The Food Channel ( presents its “Top Ten Dessert Trends for 2011,” sponsored by MARS Foodservices:

1.       Ta-da!! The Next Cupcake Is...—the cupcake movement is more around its evolution than its dissolution

2.      Sweet, Heat, Salty and Tart—desserts don’t always have to be sugary sweet

3.      Wedding Cake Off the Guest List—an overall trend toward a more casual, and less stuffy, lifestyle

4.      Behold the Power of Protein—people are looking for more than a sugar buzz from desserts today

5.      Desserts for Grownups—the maturing of America’s sweet tooth

6.      Whole Grains and No Grains—a food trend that’s all about health

7.      Desserts in the Raw—the demand for foods, desserts included, that are far less processed

8.      A Touch of Sweetness All Day Long—sweet little rewards that help get us through the day

9.      A Hint of Floral—subtle hints of floral have begun to sprout up in the dessert category

10.  Dessert Theatrics—enjoying a little tableside theater when we’re enjoying a nice restaurant dinner

11.   (Bonus) The End of Shareable—going in with the same spoon for bite after bite has gotten old