Cocoa Crème Fraîche Cupcakes

These rich cupcakes double up on the crème fraîche, using the thick cream both inside the batter and as a topping.

Almond Cake with Lemon and Crème Fraîche Glaze

This unique cake comes from Jessica Hicks of Astro Coffee in Detroit, who combines hand-ground almonds with polenta to give the batter some texture. The crème fraîche is spread atop the cake in the form of a glaze, which is flavored with lemon juice.

Summer Berries with Cumin Meringues and Crème Fraîche

This recipe comes from Barbara Lynch, who makes a simple berry and crème fraîche dessert more complex by adding a meringue, which is flavored with a pinch of cumin.

Strawberry Crème Fraîche Biscuits

>These buttery biscuits are made even better when spread with some strawberry-swirled crème fraîche, which adds the perfect amount of tartness.

Gianduja Mousse

This gianduja mousse is kind of like fluffy Nutella, but instead of simply whipping the chocolate-hazelnut spread, the recipe calls for folding in whipped cream and crème fraîche. It’s rich and decadent and really hard to stop eating.

Tarte Tatin with Crème Fraîche

Andrew Zimmern’s tart tatin is made of spiced apples cooked in caramel, which pairs perfectly with a dollop of silky crème fraîche.

Red Velvet Beet Cake with Crème Fraîche Icing

Don’t knock the beet puree ‘till you try it. And trust us, it’s really good — especially when paired with that just-thick-enough crème fraîche frosting.

Blueberry-Almond Shortcakes with Crème Fraîche

While shortcakes are most often made of strawberries, pound cake, and whipped cream, this spin-off sandwiches whipped crème fraîche and blueberry compote between two cornmeal-almond biscuits.

Chess Pie with Crème Fraîche and Vanilla

When it comes to desserts, crème fraîche is typically used as a topping. But this buttery chess pie uses the cream in the custard itself.

Crème Fraîche Biscuits

With these biscuits, chefs Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing opt for crème fraîche instead of buttermilk for extra fluff.

Crème Fraîche Crème Caramels

Chef Maura Kilpatrick’s crème caramels are made with crème fraîche for an added silkiness (and a nice bite of tang, too).

Almond-Plum Cake with Crème Fraîche

This moist almond cake can be made with any kind of seasonal fruit. We love the combination of juicy plums (or cherries, apricots, peaches, et cetera) with smooth crème fraîche and the crunch of slivered almonds.

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