The 10 Best Desserts in the World (and how to make them!)

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Let me start by saying that I would consider myself somewhat of a dessert connoisseur. The Google definition precisely states that I am thus claiming myself to be “an expert judge in matters of taste”. Sold. I’ll take (and give myself) that title any day.

As someone who not only eats dessert first, but also frequently skips the main meal altogether, I’ve tried, tasted and triple tasted almost every dessert you could imagine whilst on my travels throughout the world.

Typically the French are attributed for being the pioneers in dessert culture, especially given their strong pastry-focused culinary experts. I’ve gotta say, I support that claim entirely. However whilst I support the idea that the French are responsible for some of the world’s most memorable flavours combinations, I would also say that many of the best desserts I have tried and tested (a few hundred times over) have no direct descendancy from France, nor do they emulate French cooking techniques.

So, what are the best desserts in the world?

Here’s my entirely personally endorsed list of my all time favourite desserts around the world and matching recipes for you to make them at home!

Sticky Date Pudding

10. Sticky Date Pudding

Although I’m sure I could very easily place SDP as my #1, #2, and #3 respectively, there’s a whole lotta dessert goodness to get through here, so I’ll kick things off with a bang. Here in Australia, Sticky Date Pudding is a staple on many restaurant dessert menus. In Britain, the dessert is more commonly known as “Sticky Toffee Pudding”, though essentially, these desserts are one in the same. My tastebuds are more accustomed to the Aussie take, which is typically drowned in caramel sauce and served with an almond praline – yum!

Get the recipe: The Best Sticky Date Pudding

Hummingbird Cake!

9. Hummingbird Cake

If cream cheese were a food group, all would be right in the world. I’m a long-time fan of cream cheese as a cake frosting, especially when it comes in the form of a Hummingbird Cake. This cake is incredibly popular in the South of the USA, however the origins trace this cake back to Jamaica where it is a much-loved dessert. Be generous with the cream cheese, you can never have too much!

Get the recipe: Hummingbird Cake

All American Brownies Recipe | World of Wanderlust All American Brownies Recipe | World of Wanderlust

8. Brownies

I wasn’t always a huge fan of brownies if I’m honest, until I started to play around with the recipe to find a taste and texture that suited my own palette. You can’t really go wrong with brownies no matter what you do, however I do suggest tweaking this classic American recipe to suit your own tastes – for me that means the richer the better!

Get the recipe: All-American Brownie Bites


7. Waffles

Tell me – what is better than waffles aside from more waffles? More, more, more waffles of course! This classic Belgian dessert has taken the world by storm and believe me when I say there is nothing better than a warm, nutella-covered waffle in the Belgian winter. Brussels is a great place to start if you’re looking for the Belgian staple, but you’ll find waffle stands everywhere throughout the country!

Tiramisu Recipe

6. Tiramisu

This deliciousness is claimed by the author to be her favourite dessert of all time (and when I tried this recipe at home, I have to agree!) It was only later on in life (okay, I’m only 24, but you get my drift…) that I began to really appreciate this classic Italian dessert. Best served chilled, this creamy dessert is a delicious treat after a typical Italian dinner (full o’ carbs, late in the evening, and with plenty of wine!)

Get the recipe: Individual Tiramisu Pots

Smores Cookie Cake

5. S’mores

It was only a few years ago that I finally tried a S’more – typically a popular camp food in Northern America. The mixture of gooey marshmallows, warmed chocolate and savoury biscuit is a real treat – but I bet that you’ll love this S’mores skillet cookie cake even more!

Get the recipe: S’mores Skillet Cookie Cake


4. Portuguese Tarts

Anyone who has EVER been to Lisbon, Portugal, will know what I mean when I say these desserts are n-e-x-t l-e-v-e-l. Best served warm and with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon, I think these might be my all time favourite sweet snack. This recipe comes incredibly close to the originals on offer at Pastel de Belem just outside of Lisbon.

