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.

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Our All-Time Favorite Pound Cake Recipes

Our collection of pound cake recipes includes everything from classic vanilla and cinnamon spice to chocolate and citrus flavors. If you're in the mood to make this traditional treat, know that there's a sweet recipe here for you.
By Kelly Vaughan

These Impressive Holiday Trifle Recipes Are Actually Easy to Make

There's nothing trifling about these dramatic desserts, which are guaranteed to impress guests but are surprisingly simple to prepare—all you need to do is layer cake with fruit, custard, whipped cream, and other surprises to create a showstopping treat.
By Jennifer Anderson

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 158
The most popular flavor at the celebrated New York City bakery is vanilla for a reason! With a moist, tender crumb and rich buttercream frosting, these cupcakes are a true classic. This recipe comes from "More from Magnolia: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen."

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

This sweet and simple sheet cake marries two great flavors that just plain belong together: rich and tender chocolate cake, and creamy peanut-butter frosting. For maximum fluff, go for a classic smooth variety of peanut butter, and plug in your mixer—manpower alone won't be enough. Scatter chopped peanuts along the edges for any crunchy fans in the house.

Classic Cream Puffs

The foundation of the perfect cream puff is light, airy pâte à choux, which is made with eggs, flour, and butter. Once the cream puffs are shaped and baked, they're filled with a rich homemade pastry cream.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Rating: 3.5 stars 582
Baking, simplified: One pan and two steps create this soft, gooey, giant cookie.

Vanilla Pound Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 2324
How sweet it is—pound cake from scratch in three simple steps! We've added vanilla to our recipe for an extra hint of flavor!

Lemon-Curd Phyllo Tartlets

Quick to make and easy to love, this treat uses store-bought phyllo shells as the vessel for a filling of silky homemade lemon curd
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Creamy Lemon Squares

Rating: 3.5 stars 376
The creamy lemon squares of your dreams take just 15 minutes of prep: Stir together a mere three ingredients to create a sunny, puckery filling for the buttery shortbread crust in this dessert.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 901
Everyone needs a delicious coffee cake recipe in their repertoire, and this cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe is the perfect option. Meaning "something strewn" in Old German, streusel is easy to throw together -- and then to throw on top of this sour-cream coffee cake. The sweet glaze in the recipe is the perfect coffee cake topping.

Outrageous Chocolate Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 1190
Don't bake these rich double-chocolate cookies to a crisp; they are meant to be soft and chewy.

Martha's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Martha's made many versions of these cookies over the years. Her latest, greatest recipe boasts crisp edges, chewy centers, and best of all, lots and lots of chocolate chips -- a whopping 4 1/2 cups go into the batter.
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One-Bowl Chocolate Cake
Rating: 3.5 stars 494

Birthday? Anniversary? Going-away party? This super-easy, one-bowl layer cake is the perfect dessert for any gathering of chocolate buffs.