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Retro dessert recipes

50 Recipes

Travel back in time with some classic British desserts. These nostalgic favourites include Swiss rolls, Black Forest gateau, profiteroles and banoffee pie.

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  • Jelly & custard trifle cut into squares in baking tin

    Jelly & custard trifle squares

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    Create this retro jelly and custard trifle using cheat’s ingredients. It’s a completely make-ahead dessert, so ideal for a stress-free get together

  • A selection of yellow, purple and pink iced buns filled with cream & jam

    Iced buns with cream & jam

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.7 ratings

    Make our iced buns for an afternoon tea party or bake sale. Learn how to pipe cream and shape dough using our step-by-step guide to make these extra special

  • Black Forest gateau

    Black Forest gateau

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.102 ratings

    Impress your guests with this chocolate cherry layered cream cake - a revamped version of a retro classic.

  • Chocolate Swiss roll cut into slices

    Chocolate Swiss roll

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.8 ratings

    This nostalgic dessert can be made a day ahead. Fill with a vanilla cream, dust with icing sugar to finish and serve in slices

  • Baked Alaska on a cake stand

    Baked alaska

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Make this retro dessert for a festive get-together. With ice cream, fluffy meringue and sponge cake, it's a showstopper – and it's easier to make than it looks

  • Vegan trifle in a large trifle bowl

    Vegan trifle

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.5 ratings

    Treat guests to this plant-based trifle, with layers of sponge, compote, custard and dairy-free cream. It's a great dessert for a celebration

  • Mini cherry clafoutis in individual portions

    Mini cherry clafoutis

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Try a twist on clafoutis, a French baked dessert with a creamy base and sharp cherries. We’ve added a boozy punch with kirsch and served it with ice cream

  • Three servings of coconut panna cotta with mango & ginger nuts

    Coconut panna cotta with mango & ginger nuts

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.6 ratings

    Enjoy a creamy coconut panna cotta with mango slices, crushed ginger nut biscuits and lime zest. It's a gorgeous grown up dessert to end a summer menu

  • Passion fruit & white chocolate semifreddo with a slice cut away

    Passion fruit & white chocolate semifreddo

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.2 ratings

    Combine the flavours of white chocolate, passion fruit and pistachios in this semifreddo, a stunning dessert to end a dinner party or family celebration

  • Manchester tart cut into slices

    Manchester tart

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.2 ratings

    End dinner on a retro note with this Manchester tart recipe. It's easy enough to make midweek, and with a pastry base and custard filling, it's also super-comforting

  • One whole chocolate orange-baked cheesecake

    Chocolate orange baked cheesecake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.6 ratings

    Make a dessert that's the talk of the Christmas table with this creamy, rich chocolate orange cheesecake

  • Gluten free Christmas pudding with a slice cut out

    Gluten-free Christmas pudding

    A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    Make a gluten-free version of Christmas pudding for a dessert packed with festive spices and fruit

  • Chocolate orange marble cake

    Chocolate orange marble cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.77 ratings

    For a deliciously nostalgic cake, combine a classic flavour combination of orange and chocolate in this retro two-tone bake

  • Blancmange with berries on plate

    Blancmange

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Our easy blancmange uses only a handful of thrifty ingredients. This retro, milky dessert is infused with lemon and can be topped with juicy fresh berries.

  • Easy cornflake tart cut into slices and served with custard

    Easy cornflake tart

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.46 ratings

    Make this cornflake cake for a fabulously easy family dessert that uses simple ingredients. With a pastry case and jam base, it's delicious served with custard

  • Bread and butter pudding

    Bread and butter pudding

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.57 ratings

    Transform a stale loaf into a comforting bread and butter pudding. This traditional British dessert is layered with a rich vanilla custard, dried fruit and lemon zest

  • Pink jam slice

    Pink jam slice

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.27 ratings

    A pretty in pink traybake sponge with retro marble icing and a layer of raspberry jam

  • Three bowls of cream with apple and ginger biscuits

    Vanilla, apple & ginger biscuit fool

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Impress guests with these apple and ginger fools for dessert. Made using just four simple ingredients, they're quick and easy

  • Mum's best profiteroles

    Profiteroles

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.75 ratings

    Award-winning writer, Fiona Beckett, shares her recipe for this classic 1970s dessert

  • Classic Arctic roll

    Classic Arctic roll

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Follow our step-by-step guide to this retro frozen dessert of vanilla ice cream wrapped in a light sponge cake, with homemade strawberry jam

  • Sticky toffee pear pudding 2016

    Vegan sticky toffee pear pudding

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.30 ratings

    A lighter version of sticky toffee pudding, rich with dates and spices, and the juicy texture of poached pears, this vegan dessert is sure to please a crowd

  • Spotted dick

    Spotted dick

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.30 ratings

    Steam a traditional fruity sponge pudding with suet, citrus zest and currants then serve in thick slices with hot custard

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