The world of layered desserts is wide and exciting. From cakes and puddings to baklavas and brownies, there are almost endless possibilities to choose from.
If you’re thinking of making a layered dessert, but don’t have a clue where to start, we can help you out! In this article, we will be going through 40 of our favorite layered desserts that you absolutely need to try.
Some are easy, while others are far more challenging. However, no matter which one you decide to try out in the end, we guarantee that you are going to love it.
So, without further ado, let’s jump into 40 of our top layered desserts that you absolutely need to try.
This layered strawberry tart is delightful in every way. It’s easy to make, full of flavor, and so refreshing. This particular recipe is vegan, and uses pistachios and almonds to make the crust.
The filling is made from chocolate, coconut and strawberry, making it the ideal summer dessert.
We’ve talked about buckeye brownies before, but they’re good enough to mention again! They are made to have a decadent fudge brownie layer on the bottom, a creamy peanut butter center, and a layer of chocolate on the top.
They are beyond delicious, and so easy to make.
A baklava is a classic dessert in many parts of the world. While you do get many different kinds of baklava with different fillings, the walnut and pistachio has a special place in our hearts.
These flavors are natural and earthy, and they complement the rest of the dish wonderfully. It’s perfect.
This easy dessert is made up of three simple layers – shortbread, caramel, and chocolate. If that isn’t enough to win you over, just look at those mouthwatering pictures.
This caramel peanut fantasy is almost hard to beat if you love peanuts and caramel. The flavors in this work together wonderfully, and it’s full of peanut and caramel goodness.
Not to mention, this dessert has a biscuit crust, and has a generous chocolate topping to pull it all together!
6. Coconut Cake
A coconut cake really is a work of art. This recipe has wonderful flavors that work perfectly together and complement each other. The sponge is soft and flavorful, and the coconut cream cheese buttercream frosting is impeccable.
Everything is comprehensive and overall perfect.
This refreshing and delightful layered ambrosia salad gets pineapple, coconut, and bananas! It’s the perfect mix of tropical and decadent, and absolutely impossible not to love.
If you are a fan of summer fruits and the taste of the tropics, you will love this recipe.
This recipe is a southern classic, and for good reason! It’s made with wafer cookies, whipped cream, pudding, and of course bananas!
Rich, tasty, and above all, easy to make, you can easily bring the taste of the south to your home, no matter where you are!
We realize that’s a lot of words, but it’s impossible to describe this wonderful creation with fewer! The flavors are amazing, the appearance is astounding, and the ease is spectacular.
If you have hot summers, this will become your new go-to dessert – that’s a warning!
No, not a seven-layer bean dip. This magic bars recipe is buttery perfection, and includes crackers, chocolate chips, coconut, butterscotch chips, condensed milk, and chopped up nuts!
It’s a fun spin on a few of our favorites, and comes together to create a wonderful dessert that everyone will love – nuts and all.
11. Punch Bowl Cake
If you aren’t a fan of the heat of the kitchen and don’t dare call yourself a baker, we’ve got you! This punch bowl cake is hardly a cake at all, but still has amazing flavors.
You will enjoy some squares of yellow cake, instant vanilla pudding, walnuts, cherry pie filling, whipped cream, and some tropical summer fruit! Coconut, Pineapple, and Bananas pair with this dessert wonderfully.
Do you love Oreos as much as we do? What about cheesecake? Why not make this delicious Oreo cheesecake bar recipe? You won’t regret it, especially considering how easy it is!
You will get all the delicious flavors of chocolate chip cookie dough, Oreo cookies, cream cheese, and caramel, so there’s nothing not to love.
It’s time we turned our lasagnas sweet! Not all of them, of course, but this recipe is here to stay. This mint chip lasagna includes chocolate pudding, whipped cream, chocolate shavings and chips, mint extract, and cream cheese.
Oh, and don’t forget the green food coloring to make it look that much better!
Since this is a list of layered desserts, it only makes sense to include the ultimate layered dessert! What’s that, we hear you ask? It’s this tiramisu crêpe cake!
