Beautiful & Impressive Desserts
These impressive confections will light up any dessert table and are sure to garner praise at your next party.
Start by stacking layers of tangy-sweet Key lime custard and graham crackers to make one quick and easy layer cake with just enough pucker. Add the lime juice once you've fully cooked the custard to let the cornstarch thicken the mixture properly.
- Recipe: Key Lime Icebox Cake
We used 6 (8-inch) disposable aluminum foil cake pans, so we could fill all the pans at once. This way, if you bake the layers in batches, the second batch is ready to go in the oven as soon as the first is done.
Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Cake
This indulgent recipe marries two delicious desserts: lemon bars and cheesecake. Using a dark springform pan ensures a golden brown crust without having to bake before adding the filling.
- Recipe: Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Reader and recipe developer Kelly Sterling dreamed up this tangy-sweet recipe. "I like to use fresh organic fruit for optimal sweetness," she says. "You can use plums, peaches, or nectarines."
- Recipe: Plum Shortbread Tart
Over-ripe bananas (yellow peels splotched with brown flecks) are best for baking. You won't get the same depth of flavor or moistness without them.
This cake is the perfect ending to a meal—from the deep red cranberry topping to the velvety smooth comforting bites.
Here the cream cheese is added after beating the butter and sugar, and the cake bakes at a slightly higher temperature than usual.
These chilled, creamy pies are the dessert equivalent of a swimming hole--so refreshing you can't help but dive in.
- Recipe: Lemon-Mascarpone Icebox Tarts
Caramelized apples are artfully arranged on top of this rich and delicious cheesecake for a perfect dessert.
Recipe: Caramel-Apple Cheesecake
The best way to enjoy this blackberry and caramel confection is with friends—it makes 12 satisfying servings.
Recipe: Tennessee Jam Bundt
Savor the flavors of cranberries and apples as they come together with a holiday favorite—pecan shortbread—in this stunning presentation.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple Pie with Pecan Shortbread Crust
Showcase two of the South’s most beloved products—peaches and pecans—in this old-fashioned peach cobbler recipe.
- Recipe: Pecan-Peach Cobbler
Stirring in marshmallow creme eliminates the traditional use of raw eggs in this light and luscious treat. Look for soft ladyfingers in the bakery section of the grocery store.
- Recipe: Strawberry Semifreddo Shortcake
This delicious apple bundt cake features a sweet cream cheese filling and homemade praline frosting. Garnish the frosting with extra toasted pecans.
- Recipe: Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
These snazzy red velvet soufflés are not only eye catching, but drool-worthy desserts that will dazzle any dessert table.
This impressive dessert isn't difficult, but do plan ahead. Preheat the oven, and just before sitting down to dinner, pop the soufflés in. When done, serve them all puffed up and gorgeous.
Recipe: Gingerbread Soufflés
Michelle Matile has been making this crowd favorite for the past few years and always gets hounded for the recipe. "I love traditional tiramisù, but it never looks as pretty as a layer cake that you can decorate," she says.
- Recipe: Tiramisù Layer Cake
A chewy ring of brownie-batter crust folds over creamy and luscious peanut butter cheesecake. Yes, please! Recipe from Savor the Moment by the Junior League of Boca Raton.
- Recipe: Cinderella Cheesecake