Looking for dessert ideas for an open house / reception
For my daughter's baptism, we're hosting an open house / reception for about 20 people. We're serving small sandwiches and antipasti from our favorite Italian deli, but I'd like to make a dessert. I thought a sheet cake would be nice (as opposed to a layer cake) or maybe something small or in bar form that can be easily eaten out of hand. I also need to make it the day before and would prefer something that can be kept out at room temperature for a few hours without problem. I don't want to do anything too fussy (cupcakes are out!) but I want it to be appropriate for the occasion. Something lemony or with fresh berries on the side keeps coming to mind, but I'm completely open to other ideas. Thanks in advance for your help -- I'm confident that I'll get some great ideas here! : )
As easy cakes go, Amanda's chocolate dump-it cake is a synch. As a matter of fact, I think any one-bowl cake with a pour-over frosting would work well and could sit a day or two.
YOu mention sheet cake. Ina Garten has a sheet cake she uses for a July 4th flag cake, but you can use the base and frosting and then decorate according to your liking. It's a great recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/flag-cake-recipe/index.html
Here's another Ina Garten idea for an easy strawberry country cake:
It's really delicious. You don't need to include the grappa if you don't want to.
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