Sorry, I have been kind of out of the blogger loop lately. Well out of the writing loop, I still read a zillion blogs because I am so inspired by peoples creativity!
Not to long ago I went to a friends wedding. It was beautiful. I had a blast. I also was not disappointed in their "cake". They served cupcakes. However, these were so delicious. They had a hint of real fruit flavor and I was caught like a fish on a line. How could I acheive that taste? It wasn't bottled, I can tell you that.
Not to long after I was asked to bring cupcakes to a party. Oooo a chance opportunity? I think not.
I started sketching options and came up with this:
I am not sure if it is a good idea to sketch out your idea. Only reason is finding exactly what is in your brain can be difficult! I couldn't find plain dark brown liners but oh well.
I first melted my tempered chocolate and put in a piping bag. Lesson learned here was keep warming the chocolate and snip a very small hole. Some were cute, some not so good. I started with a template and then gave up on that. Another weird thing is my hearts kept getting bigger and bigger as I went. Wait, a bigger heart is what you want right? ;-) I made tons of extra so no big.
Just pipe the chocolate on waxed paper taped to your counter. If you are going to use a template place that beneath the wax paper. I let them dry over night, but a few hours would work too.
Here is the fruity secret.....Grab a bag of frozen strawberries - thaw them - drain the juice and use the juice as a substitute for the water required in your white cake mix. I couldn't resist putting the strawberries in the batter either but hey. Also, set aside 3 Tbsp of that juice to substitute the milk in your icing recipe (I made a basic cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar recipe).
Both the cakes and frosting will have a legitimate strawberry flavor that is WONDERFUL!!
1 white cake mix
1 pkg frozen strawberries (thawed reserve liquid).
Make cake mix as directed but use liquid for 1 cup water called for - if there is not enough, just top with water until you get accurate measurement. Add strawberries last to batter - stir in.
1 pkg softened cream cheese
1/2 stick softened butter
3 Tbsp strawberry liquid
4 c. +/- powdered sugar (add until correct consistency)