1. Desserts rarely stretch for miles in any direction.
2. A desert may have an oasis; a dessert may be an oasis.
3. Deserts are valuable ecosystems; tortes usually aren't
4. Desert temperatures vary greatly from day to night; ice cream is best kept below freezing at all times.
5. Desserts also only experience infrequent precipitation, unless someone left a cake out in the rain.
6. If your car breaks down in the middle of the dessert, you're probably going to be fine, but you will have a hard time explaining to the management why you drove into the restaurant in the first place.
7. Although fruitcakes are also dry, rocky and desolate, closer examination reveals them to be vaguely edible and not suitable for camping.
8. Desserts do not generally produce thermals sufficient for maintaining the majestic flight of the vulture.
9. Deserts may contain live coyotes; most good puddings do not.