Don’t worry about dessert at your next summertime gathering or celebration. All it takes to make these desserts is pound cake — and a little ingenuity, and your guests will think you spent hours (instead of minutes!) in the kitchen.

These recipes feature Sara Lee Pound Cake, Double Chocolate Pound Cake and Lemon Pound Cake. You can find more delicious ways to dress up dessert at www.saraleedesserts.com.

Lemon Pound Cake Trifle

Prep time: 15 minutes

Makes 8 servings

1 regular size package (10.75 ounces) Sara Lee Lemon Pound Cake, thawed

3 cups sliced strawberries

3 cups blueberries

1 container (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, or whipped cream

Slice pound cake crosswise into 3 layers. Using star-shaped cookie cutter (or any cookie cutter shape), cut pound cake into star shapes. Cut remaining pound cake into 1-inch pieces or into smaller star shapes.

Place half of the cut-up pound cake pieces on the bottom of a trifle or serving bowl. Place star shapes on side of bowl.

Top with half of the fruit and whipped topping; repeat layers. Garnish with small star shapes, if desired. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator, until ready to serve.

Pound Cake French Toast

Prep time: 10 minutes

Makes 6 servings

1 family size package (16 ounces) Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake, thawed

3 eggs beaten

1/3 cup heavy cream or 1 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

Powdered sugar (optional)

Maple syrup

Slice pound cake into 12 slices, each about 1/2 inch thick. Whisk eggs, cream, extracts and spices in a medium bowl until well blended. Dip each pound cake slice into egg mixture making sure to coat all sides, shaking off excess batter into bowl.

Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pound cake slices to skillet. Cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and top with fresh fruit or maple syrup, if desired.

White Chocolate Ganache Lemon Glazed Pound Cake

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Prep time: 20 minutes

Makes 12 servings

1 cup (6 ounces) white chocolate chips

1/4 cup whipping cream

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1 regular size package (10.75 ounces)

Sara Lee Lemon Pound Cake, thawed

Place white chocolate chips, whipping cream and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. If needed, heat 10 to 30 seconds more in microwave to melt chips. Stir in lemon peel. Let cool 5 minutes.

Drizzle ganache over pound cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into slices to serve. Serve with remaining ganache.

Variation: Raspberry Filled White Chocolate Ganache Lemon Glazed Pound Cake — Start by cutting the pound cake in half crosswise down center. Spread with 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam. Continue with preparing the ganache as directed.

Grilled Pound Cake with Berries

Prep time: 5 minutes

Makes 4 servings

1 regular size package

(10.75 ounces) Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake, thawed

1 cup Greek style lemon yogurt or ice cream

Assorted fruit toppers (such as raspberries and blueberries)

Slice thawed pound cake into 1/2-inch slices. Spray both sides lightly with cooking spray. Grill over medium heat until lightly browned (1 to 2 minutes per side). Top with Greek style lemon yogurt or ice cream, fresh raspberries and blueberries.

Grilled Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Pound Cake Sandwich

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 30 seconds to 4 minutes

Makes 1 serving

1 slice Sara Lee Double Chocolate Pound Cake Slices

1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

1 tablespoon marshmallow cream

1 teaspoon mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Slice pound cake slice crosswise in half forming 2 pieces. Spread one slice of frozen pound cake with peanut butter and marshmallow cream. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and second pound cake slice forming a sandwich.

Spray both sides of pound cake slices with cooking spray. Grill sandwich in a skillet over medium heat about 1 to 2 minutes per side or until crisp and toasted, or place on a microwave-safe plate and heat sandwich 20 to 30 seconds or until chocolate chips are melted.

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