... But before relaxing there is a bit of work to do, so where possible I like to prepare these easy picnic dessert ideas in advance... makes life so much easier!
So if you know in advance that you have time to make a cake, or a slice, or to plan a special fruit platter that the kids will love, then gather these ideas and prepare to have a bit of fun!
TOP TIP... Prepare before if you can.
Suggestions for your picnic dessert ideas...
Then find lots of cakes here... Easy picnic cakes...
For a quick last minute dessert just remember to check picnic food ideas for this recipe. These little baskets are easy to put together and they will disappear in a flash! Use your favorite fruit. Make extra!
I love it when our grandchildren help bake the cake, or the cookies, for our easy picnic dessert ideas.
It usually means flour and bits all over the kitchen, but I wouldn't miss out on the fun for anything.
... and essential for decorating a cake, is a yellow ribbon tied to your wrist, with balloon attached!
This flourless and sugarless, delicious chocolate cake will bring great comments from friends and family when you bring this out for your contribution to the picnic dessert ideas.
I have made this cake from a couple of recipes I've used and have changed the fruit in it... and on it, depending on the time of year and what fruit is around.
As it is flourless and sugarless I don't use regular butter icing on it, but if that's what you like it would go well. A cream cheese topping would be really nice with it too. As you can see for this cake I sprinkled a little icing sugar over... looks good but not totally necessary. I did use plums in this cake because the trees were laden with the fruit... I just couldn't waste them!
Decorating the cake...
Mixed berries are always a favorite, but bananas with sliced kiwi fruit, or freshly sliced apricots, plums or peaches would be great too. A sprinkle of pomegranate seeds would be very festive.
If you have access to small edible flowers like those on this cake, just make sure they are clean and free of any dangerous sprays and sprinkle between the fruit. You only need a few to look spectacular!
This cake can be easier to cut when made in a log tin. I have also used the recipe to make individual cakes like muffins, in a mold/muffin tin.
To make this cake above... click here to follow the recipe.
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Easy, Simple Trifle
A quick picnic dessert idea, using the sugarless chocolate cake with dates.
Not quite sure what to call this, non alcoholic, simple trifle?
Friends called... and we rushed out with large really tasty, sandwiches... and this dessert to follow.
This was the picnic lunch with Mr Percival, the penguin at Clayton Bay.
From the chocolate cake, I made a really delectable last minute dessert using crumbed bits of the cake in the bottom of clear individual bowls... light weight bowls... not breakable of course!
To poach cherries... or many different fruit... Pears and quinces and stone fruit especially good poached.
We all loved this simple dessert sitting by the lake in Clayton Bay!
Please warn people of cherry stones if they are still in the fruit!
Just remember to take a spoon for each person.
You will find that almost everyone loves a moist fluffy scone...
and they are especially good with a coffee from the thermos, or with a take away from the coffee shop nearby, if you have one.
For a picnic, good moist and light scones like these, are still very moreish when cold.
This recipe has been great for functions too.... when you need to make a lot.
They freeze really well and you can just heat for a few minutes when they thaw... or even if still frozen.
This mixture will make about 40 small scones... obviously less if they are bigger.
You will need...
Don't forget the pots of jam and cream! We like thick cream, not runny cream.
Whip it if you can't get thickened cream... or do you have clotted cream... very popular?
Home made jam will just finish your picnic amazingly!
Take a colander and line with a clean tea towel... find a good looking one... to put the scones in when they come out of the oven. They are then ready to take to the picnic.
This is something my Mother always did, so that the scones kept warm but didn't become sweaty and soggy, or dry out and become hard.
These scones are ideal to make en masse for functions where you make many and sell with tea or coffee... perhaps for a school fete.
Being a foolproof recipe you can share it with others to bake too... for the fete!
N.B. Scones don't microwave well and will be leathery and tough and horrid if you cook or reheat this way!
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