44 desserts recipes
Make entertaining easy with these dessert ideas, from make-ahead fridge cakes to 15-minute puds for last-minute guests and tarts using store cupboard staples
Looking for easy dessert recipes to entertain guests? Need a quick cake recipe ready in less than an hour? Try one of our easy ideas below. For more easy dinner-party desserts, choose from our collection of make-ahead fridge cakes and bakes to whip out last-minute.
For more dessert inspiration, check out our best vegan desserts, French desserts and Italian desserts.
Quick and easy dessert recipes
Whip up our smart, authentic version of this classic Italian dessert, made with mascarpone, marsala and savoiardi biscuits soaked in coffee and Tia Maria. It only takes 30 minutes, plus chilling time.
Classic creme brûlée
Smash through the crunchy caramel top of this classic French pud and you'll reach a velvety, vanilla-infused baked custard underneath.
Affogato chocolate mousse
If you're hosting a dinner party and looking for an indulgent dessert that can easily be made ahead, try these creamy, gluten-free puds – ready in 15 minutes.
Baked egg custard
Our recipe for baked custard is a great way to end a meal – velvety smooth and infused with vanilla, it's finished with a grating of nutmeg.
Raspberry chocolate pots
You only need three ingredients to whip up this silky and decadent pudding – and none of them need any fussing with.
Classic banana split
With just five everyday ingredients, this old-school dessert couldn't be easier: serve bananas with hazelnuts, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and cocktail cherries.
Brioche ice cream sandwiches
Ice cream is stuffed into sweet brioche buns to make an effortless dessert.
Espresso martini cheesecake
Great when entertaining a crowd, this cheesecake can be made days ahead – simply pour over the boozy coffee syrup to serve.
Warm molten chocolate and salted caramel tarts
Serve these decadent chocolate tarts with vanilla ice cream to impress dinner party guests. The recipe is from Italian restaurant Luca.
New York cheesecake
This creamy baked dessert makes the perfect make-ahead dessert – it’ll also go down a treat with everyone at the table.
Easy treacle tart
This simple yet moreish recipe for the classic treacle tart is perfect for Sunday lunch with family and friends. It only requires five ingredients, most of which are store cupboard staples.
Nutmeg custard tart
London restaurant Fenn’s silky, nutmeg-spiced custard tart, lifted by a sweet and slightly tart apple compote, is a tailor-made dinner party dessert that’s guaranteed to impress everyone at the table.
A sophisticated dessert that’s sure to impress your guests, check out this sweet Italian custard dish flavoured with butterscotch, a kick of whisky and a salted caramel topping.
Salted caramel and pecan cheesecake pots
These mini cheesecakes are simple to make and perfect for a quick and easy dessert to end your dinner party.
Healthy apple crumble
A healthier take on classic apple crumble, this easy dessert recipe tops soft cinnamon apples with a butter-free granola (which also makes a brilliant breakfast).
Amaretto baked figs
Jammy figs are roasted with amaretto in this warming autumnal dessert. We suggest serving with creamy mascarpone and crumbled amaretti biscuits for extra indulgence.
This super simple raspberry dessert is the perfect light end to a meal. Made with just a handful of ingredients, you can whip up glasses of cranachan for a crowd in just fifteen minutes.
Boozy knickerbocker glory
Nothing says summer quite like our boozy knickerbocker glory with Pimm's jelly. This will be a hit with adults! Dip the wafer in icing or melted chocolate, then in sprinkles, if you like.
Blood orange and amaretti trifles
Our individual trifles make a quick and easy dinner party dessert using seasonal blood oranges, and they're ready in just 15 minutes.
A classic English dessert that makes the most out of succulent, sweet British strawberries by combining them with meringue and cream. This heavenly pud is ready in just 10 minutes.
Chocolate sponge cake
This moist chocolate cake is a super simple dessert for all those chocolate lovers out there. Serve with a dollop of cream for ultra indulgence.
