It’s well documented that 2018 was a long, long, looooong year. If you don’t believe me, trying scrolling through your own Twitter feed for a few minutes. In any event, we survived and (mostly) in one piece, and for that, we deserve a little something sweet!

As luck would have it, the Chowhound faithful has been busy finding, testing, and sharing their very favorite dessert recipes pulled from every corner of the internet, and beyond. From Ina Garten’s tangy lemon cake to fresh berry crisps and even an Italian semifreddo. These sweet finishing dishes will be there for us no matter what 2019 throws at us!

Without further ado: The best dessert recipes of 2018, according to you!

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Marie-Hélène’s Apple Cake, Epicurious

In true French form, this apple cake calls for EIGHT tablespoons of butter, booze, and then some other things, I guess. Apples, maybe? It’s the freestyle creation of a fabulous French restaurant critic named Marie-Hélène, and is now ours to make and enjoy. Try Epicurious’ Marie-Hélène’s Apple Cake recipe yourself.

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Double Chocolate Layer Cake, Epicurious

You’d have to be a real Grinch to not like chocolate cake, and if you’re going to go for it, then GO FOR IT! This is chocolate cake how it was meant to be, with no diet-friendly shortcuts. Not one. Try Epicurious’ Double Chocolate Layer Cake recipe for yourself.

Berry Crisp, Los Angeles Times

Armed with a good base recipe for a fruit crisp, you can sub in nearly any seasonal fruit you want. Try the L.A. Times’ Berry Crisp recipe for yourself.

Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Curd and Mascarpone, Epicurious

Don’t forget a piping bag to finish this festive Italian-inspired lemon cake. Try Epicurious’ Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Curd and Mascarpone recipe for yourself.

Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries, Chowhound

We’d definitely get in first position for this airy, lemon-y meringue cake named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. Try our Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries recipe for yourself. 

Ina Garten’s Lemon Cake, Food Network

Ina is a true queen of the kitchen, and her glazed lemon cake is fit to be served in any royal court. Try Food Network and Ina Garten’s Lemon Cake recipe for yourself.

Apple Tart Maman Blanc, Raymond Blanc 

A well-constructed apple tart is as pleasing to the eye as it is the tongue.  Try Raymond Blanc’s Apple Tart Maman Blanc recipe for yourself.

Crustless Cranberry Walnut Pie, Coleen’s Recipes

Is it cake? Is it pie? Who cares….it’s delicious. Try Coleen’s Crustless Cranberry Walnut Pie recipe for yourself.

Supernatural Brownies,  New York Times

Score major brownie points by bringing these to a party or picnic. Try the New York Times’ Supernatural Brownies recipe for yourself.

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Meyer Lemon Semifreddo with Summer Berries, Epicurious

Try a semi-complicated semifreddo at least once in your life, ifonly for bragging rights. Try Epicurious’ Meyer Lemon Semifreddo with Summer Berries recipe for yourself.

Berry Blitz Torte, King Arthur Flour

This recipe can be adapted for almost any fruit and served either piping hot or room temperature too. Try King Arthur Flour’s Berry Blitz Torte recipe for yourself.

Beatty’s Chocolate Cake, Food Network

A well-timed piece of chocolate cake is a wonderful thing, and a probable solution for most of the world’s problems. Try Food Network’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cake recipe for yourself.

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Chocolate Olive Oil Cake, Nigella

Serve this dense, moist olive oil cake with berries or whipped cream. A popular dinner party finisher. Try Nigella’s Chocolate Olive Oil Cake recipe for yourself.

Chocolate Cherry Heart Smart, MyRecipes

Chocolate? Yes. Cherry? Yes. Cookies? Always. These are all popular for a reason and make for a good and easy dessert. Try MyRecipes’ Chocolate Cherry Heart Smart recipe for yourself.

White Chocolate Cake with Lemon Glaze, David Lebovitz

White chocolate is controversial, but detractors might be won over by this moist cake. A creamy tangy, lemon glaze won’t hurt either.  Try David Lebovitz’s White Chocolate Cake with Lemon Glaze recipe for yourself.

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