Party Dessert Recipes

From impressively elaborate tortes and layer cakes, to simply delicious bundt cakes, fruit crisps, or bite-sized desserts, our party dessert recipes include ones suited to all levels of cooking experience, including desserts that feed a crowd, like sheet cake and slab pie.

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Our All-Time Favorite Pound Cake Recipes

Check out our collection of recipes -- from the classic vanilla to ones spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, flavored with berries, and yes we have several super chocolatey loaves here.
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12 Impressive Holiday Trifle Recipes

There's nothing trifling about these dramatic desserts, which make a showstopping entrance and are as easy as layering cake with fruit, custard, whipped cream, and other surprises.

Apple-Cider Doughnut Cake

If you love the apple-cider doughnuts often sold at farmers' markets, you'll love this cake! Baked in a Bundt pan, it's essentially a giant cakey doughnut, made a little more wholesome with whole-wheat flour. A blend of olive oil and applesauce helps keep it moist. This classic fall dessert recipe appears in our cookbook, "A New Way to Bake" (Clarkson Potter). Martha also made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 802.

Apple-Pie Cake

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A cross between pie and a fruit crisp, this dramatic dessert is made with just six common ingredients.

Classic Cream Puffs

The foundation of the perfect cream puff is light, airy pâte à choux, which is made with eggs, flour, and butter. Once the cream puffs are shaped and baked, they're filled with a rich homemade pastry cream.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

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Birthday? Anniversary? Going-away party? This super-easy, one-bowl layer cake is the perfect dessert for any gathering of chocolate buffs.

Pumpkin Bars

In between bars and a crowd-friendly sheet cake is this autumnal dessert. Moist and tender pumpkin spice cake is lavished with cream cheese frosting for bars that are simply irresistible. 

Coconut Custard Pie

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We skipped the cream on top to let the tropical custard filling be the star.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Baking, simplified: One pan and two steps create this soft, gooey, giant cookie.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream-Cheese Filling

Rating: 3.72 stars
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Tender pumpkin-spiced cookies are filled with tangy cream cheese frosting for a delightful autumnal dessert. Kids and adults alike will love this recipe, which comes from Matt Lewis' Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.

Kentucky Bourbon-Brown Butter Cake

Use a high-quality bourbon -- we like Bulleit -- for the glaze; the flavor will shine through.

Chewy Brownies

What's gooey on the inside, crackly on top, and supremely delicious all over?Our fresh take on this crowd-pleasing dessert. Unsweetened chocolate and brown sugar impart a rich, well-rounded flavor, while adding a bit of oil to the batter results in the addictively chewy texture that makes this version an instant classic.
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Peanut Brittle

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A picture of salty-sweet perfection, brittle is surprisingly easy to make. Serve it alongside coffee or tea for dessert, and save any leftovers for snacking. Peanuts make a classic brittle, but you can substitute cashews or almonds instead.