Dessert Filling Recipes

Allrecipes has over 110 recipes for dessert fillings, including creme fillings, fruit fillings and nut fillings.

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Cool Whipped Frosting

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A light and cool topping vaguely resembling Bavarian cream.

Chocolate Ganache

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This is a rich, dark chocolate topping or decoration that has lots of uses. It can be whipped as filling or icing, or just poured over whatever cake you like.

Perfect Lemon Curd

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Wonderfully tart, classic English lemon curd...perfect with scones and tea.

Cheese Filling

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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 -- yummy but loaded with calories.

Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream

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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

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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.

Peach Curd

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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)

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The paste is used to hold together pastries, cakes, and other dishes that come from Japan, most commonly desserts.
By Anonymous

Quick and Almost-Professional Buttercream Icing

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After failing to find the perfect recipe for buttercream icing, I found one that worked for me and then added my own two cents.

Basic Cream Cheese Frosting

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This recipe delivers a basic cream cheese frosting using just butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla.
By JJ

Whipped Cream

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How to make basic whipped cream. For best results make sure whisk and bowl are ice cold.

Sugar Cookie Icing

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This icing dries hard and shiny and the colors stay bright. Choose as many different food colorings as you desire.

Inspiration and Ideas

Microwave Lemon Curd

"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

"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

One Minute Chocolate Icing

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This is a boiled fudge-like icing