We're hungry. We always are. And, frankly, it's starting to be a problem. It doesn't matter what time of day it is, it doesn't matter how much food we've already eaten, our stomach is grumbling 24/7. We've tried on numerous occasions to combat this, we really put our best foot forward on this front. We've tried drinking more water, getting more fiber, meditating, hypnotherapy, pilates, going to bed earlier—all to no avail.
Nothing works. Nothing can take these cravings away, so we guess we'll just have to live with our perpetual desire to eat, and what better way to cope than by looking at pictures of sweet treats? Yum! Who doesn't love dessert? And, more to the point, who doesn't love handsome actors? Well, good news, everyone! We've figured out a way to combine the two, and we think it's pretty great, if we do say so ourselves.
Alright, that's enough messing around, it's time to cut to the chase. Simply consider each of these decadent, irresistible desserts, choose to eat them or skip them and when everyone's finished, we'll reveal their gorgeous actor hubby. Wow, sweet treats and handsome men? There really is no downside here, this quiz is all win. Amazing!
Angel Food Cake
Delightfully light, deliciously fluffy, angel food cake deserves a standing ovation. This dessert is so amazing, we have no trouble believing it really is the cake of angels, because let us tell you, this stuff is divine. And, you know what the greatest thing about angel food cake is? It goes with anything! Fresh fruit? Angel food cake has got your back, pal. Whipped cream? Oh, angel food cake can handle that, buddy. Grated chocolate? This is a job for...duh-dUH-DUH-DUUUH! Angel food cake!
Devil's Food Cake
There's an equal opposite to everything. There's hot and there's cold, there's yes and there's no, there's in and there's out, there's—wait, that's a Katy Perry song. Well, whatever, you get the idea. Anyway, point is, you've got angel food cake, and then at the opposite end of the spectrum, you've got devil's food cake, a dessert as delicious as H-E-double toothpicks. It's a decadent, rich, luxurious chocolate, not so moist as to be gooey, but not so dry as to be inedible. This stuff is the height of yum.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Sounds legit, yeah? Well, we prefer to get our daily apple intake in the form of pie. Why? Because, life is short and pie is yum, that's why. Hey, who doesn't love a big slice of this stuff with a side of vanilla ice cream and a huge dollop of whipped cream? Alright, okay, so eating apple pie isn't quite as healthy as eating just an apple, but sometimes you've got to nourish your soul, too!
Ugh! Good gravy, peach cobbler? How the heck are we supposed to stave off the hunger 'til our lunch break now? Man, we don't know what being in the oven does to peaches—well, we mean, we know it heats them up, but what we mean is, we don't know why warmed up peaches are soooo much better than room temperature peaches, but it is working for them. And when you take those warm peaches and stick them between an equally warm cobbler crust? That sounds delicious! Where do we sign?!
We had a craving for this stuff once, but we were stuck at our temp job, so we tried to satisfy our craving in an undeniable pinch. All we had on hand was a Jell-O pudding cup from the back of the fridge in the break room (a month past the expiration date) and a couple heels of Wonder Bread. Long story short, it was a poor substitute for the real deal. Nothing beats bonafide, fresh out of the oven bread pudding. Especially not our DIY rendition. Blech!
Tres Leches Cake
Tres leches cake is a marvel, and we've got hard data to back that statement up. What you have here is a cake that starts out all light and fluffy and perfect. But it's made even more perfect, if you can imagine that, when it's dipped in a pool of three milks—whole milk, condensed milk and evaporated milk. The porous cake acts like a sponge, soaking it all of that yum until it can't soak up anymore, and then its iced and served and, yes, we're drooling.
Key Lime Pie
A fruit pie that's less fruit and more custard, key lime pie is tart, yet sweet and always refreshing. This dessert is a summertime favorite, and it's not hard to see why—or, taste why, we guess. It's funny, we always forget how much we love this dessert until we see it on the table with the casseroles and side dishes at family gatherings, then we cut ourselves a slice and bite by bite, we reacquaint ourselves with one of the most delicious after dinner treats around.
We bet the clouds parted and the angels sang upon the invention of the brownie sundae. It all starts with a solid brownie foundation—a great start to any dessert, to be sure—and on top of that stable structure, you've got generous scoops of vanilla ice cream—another classic favorite—AND, as if that weren't enough, on top of all that brownie, ice creamy yum, you've got sprinkles and caramel and chocolate sauces. Oh, and of course, whipped cream and a cherry on top. What could be better than this?
