We are a nation of takeaway lovers, and while that may conjur images of curries, fried chicken and chips, there is also a growing demand for express desserts. With increasingly indulgent offerings of waffles, cookie dough, crêpes and ice cream, dessert cafés are luring in a loyal following of sweet-toothed supporters. So, if puddings-to-go are your thing but you don't have the time or money to secure a special treat, fear not: we have an unashamedly decadent selection of 'fakeaway' desserts that can easily be made at home.

cookie dough pizza

With a soft, gooey centre and crisp edges, our giant homemade cookie dough pizza is every dessert lover's slice of heaven. It's super-easy to make with the kids for a weekend baking project and can be topped with a mix of your favourite treats. Best served warm with a dollop of ice cream, this sweet pizza is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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2. Bubble waffles

bubble waffles

An increasingly popular street-food treat, bubble waffles offer the chance to wrap your ice cream in a deluxe cone of crisp honeycomb bubbles and pile them high with lavish toppings - an Instagrammer's dream. The batter can be made using a special cast-iron mould that you can buy online. Believe us, it's worth making your own for the alluring aroma as they cook.

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3. Pancakes

blueberry cheesecake pancakes

Crêpes are a simple but scrumptious café favourite and when it comes to toppings, the more indulgent the better! We love ours with a moreish blueberry cheesecake filling consisting of cream cheese, tangy blueberries, crushed biscuits and nuts. Lay out a pick 'n' mix spread of ingredients for everyone to help themselves.

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4. Ice cream sundae

banoffee sundae

Design your own showstopping ice cream sundae for a decadent party dessert. This crunchy peanut banoffee sundae combines alternating layers of peanut butter and caramel sauce, with ice cream, sliced bananas and salted peanuts. Complete with a crispy waffle and sparklers for extra pizzaz!

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giant hot cookie pie

When it comes to serious indulgence, our giant hot cookie pie hits the mark. This mouth-watering mash-up combines a baked cookie dough base with gooey brownie batter and crisp mini choc-chip cookie topping. Serve it warm in a pan with gererous dollops of ice cream, then dig in.

6. White chocolate cheesecake

piece of white chocolate cheesecake

Elevate yourself to cloud-nine levels with a luxuriously creamy white chocolate cheesecake. A dessert stalwart, our chocolatey twist on the New York cheesecake is totally easy to make yet impressive enough to be a dinner party dessert. Pair it with fresh fruit and a tangy summer berry compote to offset the richness.

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7. Banoffee waffles

salted caramel waffles

Craving your weekly waffle fix? Ditch the takeaway order and embrace the novelty of making your own – it's so easy, and this way you can decide exactly what toppings you want. We are rather fond of waffles with banana & salted caramel sauce or Greek yogurt, honey and strawberries. For best results, read our review of the best waffle makers, or alternatively you can use a griddle pan for this recipe.

8. Freakshake

eton mess freakshake

This is a monster of a treat! With white chocolate, ice cream and strawberry milkshake and loads of sugary toppings, it'll be one of the most impressive freakshakes yet. Enjoy making these on a hot summer's day with friends and family.

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9. Brownies

peanut butter brownies cut into squares

Every self-respecting dessert takweaway has their signature brownie. Whether you prefer them plain or studded with crunchy peanut butter, there's no reason to miss out on this classic chocolate treat. These gooey goodies are also freezable, so you can have them on hand for whenever the snacking urge takes you.

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10. Ice cream bar

ice cream sundae

Bring the ice cream van to your own home (accompanying Greensleves chimes optional!). A pop-up ice cream sundae bar is the perfect idea for a kids' party, allowing them to customise their own cones with various flavours, sauces and sprinkles. Assemble your assortment of ice cream tubs in a large bowl or bucket filled with ice, then display alongside a selection of cones, squeezy bottles and assorted sprinkles, sweets and berries. The orders will soon start flying in!

Get more creative with these ice cream sundae recipes.

11. Honey & lime ice cream

honey & lime ice cream

The perfect balance of sweet and tangy is this refreshing honey & lime ice cream. Use double cream, condensed milk, the star ingredients and gin to make this soft serve homemade ice cream, perfect for summer parties and get-togethers. Top with fresh raspberries and lime zest for that extra tang.

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12. Chocolate orange baked cheesecake

chocolate orange baked cheesecake with a piece cut out

Why buy a cheesecake when you can make a masterpiece at home, like this chocolate orange baked cheesecake! It's the tastiest Christmas dessert, with the perfect spiced biscuit base, a rich and dark moussy chocolate filling and candied orange slices ontop. Treat guests with this ultimate fakeaway, they'll be asking for seconds!

There are more baked cheesecake recipes, along with a variety of chocolate cheesecakes to try.

13. Churros ice cream sandwich

churros ice cream sandwich

A fun twist on your classic churros, these churro ice cream sandwich discs are a fun activity for the kids and are a delicious fakeaway dessert. Scoop up your favourite ice cream flavour into the middle and sandwich together with two discs; we think dulce de leche or chocolate ice cream go great with cinnamon.

We have a classic recipe for churros and an afternoon tea churros recipe to try.

14. Dark chocolate & passion fruit tart

dark chocolate and passion fruit tart with 2 pieces cut out

A decadent and grown up pâtisserie item next! This dark chocolate and passion fruit tart would be a nice closing dish for a dinner party, featuring a rich chocolate ganache paired with the fresh tanginess from the fruit curd. Once chilled, enjoy the various textures it has to offer!

You can find more chocolate tarts in our collection and a delicious array of patisserie recipes.

15. Profiteroles

profiteroles stacked on a plate drizzled with chocolate

Whether its croquembouche, eclairs or a small stack of profiteroles like these, choux pastry is the one of the best inspirations for fakeaway desserts. These profiteroles are light and pillowy, filled with vanilla whipped cream, stacked and drizzled with chocolate sauce, a sure winner dessert for everyone around the table.

We have more profiterole recipes and choux pastry recipes to check out.

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