Indulge your taste buds in a symphony of tangy delights with these buttermilk desserts from some of the best food bloggers on the web. Buttermilk offers a unique and tangy twist to traditional desserts; I've even using it in home chocolate making.
Each treat boasts a perfect balance of flavor for zesty buttermilk, which offers tantalizing taste with subtle acidity and creamy texture. Each of these desserts with buttermilk transcends the ordinary – from luscious waffles and fluffy pancakes to irresistible donuts, muffins, and more.
🍩 Buttermilk Dessert Recipes For Breakfast
Blackberry Muffins with Crumble
These blackberry buttermilk muffins are fluffy, packed full of juicy blackberries, and topped with a crunchy buttery crumble. The buttermilk in this recipe makes the muffins extra flavorful and moist.
Craft this easy to make buttermilk blackberry muffins with crumble topping that’s perfect for breakfast and snacking.
Classic Buttermilk Pancakes
No rocket science here. Buttermilk pancakes are as classic as can be and with such familiar flavors, an easy favorite in many households. The buttermilk contributes to the pancakes' airy texture, and when drizzled with maple syrup, they become a comforting and delicious morning treat.
These breakfast or brunch staples can easily be stored and reheated for an easy treat whenever. Serve with your favorite fruit, jam, or maple syrup.
Vegan Buttermilk Pancakes
Now there’s buttermilk pancakes and there’s vegan buttermilk pancakes. Light, cakey and super easy to make vegan buttermilk pancakes is your new reason for waking up in the morning.
Made with simple ingredients, stack them up and drench them in maple syrup. Try making it to see the difference - because YES, you can make fabulous vegan buttermilk!
Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
The best ever vegan cinnamon buns are here! Sweet, sticky, fluffy perfection made with 10 ingredients and comes together in less than 15 mins. They taste like they came straight from the bakery.
Soft, fluffy and using plant-based buttermilk to create a pillowy soft texture that makes these vegan sticky buns absolutely crave-worthy. Best of all, these fluffy buns are dairy-free, eggless, and topped with a plant-based vanilla frosting.
Pull-Apart Sticky Buns
You won't know how easy and delicious these pull-apart sticky buns are until you've made them. With just six ingredients and one bowl, these cinnamon buns are one of the quickest solutions towards enjoying a tasty and hot breakfast treat.
Serve these drool-worthy and crave-worthy buttermilk desserts at your next brunch; you won't regret it.
Spiced Buttermilk Muffins
This copycat Mimi's cafe buttermilk spice muffins is the real deal. No need to pay retail price for these babies (or to feel down if the Mimi's near you closed down), follow the recipe and see how easy it is to make at home.
The cinnamon sugar topping with pecans adds the perfect crunchy touch to this recipe dupe. And the little ones will enjoy making them with you too!
Matcha Waffles with Buttermilk
Calling all matcha lovers! These matcha waffles are your jam. They’re light and crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside. Surprisingly easy to make, cornstarch and buttermilk give these waffles a crunchy exterior and a soft, moist, and fluffy interior.
Prepare a large batch of waffles and store them in the freezer. When you crave a quick breakfast or snack, simply take one out and toast it in the toaster oven or air fryer.
Cranberry Buttermilk Scones
Make the holidays brighter with these buttermilk cranberry scones. The tangy buttermilk ensures a tender texture, while the burst of cranberries create a delightful and vibrant treat.
The batter will be thick and sticky so make sure to work on a floured surface. Bake up buttermilk scones with the festive flavor of cranberries for the whole fam.
Baked Coconut Buttermilk Donuts
Bake some coconut buttermilk donuts with ginger glaze for a tropical and indulgent treat. The tanginess of buttermilk ensures a light and airy texture, while the vanilla and nutmeg-spice add a luscious touch to the coconut-flavored doughnuts.
The sweet coconut dough and spicy ginger glaze combo is an unexpected yet winning combination. These donuts are so pretty and perfect for a brunch time fete or hen party!
Buttermilk Apple Cider Donuts
Nothing says fall like a box of warm fried cinnamon and sugar-crusted buttermilk apple cider doughnuts. This buttermilk donut recipe is quite easy to whip up, and the apple sauce adds a distinctive apple flavor.
Keep in mind that the donuts will be slightly firmer (cake-like) than other donut recipes out there, though they're still one of my favorites of all time. The buttermilk provides a mild tang, resulting in a moist and tasty donut with a dash of spice in this delectable autumn treat.
🍮 Unique Buttermilk Desserts
Southern Buttermilk Pecan Pralines
Super simple and extra delicious Southern buttermilk pecan pralines! These candies are creamy and have just the right amount of crunch from the pecans. They’re so simple, but every bite is creamy, nutty, and perfectly sweet.
