Spring celebrations are often about expected bundles of joy, brides-to-be, and our beloved mothers. What better way to celebrate than with something sweet? Party planning should always include a simple but stunning dessert recipe, whether it’s fruit-forward or a chocolate concoction. Extra points if it pairs well with Champagne.
This strawberry shortcake is a take on classic cobbler that features cinnamon and sugar-topped baking powder biscuits over a citrusy-sweet mash of strawberries. Even better, you can cook the strawberries and bake the biscuits in one pan. Serve with ice cream or homemade whipped cream. The combination of fresh, seasonal strawberries and bright lemon juice make this a sweet and surprisingly easy addition to any spring event.
The look of this cake is gasp-worthy, and your guests will love the rich flavor of caramelized bananas. The technique is simple: Slice the bananas thin and caramelize them in butter and brown sugar in a skillet, then top with a banana-heavy batter and bake. The cake’s golden, caramelized top is a true showstopper.
For the coconut lover. We lightened up this easy microwave cake—flavored with Mexican tres leches, which means three milks. The recipe uses lite coconut milk and Greek yogurt instead of heavier ingredients, giving you a party-perfect dessert that still feels like an indulgence. Garnish with fresh berries for a pop of color.
This grown-up take on classic monkey bread is baked in a pretty fluted pan and served with a creamy blueberry sauce that’s quick to make but packs a punch. Guests dip the chocolatey, crusty bread sections in the decadent sauce, fondue style.
Savory nut butter and a chocolate drizzle is a classic for a reason: The combination is irresistible. In this recipe, you’ll spike vanilla cake mix with creamy peanut butter and dot it with chocolate chips. Drizzle a simple glaze over the top for an extra hit of chocolate in each bite.
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This post was originally published on March 31, 2016, and has been updated.