Our Best Fancy Dessert Recipes

Our Best Fancy Dessert Recipes
Our Best Fancy Dessert Recipes

If you need great dessert recipes for special occasions, we’ve got you covered. While these dessert recipes are sure to impress your guests, we’ve sneaked in a few shortcuts to help make serving them easier. The cakes on this list start with boxed cake mixes, ganaches that mix together in the microwave, and even recipes that only require 30 minutes (or less) of hands-on kitchen time. With such an easy recipe, you can whip up these fabulous desserts for your family any day of the week.

Read on for our best delicious dessert recipes sure to wow anyone.

Anthony Achilles; Food Styling: Ali Ramee; Prop Styling: Christine Kelly

While this cake is great for special occasions, it actually starts with a boxed cake mix, so it only takes 30 minutes of hands-on time to make.

Photographer: Will Dickey Prop Designer: Missie Crawford Food Designer: Erin Merhar

This decadent recipe transforms the flavor of chocolate-covered strawberries into a beautiful cheesecake. Plus, the chocolate ganache layer actually comes together in the microwave.

Pam Lowry; Anthony Achilles; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Layers of peach, whipped cream, and vanilla cake are layered on a small plate to form a beautiful centerpiece that’s delicious at the same time.

Greg Dupree; Food Designer: Ali Ramee; Props Designer: Hannah Greenwood

These lava cakes are ready in just 35 minutes from start to finish.

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Hummingbird Cake is a classic layer cake featuring three moist cake layers filled with pineapples and bananas. Layers are then covered with cream cheese frosting and finished off with toasted pecans.

Anthony Achilles; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Freeze-dried raspberries give homemade meringue a pretty pink hue.

Greg Dupree

This recipe turns sheet cakes into miniature cakes, so every guest can have their own dessert.

Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Emily Neighbors Hall Prop Designer: Christine Keely

Citrus and sugared berries not only add a beautiful finish to this cake, they also add rich flavor to the cake layers and frosting.

Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Designer: Josh Hoggle, Food Designer: Ruth Blackburn

For the best meringue, make sure the egg whites are at room temperature before adding them to the mixture.

Anthony Achilles; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell

Serve chocolate tarts with bourbon balls to impress.

Anthony Achilles; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Not only does this pavlova cake contain 9 ingredients, it’s also dairy and gluten free.

Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Designer: Melissa Gray Prop Designer: Christina Daley

this apple pie is almost Too pretty to eat.

Anthony Achilles; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

You might be surprised to know that boxed cake mix is ​​one of just 9 ingredients used to make this decadent cake.

Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Ana Kelly

Toasted meringue serves as the crust for this delightful pie, originally published in the Tampa Youth League cookbook in 1961.

Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Edible flowers like violas, tuberous begonias, English daisies, or pansies can instantly transform mini cakes into party desserts.

Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Sweetened cranberries and whipped crème fraiche are just the garnishes a clear pie needs to give it an elegant finish.

Morgan Hunt Glaze; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely

This ice cream cake requires no baking, just make sure to allow enough time to freeze.

Caitlin Bencell; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Trust us, this homemade cheesecake is worth the extra effort.

Hector Manuel Sanchez

This cake will fool your family into thinking you spent all afternoon preparing it, when in reality it only required 20 minutes of hands-on time.

Linda Pugliese, Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Buffy Hargett Miller

Both the chocolate and white chocolate mousse in these brownies are mixable in the microwave. Plus, they can be made up to 24 hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat.

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