Dessert is not the same without a delicious topping to round it out! Check out these three amazing dessert sauces that are perfect for pies, cakes, puddings, and ice cream.
Best Dessert Sauces
I don’t know about you but I love ice cream with magic shell chocolate topping. It gets hard when it gets cold so it adds texture to the soft ice cream.
Other than that, there are plenty of other dessert sauces that you can use to top off your sweet treat.
Check out all the dessert topping recipes below and pick out your favorite!
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What are the six types of dessert sauces?
Caramel or Butter Based Sauces
Made by heating butter and sugar to make a rich caramel sweet sauce that is perfect for any treat! Think bread puddings!
- Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe
- Honey Bourbon Sauce
- Mocha Caramel Sauce
- Coconut Cardamom Caramel Sauce
- Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Chocolate Based Sauces
These are best for ice cream toppings but they will do the trick drizzled on cake or brownies!
Fruit Based Sauces (Coulis)
I love these for cheesecakes, pound cake, or any cake slices for that matter. Also perfect for topping your yogurt with a little granola! Make these with frozen or fresh fruit!
Custard Based Sauces
These sauces are perfect for puddings and filling pastries and tarts!
- Homemade Marshmallow Sauce
- Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sauce
- Crème Anglaise – Vanilla Custard Sauce
- Coffee Rum Sauce
- Kahlua Cream Sauce
Fresh Cream Sauces
Stabilized creams are perfect for making sandwich cookies, topping cupcakes, and jello desserts.
- Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream
- Homemade Cool Whip
- Whipped Coconut Cream
- Strawberry Whipped Cream
- Amaretto Whipped Cream
- Peanut Butter Whipped Cream
- Lemon Raspberry Whipped Cream
- Eggnog Whipped Cream
Sabayon Sauces (Curds)
Made with heated egg yolks, these are mostly curds or thickened sauces are really easy recipes to make.
- 10 Minute Lemon Curd
- Banana Curd
- Mango Curd
- Passion Fruit Curd
- Lime Curd
- Blackberry Curd
- Peach Curd
- Orange Curd
Which dessert sauce is best for a simple dessert?
Something rich and hearty for a simple, one flavor dish. If you have a heavy, rich dessert like cheesecake, I would go with something lighter like a coulis
If the dessert is cold, try a warm hot fudge or sauce that hardens and adds some texture.
What is the recommended amount of sauce for a plated dessert?
One to two ounces per serving is the best amount. You don’t want to overpower the treat itself!
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