30 of our most decadent dessert recipes


When sugar cravings strike, turn to something unapologetically decadent: baked coffee cream, a big banana-berry cake smothered in cream cheese frosting, a tangy pie topped with tamarillos hot wine. Scroll for these recipes and 27 more for the sweet note of your day.

Cherry & Chocolate Tart
A little cocoa in the batter adds a touch of decadence. Almond essence is optional in this recipe, but a dollop (or three) of whipped cream or Greek yogurt for serving is a must. This tart is also made with plums or, in season, quartered figs.

Baked coffee and chocolate cream
If you have eggs, milk, and instant coffee, you can make this custard effortlessly. Soft and velvety, it’s a delicious touch after the main course. To dress it up a bit, decorate with chocolate coffee beans.

Gluten-free fig and raspberry bread. Photo / Babiche Martens

Fig & Raspberry Bread Gluten Free
Fig season is short, so hunt some while they’re here. If you can get them straight from a tree, even better. When they disappear, replace them with other seasonal fruits, such as pears or apples, or add additional berries. Frozen berries are also a treat.

Lemon Almond Tart With Mulled Wine Tamarillos
This is a showstopper of a pie. The dark, deep tamarillos add a nice kick and color, with lots of gorgeous mulled wine flavors.

White chocolate, ricotta and berry cheesecake. Photo / Babiche Martens

White Chocolate Ricotta Ripple Berry Cheesecake
This cheesecake looks as good as it tastes. For best results, make this cheesecake the night before and leave it in the fridge to set overnight – or you can make it the same day.

Stack of tropical pavlova with pineapple, honeydew melon and kiwi
We love this luscious, layered pavlova at Christmas, but it’s perfect for any summertime family gathering. You can prepare pavlovas up to two weeks before they are needed by storing them in airtight containers.

Individual praline, blueberry and mascarpone trifles. Photo / Babiche Martens

Individual Praline, Blueberry & Mascarpone Trifles
Praline with almonds, blueberries cooked in marsala, fresh apricots and sponge cake, assembled with relish (use canned apricots when fresh is not in season).

Apple sponge cake with lemon cream
Combine this cake carefully to create a light-as-air sponge perfect for afternoon tea or as an after-dinner treat. To make it a bit more special, add cherries or strawberries in the center and you’re sure to impress.

Caramel cream. Photo / Babiche Martens

Caramel cream
End your meal in style with this magnificent light, delicate and creamy dessert. Take the ramekins out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving to optimize the texture of the sweet caramel.

Strawberry tiramisu
Creamy and delicious with a hint of marsala, this light Italian coffee dessert is perfect for a quick last-minute assembly. You can make individual ones or a larger one to serve a crowd.

Banana cake with macadamia and blackberry. Photo / Eleanor Ozitch

Banana cake with macadamia and blackberry
A banana cake worth celebrating, and incidentally, perfect for partying. A moist and sweet macadamia, blackberry and banana cake is generously topped with cream cheese frosting and honey-sweetened lemon curd.

Raspberry and yogurt rolls from Donna Hay
The beauty of these scrolls is that all the magic happens in your humble frying pan. Plus, the yogurt keeps them super moist and fluffy, says Donna Hay.

Chocolate mousse and glasses of red wine. Photo / Babiche Martens

Silky chocolate mousse and prunes in red wine
Good quality chocolate is the key to this silky mousse. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the richer the result.

Vegan Tofu Crème Brûlée
Don’t forget to keep an eye on it while caramelizing the top of this vegan crème brûlée – there’s nothing more annoying than burning the sugar.

Gluten-free white chocolate, orange and mango cheesecake. Photo / Babiche Martens

Gluten Free White Chocolate Orange Mango Cheesecake
We have a mango puree to put on top for decoration. If they are not available, fresh or frozen berries will look equally wonderful.

Baked lemon soufflé
Take your dinner to the next level and try a hot soufflé. This can be made ahead up to the time you beat the egg whites, so the last job is relatively quick.

Nigel Slater’s marsala almond chocolate slice. Photo / Provided

Nigel Slater Marsala Almond Chocolate Slice
A rich, chocolatey indulgence from the beloved British food writer A cookbook.

John Gregory-Smith pomegranate and rosewater mille-feuille
This modern take on the classic French crème pâtissière slice, flavored with pomegranate and rosewater, makes a stunning centerpiece.

Pistachio ice cream, ginger and rose water. Photo / Babiche Martens

Pistachio ice cream, ginger and rose water
The flavor of this ice cream increases as it softens. Dried rose petals are easy to prepare and make a beautiful garnish.

Raw banoffee pie
In this recipe, Eleanor Ozich gave the banoffee a slightly healthier makeover, but you’d almost never know it. Its hazelnut-date base is topped with salted almond butter caramel, banana slices and a deliciously luscious vanilla cream filling.

Baked ricotta and poached pears and honey. Photo / Babiche Martens

Baked ricotta with poached pears and honey
Baked ricotta is so easy to make. Here, the creamy texture baked with honey and fennel is sublime, and the soft poached pears add a subtle, sweet flavor.

Baked Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake
A rich, raspberry-filled cheesecake that boasts a cookie base and lots of chocolate to boot.

Lime tart with candied limes. Photo / Babiche Martens

Lime Tart With Quick Candied Limes
Citrus lovers will love this zesty dessert, with its cookie base, lime filling and candied filling.

Flan with Salted Honey & Cardamom with Vanilla Bean
Lightly sweetened with honey, this velvety custard has the slightest hint of cardamom and vanilla, just enough to tickle your senses and fire up your taste buds.

Vegan cashew brownies. Photo / Babiche Martens

Vegan Cashew Brownies
With a generous dollop of coconut yogurt on top, this vegan brownie recipe makes the perfect dessert and is gorgeous with a sprinkle of raspberry powder.

Almond tart with ricotta, orange and cinnamon
This rustic almond and ricotta pie is robust in flavor, but not overly sweet. Flavored with orange zest and honey, its filling is soft and buttery with surprising little bursts of juicy raisins. Serve with thick Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream.

Turmeric, honey and ginger tartlets. Photo / Babiche Martens

Turmeric, honey and ginger tartlets with buckwheat crust
The filling of these golden pies is deliciously silky and combines turmeric, honey and ginger to create a lightly spiced dessert. The pie crust is a throw-together affair, with contrasting textures of soft, melty dates and crunchy buckwheat groats.

Madeira peach cake
This cake also goes well with other seasonal fruits. Try plums now, or later in the year, feijoas and pears would be wonderful.

Pistachio meringue discs. Photo / Babiche Martens

Pistachio Meringue Discs
Fill these feather-light meringues with mashed dates, lemon cream and cream. If you think the meringues should always be a little soft and spongy, fill them in advance with the cream mixture.

White Chocolate Tart With Tamarillos
This beautiful tart combines a crispy dough with a mousse-style white chocolate filling. If you are going on a picnic, take the tamarillos in a separate container. The tamarillos are also a delight on their own, served with a scoop of ice cream.


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