© Petrina Tinslay

Over-the-Top Dessert: Southern red velvet cake is usually a tall layer cake, slathered with cream cheese icing and studded with pecans. In this deconstructed version, the cake is low (like a torte), the pecans are coated in caramel to make pecan praline and the cream cheese icing is transformed into cream cheese-flavored ice cream.

Recipe: Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Ice Cream