Watch this season’s Award Shows with some of the most decadent desserts around! Whether you’re planning a casual night with friends or a black tie optional affair, impress your guests with these sweet treats. Check out our Pinterest board for even more ideas.
Here are some impressive dessert recipes to get you inspired for your viewing party.
Show-Stealing Bananas Foster Cupcakes
For the brown sugar cupcakes:
• ¾ cup butter, room temperature
• ¾ cup light brown sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
• ½ tsp. baking powder
• ½ tsp. baking soda
• ½ tsp. salt
• ½ cup milk
• 1 tsp. vanilla
For the Bananas Foster frosting:
• ½ cup mashed banana (1 large banana)
• 1 tsp. lemon juice
• 1 cup butter
• 5 cups powdered sugar
• 2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
• 1 tbsp. cinnamon
• 2 tsp. dark rum, optional
• 1 tsp. vanilla
• Sliced banana and caramel sauce for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°. For the cupcakes, beat butter on high until soft, then add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat well after each. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Measure out milk and vanilla together. Add about a third of the dry mixture and half the milk mixture, alternating portions beginning and ending with dry mixture until incorporated and smooth. Bake 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the cupcake. Let cool before frosting cupcakes.
For the frosting, mash the banana in a small bowl with the lemon juice. In bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter for 2 minutes. Add in the banana and beat for 1-2 more minutes, until well combined. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, on low speed. Add in the brown sugar, cinnamon, rum and vanilla. Turn mixer up to medium and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
Frost the cooled cupcakes, and garnish with a banana slice and drizzle with caramel!
Black Tie Parfait
• 1 package chocolate brownie bites or chocolate cupcakes
• 1 box instant white chocolate pudding mix
• 1 ¾ cups cold milk
• 1 container whipped dessert topping
Break up chocolate brownie or cake pieces and place a small layer in the bottom of a parfait glass. Set aside the remaining pieces for another layer. Prepare instant pudding according to directions for pie filling, using the cold milk. Fold in about half the container of whipped topping into the prepared pudding and combine well.
To your parfait glass, add a layer of the pudding/whipped topping mixture. You can do this easily by using a piping bag, or a heavy duty zipper bag (cup off the tip of one of the corners). Add another layer of chocolate brownies or cake, and top off with more pudding mixture. Garnish with shaved chocolate, if desired.
Golden (Globe) Caramel Corn
• Cooking oil
• Popcorn kernels
• 2 tbsp. butter
• 1 cup brown sugar
Pop the popcorn! Using a deep pot with a lid, add enough cooking oil to cover the bottom of the pan. (Make sure to add before turning on the heat). Add about a cup of kernels to the cold oil and stir. On medium heat, begin sliding the pot back and forth to distribute the heat. As soon as the kernels begin to pop, cover the pot and keep sliding back and forth until all kernels are popped.
For the caramel, combine the butter and brown sugar in a pot on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture boils. Then turn off the heat and remove the pot from the heat. Pour the popcorn into a serving bowl and drizzle the caramel mixture over the popcorn. Mix with a wooden spoon and be sure to let cool before eating.
Award-Winning Homemade Chocolate Truffles
• 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
• 3 cups powdered sugar
• 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
• 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
• Various toppings as desired (nuts, coconut, sprinkles, etc.)
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until well-blended. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until it’s all combined.
Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Using a cookie scoop (or small ice cream scoop), shape into 1-inch balls. Roll truffles into any number of toppings – sprinkles, nuts, coconut, more sugar – the choice is yours!