If you’re looking for a dramatic but easy spin on shortcake, split butter cake layers with a long serrated knife, then stack and fill them with fresh berries, jam, and whipped cream.
Recipe: Strawberry Tall Cake
We originally created this version of berry shortcake with the flavors of late-harvest Zinfandel (a fine accompaniment) in mind. But the sophisticated combo of blackberries, chocolate, and mint suits any special meal.
Baking this buttery cake in a big, shallow tart pan ensures that the cake doesn't get soggy, even as the fruit slices remain juicy. For the best texture, make and serve it on the same day.
Recipe: Apricot and Pluot Mosaic Cake
A California cook shared her mom’s luscious version of Key Lime pie, made with loads of fresh lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, and Mexican crema or sour cream. Good thing the recipe makes 2 pies, because 1 never seems to be enough.
Recipe: Long Beach Lime Pies
As if you needed more excuses to make this outrageously good dessert, it’s brilliant for a party because you can start it several days ahead. At the last minute, just add a pouf of whipped cream and extra malted milk balls.
Recipe: Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream Pie
To create these big-batch treats, freeze the yogurt-cream cheese mixture in an ice cream maker and spread half in a pan lined with graham crackers. Add fresh blueberry sauce and more frozen yogurt, and swirl; then top with the remaining grahams.