If you follow any food or baking blog you know that these baking gurus are churning out mouth-watering desserts day after day for people to drool over and to wish they had the time and/or talent to make.
The big quagmire is which one do you attempt to make? I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to spend my time baking, I want to get right to the A-list stuff, the crème de la crème, the best desserts on the internet.
So I decided to gather up the top 27 dessert and baking bloggers and ask them one question: ”Of all your dessert/baking recipes, which one is your all-time favorite and why?”
Let me tell you, these 27 desserts are nothing short of heaven. You will never need to surf the internet again looking for recipes and wondering if they are worthy of your time. These are the top picks from the best in the industry. Enjoy!
“The Fraisier is one of the most instantly recognizable French desserts,” said Angela from Patisserie Makes Perfect. “ It’s the perfect blend of soaked Genoise, strawberry compote and creme diplomat. It looks beautiful, its taste is delicate and perfectly balanced, it reminds me so much of Summer.
It’s also one of the first desserts I made twice on my blog and one of the desserts that I can see the most improvement in my skills. A Fraisier is a great celebration cake and it keeps well for a couple of days, with the fresh fruit flavors growing in intensity during this time.”
Johlene from Flavours & Frosting said: “The recipe that shows the most about who I am and my heritage, is the Koeksister (a famous South African sweet treat.)
It’s something my aunt use to make for family get togethers, and is a clever way to make koeksisters) but doesn’t take too much time. It´s easy, delicious and very addictive!”
Traditionally koeksisters are made with dough that is cut into 3 strips and braided into koeksisters. Then fried in hot oil until golden brown, quickly drained on paper towels and immediately dipped into ice cold sugar syrup.
Lisa from Hungry Girl says that she loves her Yum Yum Brownie Muffins best and that they’re a classic around her blog! “They couldn’t be easier to make, they’re totally guilt-free and they even they contain a little fiber. Just TWO ingredients!!!”
Cassidy from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations reveals that her favorite dessert is her perfect fudgy brownies because “they are not only really rich and fudgy but also they are super easy to make and everyone always loves them”
These have an extremely slight coconut flavor due to the coconut oil and coconut flour. They are also very rich and sweet, you can also experiment with using less coconut sugar.
Jessica from A Kitchen Addiction is addicted to being in the kitchen, and into eating extra dark chocolate. She says, “My favorite recipe to make is this Chocolate Wacky Cake with Fudge Frosting. It’s a simple chocolate cake recipe with a rich fudge frosting, but it carries with it years of memories as it’s a family recipe that’s been handed down through a few generations. So, the memories combined with the decadent chocolate flavor make this cake my favorite dessert!”
Vanessa from Clean Eating With a Dirty Mind says that her favorite dessert of all time is Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.
“Something magical happens when you take a bite of it and chocolate oozes from the center,” she says.
“The other thing I think I love so much is rumor has it that molten chocolate lava cakes were actually a catering disaster. The dessert for this event was supposed to be individual chocolate cakes but someone took them out of the oven too early and when they served them to the dinner guests they weren’t cooked all the way in the middle. So the chef just rolled with it and told the guests they were ‘Chocolate Lava Cakes’. Brilliant.”
The Healthy Foodie said, “This cake is just insanely rich and creamy and smooth and velvety and … and … and … Seriously this is one chocolate cake that you would never ever guess is gluten free or grain free or even half healthy. It’s indulgent and decadent, plain and simple. To top it off, it’s super easy to make! A true winner in my book!”
This dessert is something insanely delicious that will impress everyone sitting at the table, including mom, yet you won’t have you spend hours in the kitchen! Something so good, so great, so grand, that every single guest will want to pinch the recipe off you!
Michelle the Brown Eyed Baker said, “I have SO MANY dessert recipes, but if I had to narrow it down, I’d choose my Buckeye Brownies, They really satisfy my love for the chocolate/peanut butter combo!”
These brownies will make any of you peanut butter and chocolate lovers absolutely ecstatic. I usually like to distribute my baked goods to family, my mom’s coworkers, etc., so that I don’t have too many leftovers. These brownies did not leave my house. I shared them with immediate family, but no one else.
“My chocolate chunk cookies are my favorite,” decided Monique from the Ambitious Kitchen. “They’re sweet, salty and SO chewy.” She said that there’s nothing better than a good chewy oatmeal chocolate chunk cookie! “I also love the fact that it’s made with coconut oil instead of butter!”
