4 Desserts That Should be Offered At Every Catered Event

Posted by Chef Dan on November 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM

So, you have your next event’s catering menu perfectly planned – except for dessert! If you’re left wondering what dessert to serve during your next catered event, we’ve gathered four options that should cover all the bases.

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If you’re unfamiliar with apple crisp, it's a dessert typically comprised of baked apple filling, topped with a crisp crust. This dessert isn't quite pie, but is often treated similarly. Ingredients typically include cooked apples, butter, sugar, flour, and cinnamon for the filling, while the crispy topping often made with oats, brown sugar, ginger, and nutmeg. Guests will love apple crisp being served at your event because there’s virtually no better apple-based fruit dessert. A popular way to serve apple crisp is warmed with vanilla ice cream à la mode, or topped with caramel and whipped cream. Apple crisp is the perfect dessert to be served during casual, outdoor events, and becomes particularly popular during early fall when sweet, firm apples are just in season. 

Cookies (M&M, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip)

You can't go wrong with freshly baked cookies. They're a no-mess, easy option for casual or outdoor events because guests can carry them around easily without the need for plates or utensils. Cookies pair well with both lunch and dinner, and are always a safe bet if children are attending your event. If you’re worried about desserts running low, don’t be afraid to arrange for more than enough with this dessert – cookies can be frozen, and kept on hand long after your event. With flavors such as M&M, peanut butter, and chocolate chip, there’s guaranteed to be a favorite flavor for everyone.

Fudge Brownies

Fudge brownies are the quintessential comfort food for chocolate lovers. Brownies are extremely versatile, and can be served with a variety of toppings – nuts, ice cream, whipped cream… You get the idea! Depending on how they’re served, fudge brownies can be the perfect accompaniment for both casual and semi-formal events. Served plain, they are a quick and easy dessert that guests can eat by hand. If you want to get fancy, brownies can be transformed into a more formal dessert with ice cream à la mode, or topped with powdered sugar or whipped cream.


Cheesecake is best served during indoor sit-down dinners or formal events. Due to its composition, it’s best to keep cheesecake chilled until immediately before being served. While this dessert seems a little more niche than others, that doesn’t mean it’s less versatile; cheesecake pairs well with practically any topping or dessert side – chocolate, caramel syrup, nuts, fresh fruit – you name it.

If you’re interested in serving any of these desserts at your next event, contact our catering specialist

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