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Dessert for a Crowd

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This dessert for a crowd is a recipe I got years ago after eating it at a church luncheon.  It is delicious, easy, and feeds a crowd.

I have served this for family parties and showers.  It is similar to a shortcake with a cheesecake twist.  The original recipe calls for raspberries, which I love, but not every one in my house enjoys raspberries.  So when I make it,  I usually use strawberries.  Most of the time I macerate the strawberries in sugar or use a package of danish dessert (following the directions for the fruit sauce) and add the strawberries to that.

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I made this for Easter dessert and decided to use purchased strawberry glaze.  I have to say that I prefer the macerated strawberries or danish dessert version much better than the glaze.

Dessert for a Crowd | realmomkitchen.com

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Dessert for a Crowd

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 white cake mix plus ingredient to make the cake mix
  • 2 8 oz pkgs of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 12 oz container of cool whip
  • fruit topping *** see not below for options

Instructions
 

  • Mix cake mix according to the package. Spray the bottom on a jelly roll pan ( 13 x 18) . Pour batter into pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool completely.
  • With a mixer, blend cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Add cool whip and beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Spread mixture on top of cooled cake.
  • Cut into pieces and serve with fruit topping.

Notes

Options for fruit topping
canned pie filling
danish dessert prepared according to fruit sauce directions with fresh fruit mix in
Macerated strawberries (see directions below)
any berry sauce recipe you like (I have a few on my site)
or raspberry (blackberries would work too) sauce (see directions below)
To macerate the strawberries, place hulled and sliced berries in a bowl and sprinkle with granulated white sugar about 2 tablespoons per pint. Let the berries and sugar macerate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
For the raspberry sauce you need 2-3 pkgs of frozen raspberries (the kind in heavy syrup is what I have used, but ). In a sauce pan, mix berries with 1/2 cup sugar and enough cornstarch (like 1 Tbp cornstarch) to thicken sauce to desired consistency. Heat until sauce is just bubbly and thickened. Let cool.
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This is the original photo from this post. The above photo was updated in June 2018.

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  3. This is my new favorite cake to take to potlucks ~ it’s simple, not too rich, and everyone loves it (including me!). I usually double the cake recipe and bake it in a half sheet pan and the leftovers in a 9×5 loaf pan. Today I added an extra half recipe to the icing. (3 8 oz lite cream cheese, 20 oz lite cool whip, and 6 cups powdered sugar). I might not add the extra amount next time because I had a lot leftover. I use the strawberry “Danish Dessert” mix and add a pound of fresh strawberries. This is added on as each piece is served. Keep the cake and glaze refrigerated until ready to serve. It tastes like a more delicate, sweeter strawberry shortcake. Yum!

  4. This is my new favorite cake to take to potlucks ~ it’s simple, not too rich, and everyone loves it (including me!). I usually double the cake recipe and bake it in a half sheet pan and the leftovers in a 9×5 loaf pan. Today I added an extra half recipe to the icing. (3 8 oz lite cream cheese, 20 oz lite cool whip, and 6 cups powdered sugar). I might not add the extra amount next time because I had a lot leftover. I use the strawberry “Danish Dessert” mix and add a pound of fresh strawberries. This is added on as each piece is served. Keep the cake and glaze refrigerated until ready to serve. It tastes like a more delicate, sweeter strawberry shortcake. Yum!