I seriously could not stop eating these amazing, chewy beauties. They’re full of better-for-you ingredients like coconut oil, whole wheat flour, oats and that dark chocolate we all know and love. I’m not saying these are healthy, but I am saying that they do offer a few natural, nutritious ingredients.
From the blog That Skinny Girl Can Bake: “I have so many favorites, but I always go back to a big slice of my classic carrot cake. It’s chock full of coconut, crushed pineapple and pecans and iced with the most amazing cream cheese frosting. It’s totally irresistible!”
“My rendezvous with carrot cake began with one innocent bite, she said.” As a teen, she wasn’t sure about a dessert named after a vegetable. But her mom had turned her on to exotic fare (at least for Iowa) like paella, baklava, wontons, and more. “My hesitancy only lasted only a brief second. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting became my new favorite dessert!”
The Nutmeg Nanny says: “My favorite recipe to make (and bring to parties!) is my cheesecake stuffed strawberries. Everyone loves them! Plus it’s no-bake and super easy to put together!”
Can I just say that I have died and gone to heaven – cheesecake stuffed strawberries. How did I not dream up these beauties sooner? I’m serious, they are amazing! I ate four of them yesterday. I could have eaten more but I restrained myself. It was not easy. Trust me.
“Not surprisingly, I am partial to the recipes that contain chocolate,” says Katie from Chocolate Covered Katie. If I had to choose one favorite, it might have to be the Zucchini Brownies!
This zucchini brownie recipe has quickly become one of my personal favorite recipes on the entire blog – and it’s a huge reader favorite as well! They are soft and moist and oh-so fudgy… You will fall in LOVE!
Nicole from BakingBites.com said: “My most requested recipe this year has actually been my Spam & Pineapple Upside Down Cake. It’s surprising (which I love) and has an amazing combination of flavors and textures. It’s fun to make and fun to serve.”
This Hawaiian SPAM and Pineapple Upside Down Cake is inspired by Hawaii through and through. The cake is topped with rings of pineapple and studded with squares of SPAM, which take the place of the maraschino cherries that often top this type of cake. The SPAM is pan-fried before being placed inside the pinapple rings, so it has a bit of crispness to it that makes it remiscent of bacon. It is just salty enough to add an addictive salty-sweet element to the cake. For those who may be a bit uneasy about baking a dessert with SPAM, don’t be. The SPAM has a supporting role to the caramel and pineapple in the cake’s topping, so you’ll still taste those flavors before you get that salty, savory flavor from the SPAM.
Marla from Paleo Porn says her all time favorite dessert is her famous Apple Pie in a Bowl. “It’s one of my favorite paleo dessert recipes because it’s made from whole, real foods,” she said. “It’s so versatile that you can easily swap out one ingredient for another and have a completely different flavor profile. It’s also quick! Which, face it, is a necessity nowadays. When I want dessert after dinner I can run to the kitchen and whip this together and have it satisfying my dessert craving within 5-10 minutes (that’s a shorter amount of time than it takes for the oven to even warm up).”
The motto at McGreevy Cakes is to help you make life a little bit sweeter. And with this recipe they certainly exceed all expectation. “Because I’m a HUGE pumpkin pie ANYTHING lover, one of my very favorite desserts is this pumpkin pie flavored cake! This, paired with pumpkin pie spiced buttercream is just so RIDICULOUSLY delicious. It’s moist and dense and I crave it all year long!”
Josephine, from A Tasty Love Story, believes in whole foods, eating seasonally and organic. Her all time favorite dessert – and go-to dessert on everything from dinner dates to cozy couch movie watching is Banana Ice cream in all different kinds of flavors – “Preferably topped with a big dollop of almond butter and some toasted coconut flakes,” she adds. “I simply love this recipe includes pure organic bananas – and continually amazed at how absolutely amazing it tastes!”
Paleo Banana Bread is my favorite dessert because it is so simple and so versatile, said George from Civilized Caveman Cooking. “You can use the same recipe for pancakes, waffles, muffins or the banana bread as intended and it only takes 5 minutes to get in the oven.”
This banana bread is the most popular recipe on my website EVER!!! Quite humbling and I just love that people have a delicious HEALTHY go to.
The folks at NaturalSweetRecipes.com said, “We’ve made these Lemon Blueberry Custard Bars over and over again, which is probably a good indication and that’s it’s our favorite! They are simple to make but taste outrageous with the bursts of blueberries!”
