertoire, you may want to taste desserts from each one of these categories. You can use this data to figure out the type of dessert you like best. Then you can delve deep into that one category to find your very favorite dessert of all time.

If you’re craving something sweet, check out our Delicious Celebration® Dipped Strawberries & Pineapple with enough chocolate to satisfy any sweet tooth. It’s made with pineapple daisies and pineapple stars covered in semisweet chocolate, strawberries, honeydew, canteloupe, and so much more. It comes with so many treats, you’ll have plenty to share.

Top 10 Types of Desserts

To help you learn more about the different options of sweet treats available, we’ve gathered up ten types of desserts that are decadent, mouthwatering, and irresistible. Here’s more about each category:


Perhaps the most popular dessert of all time, cake contains a combination of flour, sugar, eggs, butter or oil, leavening agents (such as yeast or baking powder), and sometimes milk or water. It’s topped with sweet and creamy icing for the ultimate treat.


Made from flour and sugar, cookies are usually small, flat, and round. To create sandwich cookies, just place a small amount of jam or icing in the middle of two cookies. Cookies can also be cut in elaborate shapes, perfect for different seasons and events.

3. Biscuits


A different variety of baked goods that includes scones, biscotti, and more, biscuits are in a category all their own. Biscuits are typically made denser than cake, but they can vary in texture from soft and chewy to hard and crispy.

4. Pastries


Pastries include pies, cobblers, and anything else made with a light and flaky bread crust. They’re often filled with fruit, chocolate, nuts, or spices to elevate the flavor profile of the treat. Apple pie is the quintessential American pastry.


Confections, also called candy or sweets, feature sugar or honey as a principal ingredient. Caramel, fudge, toffee, hard candies, and gummies are all types of candy. Chocolate is perhaps the most popular type, made from a combination of cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar, and milk.

6. Custards and Puddings


Made with a base of cream and milk, puddings and custards are remarkably similar. However, puddings are thickened with starches such as corn starch or tapioca, while custards are thickened using only eggs.

7. Deep-fried

Deep fried

There are many different desserts made of deep-fried batter or dough. Donuts are made with a flour-based batter that has been deep-fried and topped with sugar or filled with sweet cream or chocolate. Churros are deep-fried and rolled in a sugar and cinnamon combination.

Ice Cream

Cold, creamy, and absolutely delicious, frozen treats include ice cream, gelato, sorbet, shaved ice, frozen yogurt, and so much more. The main difference between ice cream and gelato is that gelato uses more milk and less cream than ice cream, resulting in a denser dessert.


Jellied desserts are made of gelatin, a processed collagen product that gives desserts the quintessential “jiggle.” These desserts include old-school gelatin, Jello, marshmallows, Gelatina de Mosaico, and more.


Even fruit can be considered a dessert with its sweet and vibrant texture. Mix it with simple syrup for an easy and delicious fruit salad. Or, try one of our platters, such as our Chocolate Dipped Indulgence Platter which is filled with apples, strawberries, and pineapple daisies, all covered in decadent semisweet chocolate.

What are the different types of desserts?

There are many different types of desserts to appeal to a variety of tastes. Some of the different types of desserts include:

While many desserts are baked and served warm, at room temperature, or refrigerated, there are also a variety of types of frozen desserts such as:

How many types of desserts are there?

While there are thousands of different dessert recipes, you can generally classify desserts in 7 basic types of desserts:

What are the different types of cold desserts?

Cold desserts are not frozen, but they are chilled and stored in the refrigerator and served cold. The different types of cold desserts include:

What are types of plated desserts?

Many different desserts are plated, meaning they’re positioned in an aesthetically pleasing way with extras such as sauces, syrups, or garnishes, often including different textures and temperatures. Plated desserts typically fall into one of the following categories:

Practically any type of dessert can be presented as a plated dessert, as long as it has several elements and is not served as a single item. Cookies, for instance, are often served as a single item, but cookies can become a plated dessert when arranged on a plate next to a scoop of ice cream and topped with chocolate fudge sauce. Even a slice of cake can become a plated dessert with a tasty topping and a sweet or fruity garnish.

What are the types of frozen desserts?

There are many types of frozen desserts, such as:

If you’re craving something sweet, turn to one of these delicious types of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Only once you have tried them all can you really determine your favorite dessert.


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