16 Easy Desserts for a Crowd

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Get ready to be the star of your next potluck with an array of desserts that will have everyone eagerly lining up for a taste! Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting to explore the sweet side of the kitchen, we’ve got a collection of recipes that will add a dash of excitement to any gathering.

From chilled, creamy concoctions to warm, comforting bakes, these desserts are not only a feast for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes. Perfect for any season and occasion, these treats are sure to spark joy and make every meal a celebration.

So grab your apron, preheat your oven, and check out these 16 easy desserts for a crowd that promise to leave a lasting impression on your friends and family!

Easy and Delicious Desserts for a Crowd

how to make the best nanaimo bars ever

The Best Nanaimo Bars Recipe Ever | Canadian Dessert

Savor the indulgent layers of the Nanaimo Bars, a no-bake Canadian classic that’s as scrumptious as it is simple. This triple-layered treat starts with a crunchy, nutty base, followed by a velvety custard icing, and is finished with a glossy chocolate topping.
Each bite combines the perfect balance of textures and flavors, from the rich chocolate to the creamy center and the satisfying crunch beneath. Perfect for parties or as a special treat, these Nanaimo Bars will be a decadent highlight that your guests won’t stop talking about.

easy vanilla sponge cake

Easy Vanilla Sponge Cake (from Delicious Obsessions)

If you’re feeding a lot of people and want an easy perfect dessert, try this Easy Sponge Cake. This cake boasts a light and fluffy texture that melts in your mouth, providing a simple yet elegant base for a variety of toppings. Whether dressed up with fresh berries and whipped cream or enjoyed in its pure, unadorned glory, this gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free cake is a versatile choice for your next gathering. 

Quick to make and even quicker to disappear, this sponge cake will become a go-to recipe for all your festive occasions. It’s a classic dessert that’s sure to please any crowd.

old fashioned peanut butter cake

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cake (from The View from Great Island)

Indulge in a slice of nostalgia with the Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cake, a dessert that harkens back to the comfort of grandma’s kitchen. This moist and rich cake is infused with the creamy, nutty flavor of peanut butter in every bite.
Topped with a smooth, sweet frosting that complements the cake’s hearty texture, it’s a crowd-pleaser that’s quickly becoming a fan favorite. Easy to make and irresistibly delicious, this peanut butter cake promises to be the highlight of the dessert table for your large group.

lemon carlota

Lemon Carlota (from The Cookware Geek)

Experience the zesty delight of a Lemon Carlota, a no-bake dessert that’s perfect for refreshing the palate on a warm day. This easy-to-assemble treat layers creamy, tangy lemon filling with crispy cookies, offering a harmonious blend of textures and flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. Its simplicity makes it an ideal choice for family gatherings or church picnics, allowing you to whip up a delectable dessert without spending hours in the kitchen. 
It is the easy and Latin American version of the lemon pie. The classic lemon carlota has its humble beginnings in México but the recipe spread quickly throughout Latin America.
The Lemon Carlota is not only a joy to make but also a vibrant addition to any meal.

strawberry slab pie

Strawberry Slab Pie (from Miss in the Kitchen)

Celebrate the sweetness of summer with a delightful Strawberry Slab Pie, a deliciously easy way to feed a crowd with its generous size and fruity charm.
This pie features a flaky, buttery crust brimming with fresh, juicy strawberries and a hint of bright, citrusy flavor. Topped with a glaze that accentuates the strawberries’ natural sweetness, this slab pie is not only easy to make but also a visually stunning centerpiece for your dessert table.
Perfect for a summer cookout, Memorial Day potluck, or any other large gatherings, it’s a fruity favorite that’s sure to please.

biscoff white chocolate blondies

Biscoff White Chocolate Blondies (from Anna Banana)

Indulge in the irresistible fusion of flavors with these Biscoff White Chocolate Blondies, a delicious dessert recipe that combines the caramelized richness of Biscoff spread with the creamy sweetness of white chocolate.
These blondies have a soft, chewy texture that’s punctuated by the crunch of Biscoff cookie pieces, creating a treat that’s both comforting and decadent.
Easy to bake and even easier to love, this recipe is a surefire hit for any event where you want to impress and satisfy your guests’ sweet tooths.

easy peach cobbler

Peach Cobbler (from Southern and Modern)

Dive into the heartwarming comfort of a classic dessert with this Easy Southern Peach Cobbler, one of those dessert recipes that’s as simple to prepare as it is delightful to eat. Bursting with the sweet and juicy flavors of fresh or canned peaches and topped with a golden, buttery crust, this cobbler is the epitome of Southern charm.
Whether you’re serving it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or enjoying it as a cozy treat, this peach cobbler is sure to bring a taste of the South to any gathering.

skinny banana cream pudding

Skinny Banana Cream Pudding (from Snug and Cozy Life)