These bars are a cross between lemon bars and a blueberry crumble pie. They have a similar custard filling to lemon bars with just enough blueberries and oats for added texture. These bars took inspiration from these fruit pie bars, yet these bars really make use of the word “custard” here. Each bar has a good amount of lemon filling and they are delicately baked to produce an ultra soft bite without much crisp. There isn’t enough blueberries to overpower the lemon, nor fruit to up sell the buttery crust.
Rachel, from Bakerita, turns out amazing desserts several times a week. The equally amazing thing about this baking dynamo is that she is a college student.
Here’s her reply: “Such a hard question…I definitely had to think this over for a while, but my favorite recipe has got to be these Apple Cinnamon Blondies. Blondies are one of my favorite things to make and apple desserts are always my favorites, so these Apple Cinnamon Blondies have the best of both worlds. They’re totally irresistible!”
“My two favorite desserts are crumb cake and birthday cake.” says Jessie from CakeSpy.com. “This cake mashes them both up into one delicious form: a buttery cake with a brown sugar swirl and brown sugar buttercream. Sweet, salty, perfect. Nothing is missing!”
This cake came out tremendously, if I do say so myself. Everyone took seconds, which is always a good sign. Maybe it can add some joy to your non-birthday day, too!
Lizzy from Your Cup Of Cake is really into hiking (she lives in Oregon) and baking. She has so many awesome recipes it was hard for her to just choose one. But her Banana Split Cupcakes are really amazing. “There’s nothing else that really needs to be said. They’re delicious, beautiful and easy!”
Ta-dah! How gorgeous are those? And they’re SO EASY. Everyone will think you’re a professional baker if you show up with these.
“Ooh, your question is a tough one,” said the talent behind HummingBird High. “it’s like choosing between my children! I’m really into this yellow butter cake with chocolate ganache frosting.It’s a bit of a pain to make (it requires 10 egg yolks), but it’s so buttery and rich and that frosting is to die for. Since making it several years ago, my boyfriend and I have made it a tradition to make it every year on his birthday.”
Buttery to the point of almost tasting a little bit salty, it holds up wonderfully against the incredibly intensely decadent chocolate frosting — which is so good that it deserves a paragraph of its own.
“The chocolate bundt cake with caramel glaze is a rich, indulgent dessert that everyone begs for more of! It’s my go-to recipe for birthdays and celebrations because everyone loves it,” exclaims Shanti from Life Made Full.
Jessica from Delicious Obsessions said, “I would have to say that my Vanilla Bean Faux Cheesecake is my favorite: I can’t have dairy and sometimes you just get a hankering for cheesecake. This is as close as I could come being nut, dairy, and egg free. So many faux cheesecake recipes use cashews or other nuts as the base, but at the time I developed this recipe, I was also nut free, so I had to come up with something to meet my dietary requirements and sooth the tastebuds! This recipe can be enjoyed by almost everyone, no matter your dietary preference. And, you may never even miss the dairy!”
“This cake exceeds all the expectations of a traditional chocolate cake and tastes incredible.” says Adriana of Living Healthy with Chocolate. “The texture is super moist, soft and fudgy. It’s almost like a brownie, but not as dense or chewy. Fresh blueberries are incorporated into the mixture, pureed with the wet ingredients to give the cake this special texture. What could be better than a moist chocolate cake topped with delicious fresh blueberries and a creamy chocolate ganache?
“It’s always wonderful when you feel good about what you’re eating,” said the brains behind the blog Yummy Smells. This recipe is is both sweet and healthy. “My favorite recipe would have to be my Rich Root Cake, since I made it for my grandma’s 80th birthday and it was the perfect mixture of sweet, earthy, nutty and fruity – not to mention packed with moisture, nutrition and flavour!
The finished cake was moist, spicy, with a touch of earthiness and just enough sweetness and “chunks” to keep it interesting.
“Honestly, I think that choosing one favorite dessert would be even more difficult than choosing a favorite child,” said the creator of Bitter Sweet Blog. “For dessert, the possibilities are truly endless! But my favorite is my Gingerbread Blackout Cake. It has such a rich, warm flavor, it has just the right balance of decadence and elegance. Not even the classic chocolate layer cake can touch that level of comfort.”
If it all goes wrong…
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This post is amazing, right? You have the very best desserts recipes at your fingertips, so no matter what you’re looking for: chocolaty, fruity or cakey we’ve got you covered!
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