This dessert has 25 (or more) thin crêpe layers, with delightful tiramisu filling between every single one. That’s 50 layers in total, plus sweet whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder on top!
15. Dirt Pudding
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know exactly what dirt pudding is. It’s a summer classic, and involves layers of crushed Oreos, gummy worms, and delicious cream!
It’s so good, it will instantly transport you back to your childhood. You might cry about it.
Pavlova – Australia’s favorite food! We don’t blame them for that, because this strawberry pavlova is absolutely beaut. It’s got a crispy meringue layer on the bottom, followed by delightful cream, and strawberries on top!
It’s easy enough to make your own meringue, so don’t even think about heading out to buy it!
Looking for a slightly healthier alternative to the usual dessert? Check out these strawberry and banana granola parfaits. Quick and easy to make, but full of all your favorite flavors.
18. Banoffee Pie
A banoffee pie is impossible to dislike. It’s almost too sweet, but when you get the balance right, it can be divine. This layered dessert has everything you would expect to find – bananas, toffee, and cream!
The recipe is super easy, and will always get amazing results, Try it!
This Arkansas possum pie might not sound like the most appealing thing in the world, but you will disagree once you taste it. Here, you will find decadent layers of chocolate, whipped cream, a pecan shortbread crust, and cream cheese.
It’s a match made in heaven, if you ask us. You’d play dead for it!
This cupcake recipe is so easy to make, and has three distinct layers. You will get to enjoy the vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors just like you would the ice cream.
If you want to change things up, you can even mess around with the flavor the frosting is!
21. Atomic Cake
We’ve lost count of the number of times we’re going to mention this cake. It’s delicious, beautiful, and everything you could hope for.
You can enjoy these layers of white cake, chocolate cake, banana cake, vanilla pudding, whipped cream, bananas, and strawberries to make this incredible layered dessert.
Take a look at this tantalizing torte! This pineapple breeze torte has delightful layers of ladyfingers, pineapple, and whipping to create the most amazing and luxurious dessert ever.
It’s so easy to make, you don’t even need to turn the oven on to make it!
23. Napoleon Cake
Did Napoleon himself make this? Probably not. Do we love this? We absolutely do! This Napoleon cake is made from layers of vanilla pastry cream, puff pastry crumbs, and fresh fruit.
The description really doesn’t do it justice, so we recommend checking out the recipe and making it for yourself.
Okay, this chocolate torte is a showstopper and a winner. If the picture isn’t making you drool already, hopefully this description will. This torte is made up of 12 decadent layers of moist vanilla cake with chocolate glaze on all sides.
The filling is sweet and complements the sponge perfectly, making this one of the most sophisticated desserts we have to offer.
25. Brownie Lasagna
Man, this brownie lasagna isn’t only dead easy to make, but it is scrumptious. This recipe is made up of eight decadent layers of brownie and cream cheese. The flavors pair together perfectly, and the appearance is to die for.
It’s also so easy to make, and can be made even better (that’s possible?) with more chocolate sauce on top – or even whipped cream!
Do you want another lasagna option? Fine! This peanut butter dessert lasagna might be the perfect one for you.
The name tells you a lot. Death by chocolate is simply layer upon layer of creamy, gooey chocolatey goodness. Here, you have layers of brownie, whipped cream, toffee bars, and pudding. It’s a lot of chocolate, but damn is it good.
28. Easy Tiramisu
Just looking for the classic, easy tiramisu recipe? This is the one for you! For this, you’re going to need dark rum, strong coffee, lady fingers, mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract, whipping cream, and a few more simple ingredients.
The results? Astonishing.
We admit – there’s a fair share of tortes in this list, but they’re the ultimate layered dessert! This particular tortoise is the mouthwatering black forest chocolate torte.
It has sweet cherries on the top, followed by layers of moist chocolate cake and a cream filling and frosting. Sliced almonds top it off to make it just that much better.
30. Earthquake Cake
This cake will shake your world. To make it, you’re going to need German chocolate cake, coconut, cream cheese frosting, and pecans, It’s easy and simple to make, and absolutely delicious. This is one of our personal favorites.
