Slideshow: Staff Picks: What's Your Go-To Dinner Party Dessert?

Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding

From my experience, a big-ass bowl of banana pudding brightens people's eyes like few other desserts. It's easy to make, feeds a ton of people, and taste like sweet, happy sunshine (unless you don't like bananas, but whatever). —Robyn Lee, AHT Editor/Art Director

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Pavlova
Pavlova

I love love love pavlova, one of the easiest desserts to make for a crowd and the most impressive-looking to boot. Whip up a French meringue and bake it in the afternoon. While it bakes, prep your fruit—almost any will do. Then as your guests are scraping their last plates clean, sneak into the kitchen, beat up some whipped cream, and assemble the whole thing. You look like a dinner party hero, but your active time on the cake will take all of an hour.—Max Falkowitz, NY Editor

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Crumbles and Crisps
Crumbles and Crisps

Crumbles and crisps are the clear winners for me in this category for a few reasons. 1. They are easier than pie (literally) to make—no crust rolling required. 2. They highlight whatever fruit is in season. 3. They're homey enough that even hard-hearted people (because I'm inviting so many to dinner parties?) get excited to see them 4. They can be served a la mode. 5. They're potentially my favorite dessert to eat, and hey, who better to please than the chef?—Carrie Vasios Mullins, Sweets Editor

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

Tiramisu
Tiramisu

TiramisĂș is easy but people are always so impressed when you make it. It's great for parties because everyone can take as much or as little as they want. I have a recipe from a language partner I had in Florence, Italy in college.—Tracie Lee, Designer

[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Bundt Cakes
Bundt Cakes

I always have trouble perfectly crimping the edges of a pie shell or smoothly frosting a sheet cake, so as far as I'm concerned, a glazed bundt cake is the correct answer for "things that look way more impressive than they actually are." Bundt molds automatically make your cake look pretty, and glazes are much easier to apply than traditional frostings, so...it's kind of a no-brainer. I'll rotate between cake recipes (because really, what cake doesn't work in Bundt form? Okay, fine, don't answer that...), but it's tough to go wrong with this rich, moist chocolate stout version.Jamie Feldmar, Managing Editor

[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Let Someone Else Bring It
Let Someone Else Bring It

This is a bit of a cop out, but my favorite dinner-party dessert is having someone else bring it. I'm just not a sweets guy, so I'm happy to put dessert in someone else's more capable hands.—Ben Fishner, Ad Operations Administrator

[Photograph: Niko Triantafillou]