How to Assemble A Dessert Charcuterie Board
By Eric Olesen - 3rd generation owner
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
For us, it’s all about hanging around the kitchen and grazing your way through an afternoon - with great company of course. While a charcuterie board of desserts looks impressive, putting one together doesn’t need to be overly complicated. To assemble a charcuterie dessert board, you can use any size or shape board you desire and, rather than laying out cured meats, crackers and cheese, think about arranging your favorite sweet delights.
Your beautifully presented dessert charcuterie board is a perfect way to offer a selection of sweet finger foods for any holiday occasion. Whether you want to set up the board as a Valentine’s Day treat for two or lay out multiple arrangements for a Christmas celebration, you can tailor these platters to any theme, taking inspiration from many different dessert charcuterie board ideas.
What is a Dessert Charcuterie Board?
Unlike a traditional charcuterie board which involves artfully arranging cheeses, cured meats and other tasty selections on a wooden platter, a dessert charcuterie board is assembled with desserts, pastries, jams, chocolates, fresh fruits, and other sweet treats. They make a delicious addition to any holiday occasion such as Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and birthdays as you can easily serve a large crowd. While you may think that you have to spend hours in the kitchen baking up multiple different desserts, you can simply assemble a charcuterie dessert board with a mix of freshly delivered pastries or home-baked goods.
How to Assemble a Dessert Charcuterie Board
Pick a Theme
If you need dessert charcuterie board ideas, you can consider sticking to a theme to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Colors, holidays, seasons and heritage themes can help you narrow down what type of desserts to put on your board. For example, when making Christmas dessert boards, consider treats that are red, green and white or fill your platter with various Christmas cookies. For a Valentine’s Day themed board, think red or pink, while a Fourth of July dessert platter should be exploding with red, blue and white. Using cake icing, dips, and candy are also easy ways to match your platter’s color theme.
Pick your Desserts
When selecting desserts, think of easy-to-eat finger foods such as cookies, fruit, foil-wrapped candy, chocolate, gummies and cakes. While anything goes when crafting your dessert masterpiece, a mixture of large and small items can make your board more intriguing.
Crown Cakes: Our selection of Danish Crown Cakes is the perfect centerpiece for any dessert board. We have a range of different flavors and the incredibly soft and moist Bundt cake is sure to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth. You can effortlessly arrange a mixture of small and medium-size treats around the cake or fill the center. Fresh fruits are a great option to add to any of our crown cake slices and they add a beautiful color to your board.
Kringle: Other delicious desserts for a charcuterie board include our famous Kringle pastries, which you can find in more than 13 different flavors. We use the finest ingredients to create our homemade Kringle fillings and carefully craft our scratch-made pastry dough over three consecutive days, resulting in a rich, light and flaky pastry when baked.
Eclairs: If you want a delightful addition to your charcuterie board, then consider our freshly made chocolate Eclairs. We fill each eclair with cool butter-sweetened custard cream and cover the outer shell with a thick layer of smooth chocolate fudge.
Strategically Assemble Your Charcuterie Dessert Board
Start making your platter with items that will anchor the board. You should place your largest desserts on first, such as cakes and pastries, and any dipping bowls, even if they’re empty. Adding chocolate items can make your platter look very brown, so you can brighten your board with colored candy and fruits. If you need further color inspiration, try arranging other decorations such as mini pumpkins or small holiday themed decorations that aren’t edible to make your board more aesthetically pleasing.
Placing foiled wrapped candy or toffees in bowls can add texture and height to your dessert charcuterie board. Different shapes such as meringue swirls, pretzel twists or long cookie fingers can also give your board more layers of interest. Be sure to balance your board by repeating your items throughout the tray rather than placing the same desserts all in one area.
Dessert Delivery from O&H Danish Bakery
We have an assortment of delicious treats that will make the perfect addition to any charcuterie board. Our talented and skilled bakers use authentic Danish recipes passed down through generations to create our tasty cakes, pastries and cookies. We use the finest ingredients from around the world and, along with our quality baked goods, we provide exceptional customer service, including flexible shipping options. Plus, you can easily order your favorite desserts online and get them delivered to your door! Reach out to our team for charcuterie board ideas or place your order online today.