Dessert Ideas for a Luau Party


No Hawaiian luau party is complete without a scrumptious spread of desserts. Traditional Hawaiian desserts include fresh tropical fruits like mango, coconut and pineapple. Native Hawaiian luau recipes will make a big splash at the party. Tempt party guests with a beautiful display of desserts surrounded by exotic flower petals.


  • Mango mousse is a sinfully delectable creation of ripe mangos, cream, gelatin and lemon juice. Serve the mango mousse in ornamental custard dishes or use it as a centerpiece by forming it into a decorative mold. Haupia pudding is a versatile island treat that can be used as a topping or filling. This pudding is made from coconut milk that has been sweetened and fortified with an added thickener. Many variations of this recipe use evaporated milk or homemade coconut milk.


  • The likikoi chiffon pie is a smooth, mouthwatering combination of passion fruit and meringue on top of a graham cracker crust. The Hawaiian word for passion fruit is likikoi. This pie will certainly satisfy luau guests with its tangy sweetness. Coconut macaroon pie or double crust coconut pie is a sumptuous feast for coconut lovers. This pie will remind guests of the traditional Hawaiian cookie called the macaroon. A double crust combined with coconut and rich buttery almond flavoring is a sure winner.


  • Taro puffs are a simple luau dessert made from poi, flour and baking soda. Poi is the Hawaiian word for a Polynesian food derived from the corm of the taro plant. This pastry is mixed together and formed into balls that are deep-fried. Mango bread contains fresh mangos, coconut and raisins. This bread is an excellent choice for luau guests who cannot indulge in highly sugared desserts. This recipe yields a large batch that can serve up to 40 people and is simple to make. Display the mango bread slices on a decorative platter for an aesthetically pleasing appearance.


  • Some fabulous luau cake recipes include native island fruit like pineapple and coconut. The pineapple upside down cake is baked just as its name suggests: upside down. This cake is inverted when served to highlight the colorful yellow and oranges of the pineapple rings along with the showy red of the maraschino cherries. A haupia cake is created from layers of moist white cake slathered with haupia pudding and finished with a whipped cream gelatin frosting. Sprinkled flakes of fresh coconut adorn the top of the cake.

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