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Valentines day Cupcake bouquet

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These cupcake Bouquets have been a huge hit in the past when I’ve made them for parties. They can double as a centerpiece and add some color to your table setting. You don’t have to stick with just roses and can mix flower types. If your a beginner baker making a rose is probably one of the easiest designs to start with. They look a lot more complicated than they really are. If you head to youtube and type in rose cupcake tutorial you can get a slowed down video of what I have below.

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The most important part is having a thick frosting, buttercream works best. If you are using a store bought frosting you can thicken the icing with powdered sugar. If you add food coloring it will make it thinner so try to avoid over coloring. After all your cupcakes are frosted you will need your flower pot (I got mine at michaels) a styrofoam ball either cut in half or whole that can be found at michaels or walmart and a bunch of tooth picks. Stick the styrofoam ball into the flower pot so that half of it is showing above the pot (as seen below in the video) this will the base of your design and what will hold the tooth picks and your cupcakes in a nice semi circle shape.

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stick two tooth picks in the top and stick a cupcake on to the tooth picks. Stick two more toothpicks for every cupcake as you go around the styrofoam ball. When you get towards the bottom I find it easier to stick not only the tooth picks into the cupcakes but stick two tooth picks under the cupcake and let it rest on top of them since your cupcake will be hanging sideways and will have a tendency to sag off the toothpicks in the center.  I tried my hand at making a video so you could see step by step how to put together the bouquet. Its a little rough and does not show the entire process, but if you continue with the same pattern that I left off with and simply stuff the open spaces with tissue paper you’ll have a beautiful bouquet! Pinterest also has many tutorials on how to build these bouquets and different flower variations.

Valentines Day Dessert

 

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With February and Valentine’s Day right around the corner I wanted to share a few desserts that will make everyones day a little sweeter. These chocolate cakes are topped with a whipped cream cheese frosting with a layer of fresh cut strawberries in the middle. The frosting is then topped with a chocolate ganache and a chocolate covered strawberry for decoration!

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I started by making a sheet cake from a chocolate fudge cake mix and using a small circle cake cutter two cut out the layers of the cake. I pieced together the layers with frosting and a crumb coat (a thin layer of frosting to seal in the crumbs before the final frosting) and then placed them back in the fridge for a few hours. When the crumb coat had set I finished with the final frosting and put the cakes back in for another hour.

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Pour the chocolate ganache till the puddle expands to the edges and use a spoon or spatula to gently push the ganache over the edge to create drips. Dip the strawberries in the warm ganache and place on top!

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Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

1.5  cups of heavy whipping cream

1 8oz. package of cream cheese

1 cup of sugar

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon of salt

Whip the heavy cream until peaks form, in a separate dish soften the cream cheese, and combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and then finish with the mixer to smooth out the mixture. I added a touch of red food coloring to get the light pink coloring.

Chocolate Ganache

1 cup of heavy  cream

1 8 oz package of milk chocolate chips

Bring the heavy cream to a simmer on the stove and pour over your bowl of chocolate chips, stir until melted!

Merry Christmas!

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Hope everyone is having a great Christmas with family and loved ones! Our family has a tradition of reminiscing watching old home videos while enjoying endless amounts of dessert. We all huddle around the TV until we are moved to tears laughing so hard as we watch our younger selves scream with excitement as we unwrapped presents.

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I Decided to whip up these cute North Pole cupcakes this morning, they were probably the easiest cupcakes to decorate that I have ever made.  All you need is some Peppermint M&M’s (they’re mostly red), some thick peppermint sticks, and some white/clear sprinkles! Just frost the cupcakes with vanilla frosting, don’t worry about being perfect your going to cover it up with sprinkles anyways. fill a bowl with your white/clear sprinkles and roll the cupcakes around, then stick in a peppermint stick and use frosting to glue the M&M and sign to the peppermint stick.

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I found this size peppermint stick at Hannafords but if you do not live around New England and do not have them at your local grocery store Rite Aid also has some larger peppermint sticks!

Comment above with questions or to share some of your favorite family Christmas traditions!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Delight

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This cake was a complete experiment for me. I’m allergic to life but mainly peanuts and tree nuts so when my friend wanted a peanut butter cake for her birthday you can see my hesitation to fulfill that request. Luckily the allergy world has been blessed with SunButter an amazingly delicious peanut butter substitute!

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What you’ll need:

2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter

2 Cups of Confectionary Sugar

2 Tablespoons of Vanilla Extract

1 Cup of SunButter (or regular peanut butter)

1/2 Cup of Half & Half (or till the consistency you prefer)

8 Oz. of Bakers Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate

and a box of Chocolate cake mix or your favorite homemade recipe

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First, combine the SunButter with 1 Stick of softened butter in your mixer. Then add the vanilla extract and the confectionary sugar. Pouring the half & half intermittently with the Confectionary sugar will help the mixing process. Once you’ve frosted your cooled cake with the peanut butter frosting put it in the fridge while you create your chocolate ganache topping by simply melting the bakers chocolate bars with 3/4 of a stick of butter or more to get your chocolate thinner. Pour the Ganache on top of your cake and top with any candy toppings you like best!

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ENJOY!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Chocolatey Bundt Cake

 

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This creation took care of all my chocolate cravings! It is also really easy to decorate and create a look that seems more time consuming than it truly is. In order to make your experience baking a bundt cake more enjoyable make sure to heavily coat the pan with spray and flour. My favorite Go to is Pam baking spray which combines the two for one easy step!

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for those who do not want to take the time to make a cake from scratch this bundt cake can easily be made with chocolate cake mix!

This Frosting was super simple to make and can easily be adapted to fit your individual taste.

What You’ll Need: 1 Cup of confectionary sugar

2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder

1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract

1 8 0z. Package of cream cheese

1/3 cup of milk- or until you get the drizzling consistency that you desire

Pour the frosting over your cooled cake and add chocolate chips!