Basic Desserts

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It's not necessary to master a huge amount of desserts. Just become proficient in making a few basic desserts, and people will think you're a professional. Below is a list of some of those basic dessert and other sweet treat recipes.

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    Yellow Cake
    Yellow Cake. realfoodforager/Flickr

    If you had to make just one cake, this is it. It's so moist and easy to make.

    Basic Yellow Cake
    Basic White Cake
    Chocolate Fudge Cake

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    2009 Chocolate Fudge Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    This Chocolate Fudge Cake is wonderfully rich. 2009 Chocolate Fudge Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    You can't have cake without a frosting. Buttercream is my absolute favorite.

    Vanilla Buttercream
    Chocolate Buttercream

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    Photo © 2009 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    I just love whipped cream on my pie. Photo © 2009 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Of all of the pies out there, Apple Pie is by far the most popular and basic.
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    Sugar Cookies
    The whole family will have fun making these. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    It's hard to decide to which cookie to choose as an over-all cookie. I think Sugar Cookie is perfect because there are many flavor variations.

    The second option I had for cookies would be Chocolate Chip

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  • 05 of 11
    2009 Basic Trifle Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Basic Trifle. 2009 Basic Trifle Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    What I like about this recipe is that there are several flavor options. You can use whatever is on hand.
    Basic Trifle Recipe

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    2009 Basic Bread Pudding Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Basic Bread Pudding. 2009 Basic Bread Pudding Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    It's amazing such simple ingredients can made such a rich dessert.
    Basic Bread Pudding

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    Sweet Crepes
    Sweet crepes can be used to make many desserts. Photo © 2007 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Crepes are so versatile. They're good for dessert, breakfast and can be served savory for dinner.
    Basic Crepe Recipe

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    Lemon Sorbet is very refreshing.
    A couple of scoops of Lemon Sorbet served in a wine glass is just enough. Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    You choose the fruit and fruit juice that goes into this recipe.
    Basic Sorbet Recipe

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  • 09 of 11
    I like using thick-sliced bread when making my French Toast.
    French Toast is easy to make. Photo © 2007 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Got some day-old bread, a couple of eggs and a non-stick frying pan? You can make this recipe for French Toast.
    Basic French Toast

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    2008 Pancakes Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.
    I like pancakes either with syrup or slathered with jam. 2008 Pancakes Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.

    Here's another simple, yet essential, basic recipe.
    Basic Pancake Recipe
    If you prefer, here's a Waffle one too.

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    Photo © 2009 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    It seems like I'm always making banana bread. Photo © 2009 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    If you had to be able to make at least one quick bread, it would have to be Banana Bread. I've been making this recipe for about as long as I have been baking. It comes out perfect every time.
    Banana Bread