Moist buttermilk red velvet cupcakes are filled with the whitest ice cream you can find (such as coconut or vanilla). Rings of white- and blue-tinted cream cheese frosting are piped on top to complete the 4th of July theme. Make these cupcakes ahead of time and serve directly from the freezer for a cool treat.
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With its fancy French name and beautiful appearance when fresh from the oven, a classic cherry clafoutis is bound to impress guests. Little do they know just how easy it is to make—just whip up a simple batter with egg, milk, sugar, and flour, then pour it onto some cherries and bake.
The scoop shop classic gets an upgrade with rich, dark maple syrup and an ice cream that actually tastes like walnuts.
Most butter pecan doesn't taste anything like butter or pecans. This recipe is here to change that.
New England scoop shops are some of the country's best, in part because they tend to specialize in dense, rice ice creams with little added air and a distinct pleasant chewiness. Now you can MacGyver a batch of your own.
French madeleines, the delicious shell-like tea-cakes, are an impressive dessert that also happens to be very easy to make. They're often flavored with vanilla bean or citrus, such as lemon or orange, but in this recipe, the buttery flavor of the madeleines is paired with the slightly bitter taste of almond extract and a sweet apricot glaze. Vanilla is added for a touch of warmth, while the brown butter in the batter gives the madeleines a rich, complex flavor.
An ice cream for the most hardcore chocolate lover: The person who likes their chocolate dark, bittersweet, and fruity.
These gorgeous individual meringue nests, filled with a swirled orange curd cream, fresh red currants, and chocolate Easter eggs are the perfect Easter dessert. The crisp, light meringue pairs beautifully with the creamy, tangy orange curd and berries.
These rustic-looking chocolate swirl meringues are flavored with cocoa powder, a touch of molasses, and a pinch of cinnamon, then baked until crisp. They bring together a light and crumbly texture with intense chocolatey flavor. The cinnamon provides just a hint of warmth, while the molasses gives the meringues a subtle caramel flavor.
This brown butter cake is dense and moist with a sturdy crumb and an intense brown butter flavor. The decadent brown butter glaze on top knocks the cake out of the park.
This delicious fruit mousse is wonderfully light and incredibly easy to make. It just takes five minutes, three ingredients and a food processor. The result will delight even your pickiest guests.
With all the cookie baking going on around the holidays, it was nice to not have to turn on the oven for this over-the-top icebox cake from The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking, by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand. Graham crackers are layered with a cream cheesy whipped cream, bananas, chopped peanuts and pecans, and a killer peanut butter caramel sauce.
French buttercream is a gorgeously smooth, velvety and rich buttercream. Because it's made with an egg-yolk foam (technically called pâte à bombe), it naturally has a bright yellow color.
This buttercream is light, fluffy, and delicious. It is made by first cooking a simple pudding made with milk, sugar and flour. Once this pudding base has cooled to room temperature, you add it to beaten butter by the spoonful. The result? A super smooth, light buttercream with a pale ivory color.
Italian buttercream is creamy, velvety, and delicious. Because it's made with Italian meringue, it's a lot lighter in color than most buttercreams and it looks almost pure white against a dark chocolate cake. It also holds up pretty well in warmer temperatures, so if you're planning a summer party outside, this is your go-to buttercream!
This German buttercream is incredibly smooth and delicious. It's made with a custard base, which gives it a natural yellow color. And although this buttercream contains a fair amount of butter and three egg yolks, it is surprisingly light, both in texture and taste.
Philadelphia-style ice cream doesn't have eggs, which means you can make it start-to-finish in just 30 minutes. It'll be the freshest, fluffiest ice cream you'll ever tast.
Twix have always been my favorite candy bar, but it's easy to see where there's room for improvement. This recipe replicates the familiar flavors of the chocolate-covered caramel-and-shortbread cookies, but with high quality dark chocolate, buttery homemade caramel, and crisp, flavor-packed shortbread cookies.
This is no pumpkin waffle—it's a nicely spiced, lightly sweet custard that cooks in the waffle iron in minutes.
This custardy European pancake, loaded with caramelized apples, is a stove-to-oven wonder that will rock your dessert...or brunch.