The Best British Desserts (Super 40!)


Quick Answer: The Best British Desserts

The Best British Desserts based on how deliciously mouth-watering they can be are, Sticky toffee pudding, Bread and butter pudding, Banoffee pie, Eton mess, Easy Treacle Tart, knickerbocker glory, Jam roly-poly, Spotted dick, The best victoria sponge cake, English trifle,  Bakewell tart, Old-school apple crumble, and so many more. Read to know more!

This article is going to be your ultimate guide to the best British Desserts! So strap on your seat belts because this is going to be one flavorful ride.

I remember making some of the dishes down here for a friend’s birthday, and they were an instant hit! They couldn’t get enough of it and begged me for the recipe, which is why I’m here writing about them.

So without further ado, let’s get into the best Desserts the British have to offer!

The Best British Desserts: Quick Table

RecipeCalories (per 100g)Preparation Time
Sticky Toffee Pudding388.8 kcal2 hr 20 min
Bread and Butter Pudding153 kcal1 hr 35 min
Banoffee Pie327.6 kcal6 hr 50 min
Eton Mess199 kcal1 hr 15 min
Treacle Tart272 kcal45 min
Knickerbocker Glory128 kcal20 min
Jam Roly-Poly242 kcal1 hr 15 min
Spotted Dick422.44 kcal1 hr 30 min
The Best Victoria Sponge Cake403 kcal40 min
English Trifle255.5 kcal1 hr 20 min
Bakewell Tart411 kcal1 hr 50 min
Old-School Apple Crumble156 kcal1 hr
Syllabub56.47 kcal10 min
Fools163 kcal30 min
Treacle Sponge Pudding389 kcal50 min
Peach Melba60 kcal30 min
Cranachan275.41 kcal1 hr 30 min
Rice Pudding134 kcal2 hr 55 min
Arctic Roll203 kcal55 min
Easy Carrot Cake408 kcal 1 hr 15 min
Classic Swiss Roll347 kcal25 min
Buttermilk Burnt Rice PuddingNA35 min
Sherry Triffle150 kcal10 min
Queen of Puddings195 kcal50 min
Summer Pudding380.6 kcal30 min
Apple Pie265 kcal55 min
Lemon Drizzle Cake268 kcal45 min
Flapjack424 kcal40 min
Mince Pie289 kcal1 hr 20 min
Fruitcake324 kcal2 hr 45 min
Traditional Dorset Apple Cake277 kcal60 min
Bara Brith - Welsh Tea Bread296 kcal1 hr 25 min
Millionaire's Shortbread495.3 kcal1 hr 35 min
Brandy Snaps489 kcal18 min
Welsh Cakes434 kcal16 min
Authentic Scottish Dundee CakeNA1 hr 55 min
Classic Shortbread Cookies502 kcal30 min
Jelly & Ice CreamNA1 hr 15 min
Fruity Scones352 kcal15 min
Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream160 kcal25 min

1. Sticky Toffee Pudding

Calories (per 100g) – 388.8 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 2 hours 20 mins

Sticky toffee pudding is a staple in Britain.

These delightful mini cakes are moist sponge cakes made with honeyed dates and creamy caramel sauce, usually served with vanilla custard or vanilla ice cream!

Here’s how you can make it! –

2. Bread and Butter Pudding

Calories (per 100g) – 153 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 35 mins

This dessert is a well-loved classic. Made with buttered bread, raisins, and egg custard, this dish is super creamy & extremely delicious.

The pudding isn’t too sweet, and you can make it with any bread you like!

Make it yourself! –

3. Banoffee Pie

Calories (per 100g) – 327.6 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 6 hours 50 mins

Banoffee pie is an English pie made with a buttery biscuit base topped with a flavorful combination of bananas, cream & thick caramel sauce.

Garnished with chocolate, each bite of this pie is pure heaven.

Try it for yourself! –

4. Eton Mess

Calories (per 100g) – 199 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 15 mins

Eton mess is a very popular summertime dessert.

Made with a refreshing blend of whipped cream, meringue pieces, and strawberries, this dish is a crowd-pleaser – perfect for an after-brunch dessert.

Check out the recipe! –

5. Treacle Tart

Calories (per 100g) – 272 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 45 mins

It’s Harry Potter’s favorite dessert and ours too! Treacle tart is a pie crust pastry filled with a thick, creamy filling made of golden syrup, breadcrumbs, & lemon zest.

It’s best served warm with a dollop of cream!

