Are you the type of person who looks at the entire ice cream menu and chooses vanilla over rocky road, cookies and cream or strawberry every single time? Us too. In fact, we think vanilla is underrated. It’s subtle, sweet and makes absolutely everything taste better, from fluffy cupcakes to tender cookies and silky panna cotta. To prove are point, we’ve gathered up the best vanilla desserts that are anything but boring. (Wait until you try the birthday-cake pie.)
From Fluffy Cupcakes to Decadent Pies, These 25 Vanilla Desserts Are Anything but Boring
3. The Ultimate White Cake
This simple two-layer cake is pretty enough for a special occasion, but not so fancy or huge that it couldn’t be made just because (which is what we’re doing tonight).
6. Vanilla Cupcakes
There’s something about a cupcake that makes us want to squeal with delight. These are no exception.
9. Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Buns
We’re powerless against a vanilla-bean-flecked frosting. (The secret trick is to use vanilla paste instead of extract.)
16. Vanilla Crème Brûlée
Now is your chance to break out your blow torch (and if you don’t have one, to splurge).
17. Vanilla Mug Cake
When you need a treat and you need it now, this mug cake will do the trick. It’s ready to eat in, like, five minutes.
21. Vanilla Buttermilk Pie
This silky, tangy Southern pie is a classic for a reason: It doesn’t rely on seasonal ingredients, so you can make it all year.
23. Vanilla New York Cheesecake
You can make a cheesecake better than any restaurant, promise.