20 Decadent Desserts

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Blood Orange and Cardamom Tarte Tatin
From "Citrus" by Catherine Phipps, photos by Mowie Kay

Nothing says "I love you" like buttercream (or ganache, or custard, or salted caramel).

Sunshine’s Key Lime Pies

Key Lime Pie from My Key West Kitchen by Norman Van Aken
Key limes are also known as Mexican, West Indian, and Bartender limes.

Chocolate and Sea Salt Peanut Brittle

A few small pieces of good-quality chocolate or a handful of nuts are often my go-to easy dessert. This brittle combines the two and only takes a little more work.

Chestnut Flour Cake (Castagnaccio)

chestnut flour cake
Castagnaccio is often called a ‘cake’ in English translations but it’s really somewhere between a slice and a dense, thick crêpe.

Guinness Chocolate Cake

Adapted from New York Times Food

Jamaican Ginger Cake with Caramelized White Chocolate Ice Cream

jamaican ginger cake
Just simply a great ginger cake that’s a cinch to make.

B.A.C.C (Big Ass Chocolate Cake)

Featuring your favorite dishes from The Nashville Originals, Music City's independent restaurant group. Discover Scout's Pub's famous dessert.

Blood Orange and Cardamom Tarte Tatin

Blood Orange and Cardamom Tarte Tatin
"A citrus spiced tarte Tatin is proper winter comfort food."

Red (Wine) Velvet Cake

Red wine velvet cake
This cake’s color hinges on the anthocyanins found in red wine and raw cocoa, as even organic brands of “natural” cocoa powder lose their colorful potential in the roasting process. They create...

Fresh Fig, Pear and Brie Tart with Honey and Pecans

This easy fall tart brings together the best fall flavors for an impromptu special appetizer, light meal or dessert.

Juniper Green's Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie

There is nothing like a home-made pie to put you in the holiday spirit! This year, why not add a little twist to the traditional pie with this delicious recipe?   

Muscadine Marbled Cheesecake

Muscadine Marbled Cheesecake
The tart-sweet creamy beauty of the Muscadine Cheesecake not only brings something extra-special to your holiday table, but also celebrates the love of delicious fresh food and the joy that comes from...

Cappuccino Cake

cappuccino cake
I’ve called this Cappuccino Cake, so you won’t expect a fruity brunch cake. Instead you’ll know I’m talking pure coffee flavor.

Tarte au Citron

lemon tart
As the story goes, Pablo Picasso liked this tart served warm.

No-Bake Salted Chocolate and Date Pie

No Bake Salted Chocolate and Date Pie
This no-bake beauty is about to become your favorite pie.

Rosemary Apple Hand Tarts

A pie crust made with lard has a tender flake and loads of flavor. A mix of apples ensures a well-balanced filling—we especially like Mutsu and Honeycrisp in this herb-enhanced filling, adapted from...

Crème Brûlée

creme brûlée from the Maple Syrup Cookbook by Ken Haedrich
The king of custards, crème brûlée has probably done more recently to broaden the waistlines of restaurant-goers in the United States than any other dessert. This version, though slightly less rich...

Caramelized Pineapple with Coconut Crumble

Caramelized Pineapple with Coconut Crumble
If you’re going to enjoy eating fresh pineapple any other way than just sliced up and unadorned, you want to make sure it’s a worthy recipe. Pineapple cooked in butter that browns while the...

Fig and Cornmeal Tea Cakes

fig leaf stuffed with cornmeal
These simple tea cakes are served nestled in their own edible leaves. Paper muffin liners can be substituted if no fresh fig leaves are available.

Spiced Parsnip Cake with Bourbon Brown Butter Frosting

When it comes to baking with root vegetables, carrots get all the love and the humble parsnip gets none. This is a shame, as parsnips add an intriguing smoky sweetness and moist texture. They are also...

Basil Ice Cream

Basil Ice Cream
This is a delicious way to enjoy one of summer’s best aromas in an unexpected but intoxicating form. Serve with black pepper shortbread or, for added oomph, serve it affogato (Italian for “drowned...
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