They look impressive and taste divine, but the really extraordinary thing about these fabulous desserts is how easy they are to prepare.
This three-layer butter cake has a pecan-pie filling in between the cake layers, a rich cream cheese frosting, and a topping
of sweet coconut and chopped pecans. It's a great dessert for holiday entertaining.
If you like the taste of pecan pie, you'll love this easy alternative. Serve the squares with vanilla ice cream for an over-the-top
For festive holiday flair, prepare these individual desserts in mugs or ramekins. This chilled dessert recipe makes three
servings, so plan to enjoy the two extra servings the next day.
Chocoholics are sure to love this ultra-rich cheesecake, which features traditional cheesecake filling sandwiched between
a chocolate-pecan brownie base and a thick, homemade chocolate glaze.
This rich holiday cake is a show-stopper that will become a family holiday classic recipe. Don't be tempted to substitute
peppermint extract for the peppermint oil used in this recipe. Peppermint oil, available from cake-supply stores, has an intense,
highly concentrated flavor like that found in chocolate-covered peppermint patties.
A delicious twist on our favorite Hummingbird Cake, this recipe is so simple to make you won't believe you started from scratch. This recipe can be made with fresh figs or
with good quality preserves. Sweet cream cheese frosting covers the cake and is a nice balance to the spicy fall flavors.
A rich Whipped Ganache Filling is the happy surprise when you slice into this decadent chocolate layer cake. Frost with a Seven-Minute Frosting and decorate with festive Candied Oranges, citrus leaves and cranberries.
Easy as icebox pie, this party-pretty tart pairs the bright fresh flavors of lemon and orange with a crisp gingersnap crust.
It's just the right finish for a rich holiday meal, and freezes beautifully. Prepare the tart up to 1 month ahead, omitting
the whipped cream and garnish; chill as directed. Remove the metal rim of the tart pan; cover and freeze in a zip-top freezer
bag. Thaw overnight in refrigerator; add whipped cream and garnish up to 4 hours before serving.
There are crisp Italian cookies also called ladyfingers, but be sure to use soft ones in this recipe. Look for them in the
bakery or produce section of your supermarket.
A lavish amount of melted chocolate and sour cream gives these moist cake layers a tender, velvet-textured crumb. You'll find
lots of imaginative ways to bake and frost the cake layers listed with the recipe for the batter.
A New Orleans specialty, this simple but ethereal dessert is nothing short of spectacular. It takes just minutes to put together,
and bakes while everyone enjoys the main meal.
A burst of sweet-tart cranberry sauce lies at the bottom of these creamy, double-rich custards. Prepare the custards a day
ahead, and chill. Crisp, paper-thin crusts of caramelized sugar are added just before serving—all it takes is a few minutes
under the broiler. For the best flavor and texture, choose a quality white chocolate with cocoa butter listed as the primary
This classic English layered pudding dessert goes Southern with banana pudding and bourbon-soaked vanilla wafers.
Still warm from the oven or tucked away to season in a secret hiding place, golden-crusted pound cakes are loved by everyone.
We serve them any time of day or night, and have even been known to butter and toast a slice or two for breakfast. A colorful
confetti of red and green maraschino cherries makes this merry little cake a hit with all ages.
A star-tipped pastry bag makes quick work of piping these festive little cream puffs, but you can also shape small dollops
of dough with a pair of teaspoons. Bake them up to a month ahead; cool completely, and freeze in zip-top plastic bags. We
chose vanilla bean ice cream as a filling, but butter-pecan or dulce-de-leche are also a great match for the compote. Or,
change the flavor combination and use coffee ice cream and caramel sauce to create a fun twist on the popular pumpkin spiced
A decadent trio of dark chocolate cake layers is the delicious surprise inside this festive package. There's no need to worry
about picture-perfect swirls of frosting—just spread it on. Then decorate like a pro simply by pressing finely chopped white
chocolate and almonds into the top and sides of the cake. Tie on a ribbon, and you have a stunning dessert that tastes every
bit as good as it looks.
Doughnuts are a true passion for Mindi–she even asks for them instead of birthday cake. "This recipe is an awesome sweet to
add to your brunch menus too," says Mindi.
Top with whipped cream and this sweet potato pie is sure to be a hit.
Swirl chocolate and yellow cake batter together in this marble sheetcake recipe and top with a rich mocha frosting.
Make a classic white cake for Christmas this year. This recipe starts with boxed mix, then adds a few key ingredients to make
the end result light, fluffy, and totally delicious.
We replicated the flavor profile of Mexican chocolate using semisweet chocolate and cinnamon. If you prefer to use Mexican
chocolate, look for it with the hot drink mixes or on the Hispanic food aisle. This moist pound cake is equally delicious
without the Mexican Chocolate Sauce.
The bourbon-soaked fruits and bold flavors in this rustic pie make it an adults-only dessert. Splurge for a premium brandy
or bourbon—it’s worth it.
These snazzy red velvet soufflés are not only eye catching, but drool-worthy desserts that will dazzle any holiday table.
This praline bundt cake gets raves for being moist, flavorful and beautiful! Something about it evokes a feeling of Southern
This ultimate recipe is the most requested in Southern Living magazine history and frequents covered dish dinners all across the South, always receiving rave reviews.
Save time and stress with this elegant make-ahead dessert your guests will love.
This trifle has a unique mixture of flavors and textures from the creamy yogurt and cream cheese and the moist red velvet
cake. Top this dessert with raspberries for a light and satisfying treat.
Make an easy holiday pound cake by starting with a box of pound cake mix and adding eggnog and ground nutmeg. Not only is
it perfect for holiday entertaining, you can also toast a few slices and top with jam or preserves for breakfast. You can
also use the delectable batter to make Eggnog Cupcakes.
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.
Chill any remaining custard, and serve it with the remaining ladyfingers for dipping.
Santa's secret: No one will ever guess these elegant little cakes came from a box of white cake mix and a can of cherries.
This is a towering peppermint-lover's dream. Clear about 14 square inches of room in your freezer before you begin.
Make even larger quantities for gifting this easy microwave treat by skipping the jelly-roll pan and covering your counter
with parchment. It'll take longer to harden at room temperature, but you can make large batches without pans or the refrigerator.
Effortless to pull off? Check. Tastes better the longer it sits? Check. Make this beauty up to one day before company arrives.
Cardamom spice gives this silky custard its holiday flavor. Use any berry you wish, adjusting the sugar in the mixture to
For a formal fête, freeze the custards in elegant wine glasses or brandy snifters. For a casual gathering, use small milkshake
glasses or punch cups.