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Desserts for a Crowd

June 1, 2023

By:

Steph Dekker

If you’re looking for some easy desserts to take to feed a crowd, you’ve come to the right place! Steph here, sharing some of my tried and true favorites that are a hit every time! My favorite thing about these desserts? They’re mostly made from things I have laying around already, or only need to run out and get a few simple things. No more worrying about what to bring to your next get together, mix up one of these quick and delicious desserts and enjoy your extra free time!

Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Cake

As shockingly simple as it is delicious – this ice cream cake can be customized to any flavor preference and is sure to be a crowd favorite!

Course Dessert
Keyword cake, customize, dessert, flavor, frozen, ice cream
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Freeze 4 hours
Servings 18
Author Steph Dekker

Ingredients

  • 1 Brownie Mix + Ingredients to prepare
  • 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Standard Size, Any Flavor
  • 8 Oz Cool Whip Standard Size
  • 18 Oreos Half a Pack
  • 6 Oz Hot Fudge

Instructions

  1. Bake brownies according to package directions. Cool 10 minutes.

  2. Mix softened (not liquid) ice cream with Cool Whip using an electric mixer on high speed until blended. Spread over top of slightly cooled brownies.

  3. Crush Oreos until no large chunks remain. [Food Processor is easiest!]

  4. Microwave Hot Fudge for approximately 30 seconds to make it pourable. Mix with Oreos. Sprinkle/Drop the mixture on top of ice cream layer.

  5. Freeze for 4-6 hours. An ice cream spade or spatula works well for serving.

Recipe Notes

You can use any combination of ice cream and toppings you would like! I have made this using Mint Chip Ice Cream + Oreo/Fudge topping and Salted Caramel Ice Cream + Oreo/Fudge topping. Other ideas include:

  • Vanilla Ice Cream + Crushed Graham Cracker Topping
  • Peanut Butter Ice Cream + Mini Reese’s for Topping
  • Strawberry Ice Cream + Oreo/Fudge Topping
  • Heath Ice Cream + Heath Bits Topping
  • Any flavor you enjoy!

Heavenly Strawberry Whip

Heavenly Strawberry Whip

Heavenly Strawberry Whip

An impressive looking and tasting dessert, ready in 10 minutes!

Course Dessert
Keyword angel food cake, cheesecake, dessert, patriotic, strawberry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 20
Author Team LIY

Ingredients

  • 1 Angel Food Cake
  • 8 Oz Cream Cheese Softened
  • 1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 16 Oz Cool Whip 2 Standard Size Containers or 1 Large
  • 16 Oz Strawberries Standard Container

Instructions

  1. Cut prepared Angel Food Cake into cubes

  2. Mix softened Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar, Vanilla Extract, Lemon Juice and 8 Oz of Cool Whip.

  3. Chop Strawberries into bite size pieces.

  4. Add to pan in layers: Angel Food Cake, Cream Cheese Mixture, Remaining Cool Whip, Strawberries. Chill and serve!

Recipe Notes

Add blueberries for a Patriotic looking treat!

Death by Chocolate

Death by Chocolate

A simple dessert made with ingredients you likely have on hand!

Course Dessert
Keyword chocolate, cool whip, dessert, pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 20
Author Steph Dekker

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Brownie Mix + Ingredients to Prepare
  • 1 Box Pudding + Milk to Prepare
  • 8 Oz Cool Whip Standard Size
  • 1 Cup Heath Bits
  • Chocolate Garnish Sprinkles, Shavings, Mini Chips; Optional

Instructions

  1. Prepare brownies as directed, bake and cool. Prepare chocolate pudding as directed, refrigerate until set.

  2. Once cooled, cube brownies into bite size pieces.

  3. After pudding is chilled, mix half of the prepared pudding in a separate bowl with half of the Cool Whip.

  4. Layer in Dish: Brownies, Pudding, Pudding + Cool Whip, Cool Whip, Heath Bits

  5. On top of final Cool Whip layer, also include chocolate garnish.

Recipe Notes

I prefer to make this dessert a day ahead and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight but you can  also make and serve it right away!

TIP: Use a normal kitchen peeler on your favorite chocolate bar to create pretty chocolate curls!

Better Than Sex Cake

Better Than Sex Cake

Better Than Sex Cake

The first time I had this cake [back in high school, which seems like decades ago… oh wait…] I instantly fell in love. It comes together so easily, and truly continues to get better after each day! The longer it sits, the more the caramel and sweetened condensed milk combo soaks in! I’d recommend making it at least the night before, if not even sooner!

Author Lauren, LIY Team

Ingredients

  • 1 box devil's food cake mix
  • 14 oz. [1 can] sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz. [1 jar] caramel ice cream topping
  • 8 oz.  Cool Whip
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Heath toffee bits

Instructions

  1. Bake the cake according to the directions on the box.

  2. Remove the cake from the oven and immediately poke holes all over the top using either the bottom of a thin wooden spoon, a skewer or a fork.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce, then slowly drizzle the mixture all over the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely at room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  4. Spread the Cool Whip over the top of the cake, top with the Heath toffee bits and refrigerate again for at least 1 hour. Serve cold and refrigerate any leftovers. Enjoy!

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