Desserts to Make for Your Daughter's Bridal Shower
Wedding bells are ringing! If the bells are sounding off for your daughter, it means you’ll eventually be tasked with hosting the impending bridal shower. Along with planning games and organizing the gift-opening portion of the celebration, your biggest responsibility as mother-of-the-bride will be creating a menu guests will remember. Sure, there will be time to gossip, share sage marriage advice, and gift the bride-to-be with the necessary tools to start her new life (think: provocative lingerie and essential kitchenware). But, to be frank, the main reason most guests attend is for the food and sweet treats. And you won’t want to let them or the bride down. Since bridal showers typically include lighter fare and simple dishes, the same culinary rules should be applied to dessert. Whether you’re organizing a Sunday brunch, luncheon, or evening bridal shower, you can’t go wrong with individually-portioned desserts. Why waste time baking a big cake, when petite tarts, miniature cakes, and dainty parfaits are far more sensible for guests to nosh on while mingling and playing games? These 18 bite-sized treats are easy yet impressive enough to wow the bride and her guests. Trust us, she’ll never know you didn’t spend all day in the kitchen.
Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
For spring and summer nuptials and shower planning, these bright cupcakes are a real treat. They're basically your favorite frozen treat transformed into fresh and sunny cupcakes.
Mile-High Mini Strawberry Pies
Recipe: Mile-High Mini Strawberry Pies
If you love the idea of making individual desserts to serve for a special event, these pies piled with sweet, luscious strawberries are the perfect sweet solution.
Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundt Cakes
Baking with bourbon, chocolate, and cola gives these little Bundt cakes a flavor that's almost too good to pass up. Your friends and family will definitely keep coming back for more until they're all gone. Great for any gathering, these cute treats can be frozen individually for shower guests to take home.
Milk Punch Tres Leches Cake
Recipe: Milk Punch Tres Leches Cake
Tres leches is the Spanish term for “three milks." This classic dessert is made with an extra-creamy trio of sweetened condensed, evaporated, and whole milk to satiate your guests' palates. Make these mini cakes with a round cutter, and top with whipped cream and a grating of nutmeg.
Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
Mini Strawberry Tarts
Recipe: Mini Strawberry Tarts
Anything enveloped in a homemade pastry crust is always a welcome treat, but this crust is made more delicious with the addition of pistachio. Presentation is key here, as these strawberry delights are sure to catch the attention of your guests. We hope you love the way they look on the dessert table as much as you'll love the way they taste.
Mini Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes
Guests will find it hard to resist these little chocolaty pound cakes.
Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Recipe: Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Cheesecake already has a lot to live up to, but these perfectly sweet, tangy, and lemony dessert bars are up to the task.
A 70-Year-Old Love Story Was Celebrated With A 166-Year-Old Wedding Dress
This is one of the sweetest love stories we've ever heard – not to mention a great example of why we love to pass down heirlooms through generations. As reported by our friends at USA Today, when Priscilla married Bill in 1948, she wore a 97-year-old wedding dress. It was her great-great-great-grandmother's wedding dress. This year, the couple celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.
Mini Chocolate Chess Tarts
Recipe: Mini Chocolate Chess Tarts
Good news: You can now enjoy Southern classic chess pie in miniature form, with a creamy, custardy, and chocolaty filling on the inside.
Recipe: Cheesecake Tarts
Fresh nectarines and a colorful medley of berries will allow guests to indulge on these cheesecake tarts without feeling guilty.
Recipe: Chocolate Parfaits
Because bridal showers require something fancy on both the gift and dessert table.
Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting
Get the honeymoon planning off to a good start with a little taste of paradise. These tropical-flavored cupcakes will have the bride-to-be and guests booking an island getaway soon.
Make birds' nests with malted milk balls and edible paper; wilton.com
Chocolate Banana Puddings
Recipe: Chocolate Banana Puddings
Not your mama's classic banana pudding! This quick and creamy dessert gets a chocolaty boost from chocolate pudding and chocolate wafer cookies.
Recipe: Lemon-Almond Tarts
Truly love at first bite, a crisp vanilla wafer crust is topped with fresh raspberries for a crowd-pleasing dessert.
Bite-Size Sour Cream-Pound Cake Cupcakes
If you've never converted a traditional cake recipe into individual cupcakes, you're truly missing out on a delectable experience. Much like its full-sized counterpart, these cupcakes are just as rich and dense as regular pound cake.
Serve them in decorative liners, such as these colorful fluted flower cups from bakeitpretty.com.
Triple Chocolate Brownie-Mousse Stacks
With three layers of chocolate filling, these stacks are as appealing to the eye as they will be to your guests' taste buds. You can chill the assembled stacks up to 24 hours ahead of time.