WE MAY NOT HAVE front row seats, a horse we’re bidding on, or elegant hats to wear to the Kentucky Derby this year, but we do have the perfect dessert choices to accompany the most exciting two minutes in sports. At the end of the day, any event that can draw a crowd of 150,000 people deserves to be honored with something as exciting—so we’re going for something sweet. Here are our top dessert picks to serve at your Kentucky Derby party.
This winning pie recipe takes a giant leap towards the finish line with browned butter, a crunchy topping, and half of the usual amount of sugar. Deeply nutty and sweet—but not too sweet—your pie will be sure to take first place at your Derby party.
There’s a reason why Southerners save this cake for celebrations—it’s a two-day affair. We found a way to shorten our recipe; each of the three components is far quicker to prepare and turns out the same elegant, impressive result.
Mint Julep Cake
The mint leaves do double duty for this cake by giving it flavor and serving as decoration. To make sugared mint leaves that will hold their shape, adhere to the cake, and add a sparkly finishing touch, follow step one in our recipe. This cake will surely turn some heads at your Derby party.
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What dessert is on your Kentucky Derby menu this year? Let us know in the comments! And if you're looking for even more sweet ideas, check out our hundreds of dessert recipes.