Get the recipe: The Ultimate Recipe for Portuguese Tarts

Banoffee Pie Recipe

3. Banoffee Pie

For those of you who read my blog often, you’ll know that I am certified caramel obsessed. There’s not a day in my life that I would have turned down the offer of anything caramel, butterscotch, or dulce de leche flavoured. For anyone who feels the same, you MUST try this banoffee pie at home. Get ready to unbutton the pants!

Get the recipe: Banoffee Pie

The_Ultimate_Pavlova_Recipe The_Ultimate_Pavlova_Recipe

2. Pavlova

Australia’s classic summer time dessert is as good as it gets in my opinion. Sweet meringue, crispy on the outside, and covered in summer berries… what more could you want!? Aussies love this dessert at Christmas (as we celebrate the holiday season in summer), but I can’t say there has ever been a time of year that I haven’t enjoyed a pavlova!

Get the recipe: The Ultimate Australian Pavlova

Gelato Recipe

1. Gelato

I just don’t think it would be fair or just to not name gelato as my #1 dessert. Personally my favourite flavour is caramel (no surprises there), snickers (essentially caramel with nuts), and dulce de leche (caramel with a thick caramel sauce swirled through). But in an effort of fairness, I’ve offered a blueberry butter cookie gelato as an alternative. I’m sure there won’t be any complaints!

Get the recipe: Blueberry Butter Cookie Gelato

Over to you! What are your favourite desserts that didn’t make the list? Where did you try them!?

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!





    August 8, 2016

    At the very mentioning of pastel de nata my mouth starts watering! I LOVE IT.



    August 7, 2016

    As someone from Belgium, nothing beats the smell of a good Liège waffle!


    Thomas Bjorn Tingstrup

    July 31, 2016

    My personal favorite is Ile Flotante – I actually prefer Iles – in extra crème anglaise…

  4. Brooke Saward

    July 31, 2016

    Can’t beat it!!!



    July 31, 2016

    Gelato is absolutely my number 1 favorite as well!!




    July 30, 2016

    Thanks for pointing out all those delicious desserts !

    Jillian –



    July 30, 2016

    Oh, yes to all, these all look delicious especially the Hummingbird!



    July 30, 2016

    Banofee and smores! I cant wait to try these…



    July 29, 2016

    Wherever I am in the world, I always order the same thing – pancakes! They’re my favourite and I have my very own egg free recipe for it!



    July 29, 2016

    Yummy ! I love the taste but missing some ingredients in Dubai . 🙁


    Meredith Harper, MS, RDN, LDN

    July 29, 2016

    I have such a sweet tooth! Love this post!



    July 29, 2016

    Smore smore smore, I swear there is nothing better ! Thx for the recipe, need to try it asap !

    Kenza from



    July 28, 2016

    Yummdiddlyicious! What a great list. My personal favourites are Russian Honey cake (Medovik) and Tres Leches cake from South America.


    sophie nadeau

    July 28, 2016

    Brownies are one of my fave desserts like EVER!



    July 28, 2016

    All these seem so good

  16. Brooke Saward

    July 28, 2016

    They are the best thing ever, ever, ever! Be sure to taste just as they’ve cooled and are still warm…. can’t beat it! <3


    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)

    July 28, 2016

    yummy! but what about Austrian cakes?:)



    July 28, 2016

    Ooooh my god they all look SO good!!! Tiramisu is my favourite dessert of all time.

    Love, Kerstin



    July 28, 2016

    I’ve never had a portugese tart but as it sits amongst such dessert royalty I’m definitely giving them a go. Your pictures are wonderful

    Amy |

  20. Brooke Saward

    July 28, 2016

    Yahooooo! Makes me so excited that there are some Launceston readers out there! I’ll spoil you rotten – don’t be stranger coming to visit 😀


    Samantha gibbons

    July 28, 2016

    They all look delicious Brooke; you like my kind of food 😉

    I can’t wait until you’re dessert house opens. Luckily I live in launceston so ill probably be there every day. You’ll fatten me up LOL.



    July 28, 2016

    Pavlova looks so good! This post made me drool 🙂

    Characters & Carry-ons



    July 28, 2016

    I think I will try them all! Yummers!

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