We have all found our ways to cope with being stuck inside with minimal human contact. Some have turned to design a five-star Animal Crossing island, others have binge-watched every show on their list. Another common past time for many has been to pick up a new skill, like baking. We’d be surprised if you haven’t seen a fair share of sourdough pics on your social media feeds during these last few months. Maybe you have even tried your hand at making a sourdough loaf. If you’ve grown tired of making sourdough or decided it just wasn’t your thing, don’t worry – we have the perfect pastime for you to try!
These fancy vegan desserts are so beautiful and taste amazing! While you may not have had time in the past, there’s definitely a lot more time to try these out and even perfect them! Once we’re able to throw parties and hang out in groups again, these desserts will be the best way to impress your friends, so you better start practicing! For now, these fancy vegan desserts can be shared with whoever else you live with! But, you may want to keep them all to yourself.
1. Coconut White Chocolate Crème Brûlée
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Yes, even custard can be made vegan, with coconut milk and cashew cream. This Coconut White Chocolate Crème Brûlée by Lisa Dawn Angerame is the epitome of an impressive and elegant vegan dessert. Serve them at a dinner party or even on a random weeknight!
Reprinted with permission from Wait, That’s Vegan by Lisa Dawn Angerame, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Alex Shytsman
2. Raw Cocoa Vanilla Swiss Roll
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In spite of the name, Swiss rolls are actually thought to have originated in Austria. Regardless of where they come from, they’re a delicious treat worthy of any occasion. This Raw Cocoa Vanilla Swiss Roll by Adam Graczynski can be enjoyed by many because it’s gluten-free and grain-free; the chocolatey outer roll is made from dates and almonds and it’s stuffed with a cashew cream filling that can also be made with macadamia.
3. Lemon Meringue Pie
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When life hands you lemons – you should make this vegan Lemon Meringue Pie by Rebecca Coleman. It’s made with a few simple ingredients and can be even easier if you buy the crust. Just whip up a batch of your favorite pie crust, fill it with a rich and creamy lemon curd, and top it with a (surprisingly) simple meringue that will have you and your friends sneaking back into the kitchen to lick the bowl. This citrusy dessert is the perfect treat to be enjoyed any time you get a chance to. Bring this vegan lemon meringue pie to a party to impress all of your friends! It’s absolutely delicious!
4. Raw Swedish Princess Cake
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Sweden’s beloved cake gets a raw makeover! A princess cake is a Swedish dessert consisting of a layer of sponge cake, a layer of pastry cream or custard, and a thick layer of whipped cream all surrounded by a layer of green marzipan. This sponge cake in this raw version is light and fluffy, made from coconut and almond flour, and is covered with sweet strawberry chia jam, a layer of vanilla custard, whipped coconut cream, and raw marzipan. You have to try making this delicious Raw Swedish Princess Cake by Natalie Yonan!
5. Chocolate Coconut Cream Puffs With Coconut Whipped Cream
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Does it get any more decadent than these Chocolate Coconut Cream Puffs With Coconut Whipped Cream by Frugal Vegan?! We like to make them bite size so they are the perfect portion of rich, creamy, and oh-so-fluffy goodness. It’s hard to believe all that fanciness is the product of a very ordinary (accidentally-vegan) canned biscuit. It can be our little secret.
6. Baked Alaska
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Baked Alaska is an old-school fancy dessert. Frozen on the inside, then covered in a layer of meringue, it’s sort of a culinary miracle — and it used to be made in the oven! In this egg-free version, a torch is used to brown the meringue, but the final effect is still pretty spectacular. Serve this Baked Alaska by Aquafabulous! 100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba at your next big family get-together or for a special occasion, like a birthday.
7. Butterscotch Bread Pudding
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Fellow carboholics know that bread pudding is just the ultimate way to consume bread. Pieces of bread baked in a sweet, creamy sauce? Yeah, it’s one of the best things ever. This Butterscotch Bread Pudding by Kristy Turner is baked with dried apricots, walnuts, and homemade butterscotch sauce. Then it’s drizzled with even more butterscotch sauce. Carbolicious and compassionate.
8. Aquafaba Chocolate Coffee Mousse
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This delicious Aquafaba Chocolate Coffee Mousse by Kirsten Kaminski is not only completely vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and refined sugar-free but also super easy to make! All you’ll need is 3-4 basic ingredients and you’re ready to got!
9. Chocolate Orange Macarons
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These Chocolate Orange Macarons by Kirsten Kaminski are fantastique! Now, the biggest question in the vegan macarons making is how to replace the main ingredient: egg whites? Well, let us introduce you to a magic liquid called aquafaba – also known as chickpea water! Yes, you’ve heard that right!
10. Crêpe Cake With Coconut Cream
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Not only does this Crêpe Cake With Coconut Cream by Deniz Kilic look absolutely fantastic – it’s also delightful to eat. While it looks like quite a production, this cake is actually very simple to make. Stack your crêpes atop on another and layer each with a bit of coconut cream and then top it off with a homemade strawberry sauce and voilà – an impressive dessert with no stress or hassle.
11. Banana Split Sugar-Dusted Beignets
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These Banana Split Sugar-Dusted Beignets by Lauren Hartmann are a tribute to New Orleans. These beignets taste just like the ones from Café Du Monde. This version is even more awesome by drowning them in chocolate powdered sugar, banana powdered sugar, and strawberry powdered sugar. They taste just like a banana split! Reprinted with permission from Southern Vegan by Lauren Hartmann, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Lauren Hartmann and Julie Grace
12. Creamy Cheesecake
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This Creamy Cheesecake by Kirsten Kaminski is delectable!The secret ingredient for its amazing texture and creaminess is a combination of chickpeas and cashews. Sounds crazy but is worth the try!
This Vegan Tiramisu by Gretchen Price is a perfect dessert to make for your guests! It’s creamy, satisfying, and the perfect sweet treat!
14. Apple Strudel With Custard
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This flaky Apple Strudel With Custard by Philipp Ertl becomes golden brown goodness as it bakes and the fragrant, sweet scent of apples is amazing.
15. Baklava Custard Tart
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This Baklava Custard Tart by Incredible Plant-Based Desserts, Anthea Cheng can easily become your favorite recipe Just like conventional baklava, this tart has loads of nuts, crispy filo pastry, and multiple layers. This is taken to the next level, as well. Instead of thickening the custard with eggs, this recipe cornstarch which is much easier to use! The subtle vanilla and sweetness from the custard perfectly complement a punchy and flavorsome baklava filling.