The Best Desserts for an Australia Day BBQ

Did you know Queen Vanilla is made right here in Brisbane? We’re very proud of our heritage, which means bringing a show-stopping desert to our annual Australia Day barbeque is an absolute must! With a hint of nostalgia, a dash of vanilla and a whole lot of iconic flavours, read on for our top picks for this year’s long weekend.

1. Lamington Layer Cake

Sometimes bigger is better, and this giant lamington cake is all the proof you need! If you have a busy Australia Day long weekend planned, get started on this dessert in advance by baking and freezing your layers. Just be sure to wrap the cakes extra tightly in cling wrap and foil to prevent any pesky freezer burn. Check out our Storage and Prepping Ahead blog post for more tips.


2. Wagon Wheel Cheesecake

After dreaming about cheesecake with a fluffy marshmallow texture, our friend Amanda from Chewtown conjured up this fabulous Wagon Wheel dessert mashup. We are big fans of no-bake recipes during the summer months, and this nostalgic dessert ticks all the boxes.


3. Raspberry White Chocolate Peach Melba Trifle

Did you know that the original Peach Melba was created in honour of the Australian opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba? Traditionally made up of peaches, raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream, we’ve taken all those flavours and turned it into a modern masterpiece! Big bowls of trifle are easy to transport, making this the perfect prep ahead dessert for any park-based BBQ events.


4. Golden Gaytime Pavlova

The iconic Golden Gaytime is one of our nation’s most beloved ice creams, so turning it into a show-stopping pav for Australia Day couldn’t be more fitting. Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella has created this triple layered dessert to feed a crowd, featuring a chocolate meringue base with all the indulgent Gaytime toppings: salted caramel, crunchy biscuit crumbs and shaved chocolate, with whipped cream to boot.


5. Deep Dish Vanilla Custard Tart

Custard tarts are an Aussie classic and for vanilla-lovers like us, creating a deep dish version was a no-brainer! While the tender vanilla almond pastry makes it extra special, good quality store bought pastry works just fine. Here at Queen, we are big fans of Carême’s handmade selection.


6. Fairy Bread Cake

White bread, sprinkles and butter – an Aussie childhood party staple! This oversized version is the perfect novelty dessert, using a basic butter cake recipe, fluffy vanilla butter cream and a generous sprinkle of Hundreds & Thousands. While this recipe has used a specific sandwich-shaped cake mould, it’s easy to replicate the effect by trimming a sheet cake to size.


7. Mini Milo Pavlovas with Lamington Balls

If the thought of transporting a whole pavlova to your BBQ is altogether too stressful, these mini treats are the perfect alternative. Make your milo meringues and lamington balls a few days ahead and store in an airtight container, then whip up your cream on the day of the event. Bring everything along to the park and assemble then and there with an icy cold drink in hand!


8. Tim Tam Chocolate Tart

How many times have you visited friends overseas with a stash of Tim Tams in your suitcase? These iconic biscuits are in high demand! With a crushed Tim Tam base, a creamy chocolate filling and a layer of whole biscuits on top, this no-bake tart is the perfect way to give them the respect they deserve.


9. Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Whipped Cream

While the barbeque is still hot, toss on some fresh pineapple for an easy tropical dessert. This recipe is served with homemade coconut cream, but store bought coconut yogurt would be an equally delicious alternative. Not a pineapple fan? Peaches and rockmelon work perfectly too.


10. Easy Microwave Freckle Fudge

So… you left it too late to plan dessert. Don’t panic! Everyone loves chocolate freckles, and they taste even better in fudge form. This recipe takes just 8 minutes in the microwave, and can set in the fridge while the snags are cooking.


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