These gorgeous desserts will be the talk of your family, friends, and guests. When you really want the final course to be special, make a spectacular sweet that will have you accepting an extra round of applause at your celebration.
With a shimmery sugar adornment, this pretty pyramid will elicit gasps of delight. One bite of the light, cream-filled puffs will garner even more praise.
Treat your guests to a candy bar in party attire. A longtime favorite flavor combination goes glamorous in a cheesecake brimming with elegance and candy-store appeal.
Ice cream in the oven is a classic contradiction, but moments under the broiler make this dessert a reality. Slice into the pretty meringue to reveal an even more striking color and flavor. Rum-raisin injects a warm, spicy kick into the stunning dessert.
The epitome of elegance, layers of almond sponge cake, coffee syrup, java-spiked buttercream, and opulent ganache fill this unassuming cake with taste that will make guests sing its praises.
Editor's Tip: Although music notes are typically piped on the cake, you can create any design to suit your occasion.
Cloudlike puffs of meringue and whipped cream will send guests into seventh heaven. Named to honor the grace and elegance of ballerina Anna Pavlova, the airy dessert resembles a dancer's tulle tutu.
This exquisite treat, broiled one layer at a time in a single pan, hints at all the smile-inducing pleasures of a European pastry shop. The name (pronounced bowm-KYOO-kin) roughly translates as tree cake -- an allusion to the sliced layers' resemblance to rings on a crosscut tree.
Glossy glazed citrus garnishes this dessert, but the gleaming marmalade topper pales next to the tart's flavor. This pretty dessert is made memorable by a lightly spiced crust and a creamy filling.
This starring roll deserves its accolades. Chocolate sponge cake, brandied cherries, whipped cream filling, and chocolate ganache fuse into a classic flavor combination that's guaranteed to earn rave reviews.
Editor's Tip: Shape the cake into a roll while it's still hot. If you let the cake cool, it will crack instead of bending into a beautiful spiral.
At first sight, the cake is lovely with luscious lemon cream cheese frosting, sugared cranberries, and lemon peel. But the first slice reveals the true beauty of the classic seasonal flavors in a deliciously unexpected way.
Editor's Tip: Despite its everyday reputation, vanilla hails from an exotic source. Vanilla beans come from a tropical orchid. To use, cut a vanilla bean in half lengthwise and use a small knife to scape the seeds from the pod.
Your guests will feel like kids again when they bite into this soda fountain-inspired cake. Deep chocolate flavor and an infusion of malted milk powder fill this showcase dessert.
Chilled to perfection and classically prepared and presented in individual dishes, this delectable custard shines in every way. A sprinkling of sea salt brings out the rich, buttery flavors in the caramel.
Guests will be enticed by its good looks, but the sinfully pleasing taste of this ice cream treat will capture their hearts. Minty zest and chocolate richness meld to create a refreshing favorite.
Carrot cake bursts with dense spiciness; coconut cake contrasts with sweet richness. Layer them with a divine raisin-rum filling and top it all with a splendid coconut-curl flourish for a memorable final scene.