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21 Fancy British Desserts You Can Totally Pull Off at Home

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.

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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.

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.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

If it’s good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for us.

Checkerboard Cake

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).

Spotted Dick

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.

Lemon Curd Mousse Tart

Typically used as a topping for scones or crumpets, we love lemon curd even more in a buttery pie crust with plenty of fresh berries. (Recipe courtesy of Coterie member Gaby Dalkin.)

Eve’s Pudding

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.