Chef’s tip: Sprinkle each candy dropped on a piece of parchment and, with flaky sea salt for a delightful sweet salty combo. These Southern buttermilk pecan pralines are the perfect candy to make all year long.
Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe
Serve up a side of buttermilk cornbread with your favorite savory dishes. This cast iron buttermilk cornbread recipe is made from scratch with a cast iron skillet that gives this cornbread crispy edges and a moist crumb.
Then the secret ingredient - buttermilk - not only adds moisture but also a pleasant tang to the classic cornbread. It's a versatile and comforting accompaniment our dinner needs, before or afterwards.
Buttermilk Peach Cobbler
Celebrate the sweetness of summer with a southern-style buttermilk peach cobbler. This classic, rustic peach cobbler features paprika in the filling, which adds depth of flavor and highlights the gorgeous orange peach color.
The cinnamon sugar coating on the buttermilk biscuit gives the cobbler a sweet crunch and enhances the peach taste even more while the buttermilk biscuit topping becomes golden and flaky, providing the perfect contrast to the juicy and flavorful peach filling. Truly a treat!
Buttermilk Panna Cotta
Indulge in a creamy buttermilk panna cotta topped with your fresh fruit of choice. This old fashioned buttermilk pudding recipe is deliciously tart, sweet, and creamy.
The buttermilk adds a subtle tang to the silky-smooth dessert, creating a delightful contrast with your preferred fruit or fruit compote. Gain fans with this buttermilk dessert recipe instantly.
🥧 Buttermilk Pie Recipes
Classic Buttermilk Pie
Treat yourself to the comforts of home with a classic buttermilk pie. The creamy, custard-like filling, enriched with the tangy notes of buttermilk, creates a simple yet indulgent dessert.
Enjoy this tasty buttermilk pie that is quick and easy to make! You won't be able to stop eating!
Blackberry Pie with Buttermilk Sherbet
Fast forward to the summer with a buttermilk blackberry pie. The buttermilk adds a creamy texture to the tart blackberry filling, creating a refreshing and indulgent dessert.
The delicious fruit pie is topped with a delightfully light and tangy buttermilk sherbet. So fun and different!
🍰 Buttermilk Cake Recipes
Chocolate Bundt Cake
This rich, moist, decadent chocolate bundt is a show stopping dessert that’s perfect for every occasion. This chocolate cake recipe should down right be a gate kept secret but why would we deny everyone of this sour cream chocolate cake sensation.
It's intensely chocolatey, super moist thanks to buttermilk, subtly tangy to contrast the sweetness and features a rich, glossy, sour cream-based glaze that's somewhere between spoonable and pourable. You'll thank me later (after you've made the recipe).
Texas Sheet Cake With Buttermilk
Moist with extra chocolatey perfection - a cake so delectable you’ll be craving for this Texas sheet cake constantly. This chocolate cake is rich as a brownie, with a crumb as tender as the most delicate cake you've ever tasted, and then generously topped (or poured) with fudgy chocolate icing and laden with toasted pecans.
Between chocolatey, decadently moist and tender sheet cake, topped with gooey, fudgy icing from high quality cocoa powder and pecans, it’s the best ever sheet cake recipe with easy-to-follow instructions you could ever make.
Cinnamon Bundt Cake
This easy cinnamon bundt cake with a thick and gooey cinnamon swirl is the ultimate buttermilk dessert recipe your repertoire needs! Featuring an extremely moist cake with big cinnamon flavors, it's the perfect buttermilk cinnamon pound cake.
With a swirl of cinnamon sugar running through the center then topped off with an indulgent and creamy cinnamon-sugar glaze, your sweet tooth will be so happy.
Gorgeous Carob Zucchini Cake
This recipe with buttermilk is a pretty and perfect way to use up that leftover carton of buttermilk AND zucchinis! If you haven't used carob for baking before, you can be assured that the flavors of this cake is amazing, decadent and unbelievably moist.
Die hard zucchini haters will have a change of heart once they taste this carob zucchini cake. This gluten and egg-free buttermilk carob zucchini cake is a must-try!
Strawberry Buttermilk Cake
The gluten-free strawberry buttermilk cake will make everyone a strawberry cake fan! It’s so easy, doesn’t require frosting and the hardest thing about it is probably slicing the strawberries.
There's sweetness, a bit of tang from the buttermilk and brightness from the strawberries. A little bit of citrus zest rounds up the flavors nicely of this light and fluffy quick bread. Perfect as a snacking cake or for breakfast in addition to dessert.