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oh, is there anything better than a chocolate chip cookie? This is one dessert that's so delicious, you can enjoy it even *before* it goes into the oven! Raw cookie dough is one of the most satisfyingly sweet treats there is, salmonella risk and all. Whether you like yours unbaked or baked until just chewy or baked a little while longer so they get super duper crunchy, there honestly is no wrong way to eat a chocolate chip cookie. Chocolate chip cookies, you're a marvel!
Pumpkin Roulade with Cream Cheese Filling
Alright, so maybe we've spent our whole lives calling it a pumpkin roll, not a pumpkin roulade, but we've been binge-watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix, and we're changing out all of our old unprofessional baking words for the fancier ones. Besides, when you dress up the name of a dessert, it really helps add a flavor punch, even if only psychologically. Anyway, a pumpkin roulade with a cream cheese filling is just what the food doctor ordered, and we're ready to have our prescription filled.
A dessert so wonderful that they named a cartoon character after it back in the 80's (for whatever that's worth), strawberry shortcake is an oldie but an undeniable goodie. Honestly, what more could you want in a dessert? It's got everything! Fruit, flavor, fluffiness. It's comprised entirely of deliciousness, and that's exactly what you want in an after dinner treat. Layers of light cake, layers of decadent cream and fresh strawberries, this cake is a delight from the top tier to the bottom.
The day that we found out that there was cake comprised entirely of cheese, our lives changed forever—and for the better, too. Cheesecake is such a casual dessert, yet it's so fancy, too. It has a way of dressing up informal gatherings, and it has a way of low-key-inizing (that's a word, right?) decidedly high-key events. Cheesecake is extremely versatile, making it perfect for every occasion, and you know what else? It's delicious. Whether it's fruity or chocolaty or vanilla-y, it's always tasty.
Okay, frozen yogurt, people. Not ice cream, not even frozen custard. Look, we know those two are delish, nobody is even going to try to debate that. But we're singling out frozen yogurt because, well, it tastes a little different than ice cream and custard. Now, some people totally dig that taste, and we're proud to count ourselves a part of that number. Some people, on the other hand, well, they're not so happy about frozen yogurt. What do you have to say on this issue?
Root Beer Float
Ah, root beer floats! Friend to children, savior of people who want a hands-free dessert that won't make a mess, a bonafide hero of soft drink-based sweet treats. The root beet float is perfect for outdoorsy, summery parties—think backyard barbecues and evenings spent on the balcony after a casual dinner party with friends. This dessert is unfairly underrated, and we aim to change that. How? By eating all the root beer floats in the world. It's gonna be challenging, but we're ready.
We always wonder what inspired the invention of the cannoli. Was somebody changing out the toilet paper roll when they had an "AHA!" moment, and they became convinced that they needed to recreate the magic of a cardboard roll with pastry? And what told them to fill it with cheese and cream? Hmm. Well, whatever. Enough speculation! The fact is, we don't really care how or why the cannoli came to be, we're just happy that it's here, in all it's scrumptious glory.
Vanilla Pound Cake
Vanilla pound cake might seem like a big so what to people who are accustomed to eating fancier desserts, like tiramisu and creme brulee, but it's not. And, don't get us wrong, we're not saying those desserts don't have anything to offer because they definitely do—but so does the vanilla pound cake. This sweet treat proves that simple pleasures have a lot to offer. This cake has no bells and whistles, but there's a reason for that: it doesn't need them. Vanilla pound cake, you're the underdog we're all rooting for, buddy.
Bear claws? Oh, heck yes! Why aren't more desserts named after wild animals and their various natural defense mechanisms? How come there aren't any pastries called...oh, we don't know, hawk talons? Or crocodile jaws? Or porcupine quills? Why hasn't somebody done the sensible thing here and taken this idea and run with it? We want some answers about this, bakers, because we don't see any good excuses. Anyway, bear claws are every bit as delicious as the grizzly hands they've been named after, and we'd be happy to take a swipe at one right now.
Chocolate truffles—unlike their cousin, regular truffles, which are super expensive, super rare mushrooms—are sweet, rich, luxuriant and so, so sophisticated. It's hard not to feel superior when you've got a chocolate truffle between the thumb and forefinger of one hand while holding a glass of perfectly paired wine in the other. That's the picture of classy right there, and it tastes like it, too. Not gonna lie to you folks, many's the time we've finished off a box of these babies ourselves—and in ONE sitting no less.
We love coffee and we love desserts. We are sensible human beings, after all! And given our intense adoration of these two food items, it only follows that we would be big fans of tiramisu. This cake is every java fan's dream. It starts with lady fingers (yum) soaked in coffee (double yum) and layered with mascarpone cheese and whipped cream (triple yum). If that description doesn't excite you then, friend? We're afraid we don't know if there's any help for you. Tiramisu, you're a dream come tirami-true.
