Funeral Desserts to Express Your Sympathy

Published September 17, 2020
people at funeral reception

When you're asked to provide funeral desserts for a reception, you'll want to pick something that's easy to make and feeds a crowd. If you're not making the desserts but requesting them, make sure to ask for a variety to suit numerous mourners' tastes.

Funeral Dessert Pie Ideas

Pies are a funeral dessert staple. Whether you go with banana cream, classic French silk, or a seasonal fruit pie, you're sure to find one that everyone enjoys.

Chocolate Pudding Pie Recipe

Chocolate is a comfort food, so make a pudding pie to serve to mourners. Gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 pre-baked pie crust or graham cracker crust
  • 1 (8-ounce) chocolate bar (dark, milk, or semi-sweet), melted
  • 2 packages of instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup whipped topping
  • Canned fudge frosting, as garnish
Chocolate mousse cake

To make this simple, no-bake pie, do the following:

  1. Spread melted chocolate bar over the bottom of the pie crust. Set aside.
  2. Mix instant pudding packages with milk in a large bowl.
  3. Fold in whipped topping.
  4. Spread pudding mixture over the pie crust and chocolate.
  5. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  6. Garnish around the edges with fudge frosting and drop stars.

Classic Pies to Bake for Funerals

More pies to consider for funerals include:

Funeral Cake Recipes for Receptions

Funeral cakes are a traditional dessert for many people. Whether you go with a classic chocolate version or your own favorite cake, they are sure to please.

Easy Peach Dump Cake Recipe

A dump cake is the easiest cake to make when you're notified of an upcoming funeral and don't have a lot of time to prepare. The following five ingredients are all you need:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (32-ounce) jar of peaches
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup white powdered sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Cherries, as garnish
Peach cake with cream and cherry

To make the cake, you should do the following:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9x13 cake pan.
  3. Pour the can of peaches and juice in the cake pan
  4. Shake the dry yellow cake mix over the the peaches and juice evenly.
  5. Drizzle melted butter back and forth over the top of the cake mix.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or so, until top is lightly browned and cake is done in the center.
  7. While the cake cools, use a mixer to whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar.
  8. Top cake with whipped cream. Store in refrigerator until it is time to serve.
  9. Add cherries to the top as garnish, if desired.

More Funeral Cake Options

Think beyond the basic white or chocolate cake to come up with a tasty cake to finish the reception meal.

Funeral Bars Recipes

Bars are a great alternative to cookies. You can make them in a number of flavors, from fruit-filled to more decadent cheesecake versions.

Cinnamon Caramel No-Bake Cheesecake Bar Recipe

This no-bake cheesecake bar recipe feeds a large crowd and is easy to whip up. Gather:

  • 3 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whipped topping, plus additional topping for garnish
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream sauce
cheesecake with whipped cream and caramel

To make these easy bars, do the following:

  1. Grease 9x13 pan with butter.
  2. Mix together the graham crackers, butter, and white sugar.
  3. Press evenly into the pan, covering the bottom and going up the sides.
  4. Put into refrigerator to set.
  5. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  6. Fold in whipped topping.
  7. Spread over crust.
  8. Drizzle caramel ice cream sauce over the top.
  9. Allow to set in refrigerator for an hour.
  10. Slice and serve with a dollop of whipped topping and additional cinnamon as garnish.

More Bars to Make for Funerals

More bars that are good to serve at funerals include:

Have Several Funeral Dessert Table Options

Planning the funeral dessert table means having several options to offer mourners. If you have the kitchen help, consider plating desserts in the back and putting them out on small disposable plates. Otherwise, have desserts pre-sliced for easy self-serving.

Funeral Desserts to Express Your Sympathy