Valentine’s Day is only a week away. February 14th is a day when we can indulge in over-sized novelty heart shaped boxes full of chocolate without guilt, and everything seems to be turned into red-velvet. I myself am not a fan of red velvet cake, and have never made one. Chocolate, however, I understand.
Over the years I have made several Valentine’s Day desserts. Whether your single, in a relationship, or just want to share some love with your girlfriends (check out this Valentine’s Day in Girly Soiree by The Glitter Guide). These February 14th treats are perfect for satisfying your holiday-induced sweet tooth. I am making something for this year, but will share that recipe next week. For now, these recipes are sure to please.
These cupcakes have always gotten a lot of attention around Valentine’s Day. Decadent Devil’s Food Cake with smooth buttercream topped with fondant hearts // Recipe Here
Chocolate Cupakes with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream. ‘Send’ Some love today with these little stationery inspired cupcakes // Recipe Here
A smaller, bite-sized version of the larger cupcakes. Like a small bunch of carnations, these are great for bringing to the office, lunchroom or school // Recipe here
A secret ingredient makes these Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies perfect for dunking. Even better the next day. Wrap them up in a pretty cellophane bag, or treat box for sharing // Recipe Here
Looking for something truly decadent? Try these rich, silky smooth, sinful Dark Chocolate Cupcakes. The frosting is run-through-your-teeth smooth. Top with Valentine’s sprinkles or fondant hearts // Recipe Here
Creamy and indulgent, this Coffee Ice Cream is a dreamy apres-dinner dessert to cool the senses. Add some hot espresso and make an Affogato for a more sophisticated dessert // Recipe Here
Fill a heart shaped tin with these rich individually wrapped Chocolate Honey Truffles for someone special. Make ahead and keep in the fridge for easy distribution // Recipe Here
A Valentine’s Day staple. A truly simple no bake dessert that is the epitome of love. Chocolate enrobed strawberries, dipped and drizzled in chocolate, nuts and coconut. Best served the same day. Make in the morning, enjoy at night // Recipe Here & Step by Step Instructions Here
Try a recipe and share some love&chocolate with a loved one for Valentine’s Day this year.
So I’m finally back on the mainland, and ready for an extremely exciting weekend. Not only is it Valentine’s Day, which means lots of sweets and baking (or in this case, not) but it is also the opening weekend of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics!
I’m actually more excited than I thought I would be, seeing as how it’s all happening right in our backyard! Hopefully I’ll be able to get downtown and see everything that’s going on!
This valentine’s day there wasn’t much time to bake after I got back home for our reading break, so I thought I would whip up a few things that didn’t take any baking at all!
I hope you all have a sweet valentine’s day =)
Chocolate Covered Strawberries:
- 1-2 pkg Strawberries
- 1 cup Melting Chocolate (dark or milk)
- 1/2 cup White Melting Chocolate
- 1/2 cup medium shredded coconut (optional)
- Place dark chocolate into a double broiler, and simmer on low. Allow the chocolate to melt completely and transfer to a glass bowl. Allow to cool slightly. ( I always place a glass mixing bowl over the pot, and then transfer the bowl to a hot plate)
- Do the same with the white chocolate. Then pour the white chocolate into a piping bag, and snip off a tiny bit. You can also reserve some white chocolate to dip the strawberries into as well.
- Was the strawberries and dry them completely. You’ll want them slightly cool, to help cool the chocolate faster. Dip them one by one into the melted chocolate and place onto a tray, lined in parchment paper or saran wrap. Once you’ve finished all of them place the tray into the fridge to harden the chocolate. I placed them into the fridge one by one onto the tray so they would cool faster and harden while I made the others.
- You can if you like also dip them/roll them/or sprinkle them with coconut after you have dipped them into the chocolate.
- Once they have set, using the white chocolate piping bag, drizzle the white chocolate over the dark and place back into the fridge.
- Once they have set completely, you can package them up and give them to someone special! Not without trying a couple yourself of course.
You can keep the little container that the strawberries come in as well, they make a cute little box to deliver your sweets in!
Have a very sweet valentines!
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These decadent chocolate cupcakes topped with smooth silky buttercream are perfect for showing someone a litlte love this Valentine’s Day.
Devil’s Food Cake Recipe
- 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 small individual apple sauce snack pack unsweetened, about 1/4 cup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line baking tins with cupcake liners.
- Whisk together cocoa and hot water until smooth.
- In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and baking powder.
- Melt butter, and add the sugar. Pour into a mixing bowl.
- With an electric stand mixer on medium-low beat until mixture is cooled, about 5 minutes.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
- Add vanilla (as much as you like), then cocoa mixture, and beat until combined.
- Reduce speed to low. Add flour, and apple sauce beating until just combined.
- Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three- quarters full. I use a 1/4 measuring cup to do this.
- Bake, about 18-20 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean with a few crumbs.
You can easily cut the time down for these cupcakes, if you’ve got your hands full, by starting with a devils food cake mix, and adding a pouch of chocolate fudge pudding to make it a little bit more ‘homemade.’ These are fun to decorate with kids, and can be brought to school for a Valentine’s Day Treat. Let the little ones cut out the heart shapes from the fondant and assemble them on the cupcake themselves!
- Confectioners Sugar ( About 4-5 cups ), Sifted
- Pure Vanilla Extract (I use vanilla my brother brought me back from Mexico, its delicious and in a glass bottle with a cork!)
- 1-2 Tbsp. Milk
- 1 cup butter, softened
- Cream butter in mixer, medium for about 2-5 minutes until creamy and fluffy, scraping down bowl half way.
- Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and beat until smooth, Add another 1/2 cup. Add about 2 tsp or more vanilla, to taste.
- Add gradually the remaining sugar and add milk until you reach the consitency you desire. A little bit thicker for piping would be best. If you are going to use a spatula to ice them, you can use a little less sugar and more milk for a thinner consitency to spread on the cupcake.
- Continue to mix on medium until smooth.
Using a large star tip, Ateco #848, pipe frosting onto cupcakes. You can decorate these in any way you desire. Try using different tips for different effects and texture.
Using Fondant Accessories
For garnish you can add heart sprinkles, or, using white Fondant (store bought or homemade MMF) add color using colour gel. Add a small amount of desired color to fondant and knead untill the color is completely incorporated. I suggest wearing latex/rubber gloves for this so you do not dye your whole hand, like I sometimes do. You want it not to look like tie-dye. It should be fully incorporated to create a rich colour.
Using a rolling pin flatten out onto surface. To help it not stick, spread a small amount of cornstarch onto the counter. I dust mine over it straight from the box. Using cookie cutters, cut out different sized heart shapes and allow to dry on counter while you bake/frost cupcakes. You can also make these a day ahead and allow them to dry on a flat surface overnight. They will be easier to use once hard.
I made mine before I baked my cupcakes, and once I was finished I placed them in my cupcake courier, and the little fondant hearts started to fold over! They weren’t hard enough yet and began to go soft again once they were covered. So make sure if you are placing them into a covered container, that the hearts are fully hard or else they will wilt, and you will wake up to some broken hearts! Or, alternatively add the hearts to the cupcakes just before serving, so they stay fresh and do not soften up.
Happy Valentine’s Day!