Let me tell you about my friend. He's a terrific, single guy who likes to cook. Being single, he doesn't bake that often, so when he does, he wants it to be special. Invariably, he calls me up for advice on what to take to a party, and I give him a recipe that I've made dozens of times. Does he take my advice? No, never. He always tries some crazy recipe with thirty ingredients and fifty-seven steps. And it's always off somehow - burnt or raw, runny or brittle, bland or sickly sweet. (Lucky thing all those parties involve alcohol.)
What's the best recipe for a party? One that you know is going to work. One that doesn't leave you so exhausted and broke that you can't enjoy yourself. One that doesn't have odd ingredients that may put off intrepid guests, i.e. anise. One that can be transported and left on a table. Obviously, the best recipe for a party is bundt cake.