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Very very easy dessert for large groups

Hi, I love to cook but desserts are not my strength (or delight). I want to cater my own 40's bday party and I need to figure out what dessert to make. I don't mind buying it if it's good, but don't want to spent lots of $$$$.
I was thinking, for example, in the Costco mini brownies but I was hoping someone would have some ideas on how to "dressed them up"
Any ideas welcome!!!
Thanks a lot!!!

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  1. A banana bread pudding with caramel sauce is always a hit; and it's easy - very very easy, and inexpensive.
    "Dressing up" some commercial product doesn't impress anyone and it certainly doesn't match home made desserts.
    Two 9x18 pans will make enough for 40 servings 4x4 and you'll have some left for breakfast.

    1. kettle corn popcorn balls. make 'em yourself, no baking needed!

      1. store-bought baked goods always taste store-bought, no matter how you try to gussy them up.

        a b-day party needs cake! google wacky cake. it comes together in seconds and can be made into a layer cake. finish with whipped cream and berries. could not be simpler.

        1. This cake is so simple and sinfully chocolate:

          Texas Sheet Cake

          • 2 cups all-purpose flour
          • 2 cups sugar
          • 1 teaspoon baking soda
          • 1/4 teaspoon salt
          • 1 cup butter
          • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
          • 2 eggs
          • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk
          • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
          • .
          • Chocolate Frosting:
          • 1/4 cup butter
          • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
          • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
          • 2 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
          • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
          • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
          PREPARATION:
          Cake
          Grease a 15X10X1-inch or jelly roll pan or a 13X9X2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

          In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup butter, 1/3 cup cocoa, and 1 cup of water.
          Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. With an electric hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat chocolate mixture into the dry mixture until thoroughly blended. Add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat for 1 minute (batter will be thin). Pour batter into the prepared pan.
          Bake in a 350° oven about 25 minutes for the 15X10-inch pan or 35 minutes for the 13X9-inch pan, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
          Pour warm chocolate frosting over the warm cake, spreading evenly. Place cake in pan on a wire rack; cool thoroughly before cutting.
          Makes 24 servings.
          Frosting:
          In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and 3 tablespoons buttermilk. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add 2 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth. If desired, stir in 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans.

          Don't exactly know where I got the recipe, but was always glad I had on hand. Note: do not cover the cake or it will get very gooey.

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          1. re: MartiniGenie

            Texas sheet cake is very easy and always a crowd pleaser. I'd just add a tub of decent ice cream, too, and the cake will stretch even further.

          2. Pineapple Cake (you can make this with your eyes closed in under an hour!)

            Blend together in a bowl:

            2 cups flour

            2 cups sugar

            2 tsp. baking soda

            2 eggs

            2 tsp. vanilla extract

            1 16 oz can crushed pineapple, drained of liquid (gotta be crushed style tho)

            Fold in: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

            Bake in a 9x13 pan at 350 degrees for 20-25 mins. (super fast cake)

            Cool.

            Top cooled cake with whipped this cream cheese frosting:

            Whip together:

            1 8 oz softened cream cheese

            1.5 sticks softened sweet butter

            2 cups confectioner's sugar

            2 tsp. vanilla extract

            Fold in: (1/4 cup bits of crused pineapple-no-juice, optional)

            Refrig til served. Taste great cold or room temp. Served with coffee, perfection. It is NOT without its sweet-factor but as far as EASY goes, this is easy!

            If you love pineapple this is the super-simple, make it and forget it cake.