The Dessert Table: 7 Ways to Make Store-Bought Desserts Look Homemade

November 26, 2013 – Everyone loves a homemade dessert, but we don’t always have time to bake them from scratch. What if you could achieve the look and taste of homemade in less time and with less stress?

With just a little styling, you can make these desserts the star of the meal without spending hours in the kitchen. Here are 7 ideas for how to add homemade touches to store-bought desserts:

  1. Pie in the Sky. Scoop Dutch apple pie into martini glasses, and then top with whipped cream.
  2. Say Cheese (cake). Using a cookie cutter, punch out circles or squares of the different cheesecakes from the Belmont Cheesecake Sampler Pack and place them on mini square plates (2”x2”). Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings or chocolate sauce.
  3. Puddin’ on the Ritz. Prepare your favorite instant pudding per package directions. Fill small juice glasses with pudding, then top with crumbled chocolate cookies and a cherry.
  4. Floats. Serve root beer or orange soda floats in your favorite glasses. Serve with a stick of licorice for the straw.
  5. C is for Cookies. Use tiered cake platters and mound pre-made cookies. Play with shapes and sizes by mixing in chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate truffles, pizzelles and gingerbread cookies.
  6. Brownie Points. Cook up a double batch of Baker’s Corner Fudge Brownie Mix, but throw in your own added touch: white chocolate chips, toffee bits and swirls of cream cheese are some tried-and-true favorites. Dust with powdered sugar after arranging them on a platter.
  7. A Finishing Touch. Fill out your dessert table with small bowls of fresh fruits, dried fruits, candies and nuts.  This way, there is an option for everyone!
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