Learn how to make it! –

6. Knickerbocker Glory

Calories (per 100g) – 128 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 20 mins

Knickerbocker glory is a traditional, childhood delight – the king of ice-cream sundaes.

It’s a confection made with layers of ice cream, jelly, and fresh fruit served in a tall glass.

It’s refreshing, easy to make, and easily the best sundae I’ve had.

Don’t be shy, try it! –

7. Jam Roly-Poly

Calories (per 100g) – 242 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hours 15 mins

Jam Roly-Poly, also lovingly known as “Dead man’s arm”, is a flat-rolled suet pudding that’s covered in Jam and folded up like a Swiss roll before being steamed or baked.

It’s soft, moist, and pairs great with hot custard!

Try it yourself! –

8. Spotted Dick

Calories (per 100g) – 422.44 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 30 mins

The English love this amusingly named dessert and for good reason.

It’s a typical fruity, sponge pudding made with suet, citrus zest, & currants, that is deliciously soft, airy & is served in thick slices with heated custard!

DIY Recipe –

9. The Best Victoria Sponge Cake

Calories (per 100g) – 403 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 40 mins

The Best Victoria Sponge Cake is a delicate, soft sponge cake stuffed with a layer of jam and fresh cream.

It is the softest cake ever and when the Jam seeps into it, it’s a total explosion of flavor!

Here’s how you can make it! –

10. English Trifle

Calories (per 100g) – 255.5 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 20 mins

An English Trifle is a quintessential dessert that consists of layers of sponge fingers or pound cake (soaked in sherry), jelly, a thick creamy custard, & lightly whipped fresh cream.

Topped with fresh fruit and more cream, this dessert is a must-have.

Try it yourself! –

11. Bakewell Tart

Calories (per 100g) – 411 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 50 mins

Bakewell tart is a fragrant almond tart with a buttery pastry base, covered in raspberry jam and a filling of creamy frangipani! A total must-have.

Check out the recipe! –

12. Old-School Apple Crumble

Calories (per 100g) – 156 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour

This is a traditional British dessert made with the juiciest, jammy apple filling topped with a delicious crumbly layer of streusel.

10/10, I recommend you try this!

Try making it! –

13. Syllabub

Calories (per 100g) – 56.47 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 10 mins

It’s a delightfully light, creamy dessert made with whipping cream, sugar, & lemon zest.

It looks great and is super easy to make!

DIY Recipe –

14. Fools

Calories (per 100g) – 163 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 30 mins

It’s the easiest dessert on this list! Just mix fresh berries and whipped cream, and serve it chilled to make a refreshing healthy dessert!

Make it yourself! –

15. Treacle Sponge Pudding

Calories (per 100g) – 389 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 50 mins

Treacle Sponge Pudding is a steamed sponge cake with treacle baked on top, occasionally poured over it, and frequently served with hot custard!

Check out the recipe! –

16. Peach Melba

Calories (per 100g) – 60 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 30 mins

Peach Melba is a poached peaches and ice cream dessert, covered with a delicious raspberry sauce.

Simple yet satisfying.

Try it yourself! –

17. Cranachan

Calories (per 100g) – 275.41 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 30 mins

It’s a traditional Christmas steamed cake-like dessert comprised of brandy, candied citrus peel, spices, & dried fruits like raisins!

Here’s how you can make it! –

18. Rice Pudding

Calories (per 100g) – 134 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 2 hours 55 mins

A homey, creamy pudding made with short-grain rice, served topped with roasted rhubarb or jam! Comfort food at its finest.

DIY Recipe –

19. Arctic Roll

Calories (per 100g) – 203 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 55 mins

It’s British Ice Cream Cake! It’s vanilla ice cream, wrapped in a layer of sponge cake and raspberry jam.

Tart, soft, ice-creamy goodness for the win.

Try making it! –

20. Easy Carrot Cake

Calories (per 100g) – 408 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 15 mins

Light, moist & infused with cinnamon & nutmeg, this classic carrot cake is aromatic & delightful!

Make it yourself! –

21. Classic Swiss Roll

Calories (per 100g) – 347 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 25 mins

Swiss Roll is a famous dessert comprised of rolled sponge cake with jam, whipped cream, or icing.

An absolute masterpiece, delicious in every way.

Try it for yourself! –

22. Buttermilk Burnt Rice Pudding

Total Preparation Time – 35 mins

It’s the delicious blend of two British classics – Rice Pudding & Burnt Cambridge Cream! It’s creamy, aromatic & the caramelized top really completes the dish.