Apple Crisp Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce
Enjoy the flavors of fall with this buttermilk apple crisp cheesecake. The tangy buttermilk cheesecake base meets the cinnamon-spiced, sweet apple crisp toppings and an oat base resulting in a visually appealing and indulgent treat.
The cheesecake is baked to perfection with a spiced sweet crunchy topping for a crunchy texture. Finish off with caramel sauce for the ultimate treat!
Lemon Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting
If you’re a fan of citrus and chocolate together then try this lemon cake with chocolate hazelnut frosting recipe out for a spin. This delicious cake features lemon buttermilk cake layers and a thick hazelnut chocolate icing.
The contrast between the light airy layers of cake and the luscious frosting, as well as the flavor difference, make this cake truly irresistible.
Heavenly Chocolate Buttermilk Cake
Chocolate buttermilk cake is a heavenly treat. This delicious cake has a super moist, tender crumb and a light texture too with chocolate chips on top. You can use a chocolate chip substitute of choice, if needed.
This triple chocolate fantasy has chocolate everywhere - in the layered cake, the frosting, and the mini chocolate chips on top. Such a delicious chocolate cake made with buttermilk recipe meant for chocolate lovers everywhere.
Gluten-Free Berry Buttermilk Cake
Pair a piping hot cup of coffee with a slice of this gluten-free berry buttermilk walnut cake. The tangy buttermilk contributes to the cake's tenderness while adding a subtle tang.
It's a delightful contrast in flavor between the sweet tangy cake and tart raspberries and blueberries. You can opt to use any or all berries in season. Make this delightful morning or afternoon treat for any day of the year.
Thick, very chocolate-y, and incredibly delicious! This Coca-Cola cake is ideal for birthday parties, holidays, weekend celebrations, or even as a weekday treat.
It's a Southern twist on classic chocolate cake that's rich, fluffy, and bursting with chocolate flavor. The buttermilk lends richness and fluffiness to the cake, while the coke adds an incredible depth of flavor.
Moist Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry shortcake always brings back memories of childhood fun, and of course desserts. This recipe combines a simple vanilla bean cake with sugared strawberries and real homemade whipped cream for a light, fluffy, and delicious berry treat.
Add blueberries and you’ve got yourself a nice 4th of July dessert recipe!
Gluten-Free Rhubarb Cake
Embrace the tartness of rhubarb in this gluten-free rhubarb cake. It's an old fashioned dessert that's especially moist thanks to buttermilk. Aside from an amazing texture, it’s flavored with lemon zest and baked with a cinnamon sugar topping.
Buttermilk Blueberry Cake
Create a show-stopping fancy dessert with this blueberry buttermilk cake recipe. Buttery and tender cake topped with lightly sweetened berries and baked to perfection!
These taste just like a giant blueberry muffin, for the berry fans out there. This simple and sweet cake is quick, easy and the perfect way to enjoy those fresh summer berries!
Red Velvet Bundt
Put a twist on the classic red velvet with this buttermilk red velvet bundt. The tangy buttermilk enhances the cocoa flavor, creating a chewy and decadent cake that's perfect for any chocolate lover.
A moist and effortless cake that looks good and tastes amazing. You can't go wrong with red velvet and cream cheese frosting, featuring buttermilk for moisture and velvety goodness.
Farmhouse Buttermilk Cake
Are you ready for the classic farmhouse buttermilk cake of your dreams? Buttermilk contributes significantly to the delicious texture of this classic brown sugar cake.
The slightly crispy sweet edges are excellent but top it off with the sweet buttery pecan glaze, absolutely WOW. Definitely making this again!
Lemon Buttermilk Cake with Glaze
Elevate your classic quickbread with the subtle tang of buttermilk and the bright zest of lemons with this lemon cake with lemon glaze.
Buttermilk lemon cake is moist, tender, and bursting with citrus flavor, making it a delightful dessert for any occasion. The lemon glaze is literally the icing on top, especially perfect if you like puckering up!
Easy Caramel Buttermilk Sheet Cake
Enjoy the richness of buttermilk in this delectable caramel cake. With a single bowl and a whisk, you can make this incredibly straightforward caramel buttermilk sheet cake.
The melt-in-your-mouth caramel frosting is extremely simple to make. The buttermilk gives a tangy undertone while also ensuring a moist and supple crumb, making this caramel cake a delectable dessert for any occasion.
🍦 Frozen Buttermilk Dessert Treats
Cherry Buttermilk Popsicles
Cool down with these homemade cherry buttermilk popsicles. The acidic buttermilk complements the sweetness of cherries and the scented vanilla to create a delightful and creamy frozen treat.
With four simple ingredients you've got yourself a refreshing summertime treat.
