18 Make-ahead Dessert Recipes

Hosting a dinner party, having friends over for lunch or bringing a pudding to a foodie gathering? Make the most of one of these make-ahead dessert recipes to save yourself on time and stress on the day. We have 18 mouth-watering options, from luxuriously creamy cheesecakes, all the way through to buttery tarts generous with filling. 

Velvet Chocolate Torte by Mary Berry

Velvet Chocolate Torte from Mary Berry at Home

Amalfi Lemon Tart

Amalfi Lemon Tart from My Simple Italian 

Nigella Lawson's No-Churn Pomegranate Ice Cream

No Churn Pomegranate Ice Cream from Nigella Express

Peanut Butter chocolate fondant

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondant from Step-by-Step Desserts

Peach Frangipane Tart

Peach Frangipane Tart from The Great British Bake Off: How to Turn Everyday Bakes into Showstoppers

Prodigious Pavlova

Prodigious Pavlova from Nigella Christmas 

For more irresistible Pavlovas, have a look at our collection of best-ever recipes. 

Salted Caramel, Poached Pear and Chocolate Tray Bake

Salted Caramel, Poached Pear and Chocolate Drizzle Tray Bake from Meringue Girls Cookbook

Fresh Strawberry Tartlets

Fresh Strawberry Tartlets from Mary Berry Everyday 

Celeste Praline Cheesecake

Celeste Praline Cheesecake from The Little Book of Chocolat 

Salted caramel profiteroles

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cream Profiteroles from The Great British Bake Off: Christmas

Pannacotta with limoncello

Pannacotta al Limoncello from Valvona & Crolla: A Year at an Italian Table

Ginger Chocolate Pot

Ginger Chocolate Pot from The Good Cook

Raspberry Ricotta Cheesecake

Twice-baked Raspberry Ricotta Cheesecake with a Thyme Crust from Konditor & Cook: Deservedly Legendary Baking

Pecan brownies

Pecan Brownies from Gail's Artisan Bakery Cookbook

Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream from At Elizabeth David's Table

Vanilla Creme Brulee

Vanilla Crème Brûlée from My Kitchen Table: 100 Recipes for Entertaining

Almond Tart

Almond Tart from Rick Stein's Long Weekends

Brownie pudding

Brownie Pudding with Sea-salted Caramel, Tea, and Figs from Chocolate: Indulge your Inner Chocoholic

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