Desserts That Start With S


What’s the first dessert that comes to your mind when thinking about desserts that start with the letter S? Is it strudel or maybe sundae?

There are many more desserts that start with this letter and in this article, you’re going to learn at least thirteen of them.

Here are some of the most interesting and delicious treats that begin with the letter S.

desserts that start with s

19 Desserts That Start with the Letter S

1. Sesame Seed Candy

Sesame Seed Candy

This candy is made by pressing a confection of sesame seeds and honey or sugar, or both, into a ball or bar. It can be crisp or chewy. There are many variations of this candy throughout Asian, Indian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cuisines.

But, the most popular is considered to be the Greek version called Pasteli. Pasteli is a chewy candy bar made of sesame seeds and honey.

2. Shortbread


This biscuit originates from Scotland and is widely associated with Hogmanay and Christmas festivals in the country. It consists of plain wheat flour, butter, and white sugar. Optional ingredients include cornflour or ground rice which makes slight changes to the texture of the biscuit.

The recipe, however, doesn’t require baking soda or baking powder like most baked goods and cookies. Shortbread makes a wonderful mid-morning treat along with a cup of tea.

3. Strudel


This sweet layered pasta is the most popular dessert in the Austrian cuisine, but it’s also part of other European cuisines. The thin dough is spread with a sweet filling, rolled up, and baked in the oven.

The filling is sweet, most commonly made of apples or sour cherries. Other types of this pastry are nut-filled strudel, poppy seed strudel, plum strudel, raisin strudel, apricot strudel, and sweet cherry strudel.

4. Semolina Pudding

Semolina Pudding

Made from semolina, this porridge-like pudding has been around ever since Roman times. It’s typically served with cocoa powder, sugar, raisins, cinnamon, syrup, or fruit.

Even though this light and airy dessert is made by boiling, it can also be baked with more semolina to get a consistency similar to rice pudding.

You can find this pudding as an instant or finished convenience food. Additional ingredients include vanilla, cream, spices, and fruit.

5. Soufflé


This delicious French dessert is all about deliciousness. Made with beaten egg whites, egg yolks and cream sauce, the base is flavored with foods such as berries, lemon, banana, jam, chocolate, fruits, etc.

This light, puffed up, and airy dessert is incredibly soft and fluffy on the inside and super crispy on the outside. It can be served in a coffee cup or individual soufflé dishes with ice cream or sorbet on the side.

6. Sponge Pudding

Sponge Pudding

There are various types of this comforting dessert, from lemon pudding and chocolate fondant to jam roly-poly and treacle sponge. The sponge pudding is a traditional British dessert, but you can find it in other cuisines as well.

7. Sponge Cake

Sponge cake

This comforting, light dessert consists of flour, eggs, and sugar. Additional ingredients include baking powder, baking soda, or cream of tartar. Today, you can find many types of sponge cake, including Chiffon cake, Angel food cake, Plava, Trifle, Tipsy cake, Swiss roll, etc.

Some sponge cake fillings include whipped cream, lemon curd, and jam. This soft and airy dessert makes a great treat, especially when combined with your afternoon tea.

8. Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick

Made with dried fruit and suet, this pudding is all about traditional British cooking. The original recipe includes raisins or currants, but modern versions include eggs or butter for a consistency similar to a sponge cake.

Imagine a soft steamed pudding dotted with juicy currants with creamy and rich vanilla custard. Delicious!

9. Spumoni


This low-fat type of ice cream originates from Italy. It consists of layers of various colors and flavors, typically containing nuts and candied fruits. Even though it’s an Italian dessert usually eaten after dinner, Spumoni is also popular in Argentina, the US, and Brazil.

The traditional recipe includes three flavors with a nut or fruit layer between them which contains cherry bits, hence the characteristic pink/red, green, and brown color combination. The flavors are pistachio, cherry, and either vanilla or chocolate. These layers are usually mixed with whipped cream.

10. Sundae


Here’s another tasty ice cream dessert. It’s one or several scoops of ice cream drizzled with syrup or sauce and sometimes with toppings like whipped cream, sprinkles, peanuts, marshmallows, cherries and other fruits.

It is believed that the first Sundae recipe was a variation of ice cream soda.

11. Snickerdoodle


Snickerdoodles are soft and chewy cookies made with flour, sugar, and butter or oil, rolled in cinnamon sugar. Optional ingredients include eggs, baking soda, and cream of tartar. They are popular in many cuisines, but mostly in the US.

These sugar cookies have a specific cracked surface and soft or crisp inside. The recipe for the traditional snickerdoodles is used as a base for many modern snacks from big brands.

12. Swiss Roll

Swiss Roll

Swiss roll is a type of sponge cake also known as jelly roll, Swiss log, cream roll, or roll cake. It’s a rolled sponge cake with jam or another filling. The color depends on the filling which can be vanilla, chocolate, lemon curd, buttercream, jam, etc.

The outside of the roll cake can be dusted with icing sugar, iced, or left plain.

Even though it’s called Swiss roll, this dessert isn’t from Sweden, but most probably Austria or some other Central European country. Different countries have a different version of this popular dessert.

13. Scone


Last but not least, scone is a slightly sweetened baked cake made with oatmeal and baking powder or wheat. It’s a traditional Scottish dessert that reminds of teacakes with the difference being the lack of yeast.

You can find different variations of this dessert that include ingredients such as dates, currants, raisins, and even cream and strawberries. They go excellent with a cup of coffee.

14. Strawberry Shortcake

strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is a popular summer dessert that is typically made with fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and a biscuit or sponge cake base. It’s light, refreshing and the perfect balance of sweet and tart. The strawberries can be served fresh or macerated in sugar to bring out their natural juices.

15. S’mores

oreo smores

S’mores are a classic American dessert, traditionally made around a campfire. They consist of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. The name “S’mores” is a contraction of the phrase “some more”, suggesting that once you have one, you’ll want another!

16. Sorbet

Sorbet is a frozen dessert made from sweetened water with flavoring (typically fruit juice or fruit purée, wine, and/or liqueur). It’s a refreshing palate cleanser and is also dairy-free, making it a popular choice for those who are lactose intolerant or vegan.

17. Sachertorte

Sachertorte is a rich Austrian chocolate cake, or torte, invented by Austrian Franz Sacher. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties. The cake consists of a dense chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam on top, coated in dark chocolate icing on the top and sides.

18. Semifreddo

Semifreddo is an Italian word which means “half cold” and refers to semi-frozen desserts, such as semi-frozen custards which have the texture of frozen mousse. These desserts may include ice creams and sorbets. It has the richness of ice cream but with a lighter, more velvety texture.

19. Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky toffee pudding is a British dessert consisting of a moist sponge cake, made with finely chopped dates, covered in a toffee sauce and often served with a vanilla custard or vanilla ice-cream. Despite the name, it’s actually a cake, not a pudding, and it’s a must-have dessert in British cuisine.

19 Desserts That Start With S

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman


  • Sesame Seed Candy

  • Shortbread

  • Strudel

  • Semolina Pudding

  • Soufflé

  • Sponge Pudding

  • Sponge Cake

  • Spotted Dick

  • Spumoni

  • Sundae

  • Snickerdoodle

  • Swiss Roll

  • Scone


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We hope our list of desserts that start with the letter S will inspire you to try or even make some of them and enjoy their unique taste.

Although not a complete list there are many others we could include such as this strawberry shortcake or strawberry glaze.

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