DIY Recipe –

23. Sherry Trifle

Calories (per 100g) – 150 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 10 mins

This is the adult version of the Trifle.

Ready-made sponge cake soaked in sherry, arranged in a glass jar with fruit, custard, and whipped cream? Delicious.

Try it! –

24. Queen of Puddings

Calories (per 100g) – 195 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 50 mins

A brilliant dessert with a rich, creamy custard bread base, topped with fruit & covered with meringue peaks.

A beautiful dessert, deserving of its name.

Learn how to make it! –

25. Summer Pudding

Calories (per 100g) – 380.6 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 30 mins

A delightful dessert made with layered sliced bread that encases fruits and fruit juices! It’s the perfect summer treat without being too sweet.

Here’s how you can make it! –

26. Apple Pie

Calories (per 100g) – 265 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 55 mins

Made with Bramley apples & a hint of lemon, this pie is as juicy, soft & tasty as an apple can be.

DIY Recipe –

27. Lemon Drizzle Cake

Calories (per 100g) – 268 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 45 mins

This mouth-watering cake is a lemon pound cake with zest in every bite! Plus the drizzled sugar glaze with this yummy cake is to die for.

Try making it! –

28. Flapjack

Calories (per 100g) – 424 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 40 mins

These lightly browned oat bars will win you over with a single bite! With oats, butter, sugar, & golden syrup, these baked bars are healthy and tasty!

Make them yourself! –

29. Mince Pie

Calories (per 100g) – 289 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 20 mins

Another popular Christmas dessert, this pie is beyond yummy.

Sweet, rich minced filling made of dry fruits, spices & brandy, wrapped in pastry? Yes, please.

Try making it! –

30. Fruitcake

Calories (per 100g) – 324 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 2 hours 45 mins

A dark, rich, deliciously spiced fruit cake made during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Super easy and totally worth the wait.

Try it! –

31. Traditional Dorset Apple Cake

Calories (per 100g) – 277 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 60 mins

It’s a beautiful rustic cake with a lightly spiced apple sponge and a crunchy sugar topping!

Do it yourself! –

32. Bara Brith – Welsh Tea Bread

Calories (per 100g) – 296 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 25 mins

It is literally spotted bread! Made with fruits soaked in tea, this fruit loaf is incredibly moist and yummy beyond a doubt!

Here’s how you can make it! –

33. Millionaire’s Shortbread

Calories (per 100g) – 495.3 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 35 mins

This dish is so rich, its name is totally appropriate.

With three distinct layers of shortbread, caramel, & chocolate, this dish is decadent.

Do try it! –

34. Brandy Snaps

Calories (per 100g) – 489 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 18 mins

Very popular throughout Britain, Brandy Snaps are tubular, brittle sweet treats usually served stuffed with ice cream or cream!

DIY Recipe –

35. Welsh Cakes

Calories (per 100g) – 434 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 16 mins

They’re flaky, tender, melt in your mouth cakes infused with sweet currants and hints of mace!

Learn how to make it –

36. Authentic Scottish Dundee Cake

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 55 mins

It’s Queen Elizabeth’s favorite tea time cake! With its unique almond top, this cake is a looker while also being delightful!

Make it yourself! –

37. Classic Shortbread Cookies

Calories (per 100g) – 502 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 30 mins

Made using only three ingredients, these cookies are buttery & melt in your mouth delicious! Perfect for the holiday season!

Try making them! –

38. Jelly & Ice cream

Total Preparation Time – 1 hour 15 mins

As the name suggests, it’s homemade fruit jelly paired wonderfully with vanilla ice cream!

Here’s how you can make it! –

39. Fruity Scones

Calories (per 100g) – 352 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 15 mins

They’re scones studded with fresh berries and sprinkled with coarse sugar & make for a great tea-time snack!

DIY Recipe –

40. Raspberry Ripple Ice cream

Calories (per 100g) – 160 kcal

Total Preparation Time – 25 mins

It’s the perfect homemade raspberry ice cream & can be made without a machine, which makes this a highly recommended refreshing dessert!

Try it for yourself! –

In The End,

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About Judy Taylor

Judy has been fascinated with food and drinks since her teenage years. She loves experimenting with various cuisines, her favorite being pairing food with wine and drinks. She travels 7-8 months a year across the globe, exploring local food and culture. Her dream is to open a small Mexican outlet on a beach someday.