Dessert Filling Recipes

Allrecipes has over 110 recipes for dessert fillings, including lemon curd, pastry cream, ganache, creme fillings, fruit fillings and nut fillings.

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Cool Whipped Frosting

Rating: 4.5 stars 678
A light and cool topping vaguely resembling Bavarian cream.
By shirleyo

Chocolate Ganache

Rating: 5 stars 1161
Rich chocolate ganache adds bakery shop appeal to all your baked goods.

Perfect Lemon Curd

Rating: 4.5 stars 519
Wonderfully tart, classic English lemon curd, perfect with scones and tea.

Cheese Filling

Rating: 5 stars 91
This is the cheese filling I use for several different sweet breads and it tastes like cheesecake. Everyone loves it. Can be used to fill kolachkes, braids or even dropped in the center of chocolate cupcakes u002du002d yummy but loaded with calories.

Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream

Rating: 4.5 stars 45
The key to a great pastry cream is using the minimum of starch. You need enough so the cream holds a shape, but not so much it interferes with the flavor. This version uses cornstarch; just be careful not to keep cooking it once it has thickened. This is perfect in Napoleons, pies, tarts, or cakes.

Pudding or Pie Filling

Rating: 4 stars 17
This is an easy recipe for making pudding or pie filling from scratch. For a little variety, try stirring 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder as it cooks, or stir in 1 to 2 cups flaked coconut or 3 sliced bananas to the filling just before refrigerating.
By Jackie Smith

Peach Curd

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
This is a variation on lemon curd, but made with peaches. We love it with scones or spread on toast or pound cake.

Anko (Sweet Red Bean Paste)

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
The paste is used to hold together pastries, cakes, and other dishes that come from Japan, most commonly desserts.

Basic Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: 4.5 stars 1623
This recipe delivers a basic cream cheese frosting using just butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla.
By Allrecipes Member

Whipped Cream

Rating: 4.5 stars 1181
This recipe shows how to make basic whipped cream. For best results, make sure the whisk and bowl are ice cold.
By Allrecipes Member

French Vanilla Cake with French Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 5 stars 2
This French vanilla cake is frosted with a French vanilla buttercream.

Inspiration and Ideas

Microwave Lemon Curd
Rating: Unrated 661
"Wow! Great recipe; followed it exactly. Served over puff pastry topped with whipped cream. This was gone before the chocolate cake." – Bonnie McLeod Boord
Pastry Cream
Rating: Unrated 511
"This is a classic pastry cream. It can be used as a filling for cakes, pies or pastries. To make a lighter filling, fold in plain whipped cream." – CHRISTINIBEANIE
Creamy Chocolate Frosting
Rating: 4.5 stars 2398

Rich and creamy 5-ingredient chocolate buttercream that's simple to make.