The Dessert Fork is placed above the plate or charger at the meal for the dessert following the meal. The Desert Fork is shorter and wider than a regular place fork in a place setting.
(Dessert Fork in Hyperion by Whiting 6 1/4 inches)
(Dessert Knife shown in Federal Cotillion by Frank Smith 8 1/8 inches)
After a pastry is served to you with a pastry server, you are to eat the pastry with a Pastry Fork . However, it is easier to eat a Danish or Cinnamon Roll with a Fruit Fork (fun facts to know and tell). A Pastry Fork is usually a bit smaller fork than a desert fork.
(Pastry Fork shown in Mazarin by Dominick and Haff 6 inches)