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 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