Tag: Desserts

Desserts that Food Network Staffers Can’t Wait to Make this Summer

by in In Season, Recipes, June 15th, 2017

Strawberry SorbetSummer means trips to the beach, picnics, barbecues, family vacations and spending time outside. For us at Food Network it also means whipping up seasonal favorites, like cobblers and shortcakes, and experimenting with new recipes that we’re super excited to try out. Read on to see which desserts Food Network staffers can’t wait to make this summer.

I can never have enough strawberries, so when summer rolls around and they’re in season, I stock up and mostly eat them fresh, but I can’t say no to a strawberry sorbet either.
— Juliann Tang, Director, Digital Partnerships and Strategy
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Cost It Out: How to Win at Bake Sale Economics

by in View All Posts, May 30th, 2017

Bake sales are a classic fundraiser — who doesn’t like to support a good cause and pick up a sweet? But if you spend too much making your treats, it could eat into the “profit” you make from selling them. Should you make oatmeal cookies or crispy rice treats? Banana bread or pound cake? Cookies or cupcakes?

If you’re on a budget, take a good look at a recipe’s ingredients list before choosing. Avoid mix-ins like nuts and dried fruit, which can quickly add up (see our chart below). Instead, consider treats made with less expensive items, like egg-based meringues. Or opt for cakes such as banana bread and doughnuts, which contain oil instead of butter. Old-fashioned picks like oatmeal cookies or snickerdoodles also have low-cost main ingredients.

Using a national grocery provider’s average prices, we priced out some of our favorite bake sale items to help you decide what to make and how much to spend. See how these classics compare.

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7 Treats for a Super-Sweet Cinco de Mayo

by in Recipes, May 1st, 2017


Though tacos and margaritas may get most of the spotlight at Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the highlight of any feast for sweet-toothed diners is dessert. Here are our favorite classic and creative takes on Mexican-inspired recipes for the dessert course.

Chocoflan

This impressive Mexican dessert pairs chocolate cake with flan for a fun and deliciously layered treat. The cake batter and flan mixture are poured into one pan and separate into two distinct layers during the baking process.

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These Easter Desserts Are Too Stinkin’ Cute — Especially the Bunny Butts

by in Holidays, View All Posts, April 10th, 2017

Creating a Pinterest-worth dessert for Easter can feel intimidating — especially since many of the classics (like lamb cakes and bunny cakes) are a little more involved than tossing a pan of brownies in the oven. Here are some adorable treats that look impressive (including, yes, some bunny butts), but thanks to clever tricks and deceptively simple decorating techniques, you don’t need to be a trained pastry chef to make them.

Coconut Bunny Butt Cake (above)

It’s a near-guarantee that your guests will grin when they spot this dessert on your table. Bake the base in a metal bowl to make it round, and top with cupcakes to create the feet and tail. Fluffy coconut is the perfect stand-in for bunny fur — plus, it camouflages any rough edges or not-so-perfect frosting.

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Best Valentine’s Day Treats for Two

by in Recipes, February 13th, 2017

If you’re planning to end your romantic night with dessert, why not really make it for two? Don’t worry about finishing off an entire cake or leaving six pieces to languish in the fridge. And forget about puzzling over the math to cut a dinner party dish down to size (trying to divide the eggs in a recipe gets us every time) — these sweet recipes are truly made for two.

Chocolate Cake for Two

If there’s anything better than a classic chocolate cake, it’s a classic chocolate cake with layers. Bake a thin cake and stack the quartered pieces (frosted between layers with a rich chocolate icing) to get two generous slices of an impressive and decadent four-layer cake.

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Red, White and Blue Desserts … One Last Time!

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 1st, 2016

Some of our favorite summer desserts are red, white and blue. They’re the perfect combination of patriotism and seasonality: We usher in the season on Memorial Day, with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries shining in flag cakes, cobblers and crisps, then pull out all the stops with patriotic treats come the 4th of July. Give the red, white and blue dessert palette a last hurrah this Labor Day weekend with these festive, simple sweets. They’ll send summer off with a proper salute. Read more

A Watermelon Cake to Put a Grin on Your Face

by in Recipes, August 24th, 2016

It’s widely known that cakes shaped like other foods are the foolproof secret to wowing party guests. Just look at Food Network Magazine’s nacho cake, popcorn cake or guacamole cake and try not to smile. Before summer ends, we suggest you give our watermelon cake a try too.

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Make These Pull-Apart Beach Cupcakes for Summer’s Last Hurrah

by in Recipes, August 21st, 2016

This adorable party centerpiece has been making waves (har, har) with beach fans and dessert lovers alike this summer. It was our most popular pin back in July, and 10 million of you watched when we showed you how to make it on Facebook — and then you showed us your own inspired renditions! Read more

Every Way to Eat Strawberry-Rhubarb Sweets This Spring

by in In Season, Recipes, April 13th, 2016

Strawberry Rhubarb CrispThe return of warm weather brings a bright rainbow of fruits and veggies to farmers markets — and why not celebrate the season with all the pretty pink produce first? Strawberry-rhubarb is a classic combo for a reason (hello, deliciousness!), but its season is fleeting. Try it in these desserts before spring is over.

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Sandwiches Are Good, but These 10 Sweet Sandwich Cookies Are Better

by in Recipes, March 16th, 2016

Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich CookiesAll cookie fanatics know that the only thing better than one cookie is two — plus a rich, creamy filling. A step up from the classic chocolate chip or sugar cookie, these treats feature cookies that are fruity, nutty, cakey and more. Try the cookie version of an already traditional dessert, like carrot cake, or go for an unexpected flavor (popcorn?); this list of our favorite sandwich cookies has it all.

Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (pictured above)              
Who knew you could use boxed cake mix as cookie batter? With the simple addition of chocolate chips and peppermint extract, these easy-to-make cookies will be fudgy and minty.

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