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Dec 4, 2007 03:19 AM

Dessert for a crowd - easy to make?

Hi, I am having a holiday party this weekend with about 60 people invited. AAAGHHH! OK, now to the problem. I am baking two pies, two trays of cookies and someone else is bringing more cookies. But, I think I need more desserts. I am not much of a cake baker, pretty hopeless in fact. I am looking for a big dessert that will feed a lot of people, but is easy to make. Any suggestions?

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  1. Oh, a cheesecake. Absolutely a cheesecake.

    1. I always make Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies when I have a large crowd.

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      1. re: sbaker

        Kat, the easiest cheesecake recipes by far are made with condensed milk. See here:

        1. re: sbaker

          I was about to suggest the exact same thing! These are the best.

        2. If you want a cake, though you're not a cake baker, try the Texas sheet cake (called that because it's huge). This is a really easy recipe, baked flat w/ frosting poured over it.

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          1. re: chowser

            The Texas sheet cake is an absolute wow of a taste and it is easy to make. And it's chocolate. How can you lose with chocolate?

          2. How about a pumpkin bread pudding or regular bread pudding with a sauce on the side (rum sauce, caramel sauce, creme anglaise)? I've tried both of the following recipes and they are both delicious. A large pan should feed quite a few people as a little goes a long ways.


            And then there are always cupcakes. I don't know if there are going to be any children at your party, but this might be another possibility. I just posted some chocolate holiday cupcakes on my site if you need a "visual":


            Hope this helps,


            1. A really good, old fashioned bread pudding with a few sultana raisins in it. And maybe... just maybe... a few nuts? And a nice brandy sauce to top it off. Super easy to make and people love it! But don't get fancy or it loses its charm. I tried a bread pudding from the side panel (or wherever) of my panettone, and blech...! Simple is best. Oooh... Oooh... Oooh... I think my kitchen is calling me...