This year has been kind to those of us charmed by (OK, obsessed with) the British royal family. Young Louis Arthur Charles made his princely entrance, we were treated to plenty of pictures of his adorable siblings (Team Char forever) and Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle is just around the corner. The best way to get into the spirit of the season? Channel your inner Mary Berry and get baking. Here are 21 of our favorite custard-laden, toffee-topped British desserts.
21 Fancy British Desserts You Can Totally Pull Off at Home
Orange Marmalade Bakewell Tart With Salted Honey Crust
The name comes from a town in Derbyshire, England, but it’s only appropriate for a perfect dessert.
Banoffee Pie With Honeycomb
Basically the British cousin of Southern banana pudding pie. Plus chocolate. And honeycomb crumbles.
Lemon Blueberry Trifle
The Brits tend to eat their trifles at Christmas, but we love this bright, springy version, too.
Accompanying pot of tea = mandatory.
Egg Custard Tarts
You might remember these light, creamy treats from a Great British Baking Show challenge.
Strawberry Eton Mess
Named after Britain’s most famous boarding school (Princes William and Harry are alums!), this meringue-and-fruit parfait is surprisingly simple to put together.
Mason Jar Trifles With Berry Swirl Ice Cream And Vegan Lemon Cake
A totally dairy-free take on a British classic.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
If it’s good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for us.
In the U.K., this is called a Battenberg Cake, and it’s usually made with jam and marzipan. We think chocolate is a suitable substitution.
Lemon Welsh Cakes With Honey Ginger Whipped Butter
Traditionally served with tea in the afternoon (but we’d happily eat them any time of day).
Yep, it took us a bit to get over the name too. But once we did, we were rewarded with a light, currant-studded cake, served with creamy vanilla custard.
Classic Shortbread Cookies
We can’t have a cup of tea without one of these.
There’s nothing more American than apple pie, but Eve’s Pudding is its stately British cousin—baked apples topped with a lemony sponge cake, with a drizzle of vanilla custard.
Earl Grey Sticky Buns
These aren’t a traditional British sweet, but no one likes tea more than our friends across the pond, so they fit right in.
Dorset Apple Cake
Apple lovers, rejoice: this simple cake has them in the batter and caramelized on top.
Lemon And Cherry Mini Bundt Cakes
Almost too adorable to eat. (Key word: Almost.)
Bread And Butter Bread Pudding
Warm, gooey and drizzled with chocolate, this is everything dessert should be.
Strawberry-rhubarb Vanilla Skillet Cake
If it’s springtime in the U.K., there’s bound to be at least one rhubarb dessert on the table. We love it in this skillet cake, which is as gorgeous as it is delicious.
Mary Berry’s Cherry Cake
Both a tongue twister and a classic tea cake. (Just don’t let your cherries sink to the bottom.)
Iced Bakewell Tart Traybake
This one has all the classic flavors of a Bakewell tart—almond cake, strawberry jam and a light, lemony icing.