From trifles to mini cakes, individual desserts are the ultimate stress-free yet impressive sweet course you can serve to your guests. And they are just as great for a special occasion or fancy party as they are for you and your family on a weeknight evening. Here is a recipe collection with everything from mini cupcakes to Black Forest trifles and tiramisu cups. You have plenty to choose from for your next dinner party or cozy evening in!
Why serve individual desserts?
Individual desserts are a truly hassle-free way to entertain. Because they are already portioned out, all you have to do is pass them around to your delighted guests (who will feel extra special when they each receive their own dessert!)
When you serve individual desserts, there is no guess work as to how large of a bowl or pan you should prepare. And, no one has to feel obligated to politely spoon less than they actually want onto their plate. It takes the stress away for everyone!
But if you want to make something fancy, you certainly can, like these cherry, chocolate, cream and meringue trifles.
What can I serve them in?
You can serve individual desserts in cups, glasses, ramekins, jars or simply on plates (if you have bite-size desserts, like mini cupcakes, for example).
Individual chocolate desserts:
Here are some of the best desserts for any and all chocolate lovers!
This white chocolate mousse is incredibly light, airy and couldn’t be easier to make. You only need 3 ingredients!
Topped with a creamy, smooth chocolate mousse, these bite-sized mini chocolate cupcakes not only taste delicious, they also look beautiful!
Make a decadent chocolate oreo trifle in 10 minutes flat!
Comfy cozy fall flavors in a cup:
Sweater weather calls for one (or all) of these delicious concoctions!
These maple hazelnut custards are fall in a ramekin.
Fall simply isn’t fall without chai spice. Dig into these chai-spiced pots de creme while snuggled up in a blanket next to a cozy camp fire.
S’mores and pumpkin spice team up in these delicious hazelnutty s’mores trifles.
Juicy apple slices are baked right into these delicious, pumpkin-spiced mini cakes. Top them with a dollop of cinnamon-flavored whipped cream and you’re good to go.
For all the coffee lovers:
Pots de creme don’t have to be complicated to be scrumptious. This recipe happens entirely on the stovetop and yields delicious results!
Who doesn’t like the classic tiramisu flavors? All together in a cute little cup.
If you want to go fancy, these coffee liqueur cream puffs are the ticket!
Mousse, trifles and mini cheesecakes full of lemon flavor:
Flavored with lavender and citrus, these caramel cheesecake cupcakes are as delicious as they are beautiful.
This lemon ginger mousse is just what you want on a warm summer evening.
Lemon curd trifles are even better when flavored with fresh ginger.
Fruit desserts in a cup:
This Black Forest Eton mess is as delicious and as fancy as a fruit dessert can get. You can make it with fresh OR canned cherries.
Raspberry, lime and crystallized ginger come together in this delicious spring custard.
Bavarian cream is a classic for good reason and it’s even better when topped with an intensely fruity raspberry coulis.