You’ve heard the saying “work smarter, not harder,” right? The quote can apply to almost anything in life – including your cooking game. For example, how many times have you spent a whole afternoon crafting the perfect cake to wow some guests? Ain’t nobody got time for that! We’re here to tell you that fancy desserts don’t have to be a time-suck!
Our favorite bloggers get us. They know there are some sweet tooth types out there who are too lazy (let’s admit it) or too busy (between hatching GoT S8 theories and searching for the nearest location to practice Beer Yoga, we don’t really have much time). For this reason, recipes are now accommodating the modern-day person and their crazy tight schedules.
After the easy no-bake desserts bloggers have concocted with us mind, today we’re learning how to prepare some easy fancy desserts that will appeal to both our taste buds and eyes!
5.) Oreo Brownie Trifle, by Culinary Hill
This original creation by Meggan from Culinary Hill will make everybody drool over their plates!
This quick yet elaborate-looking Oreo Brownie Trifle might end up at the center of your table. Everything about it caught our attention from the first second. The easy recipe invented by Meggan, the showy setup of the trifle … and the chocolate craving it is satisfying!
Two layers of brownie pieces, rich chocolate pudding, whipped topping plus crushed Oreos on top are all it took to make this ultimate chocolate fancy dessert!
4.) Fresh Watermelon Layer Cake, by Wife Mama Foodie
Alright, this one is as easy as it gets! There is literally nothing involved in the recipeother than fruit, a cutting board and a knife!
The Fresh Watermelon Layer Cake by Joscelyn from Wife Mama Foodie is highly customizable depending on the fruits of the season, whether you’d like to add extra ingredients or how you want to present it.
In addition, once the weather starts warming up, choose the perfect watermelon, slice it into several round layers, add freshly cut fruits between the layers, and make a feast for yourself and your loved ones!
We love the itty-bitty star-shaped fruit cuts on top! In addition, the colorfulness and presentation of the cake could encourage many kids to eat more fruits and taste some new flavors they may be reluctant to try at first.
3.) Strawberry Shortcake & Lemon Curd Parfait, by The Rising Spoon
The next of our fancy desserts stars two of our favorites: strawberries and lemon!
The Strawberry Shortcake & Lemon Curd Parfait is a delightful burst of sweetness. Thanks to its individual serving glasses, each one of your loved ones and guests will take their time to savor it to the fullest.
Elaina from The Rising Spoon used macerated strawberries, crushed plain scones, lemon curd and freshly whipped cream, and we can only imagine how heavenly this classic combination tastes like!
Actually, you can make this recipe more or less difficult depending on your mood and available time: You can either make at home or buy ready-made the scones, lemon curd or whipped cream. We all know the 100% homemade ingredients are a bit better than the store-bought ones, but this doesn’t have to stop us from enjoying the recipe
P.S: After these three recipes, I think we’ve found one secret to easy fancy desserts: It’s all in the layers!
2.) Strawberry Mendiant, by Alexandre Bourdeaux
This fancy dessert comes straight from the well-known Pastry & Chocadvice in Belgium, by chef and owner Alexandre Bourdeaux. If there is one thing we can’t argue about, it’s the talent and expertise of European chefs and pastry pros. Of course, this is why we are delighted to find this recipe from Callebaut – we will finally borrow some of their tricks to elevate our pastry game!
According to Wikipedia, a mendiant is a traditional French confection composed of a chocolate disk studded with nuts and dried fruits representing the four mendicant or monastic orders.
However, Bourdeaux wanted to give it a kick and create a colorful version of it.
Making his Strawberry Mendiant with Callebaut’s Strawberry Callets (chocolate disks) instead of regular chocolate was his first strike of genius in doing so. He then decided to add candied lemon parts, freeze-dried strawberry slices and roasted whole pistachios on top, and decorate it with silver leaf and raspberry powder.
1.) Strawberry Jello Parfaits, by Family Fresh Meals
Hear us out: Jello in parfaits. And not simple Jello, no no – aesthetically presented Jello in parfaits.
That’s the real deal, my friends.
You can whip this fresh dessert from Family Fresh Meals any time of the week. It will take you only several minutes to prepare, making Strawberry Jello Parfaits the epitome of easy fancy desserts!
Light and sweet, this dessert will end any party and gathering on an elegant note. Thankfully, it is only made with strawberry Jello, sliced fresh strawberries and whipped cream. So, it can easily be devoured even after a filling dinner.
We particularly love the asymmetry of the presentation. I can’t help but make a mental note to try to convert our single-serve fancy desserts into beautiful pieces of art like this one!
The art of the kitchen is all hacks and best practices. Which one of these recipes would you like to try first? Do you have any favorite from these fancy desserts? Let us know in the comments and pin this article to come back to it later!