Monday, October 26, 2009

Dessert Buffet: Chocolate & Cream

Dessert and candy buffets are all the rage at weddings and events this year. Photos of stylized buffets, like this one above from a Martha Weddings magazine spread, are almost unavoidable when doing party planning research. As someone who likes to bake and decorate, I've yet to come across a buffet of treats that seems difficult to replicate.

This blue, brown and wintery white tablescape is no exception. The linens are simple, the cake stands are plain, candies are in clear glass vases and the display pedastals for bite-sized goodies are clean and modest. This modern style uses enough basic pieces to allow even those with a tight budget to find a perfect match.

Below are some easy recipes for elegant-looking desserts that you can whip up in your own kitchen. For a smaller crowd, downsize your table and swap out some of the tiered cakes shown above for tiered platters with cupcakes or petit fours.

Clockwise from top left:
Whoopie pies from Gourmet magazine via Epicurious 
Chocolate marbled meringue recipe from BBC GoodFood 
Chocolate-dipped pretzels, photo by Schakolad, recipe from Robin Miller via Food Network
Chocolate ganache truffles by Culinate 
Foolproof chocolate fudge recipe on Hubpages  
Mini vanilla cupcakes by Mary Bakes 
Jordan almonds with a bronze candy coating from Patchi 
"Hot" chocolate cake spiced with cinnamon and cayenne pepper by Country Living 
Hazelnut chocolate linzer cookies from the LA Times 
English buttermints and brown sugar licorice from Fiona's Sweetshoppe 
Boston cream pie recipe from Country Living 
Homemade marshmallows with toasted coconut by recipe by Ina Garten  


  1. Chocolate & Cream , I cannot believe it, It looks really delicious, I would like to eat every cookies, and cupcakes,I love the sweets because are really good with a cup of coffee!!22dd

  2. wow.. so many of sweets.. looks like heaven.. wish i would grab some of it.. thanks for sharing..

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  8. Wow, this Dessert buffet is looking mouth-watering! So pleased to get this recipe. Well, I am going to throw a small get-to-gather party at local New York venues but I would love to try this out at home for a casual party. Thanks for sharing this idea anyway!