My question: will my plan work? I don't want any soggy crusts and I want everything to be totally fresh and perfect while allowing me to work ahead of time and avoid mass chaos at the end.
Is it a good idea to freeze apple tarts for two days, then thaw and reheat?
Is it a good idea to refrigerate carrot cake and brownies for two days? Will this make them soggy?
I've made pies before, but never tarts. Any advice on the easiest way to mass produce tart shells? I'm thinking of using cupcake pans and turning them upside down and baking the crust on the wrong sides of cupcake tins. (Will definitely try this ahead of time!)
Am I crazy to attempt this? They wanted to buy a bunch of store bought desserts, but I hate store bought desserts, so I volunteered to take it on.
I've volunteered to make dessert for a fundraiser for a group of around fifty people. I decided to do mini desserts so they would be easy to serve, look good, and easy for partygoers to eat. Everything will be homemade from scratch, so I need to make some of the items ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate. These are all recipes that I have had success with in the past, but I've never made this many desserts at once. I need some advice on what can be made in advance. I plan to start two days before the event. Here is my menu:
Mini Carrot Cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Mini cheesecakes with raspberry topping and fresh raspberries
Mini brownies with chocolate frosting
Mini Fresh strawberry tarts with whipped cream
Mini lemon meringue tarts
Mini apple tarts
Here is my general plan:
Make mini apple tarts and freeze
Make mini carrot cupcakes (leave unfrosted) and refrigerate
Make mini brownies (leave unfrosted) and refrigerate
Make mini cheesecake (no topping) and refrigerate
Make tart shells
Thaw apple tarts
Make lemon tarts
Frost carrot cake
Make raspberry glaze for cheesecake (set aside)
Make fresh strawberry tarts
Make whipped cream
Make meringue and bake onto lemon tarts
Saturday Evening--the big event.
Add whipped cream to strawberry tarts
Add raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries to mini cheese cakes
Warm apple tarts in oven
Then I arrange all the minis on big trays so guests can select a few different desserts. Serve with hot coffee, hot tea, and lemonade.