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Dessert for 20

I'm going to a potluck this weekend, and I was asked to bring dessert for 20 people. Which, in my mind, means at least 20 people but enough for a few more, too. Before I knew how many people were invited, I'd been thinking of baking a cake (hadn't gotten so far as what kind of cake). I could, of course, still bake a cake--or even two cakes, I guess--but do y'all have any other suggestions? Cupcakes are a possibility, as are a selection of cookies and brownies. What else? Whatever it is shouldn't need refrigeration once at the party.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I love a good chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting. Another recommendation would be for strawberry shortcakes which could be festive. Bars, of course, would be easier for a crowd, so maybe brownies and blondies? If you go that route, you may want to add a watermellon or fruit salad for a lighter, more seasonal option.

    1. if you'll be indoors, AND the weather outside is warm, i'd consider doing a large fruit salad with dressing or dip. i can't speak for anyone else, but the last thing i want to eat in the heat is something heavy & sweet.

      the cupcake idea would definitely make for easy plating/serving. but if you're outside, it's not such a good idea because the frosting/icing would probably turn into a huge, gloppy mess if it's sunny/hot.

      i was going to suggest an assortment of sorbets or granitas, but that would require access to the freezer...

      1. Chocolate toffee bars are really easy to make and can go a long way. If you want the recipe, I'll post it for you.

        1. Chocolate-dipped strawberries
          Strawberry shortcakes
          Angelfood cake with macerated berries
          Black fruit salad (blueberries, blackberries or black raspberries, prune plums)
          White fruit salad (green grapes, kiwi, honeydew mellon, white peaches)
          Red fruit salad (strawberries, raspberries, cherries, watermelon)

          Fruit salads can be served with a dollop of mascarpone, yoghurt, or creme fraiche. Whipped cream for the others can be the squirt can (there's at least one brand that says it's real cream. I know, but otherwise you're whipping cream on site with a whisk.). In either case, lots of ice and a cooler might get you through.

          If you're really daring, ice cream cookie sandwiches. Individually wrapped well in plastic, frozen solid, transported in a cooler with lots of ice.