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
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 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
- 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