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Wedding Mini-Dessert Buffet

susan1353 May 11, 2010 01:19 PM

My daughter is getting married in July and I'm baking all of the desserts for a buffet. It's a casual, indoor/outdoor wedding, without a lot of refrigeration available.

I'm a good baker and here is the beginning of my list. I'd ultimately like to have about a dozen different choices.

Coconut macarrons
Flourless chocolate cupcakes
Assortment of mini cupcakes (carrot cake,
Frozen cheesecake pops
Key lime tarts
Peach tarts
Baklava cups
Lemon squares
Cinammon shortbread bars
Saltine butter crunch
Pecan tarts

Chowhounds, please send me your very best suggestions for a fabulous assortment of miniature desserts (looking for yummy and bite-sized, nothing that needs to be sliced and served).

Thanks in advance. Can't wait to hear your ideas.

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    superfinespot May 12, 2010 03:26 PM

    would you consider doing heart shaped cookies or sugar cookies w/the bride and groom's names on them? there are cute cookies in wedding shapes too or a sugar cookie cake: http://planyourweddingbootcamp.wordpr...

    -thumbprints w/almonds or walnuts on the outside, jam insides
    -mini brown butter or peanut butter blondies
    -oat cookies w/crystalized ginger
    -spiced chocolate cookies w/white chocolate drizzle
    -linzer cookies in a heart shape
    -mini fruit tarts w/lemon curd, fresh raspberry on top
    -mini ganache tarts

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      susan1353 May 12, 2010 08:43 AM

      Thanks everyone for your ideas! There will definitely be plates and napkins, so a dipping sauce with fresh fruit is a great idea. I'll also be keeping some sort of cheesecake bite on the list...it's the groom's favorite.

      1. danna May 12, 2010 08:33 AM

        Mini Eclairs (can't go too long w/out refrigeration, though)

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          tonka11_99 May 12, 2010 08:03 AM

          petit fours

          Chocolate covered strawberries ( I know this is common but it is my favorite)

          cake lollipops

          Strawberry Truffle (sorta)
          Cut a hole where the stem was.
          Insert a piece of candied ginger
          Wrap the whole thing in cream cheese
          Dip in chocolate

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            loukoumades May 12, 2010 12:19 AM

            Mini pavlovas with summer fruit - very festive and not actually that labour intensive. You can make the meringue ahead. You'll need refrigeration for the whipped cream though.

            1. Emme May 11, 2010 04:19 PM

              Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries are simple and always a hit

              Carrot Cake Bites

              Macarons - my new obsession... how much trouble do you want to get into?

              Mini Flan or Creme Caramel

              Pistachio Brittle

              Grilled Fruit with a Minted Cream - simplicity is oft appreciated

              Whoopie Pies or Little Debbie's Oatmeal Creme Pies

              You could do an assortment of Gourmet kid snacks like Twinkies, Hostess, etc... but without all the gunk

              1. jeniyo May 11, 2010 04:10 PM

                i always wanted to make chocolate filled and dipped dried figs, spiked with port/rum

                how about caramel wrapped in nice candy paper - makes a nice pocket gift.

                mousse + shortbread cookie, creme/zabagilone + berry in a shooter glass

                making tartlettes and mini pies sounds super-labor-intensive. maybe you can make a deconstructed version in a small shallow vessel topped with a pie crust "cookie" and sauce. you can even make pot-tart style pies?

                little tiny squares of opera cakes/ mousse cakes

                please report back and let us know how it went! flourless chocolate cupcakes will be on my plate=)

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                  maxie May 11, 2010 03:49 PM

                  Since it is summer, I would have something featuring fresh berries -- maybe a fresh berry and pastry cream tartlet.

                  That is one big list!

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                  1. re: maxie
                    dbinben May 11, 2010 03:58 PM

                    Mexican Wedding Cakes (cookies,really).

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                    Dcfoodblog May 11, 2010 02:14 PM

                    Whew! What a comprehensive list! I assume folks will have napkins and plates so I'd suggest doing a white chocolate sauce that is liquid at room temp and use it as a dipping sauce for fresh fruit. I'd ditch the cheesecake pops if you have no refrigeration. I'd also sub out the chocolate cupcakes for min brownies just for variety's sake since you have other cupcakes.

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                    1. re: Dcfoodblog
                      sparkareno May 11, 2010 03:42 PM

                      If you do ditch the cheesecake pops, how about individual cheesecakes in cupcake wrappers...use 1 vanilla wafer in bottom for crust, then cheesecake & top w/ fruit. Also, how about some kind of fruit or chocolate turnover? Some kind of mousse or custard thingy?
                      What a nice mom you are to do all this---and how lovely to have home made goodies at a wedding.

                    2. Cherylptw May 11, 2010 02:01 PM

                      Popcorn served in little cups or paper cones; you can do different flavors, i,e. ancho caramel corn, white chocolate almond, orange butter toffee, etc. Also, mini cobblers served in cups, mini eclairs with different fillings, mini meringues, dipped cookies & pretzels, bite sized bread puddings, a large fruit display or carved watermelon basket piled high with mixed fresh fruit would be refreshing for a summer wedding....

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