Party Dessert Recipes
From impressively elaborate tortes and layer cakes, to simply delicious bundt cakes, fruit crisps, or bite-sized desserts, our party dessert recipes include ones suited to all levels of cooking experience, including desserts that feed a crowd, like sheet cake and slab pie.
Pistachio-Rhubarb Yogurt CakeThe key to this recipe's moist crumb? You guessed it: yogurt, which we used instead of milk once again. Emblazoned with thick pieces of rhubarb--in peak season in early spring--it's a next-level spring dessert. Temper the vegetable's sour notes by roasting it with sugar before baking, and add ground pistachios to the batter to unleash a sweet nuttiness.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Apple Pecan PieThis mash-up recipe combines two holiday dessert favorites: apple pie and pecan pie. Delicious on its own, this pie also pairs well with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
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Sweet, simply irresistible treats that can be picked up and devoured in a single mouthful.
Sponge Cake Three WaysJennifer Aaronson makes three different desserts from sponge cake.
Cold Comfort: Semifreddo Recipes for Elegant EntertainingSemifreddo, which translates from Italian as "half-cold," is a classic dessert that marries the richness of ice cream with the ethereal texture of frozen mousse. Even better: you don't need an ice cream maker to create these frosty, fanciful treats.
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Holiday Trifle RecipesThere's nothing trifling about these dramatic desserts, which make a showstopping entrance and are as easy as layering cake with fruit, custard, whipped cream, and other surprises.
No Bake but Loads of Taste: Six Twists on the Classic Icebox CakeWant a classic no-bake, high-appeal dessert? We’ve got six -- icebox cakes, that is.
Out-of-the-Ordinary Thanksgiving DessertsWe all love pumpkin pie, but why not surprise your guests this year with something unexpected on the dessert table?
Spring Dessert RecipesCelebrate the season with these sweet treats that make the most of spring fruit and other fresh flavors and are just perfect for entertaining.
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Lemony Brown-Butter Crinkle CookiesLemon zest and juice add brightness and cut the richness of the brown butter in these cookies. You can make the dough up to two days in advance.Recipe
Kentucky Bourbon-Brown Butter CakeUse a high-quality bourbon -- we like Bulleit -- for the glaze; the flavor will shine through.Recipe
Martha's Chewy Fig BarsMillet flour gives these kid-approved fig bars the perfect crumbly texture. Martha made this recipe on episode 704 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Hazelnut CookiesThe deep hazelnut flavor and buttery goodness of these cookies belie their simplicity. With just five ingredients, these are some of the easiest cookies to make. Martha made this recipe on episode 704 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Idaho Potato CakePotato in a cake that isn't a latke? You bet! Mashed potato gives this dessert body and a super moist texture.Recipe
Pumpkin Crunch PieAdd a pecan crumble topping for a new twist on traditional pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving.Gallery
Our Cutest Halloween Party Recipes
Not everything on Halloween needs to be scary! We’ve got all kinds of festive homemade foods that are super adorable and just a touch spooky, including cookies, cakes, punch, and much, much more.Recipe
Werewolf PawsYou know what comes out when there's a full moon, don't you? Yup: incredibly frightening (read: delicious and chocolaty) "werewolf paws." If you use store-bought frosting and madeleines, you can whip these up in just 30 minutes.Recipe
Classic Strawberry ShortcakeButtery biscuits and freshly whipped cream are a delicious way showcase summer strawberries. Martha made this recipe on episode 709 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Martha's Lady Baltimore CakeWhite cake is layered with a fruit and nut filling and slathered with fluffy frosting in this traditional Southern dessert. Martha made this recipe on episode 709 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Virginia Peanut PieThis pie is inspired by the version served at the Virginia Diner, a landmark restaurant in Wakefield, Virginia, that's renowned for this dessert. Martha made this recipe in episode 709 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Navy Bean PieA custardy navy bean puree is generously spiced with cinnamon for the filling of this fall-friendly pie. Martha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
KransekakeKransekake is a showstopping Scandinavian cake served on special occasions such as weddings or Christmas. Martha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Martha's Sour Cherry PieMartha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes. The pie can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.Recipe
Gooey Butter CakeThis sticky-sweet cake is a St. Louis specialty -- every bakery in Missouri has its own version. Martha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Chocolate Shortbread with Lemon Royal IcingThis shortbread is so rich and flavorful that you may not wish to add icing; in that case, substitute granulated sugar for flour when rolling out the dough.Recipe
Apple CupcakesMade with marzipan apples, these apple cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting, will sell like hotcakes.