10 Budget-Friendly Desserts for Your Next Family Gathering

Who doesn’t love a good party or gathering? It’s a great excuse to see your family and friends, and a chance to let your hair down and have some fun – creating some precious memories on the way.


However, parties and gatherings can be an expensive affair. If it’s your turn to host, it’s very easy to get carried away with the budget; party food is often one of the most expensive elements. 

Most people think that they have to spend a lot of money for their guests to enjoy themselves, but this isn’t the case! You don’t have to break the bank to provide delicious food for your guests, it’s often a lot cheaper to make it yourself. 

We have pulled together a selection of easy, low-budget dessert recipes that you can make to lay on the table for your guests to enjoy. All these recipes feature our famous Lyle’s Golden Syrup, what’s not to love?  

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Budget dessert recipes

This selection of sweet treats makes the perfect finger food for any buffet, letting your guests pick and choose whatever they like. 

Easy millionaire’s shortbread sandwiches

This recipe is a fun take on the classic millionaire’s shortbread. These shortbread cookie sandwiches are topped with chocolate and have a decadent salted caramel filling. 

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Cheesecake cupcakes

The cheesecake cupcakes are perfect for a buffet, allowing everyone to help themselves! 

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Eton mess with roasted strawberries

These Eton mess desserts have strawberries roasted in our famous Lyle’s Golden Syrup, creating a delicious compote.

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Peanut butter chocolate cornflake nests

This easy, low-budget dessert recipe only takes 20 minutes to make, and you can use whatever cereal you like!

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Apple pie flapjacks

Flapjacks are a great crowd-pleaser. This recipe combines the two classics of flapjacks and apple crumble, what could be better? 

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Budget cake recipes

Who doesn’t love cake? They are a simple budget-friendly dessert that will make the perfect centrepiece for your table and are almost guaranteed to put a smile on your guest’s faces.  

One bowl chocolate cake

If you’re a baking novice, this easy recipe will give you a tasty chocolate cake that takes just 15 minutes to prep. 

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Chocolatey fudge cake

With a moist sponge and silky-smooth filling and topping, this indulgent treat will be irresistible to your guests. 

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Coffee and walnut cake

Another classic recipe, this cake is topped with crunchy caramelised walnuts, and perfect with a cuppa! 

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Victoria sandwich smile

It doesn’t get more British than a Victoria sponge! The addition of Lyle’s Golden Syrup gives this classic a beautiful, caramelised flavour. 

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Swish Swiss roll

This light and airy sponge with a sweet cream and jam filling is a tasty cake that can be prepped and cooked in just over 30 minutes.

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Don’t forget the most important ingredient…

You can’t make any of these delicious low-budget desserts without our famous Lyle’s Golden Syrup! Explore our range today and get cooking.

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