Strawberry Buttermilk Sorbet
Enjoy incorporating fresh summer fruits, such as strawberries, into these frozen buttermilk treats. Strawberry buttermilk sorbet is a simple, summer-y dish made with plenty of fresh strawberries and creamy, sour buttermilk.
It's the type of simple recipe that becomes an instant favorite when you've tried it. It's the ideal dessert for hot summer days, though it can be made year-round for a healthy, fruity treat.
🍪 Buttermilk Cookie Recipes
Grandma’s Buttermilk Cookies
These are aptly described as little clouds of deliciousness. Classic buttermilk cookies that will transport you back to your grandmother’s kitchen.
The cookies are like cake batter, but crisp on the edges yet soft on the inside because of - yet again - the buttermilk. These fluffy cookies are then coated in cinnamon sugar for a truly divine, melt-in-your-mouth experience.
Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bake up a batch of soft and chewy double chocolate chip cookies. The magic touch of buttermilk lends a perfect balance of sweetness and tang.
With crispy edges, cakey soft interiors and using good quality chocolate chips, they’re an irresistible treat for any cookie lover.
Buttermilk Sugar Cookies
These buttermilk sugar cookies are ideal for every occasion. They're soft and chewy on the inside, with a crisp exterior.
Buttermilk adds a nice tang to these cookies while containing very little fat. Using simple old-fashioned ingredients, these buttermilk cookies, inspired by the Amish, are deliciously soft and addictive.
Lemon Buttermilk Cookies
These delectable lemon buttermilk cookies will tantalize your taste buds with their tangy and sweet flavors. They're made with freshly squeezed lemon juice and creamy buttermilk, and they're delicious.
These buttermilk-based cookies have a bright, zesty, and refreshing lemon flavor. They are undoubtedly soft and chewy. It's a terrific spring and summer recipe that looks beautiful on cookie trays.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are plenty of dessert options for using up surplus buttermilk! You could make buttermilk pancakes, biscuits, scones, or waffles. Buttermilk can also be used in baked goods like cakes and muffins.
Buttermilk pairs well with savory dishes such as fried chicken, biscuits, and ranch dressing, as well as sweet breakfast treats like pancakes, waffles, and muffins. It also works beautifully in baked goods including cakes, cupcakes, and pies.
Buttermilk serves several important functions in baking. It can enhance the texture and flavor of breads, muffins, and scones, while its acidic nature activates baking soda, helping baked goods rise and become lighter in texture. The acidity also contributes to the overall flavor profile of the baked good, adding a subtle tanginess and tenderness.
Both milk and buttermilk can be used in cake recipes, but they offer different benefits. Buttermilk tends to create a more tender and moist cake due to its acidity, which interacts with baking soda to leaven the cake and create a lighter texture. It also adds a subtle tang to the cake. On the other hand, milk can be used for a more neutral flavor and can still produce a delicious cake, although it may not be as moist and tender as a cake made with buttermilk.
You can tell if your buttermilk has gone bad by checking for any changes in its appearance, smell, or texture. If the buttermilk has developed an off-putting odor, appears curdled or moldy, or has an unusual texture, it may have spoiled and should be tossed.
39+ Buttermilk Desserts to Make at Home
- Mixing Bowl
- Electric Mixer
- immersion blender
- Best Blackberry Muffins
- Buttermilk Pancakes
- Vegan Buttermilk Pancakes
- Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
- Pull-apart Sticky Buns
- Buttermilk Spiced Muffins
- Matcha Waffles with Buttermilk
- Cranberry Buttermilk Scones
- Buttermilk Coconut Donuts
- Buttermilk Apple Cider Donuts
- Southern Buttermilk Pecan Pralines
- Buttermilk Cornbread
- Southern Peach Cobbler
- Buttermilk Panna Cotta
- Classic Buttermilk Pie
- Blackberry Pie with Buttermilk Sherbet
- Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Texas Sheet Cake With Buttermilk
- Cinnamon Bundt Cake
- Carob Zucchini Cake
- Strawberry Buttermilk Cake
- Apple Crisp Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce
- Lemon Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting
- Chocolate Buttermilk Cake
- Gluten-Free Berry Buttermilk Cake
- Coca-Cola Cake
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Gluten-Free Rhubarb Cake
- Buttermilk Blueberry Cake
- Red Velvet Bundt
- Farmhouse Buttermilk Cake
- Lemon Buttermilk Cake with Glaze
- Easy Caramel Buttermilk Sheet Cake
- Cherry Buttermilk Popsicles
- Strawberry Buttermilk Sorbet
- Grandma’s Buttermilk Cookies
- Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Buttermilk Sugar Cookies
- Lemon Buttermilk Cookies
- Choose a recipe that appeals to you.
- Gather the ingredients.
- Follow the instructions, then enjoy!