Whip up a guilt-free dessert that doesn’t skimp on flavor with this Skinny Banana Cream Pudding. This lighter version of a classic dessert layers ripe bananas with a luscious banana pudding and light Cool Whip, creating a creamy and satisfying treat. And the best part — it only uses 5 simple ingredients!
It’s an easy-to-make delight that’s perfect for health-conscious guests or anyone looking for a sweet indulgence without the added calories. Serve this banana cream pudding and watch it become an instant favorite the next time you get together with a big group.

no bake chocolate cheesecake slice

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake (from A Seasoned Greeting)

I don’t know about you, but a no-bake cheesecake is one of my favorite sweet treats! This decadent dessert features a crust make from Oreo cookies paired with a creamy chocolate filling, creating a luxurious treat that’s as effortless as it is delicious.
Perfect for those warm days when you want to keep the oven off or when you need a quick yet impressive dessert, this is the easiest dessert and a crowd-pleaser that’s sure to disappear in no time.

skor bar dessert

Skor Bar Dessert (from Food Meanderings)

This Easy NO BAKE Skor Bar Dessert will make your life simple! Layered chocolate cake, pudding, cream cheese, broken Skor bars and whipped cream create a quick and amazing dessert that’s the perfect last minute treat for bringing along to a potluck or any gathering.

cherry cake bars

Cherry Cake Bars (from Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats)

Enjoy the delightful combination of fruit and cake with these Cherry Cake Bars, one of those easy recipes that is insanely delicious.
These bars feature a moist and tender cake base that’s bursting with the sweet tang of cherry pie filling, topped with a delectable almond glaze that adds the perfect touch of nutty sweetness.
Ideal for potlucks, picnics, or your next dinner party. Whenever you’re in need of a quick and satisfying sweet treat, these cherry cake bars are sure to be a hit with their crowd-pleasing flavor and charming appearance.

homemade ice cream sandwich

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches (from Well If She Can Do It)

This homemade ice cream sandwich is a super fun project to make at home!  Quick and easy no-churn ice cream is sandwiched between two soft and chocolaty cookies. Make a large batch with sheet cakes and stack your freezer for all summer! These would be great for birthday parties or any gatherings in the warmer months.

brazilian carrot cake

Brazilian Carrot Cake (from I Heart Brazil)

Want one of the most irresistible desserts? Try this Brazilian Carrot Cake, a vibrant and moist treat that’s a staple in Brazilian cuisine. Unlike its American counterpart, this cake blends the carrots into the batter, giving it a beautiful orange hue and a subtly sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the rich chocolate icing.
It’s a delightful dessert that’s not only easy to make but also a conversation starter, offering a taste of Brazil’s culinary traditions in every slice. Perfect for any occasion, this Brazilian Carrot Cake is sure to become a new favorite among your guests.

peach crumb bars

Peach Crumb Bars (from Recipes from a Pantry)

Bite into the sweet essence of summer with these fresh peach crumb bars, one of my favorite potluck desserts to make! These bars feature a buttery crust and topping with a generous layer of spiced peach filling, creating a perfect balance of textures and flavors.
They are seriously a next level treat for picnics and backyard barbecues. These peach crumb bars are a fantastic way to enjoy the season’s bounty and are sure to be a crowd-pleasing addition to your dessert spread!

peach upside down mini cakes

Peach Upside Down Mini Cakes (from Sweet & Savory)

Here’s another peach recipe in our easy potluck desserts – and really is there a better way to make a summer treat than with peaches? 
These irresistible Peach Upside Down Mini Cakes are a delightful twist on the traditional upside-down cake. These individual-sized simple desserts are bursting with the flavor of fresh peaches, which caramelize beautifully to top the super moist and tender cake.
Perfect for personal servings, these mini cakes make an elegant addition to any brunch or dinner party, and their single-serve format means no one has to fight over the last slice. Enjoy the best of peach season with these adorable and tasty upside-down mini cakes.

cherry cheesecake dip

Cherry Cheesecake Dip (from Cincy Shopper)

This super easy Cherry Cheesecake Dip makes for a perfect appetizer or desserts for a crowd. Serve them with graham crackers, Nilla wafers, or even pretzels. No baking is involved and you can make this delicious dip in just a few minutes time.

Which of these best desserts for a crowd will you try first?

These dessert recipes are perfect for bringing people together and making your next potluck a memorable one. With classic potluck desserts ranging from no-bake delights to fruity favorites, there’s something to please every dessert lover in your group. Each dish is a celebration of flavor and texture, designed to be as eye-catching on the table as they are satisfying on the palate. 

So, whether you’re in the mood for some chocolate delights, creamy treats, or those bursting with seasonal fruit, these creations are sure to be the highlight of any feast. We encourage you to roll up your sleeves, indulge in the joy of baking, and get ready to receive compliments from your fellow diners. 

And if you have a beloved dessert that never fails to impress, we’re eager to hear about it. Share your personal crowd-pleasers in the comments and let’s continue to inspire each other with sweet, shareable creations. 

Happy baking and enjoy every delicious bite!

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Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!

When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, hiking, and long walks through Target.

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