Looking for a layered dessert that will make you feel like an English aristocrat? This strawberry shortcake recipe is everything you want and more. It has a butter, flaky biscuit, with fresh whipped cream and strawberries.
Perfect for a summer afternoon with a cup of tea!
Calling the strawberry lovers again! This strawberry pretzel salad is anything but a salad. It’s made using crushed pretzels for the base, strawberry jell-O, and a creamy whipped center!
This is another dessert that is well-suited to the heat of summer, and will always be a refreshing pleasure to eat.
Are you a berry fanatic? So are we! Join us in loving this triple berry trifle – the ultimate summertime dessert. This recipe calls for layers of whipped cream, angel food cake, cheesecake flavored pudding mix, and, of course, berries!
Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries work wonderfully, but you can also use blackberries or mulberries if you prefer.
If you’re looking for a decadent pie, this is the one for you. The Mississippi mud pie is made up of stunning layers of graham crackers, chocolate pudding, brownie, and the all-important whipped cream. So good, you could almost cry.
Do you love anything pumpkin-inspired? Then you’re going to love this pumpkin cake with whipped cinnamon frosting! It’s got layers of all the good stuff, and is perfect for fall.
Everyone is going to want a slice of this at your Halloween party!
36. Banana Pudding
There’s nothing wrong with a good old banana pudding. As far as banana puddings go, this one is spectacular! It’s got a sweet and delicious banana flavor, along with vanilla wafers and a meringue top!
There’s nothing you won’t love about this simple beauty.
Calling the pumpkin lovers again! This double layer pumpkin cheesecake is everything you could want and more. It’s decadent, it’s tasty, it’s easy. Make it!
A lemon icebox cake is an amazing dessert for the summer. The lemon is refreshing, and the cream cheese pairs with the lemon wonderfully. The best part is that you can put this wonder together in as little as 10 minutes.
Jell-O is a classic, and we couldn’t forget about it! This rainbow dessert is eye-catching and tasty, but also fun and flamboyant. Kids and adults alike love it.
Finally, check out this marvelous marble cake! It’s made up of all your favorite ingredients, including sour cream, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and chocolate chips! It’s easier to make than it looks, and you are going to love it.
There you have it! When it comes to layered desserts, there are almost endless possibilities to choose from. Most cakes are layered desserts, you must just make sure that they have sponge layers and filling layers!
Even popular cakes like cheesecakes are layered, since they have a base, the cheesecake filling, and usually a topping!
There’s no right choice when it comes to making a layered dessert. However, if you really want to go all out for layered desserts, you should make a torte. These are the rulers of layered desserts, especially if you made a crêpe torte!
Whatever you feel like, there are plenty of great options to try out above.
Frequently Asked Questions
A torte probably has the most layers of any dessert, especially a crêpe torte. This is essentially layer upon layer of crêpes with a filling of choice, usually cream.
A regular torte will be made of several thin layers of a cake of choice, with a filling such as cream, cream cheese, or simply frosting.
A tiramisu traditionally has 4 layers, but you can make one with more if you’re feeling up for it!
These layers usually consist of the following: ladyfingers dipped in espresso, mascarpone cream, another layer of ladyfingers dipped in espresso, and another layer of mascarpone cream.
On top top, you will typically have a nice dusting of sweet cocoa.
A cake of any type is probably the most popular type of layered dessert. This includes cheesecakes, carrot cakes, chocolate cakes, vanilla cakes, and many more.
The vast majority of cakes are made up of layers of the sponge between a chosen filling such as frosting, cream, fruit, or other similar ingredients.
Technically, a whoopie pie is a layered dessert. However, it may also be considered a cake, sandwich, pie, or a cookie.
As it is typically made up of two layers of chocolate with marshmallow fluff in between, it is a layered dessert.
Yes! Dessert lasagnas are becoming increasingly popular. We have even listed a few decadent and delicious sweet lasagna recipes you can follow in this post!
A torte is a multilayered cake. It’s rich, and absolutely divine. This dessert likely has the most layers of any dessert, even in its regular format of cake layers rather than a crêpe torte.