Our Favorite Holiday Desserts: The Challenge is ON!


Our key to the happiest holiday: Baking (and eating!) aaalll of the things. It’s also the perfect time to break out the fancy-schmancy, knock-'em-dead dessert ideas you wouldn't make on any old day.

We took inspiration from this season's amazing Top Chef contestants -- here are some seriously spectacular sweets.

1. Lemon Meringue Cake

Any excuse to fire up that blowtorch, are we right?! Make the cake and filling in advance, then torch the meringue while your guests oohhh and ahhh.

2. Banana Peanut Butter Cake

Fluffy banana cake + peanut butter filling + milk chocolate ganache frosting. Oh yeah, this baby is darn good.

3. Blackberry Cream Pie

Level up your fruit pie with a braided crust and white chocolate Bavarian cream.

4. Caramel and Ganache Tarts

Personal-size desserts are always a good idea. These are topped with marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs, making them a wintertime ode to everyone’s favorite summer s’mores.

5. Superfruits Shortcake

Move over, strawberries! Packed with goji berries, acai, and even kale, this dessert proves you can have your (short)cake and eat it too.

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