Anytime the words "fried pastry" get bandied about, we get excited, so just imagine our enthusiasm when we heard about beignets. Essentially fritters, beignets are pillow-shaped pastries made from a dough (typically a yeast dough, which gives it some added flakiness) and fried in some hot oil, where they get all brown and crispy. When they come out of the frying pan, they're tossed in a bed of powdered sugar, at which point they're served, still warm and perfect, to eager diners everywhere.
A macaroon is a sandwich cookie, kind of like an Oreo, but, in reality, nothing at all like an Oreo. Like, if an Oreo was a dark alley behind a bar, a macaroon would be a museum. Don't misunderstand us, we're not saying Oreos are bad. They definitely aren't. They're a cookie anybody would be proud to pull out of their lunch box. But the macaroon is fancier. They can be made in a variety of colors, from pastels to bright neons, and they can be made in a variety of flavors, too, from chocolate to honey and lavender.
If you're a self-proclaimed chocoholic like we are, then come over here and sit by us for a sec, because we want to tell you all about a little dessert called the chocolate torte. This stuff is for people who like chocolate and aren't kidding around anymore. The ingredients? Chocolate, sugar, eggs, butter, a pinch of salt and cocoa powder for dusting. That's right, people, there is NO flour in this dessert because it's not about the texture, it's about the chocolate.
Fried Ice Cream
You would think taking desserts that DEFINITELY have to stay frozen and dunking them in boiling frying oil would be a bad idea, and yet, it is not. See, that's the whole concept behind fried ice cream. A giant scoop of ice cream rolled in a sweet and so very yummy coating, then gingerly placed in a deep fryer until it's crispy on the outside, but hasn't yet melted on the inside, if you can find us one person who wouldn't want this, we'll eat our hat—but we'd rather eat this, instead.
Some people say cronuts are an abomination. A sort of Frankenstein's monster among normal, non-mutant desserts. But to them we say, bah humbug! The cronut never did nothin' to nobody 'cept treat 'em right. A tasty cross between a croissant and a donut, we say all hail the cronut in all its flaky, cake-y glory. Serve us a platter of these things and a tall glass of iced coffee and we certainly won't complain. But, we're not the ones making the calls here. You are. So, what do you think of the cronut?
Tapioca pudding is the dessert of old people, and that's okay. It's easy to eat, and we're not just talking about texture, either. It's also easy to eat because it's so delicious. These days, people are taking tapioca to new heights, including it in trendy and tasty boba tea—so we guess you could say this pudding was doing tapioca before it was cool. Thick, creamy and peppered with small pearls of tapioca, a starch taken from the cassava plant, this pudding is a treat to eat.
A galette, for those of you who don't know (AKA us just a minute ago before we Googled it), is a flattened, rounded bread or pastry, typically filled with fruits, if sweet, or vegetables and meats, if savory. For now, we'll be talking about the berry galette. We're convinced that this dessert is the result of someone wanting to make a pie and not having the appropriate dish to bake one in, so they just had to wing it. But, hey, it worked! This stuff it yummy.
Brownies are a dessert that needs no introduction, but they're so perfect, we would feel bad not giving them one. Brownies are so versatile. You can make them light and fluffy, or you can make them gooey, chewy and so melt-in-your-mouth soft as to make them incomparable with any other dessert. You can bake them plain, or you can stir in extras, like walnuts, chocolate chips and candies. You can top them with icing, various glazes, or you can leave them bald. Any way you serve brownies, they're nothing less than perfect.
Coconut Chiffon Cake
We don't want to engage in the use of hyperbole or be melodramatic in any way, but chiffon cake just might be the best thing in the world, ever, period, end of story, case closed. We mean, it's just so fluffy and light! How does it do that? And to then mix that already delightful cake with coconut, thereby increasing deliciousness tenfold? It's...well, it's almost more than we can handle, that's all. But, we're willing to rise to the challenge of eating a slice of this stuff, because we ain't no quitters.
Banana pudding is so low-key, we can barely stand it, but, like, in a good way. How could anybody possibly resist this one? It's so rich and so decadent and so, well, comforting that we just don't know how anybody could pass this one up. You've got layers of vanilla cookies, layers of vanilla or banana pudding, layers of fresh banana slices, layers of cream. With every layer you get closer and closer to perfection, and that's what we all want in a dessert, isn't it?
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Crumbles are great, whether they're strawberry rhubarb or not. They're like a cobbler and a streusel had a beautiful dessert baby, and we are in love. But to then turn that crumble into a strawberry rhubarb one, it's just...wow. What a power move. It's incredible. Strawberry and rhubarb is a flavor combination that is NOT for the feint of heart. It's strong! Sweet, but with a definite hint of tartness, and when those two marry beneath a delicious crumble topping, it is one heck of a flavor ceremony.
