I think dessert tables (a la Amy Atlas) are rad. However I can’t imagine putting that much work into a party for less than 30 people. My sister’s birthday was last week and she’s not really a cake person, so I decided to try something new and I came up with a smaller scale version of a dessert table – the dessert tower.
With only 11 people at this birthday party I didn’t want to go crazy making tons of food. So I got creative. I know Vanessa loved those decadent Baked brownies I made last year so that was definitely on the list. With tons of rich Scharffen Berger Chocolate in them (I use half bittersweet and half semisweet), you only need to eat one brownie to be satisfied.
After baking the brownies I used a biscuit cutter to cut out a dozen brownie circles. That left me with left overs to make brownie bites. I crumbled up the remaining brownies and rolled them into balls. Then I dipped them in white chocolate and sprinkled them with purple/yellow/lavender sanding sugar. You can see from my photo I need to improve my dipping skills. Dipping balls is much harder than cake pops.
To top it all off I made some lavender flavored meringue cookies, for which I will post a recipe soon. I put it all together on my favorite enameled cake stand and embellished it with a cake bunting I made from scrapbook paper and bakers twine and tall candles, and you have a lovely dessert tower!