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. 

easy make-ahead desserts

Velvet Chocolate Torte from Mary Berry at Home

easy make-ahead desserts

Amalfi Lemon Tart from My Simple Italian 

easy make-ahead desserts

No Churn Pomegranate Ice Cream from Nigella Express

easy make-ahead desserts

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondant from Step-by-Step Desserts

easy make-ahead desserts

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

easy make-ahead desserts

Prodigious Pavlova from Nigella Christmas 

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

easy make-ahead desserts

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

easy make-ahead desserts

Fresh Strawberry Tartlets from Mary Berry Everyday 

easy make-ahead desserts

Celeste Praline Cheesecake from The Little Book of Chocolat 

easy make-ahead desserts

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

easy make-ahead desserts

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

easy make-ahead desserts

Ginger Chocolate Pot from The Good Cook

easy make-ahead desserts

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

easy make-ahead desserts

Pecan Brownies from Gail's Artisan Bakery Cookbook

easy make-ahead desserts

Coffee Ice Cream from At Elizabeth David's Table

easy make-ahead desserts

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

easy make-ahead desserts

Almond Tart from Rick Stein's Long Weekends

easy make-ahead desserts

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

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