Lemon self-saucing pudding (Lemon surprise pudding)
This zesty pudding is easy to whip up and can be ready in an hour. Make one simple mixture and as it cooks it separates into a light sponge on top and zesty lemon curd beneath.
Chocolate orange pots
These olive oil chocolate pots are seriously creamy and indulgent but easy to put together. A decadent dessert requiring only seven ingredients.
Blueberry and mascarpone slice
Use ready-made puff pastry and make the blueberry compote ahead for a speedy assembly job here. This dessert is ready in just 35 minutes and is ideal for your next summer dinner party.
Cheat's ginger, salted caramel and rum cake
Transform simple ginger loaf into this boozy cake in just 25 minutes by soaking in rum and caramel then layering with boozy caramel cream.
Turkish delight pan brownies
Spoon these melting, turkish-delight-spiked brownies straight from the pan and serve with generous dollops of ice cream for the perfect indulgent dessert for friends.
Salted peanut and honeycomb rocky road
These salted peanut and honeycomb rocky road squares are a great twist on a classic and will please everyone. Plus, they're really easy and only take 15 minutes of work.
Espresso panna cotta
Check out our recipe for silky smooth espresso panna cotta. This dessert is an ideal way to end a dinner party – it's gluten-free, looks impressive and is ready in no time!
Chocolate tahini and baharat pots
The woody spices in baharat (a Middle Eastern spice blend) work beautifully with dark chocolate and nutty tahini in this rich and super-simple dessert.
Bake a batch of our decadent vegan chocolate brownies for an indulgent teatime. Our unique recipe is super chocolatey, so vegan and non-vegan friends and family will enjoy. Check out more vegan desserts here.
White chocolate panna cotta with stewed rhubarb
This classic, creamy dessert is enriched with white chocolate, which provides a perfect contrast to the sharpness of the rhubarb.
Espresso martini tiramisu
Need a showstopping dessert? Make our creamy tiramisu with espresso, Kahlúa and vodka. Easy and indulgent, if this doesn't wow your guests, nothing will!
Vegan chocolate mousse
Silken tofu is the secret ingredient for this smooth and creamy (and totally vegan) chocolate mousse recipe. It makes a quick and easy yet impressive dessert.
Healthy chocolate cake
We've given classic chocolate cake a healthy twist by using sweet potatoes, sticky dates and almond milk. Using dark chocolate and cacao powder gives it a wonderful richness.
This easy-to-follow recipe will guarantee light, fluffy and chocolaty soufflés for your loved ones.
Vegan lemon drizzle cake
A delicate, zingy vegan lemon cake made without eggs, milk or butter! The key to that lemony tang is a decent lemon extract (we use Nielsen-Massey).
Pear tarte tatin
Making a classic tarte tatin may be the ultimate pudding showstopper, but combine it with ripe British pears and you’re reaching perfection.
Rum-roasted pineapple and spice pie
The vegan pastry in this comforting pie is deliciously crisp and crumbly, with extra texture from the chia seeds. Plus, it's packed with rum-soaked roasted pineapple and plenty of spice.
Take your éclairs to the next level with this step-by-step recipe. Fluffy choux buns are given a crispy craquelin topping, then filled with whipped cream and covered in a chocolate glaze. Try more French desserts here.
Vegan apple crumble
All you need to do is swap butter for melted coconut oil to make a totally vegan apple crumble. Check out classic apple crumble here.
Poached pears with pedro ximénez and chocolate sauce
A fancy dessert idea that makes the most of Williams pears, smooth dark chocolate sauce and pedro ximénez sherry. And it only takes 25 minutes to make!
Lemon and lime tart
Make your next lemon tart an epic one with Edd's Kimber's coconut macaroon tart case, filled with a zesty lemon and lime curd.
Vegan sticky toffee pudding
Let warming spices and a rich toffee sauce (made with homemade cashew cream) do the talking with this vegan sticky toffee pudding recipe.
Create a classic British bakewell tart with step-by-step help. Try this recipe with other seasonal fruits such as strawberries or cherries, if you like.
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