Friday, February 12, 2010

The Twins Make Valentine's Cake Hearts and Cupcake Bites!

We love cupcakes in this house!

We made Bakerella 's cupcake bites and cake balls into hearts. It was very fun and easy! And the best part
they taste sooooo good!!!

We chose to go with red velvet cake to keep with the whole Valentine's theme but any flavor works. You can use your own recipe or box mix. We went with a box mix this time. You also will need some cream cheese frosting again either your own recipe or a can of frosting.

We baked the cake according to directions in 13x9 baking dish. Allow to completely cool!

Next, crumble cooled cake into a large bowl and add entire can of frosting. This is the fun part! Use your hands to incorporate the frosting into the crumbled cake.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and make little balls of cake (1.5"-1.75' diameter) with your hands. Place them on cookie sheet. Stick cookie sheet in the freezer (~15 min).

Use a small heart shaped cookie cutter to form the cake hearts. We used Wilton Heart Cut Outs to make our heart shapes.

Take each ball flatten slightly with palm of your hand and cut out with cutter.

The top may need to be trimmed with a knife.

You will end up with these cute little hearts.

Place them back on your parchment lined cookie sheet and put in freezer (~15min) while you are melting your candy coating or chocolate.

We used Merckens Coco Lite  and  Pink Candy Coatings for dipping the hearts.

To melt candy coating, place a small amount of candy coating wafers in small microwave proof bowl. I have found this 2 cup Pyrex Dish works really good for melting and dipping. Microwave candy coating for 1 minute at 50% power (or defrost). Stir and microwave in 30 second intervals at 50% power until melted. I usually add Paramount Crystals to thin the candy coating to make dipping easier.

Take a few hearts out of freezer at a time. Dip the hearts into melted candy coating with a fork and allow excess candy to drip off into the bowl. Tapping the fork on the edge of the bowl helps to remove excess candy coating. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet and allow to set. We decorated some hearts with Wilton Valentine Nonpareils Sprinkles before candy coating set. We also decorated some with drizzles of candy coating in another color after primary coat set. Sometimes you may need to dip a second time if you are using red velvet or chocolate cake.

We are planning to give these yummy treats to family and neighbors in a cute little hand made box. We will post that little craft later ;)

We also made cupcake bites following Bakerella's directions here for a Valentine's playdate.



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