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Quick And Easy Desserts For Family Reunions

Updated on December 31, 2015

When it is time for celebrations, family, friends and gatherings, a relishing dessert becomes a necessity to mark an end to a scrumptious meal. A satisfying bowl of creamy, rich dessert, a soft little cupcake with a topping of crushed candy or probably a chocolate loaded peanut butter bar with a perfectly round scoop of thick vanilla ice cream would certainly make the meal even better!

Here is a list of some delectable yet easy to prepare desserts for family reunions and parties which will make your meal complete and finger licking good.

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

It hardly takes fifteen minutes to prepare this relishing dessert. This fulfilling sweet dish consists of glazed strawberries folded in soft angel food cake, thick cream cheese and condensed milk, topped with a generous amount of whipped cream and fresh strawberry slices. The guests are likely to drool over the appetizing instant no-bake sweet.

Peach Upside-Down Cake

With a combination of peach slices and brown sugar, forming a moist base and then becoming the topping of the velvety sponge cake, this is a perfect sweet to serve your guests. The warm and tender square pieces of the upside down (flipped) cake with a scoop of creamy vanilla or mango ice cream topped with glazed chunks of peaches would definitely serve to be a dessert to die for!

Chocolate Mocha Gooey Butter Cake

The ultimate definition of “delicious” is what Chocolate Mocha Gooey Butter Cake is all about. It is the best of both worlds – a mixture of chocolate and coffee. The sweet and spongy base of chocolate cake is topped with a layer of “decadent mocha gooey-ness” making it heavenly!

The gooey deliciousness comes with a mix of butter, cream cheese, coffee and a little hot fudge, ideal for a picnic, family get together or a potluck.

Caramel Heavenlies

With multiple layers of sweet, salty and gooey ingredients, caramel heavenlies are usually known as family favourites. The graham cracker base topped with layers of marshmallows, almonds, coconut and almonds, serves to be a tea time munchie as well. It is rather regarded as a traditional sweet dish passed on from generation to generation in order to please the guests with the relishing caramel crunch.

Peanut Butter-Fudge Pie

A chewy rice cereal crust sits below the rich and creamy vanilla ice cream, gooey fudge sauce and a sprinkle of peanuts. The dessert is by all means out of this world with a bit of cold ice cream, hot fudge sauce and chunky nuts in every bite!

The guests are definitely going to enjoy the dreamy dessert.

Neapolitan Party Cake

Gone are the days when Neapolitan only meant a three coloured frozen block of ice cream with strawberry, vanilla and chocolate flavouring. This child-pleaser has now become a crowd-pleaser with stripes of colourful icing between layers of spongy cake garnished with strawberry frosting and double dipped berries to indicate a festive atmosphere.

Cherry Phosphate Icebox Pie

This dessert has a crusty almond base with yoghurt filling giving an acidic tang to the dish. Though the base can be substituted with graham crackers, however, Amaretti (Italian almond cookies) are the best for this sweet dish. The dessert is left to be chilled for a few hours so that it sets properly and gives its best flavours. It is very simple and easy yet leaves sugar lovers craving for more.

Chocolate-Strawberry Shortcake Sliders

Classic strawberry shortcake exposes its luscious, chocolatey side with these tender and succulent mini cakes. One recipe makes 18, so they are ideal for parties and family gatherings. Though they are small, but are perfectly fulfilling because of layers of delicious and satisfying ingredients. A trickle of chocolate sauce as a decor makes this mini dessert “over-the-top decadent”.

Tres Leches Cake

It is a light and airy cake soaked in three milks: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream. It is a Mexican cake which is likely to make your guests crave for more. Made with three layers of cake, filling and frosting, this is an excellent piece of sweet for milk lovers. It is soaked in a milky sauce, chilled and garnished with berries and of course whipped cream forming stiff peaks.

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

These bars are very easy to prepare using ingredients readily available in the fridge. Astonish your guests with one of the creamiest and cheesiest dessert slice topped with glazed raspberries or a drizzle of raspberry sauce. It consists of layers of cheesecake, almonds, raspberry stuffing and coconut, forming epic dessert bars, an ultimate doze of sweet for family gatherings and potlucks.


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow, these all look delicious!

    • peachpurple profile image


      2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      oh i love all these ideas, the pics are making me hungry


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