Specialty Dessert Recipes

When just any dessert won't do, these beautiful and elegant desserts are sure to impress your guests.

Staff Picks

Chef John's Zabaglione

Rating: 4.5 stars 39
In this classic Italian dessert, sweet, juicy fruit is enveloped in a rich but impossibly light custard.

Quick Keto Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 5 stars 123
A keto mousse dessert that's indulgent, chocolaty, and ready in minutes!

Coffee Semifreddo

Rating: 5 stars 1
Semifreddo is a classic Italian dessert (semifreddo al caffè) that is as beautiful to look at as it tastes. You can skip the nuts for a nut-free version. Serve the semifreddo with whipped cream, cocoa powder or grated chocolate, and cookie crumbs.

Green Tea Mousse Cheesecake

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
Been looking for a no-bake Japanese-style green tea cheesecake for a long time? Well, this is the recipe created just for you.


Rating: 4.5 stars 134
Ana and Lydia's cannoli, recipe invented on July 31st, 2005. I spent a lot of time looking for a good recipe for cannoli shells and filling. Since no two were alike, and since instructions were a bit sketchy, I worked with a friend to come up with a good recipe, including some tips that we came up with along the way. Special equipment is needed such as cannoli tubes, a pasta machine and a pastry bag to help make these cannoli come out just like the ones at Italian restaurants and bakeries. Start with 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar, and then add more to taste.
By Lydia Nacawa

Portokalopita (Greek Orange Phyllo Cake)

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
Portokalopita is a deliciously different cake, and a must-try for anyone who is afraid of phyllo. Why? Because here the phyllo is shredded to bits—the messier the better! The gorgeous orange and cinnamon syrup ensures this cake stays beautifully moist.

Triple Chocolate Roll Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
A chocolate cake is wrapped around alternating stripes of white chocolate whipped cream and a whipped dark chocolate mousse for not only great flavor, but a striking presentation as well. Make sure to really chill your fillings before whipping--overnight would be best--or they won't fluff up properly. This takes some time and patience to make--so plan ahead when making this cake! Serve with additional whipped cream, if desired.

Lemon Syllabub

Rating: 4.5 stars 70
This is a deliciously light, creamy, sophisticated little dessert from days gone by. I first tasted it at a supper given by a lecturer in seventeenth-century literature when I was at college, and it took our tastebuds right back to the Restoration. It can be prepared as either a parfait or a punch--please note that either version contains alcohol, so you may not want to serve this to younger family members.

Bread Pudding II

Rating: 4.5 stars 3920
This lightly spiced bread pudding is made with simple pantry items like bread, eggs, milk, and sugar. Use a rich egg bread or a moist white loaf.
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Bananas Foster

Rating: 5 stars 1100
Elegant and quick dessert of sweet bananas cooked in a buttery rum sauce.

Watergate Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 389
Pistachio pudding mix is the base for this marshmallow salad with pineapple, nuts and fluffy whipped topping.
By Allrecipes Member

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 701
It is a dessert, but isn't too sweet, nor too salty. It is really pretty when you put it in a clear ovenproof dish.

Inspiration and Ideas

Fancy Desserts That You Can Make at Home
With the right ingredients and reliable recipes, it's much easier than you think to create restaurant-worthy treats.
Champagne Cake With Buttercream Icing
Rating: Unrated 25
"WOW. This is one amazing cake! I made it for my fiance's birthday and it was a HUGE hit." -- France C
Strawberry Angel Food Dessert
Rating: 5 stars 925

Angel food pieces are topped with sweetened cream cheese, whipped topping and strawberries in glaze in this chilled, layered dessert.