17 Classic Diner Desserts

Craving nostalgic American sweets? No need to head to the local diner - recreate your retro favorites at home with these easy recipes for chocolate layer cake, rice pudding, banana cream pie and more.

Raspberry Pink Velvet Mousse

"What a great, light dessert! I used frozen raspberries and mixed them right in with the mousse!"

-Brooke the Cook in WI

Vanilla Pudding

"This was my first attempt at homemade pudding. My fiance and I thought it was perfect. We stirred pureed banana throughout the pudding to serve. It was yummy!"


Decadent Tapioca Pudding

"I LOVE tapioca. This is a particularly great recipe because I can have it ready in under 15 minutes (including cooking time!). It's so much better than the boxed version!"


Lee Lee's Famous Chocolate Sauce

"This is one of my absolute favorite recipes. This chocolate sauce provided a lot of comfort to a lonely graduate student across the country from her family. It is absolutely wonderful."

-Jessica B.

Banana Cream Pie

"This was a winner! Everyone enjoyed this dessert. It has great banana flavor. I will be making this again and again."


Simple Jell-O Salad

"Talk about bringing back some great memories! My grandmother used to make this dish for Sunday lunch. I really enjoyed this recipe!"


Carrot Cake

"The simplicity of this carrot cake recipe is what makes it amazing and delicious. It's always very moist and a great hit when I bake it!"

-Jenn Da Bean

Boston Cream Pie

"This recipe deserves at least 10 stars! It's such an easy and delicious cake. Thanks to this recipe, I will never have to purchase Boston cream pie from the bakery again!"


Classic New York Cheesecake

"This was my first time making New York-style cheesecake. It was really tasty and very easy to make. I will be making it again!"

-tomoko matsunaga

Double Chocolate Layer Cake

"This was the best chocolate cake I have ever made. The cake was so moist, and it had a perfect rich chocolate flavor. The frosting was delicious as well. It's very easy to put together and impressive!"

-Dine & Dish

Creamy Rice Pudding

"This was absolutely delicious and super creamy! I added golden raisins. I love that it can be made easily on the stovetop with ingredients I always have on hand."


Chocolate Malted Milk Shake

"This is a lovely Saturday afternoon treat. So rich, chocolatey and flavorful! It's absolutely perfect."


Tropical Ambrosia

"If you love pineapple and coconut, this is the recipe for you! Tart pineapple is wrapped in cool, creamy pudding and accented by the nutty flavor of toasted coconut — what's not to love?"

-Marg (CaymanDesigns)

Thick Chocolate Pudding

"This was so rich, chocolatey, smooth and creamy! Not only is it terrific warm, it's even better cold. This is a simple, quick and wonderfully delicious pudding."


Lemon Meringue Pie

"This is a wonderful pie! I made it for dessert tonight and everyone loved it. My brother-in-law said it was the best lemon meringue pie he's ever had! Not too tart and not too sweet. This is a definite keeper!"

-DA in PA

Old Fashioned Tapioca Pudding

"I�ve made this so many times and it always turns out perfectly. Thanks for the great recipe."

-Jamie Bainter J.

Supremely Easy Chocolate Mousse

"This was super simple to make, and yummy to eat! I threw it together one night when I was craving chocolate and it hit the spot. I put it in parfait glasses and topped it with a dollop of Cool Whip."