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Oct 30, 2012 09:41 AM

Spectacular Dessert

In need of a truly spectacular dessert that can be made ahead and transported. Substantial enough to serve more than 8 people...really need a show stopper!!!

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  1. Baba au rhum is delicious and gorgeous, and it's also nice and light for after a big meal. I skip the cream in the middle because that negates leftovers, so I do it with a straight whipped cream on the side.

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    1. re: katecm

      ..oh that does look lovely and most delicious! Thank you!

      1. re: katecm

        I just had Baba au Rhum this past week for the fist time and I am in love. It might be because I felt intoxicated after the first piece, but.... nonetheless it was luscious. I can't wait to try the recipe myself.

      2. I was going to suggest several small croquembouche, but I don't know how far ahead they could be made without getting soggy. Also, I don't know what your transportation parameters are. But it meets your dramatic requirement. I'm thinking 3-5 profiteroles per guest.

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        1. re: nemo

          I really like that idea - definitely packs some drama!! Thank you.

          1. re: nemo

            The profiteroles sound good.

            If you like baking cakes, I'd recommend this almond praline cake with mascarpone frosting and chocolate bark:

            This is a show-stopper. My family didn't believe I made it. And they know I bake a good amount.

            It can all be done a day ahead. Except that I would make the frosting the day of serving and assemble everything then.

            1. re: karykat

              That is a truly spectacular dessert! Thank you.

          2. If you have, or can rent or borrow a large, clear glass bowl, make a trifle. Put the finishing layer of whipped cream and your fruit decorations on top at your destination if it's a long time between assembly and presentation.

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            1. re: greygarious

              Yes I agree with the trifle. Someone always brings it to our Christmas party and is quite nice and light and lovely looking.

              1. re: greygarious

                +1 for the trifle. Lots of room to let your imagination run away with layering. I'd also suggest a nice tirimisu.

                1. re: njmarshall55

                  Someone at my work brought one with whipped cream, chocolate amd smores bits. It was very sweet and looked great and someone else always brings the traditional one. It can be very versatile.

              2. A pie can also be a good dish and if you bring a good quality ice cream or homemade ice cream you might get some good feedback. I like the trifle idea better.

                1. Good morning. Are you seeking a cake, pie, individual servings? I was thinking that might help narrow-down suggestions based on your overall idea and also had a question about transportation. Are you able to take it in sections and assemble on site? Is this for a holiday meal? Glad to help!