Confession: I “Faked” an Entire Dessert Bar in 20 Minutes

  Posted by - January 12, 2018 - CynEats Foodie Guide

Over the holidays, I went to a few family and “friendsgiving” parties. During these parties, everyone was tasked with bringing their favorite dish.

While I didn’t make a green bean casserole or turkey… I did make a LEGIT dessert bar with cookies, cupcakes and brownies.

All in under 20 minutes. 

I’d loveeeeeee to say that… “I BAKED ALL OF THIS” and then pat myself on the shoulder.

But who REALLY has the time to bake a cake, cupcakes and brownies from scratch. Especially during the holidays when you’ve got a million things going on.

SO unless you’re Martha Stewart or just a BOSS lady in the kitchen, then you’re like me.


Guys. It’s so F-ING easy, effortless and will take you less than 20 minutes!

Here’s what you do.

Go to Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Pick up some brownies, cookies and cupcakes. You know, the BASIC AF ones that don’t have any frosting or toppings on it.

Then grab fresh fruits, fudge, frosting, TOPPINGS, TOPPINGS AND MORE TOPPINGS.

Now that you have the “base” of a cupcake… you can add anything you want to it.

For cupcakes: I added my own frosting, oreos, recess pieces, chocolate pretzels, blue berries and strawberries. (yah, I know… legit huh?). 

For mini brownies: I added a layer of chocolate fudge on top, then manually added different toppings to each one. Think: mini marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, strawberries. Anything is fair game. 

For cookies: I stacked a huge pile and took a bottle of fudge to it. When everyone’s ready, heat them up in the oven and add ice cream!

Easyyyyy righttt??

SO next time you need to bring something “homemade” over to a family or holiday party: don’t stress.

Tell them you’ll take care of the desserts. Everyone’s going to think you’ve been slaving away ALL day to make these brownies and cupcakes fresh out the oven ;)


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  • Jill M. January 22, 2017 - 10:48 am Reply

    I freaking love this post. Seriously the best trick ever, and your desserts looks amazing!! I’d say even better than store bought ones that cost way more!

    • CynEats January 22, 2017 - 12:18 am Reply

      Thank you!! It’s all about the toppings :)

  • Gabby January 19, 2017 - 12:09 am Reply

    Haha this is hilarious! I’m also terrible in the kitchen so reading this makes me feel better

    • CynEats January 22, 2017 - 12:18 am Reply

      I totally feel you :) These hacks are wayyyy easier! hah

  • Kelly - A Side of Sweet January 13, 2017 - 2:46 am Reply

    You’re a genius!!!! Such a great party hack!!!

    • CynEats January 15, 2017 - 11:51 pm Reply

      Thanks Kelly!! I’ll be sure to check out some of your recipes next time :)

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