Creme brulee is...well, we mean, it's just like all of the other desserts you've seen here. It's delicious! But, on the other hand, it's not JUST like all of the other desserts here. It's creme brulee. This is a fancy treat. It's all airs with this dessert, but not in a haughty, pretentious way, it's just that creme brulee is exquisite and it knows it. A rich, decadent custard baked to absolute perfection and sealed with a caramelized crust, a creme brulee is hard to beat.
When it comes to dessert flavors, you're more likely to see things like chocolate, vanilla, coffee, coconut, strawberry—things that have an undeniable sweet flavor. Lemons don't contribute very often to the world of sweet treats, but where they have dared to test the waters, they've excelled. Lemons aren't just for lemonade anymore, people, because lemon bars are a thing, and if you've never had one, you really ought to. They're sweet, sure, but with a delightful sourness that makes them refreshingly yummy, and that sounds good to us.
Molten Lava Cakes
We can't speak for everyone, but we can tell you that we've looked at molten lava many times and thought to ourselves, "Boy, does that look tasty!" That's why we were super stoked to learn about molten lava cake. True, it doesn't contain any actual molten lava, or any rock, or even any volcanic ash. But that's okay because what it doest contain is a whole lot of chocolate, both in the form of cake and in the form of confectionery lava, and we're all about that.
Ugh! Pavlova, how we love you, you meringue-based dessert, you! These mini pavlovas are just like your average pavlovas, they're just smaller—like pavlova cupcakes, really. Made by piping meringue onto a lined backing sheet and baking to perfection so that they're lightly toasted and crisp on the outside, but still chewy and marshmallow-y on the inside, pavlovas (mini or otherwise) are often decorated with fresh fruit, powdered sugar, grated chocolate and other pretty bits of yum. Who would turn their nose up at this dessert, we ask you?
Apples know how to do desserts. There's apple pie, caramel apples, apple cobbler, apple strudel, apple cake—apples know how to do sweet treats almost as well as chocolate, and that's saying something. Heck, apples are so good at being a dessert, they can do it pretty much all by themselves! Just by adding a delicious filling (usually consisting of nuts, sugar and spices) and baking them, apples shine like it's nobody's business! Add a scoop or two of ice cream, and baked apples are one dessert that just won't quit.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This dessert combines baking with magic tricks, and you can't convince us otherwise, so don't even bother trying. Here's the deal: you take your cake pan and you line it with pineapple rings (and, sometimes, cherries), then you pour the cake batter over it. Once it comes out of the oven, you turn the cake out and, PRESTO CHANGE-O! All those pretty pineapple rings are now on top of the cake! Alright, so it isn't a very good magic trick, but it beats that old "Is...THIS your card?!" spiel any day of the week.
Eating chocolate mousse is like snacking on a chocolate cloud, and we're pretty sure that is the stuff that fairy tales are made of. Seriously, though, who wouldn't want to take a huge—but sophisticated, of course, we're not slobs—bite out of a chocolate mousse? They're sweet, they're light and fluffy, they're incredibly rich. This is a luxurious dessert by anybody's standards, and, dang it! We deserve to feel pampered! Whether you prefer your chocolate mousse baked or served soft, you know it's gonna be delicious.
Wait, wasn't "Bananas Foster Kane" the name of the title guy in Citizen Kane? No, no, that was Charles Foster Kane, right. We always get Orson Welles's character confused with this dessert, but that's our mistake. Bananas Foster is marvel. It's made by softening bananas in a mixture of butter, sugar and rum over low heat, then it's flambeed (because igniting your dessert is fun, provided you're not an out of control pyromaniac), and finally, it's served with ice cream topped with the tasty sauce it was cooked in. Yum!
Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
So iconic it's usually just called "coffee cake", this stuff is cinnamon streusel-rific, and you can quote us on that one, folks. This is a cake that thinks it's a crumble. It falls apart if you look at it too hard, but that's what makes it so perfect! Sugary sweet, light and fluffy, spiced with cinnamon to delicious perfection, this stuff was made to dunk in your fresh cup of coffee, and it does that job better than just about any other dessert out there.
Pecan pie is nuts. No, no, that's not an insult, it's the truth! A tantalizingly tasty mixture of pecans, brown sugar, butter and vanilla placed ever so gently in a pie crust (whether it's pastry-based or graham cracker-based is entirely up to the baker) and baked until set, the pecan pie is traditionally a favorite holiday dessert. It's not uncommon to see one of these on the table at Thanksgiving or Christmas, but we wish they made an appearance more often. Oh, well, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?