10 Apple Desserts Freshly Picked for a Bridal Shower
There are so many delicious ways to incorporate the fall fruit into your sweets menu when planning a party to celebrate the bride-to-be that we couldn’t narrow it down to just one. Slice it, dice it, puree it, or bake it to create homespun pies that capture the mood of the autumn season or a mousse that is elegant at any time of year.
Apple Cider Donuts
You don't have to be organizing a bridal shower brunch to serve up these breakfast treats. They will make just as much of a sweet impression at a late-afternoon celebration, paired with coffee, tea, or—if you're hosting a fall party—hot cider, of course!
Mini Apple Raspberry Pies
Offer these petite pies for dessert or send them home with guests as a party favor, individually wrapped in patterned linens to make a pretty gift.
Caramel Apple Mousse
For a more formal affair, these desserts pack rich flavor and plenty of drama. Arrange gold-flecked tuile cookies into shells that look like pleated skirts and conceal the main event: creamy caramel apple mousse.
Cranberry, Apple, and Maple Phyllo
This tart requires only a little assembly and minimal oven time, making it much easier than baking a pie and equally as impressive. Apple wedges and close-to-bursting cranberries adorn crispy phyllo sheets in a scalloped pattern decorative enough to fit in at a casual or elegant soirée.
Apple-Butter Layer Cake
Spread some love at the bridal shower with this confection. A smattering of slow-cooked apple butter smoothed out between layers of fluffy white cake is a subtle and delectable way to incorporate the seasonal fruit. Top off the dessert with homemade whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon.
Those candy-coated treats everyone adored as children make grown-ups happy, as well. Serve them to attendees on a tray, or offer them wrapped up with festive ribbon to go.
Apple Pie Whoopie Pies
These bite-size whoopie pies deliver all the flavor of apple pie and ice cream—no fork required.
Apple Pie Pops
These little pies can be enjoyed right out of hand, making them fitting sweets for a mix-and-mingle bridal shower.
Three-Layer Apple Cake
This cake stacks up well at any party. Cinnamon and ginger enhance the flavor of the diced Granny Smith apples baked into every bite of this buttercream-frosted confection.
Need extra time to set up the celebration? Crowned with a spiraling display of thinly sliced McIntosh, this applesauce-filled dessert is much simpler than it seems thanks to a 10-minute pâte brisée crust.