Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

It doesn't take much to show someone you care. Something store-bought is special, but something homemade is even better. When my daughter asked if I was going to make a special Valentine's Day Dessert, I told her I was going to use the mini cupcakes I had in the freezer. The look on her face was priceless. "Mom, cupcakes...again?"

Well, yes. But these cupcakes are going to knock your socks off, I said.

She and I had been shopping at the Outlet Mall not too long ago and we went into the Kitchen Gourmet Shop. I found the coolest item.

This little jar of flavored powders, by Dean Jacobs, was right there on a shelf just waiting for me to pick up and take home. The flavors are:
Lemon
Orange
Blueberry
Raspberry
Strawberry
Green Apple

I couldn't resist. I kept thinking of the possibilities. They not only flavor the icing, but color it as well. It might not be a new item for many of you, but it was for me. We don't have a Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table in El Paso. If I want something special, I have to drive up to Albuquerque to get it.

I couldn't wait to get started. The mini frozen baby cakes I had were cinnamon chocolate, so I knew I was on the right track.

I whipped up a batch of White Chocolate Frosting and pulled out the flavorings. Here's the result.

The colors were light and the flavors were subtle, but obvious. They were fantastic. Topped off with a few SweetHearts and they made a gorgeous presentaton.

Well, my daughter, not to be outdone, took some of the left over baby cakes, dipped them in some milk chocolate ganache and made some squiggles on the tops after the ganache had set. She placed these in a heart-shaped box we had kept from last years Valentine's Day and made her baby cakes look like little truffles. She (with Brian's help) was quite please with herself.

So, it's turned out to be a delicious and easy Valentine's Day dessert even with all the researching on FAFSA, credit transferring, and apartment hunting we're doing for her for when she goes to Arlington next semester to complete her studies. We'll be going to Dallas next month for her advising and we'll make time to go to the cooking stoes and container shops (with my son Michael and daughter-in-law Jennifer) while we're there.

Have a loving and pleasant Valentine's Day with your loved ones. Remember it doesn't take much to show someone you care.

White Chocolate Frosting

6 oz. white baking chocolate (chopped up)
1/4 c. heavy cream
2 sticks butter
1 c. powdered sugar

Stir white chocolate and whipping cream in pan over hot water until melted and smooth. Cool. Add butter and sugar; beat on high until light and fluffy. Makes about 3 cups. Keeps well in refrigerator.

If you are going to use the Icing Flavors, I suggest you start out sparingly (about 1/4 teaspoon) and MIX THE POWDER IN WELL.

Enjoy the day and feel the love. Hugs everbody.

7 comments:

Reeni♥ said...

They are so cute and pretty! I don't have any of those fancy stores you mentioned near me, either. I will have to go searching on-line for those icing flavors, that is great that they color the icing too. Happy Valentines Day, Teresa!!

Gloria Chadwick said...

I love your cupcakes and I love you, Teresa! :) Have a Happy Valentines Day. There's an award for you on my blog. Hugs.

Megan said...

I dont have any fancy stores here either and I haven't seen those those flavored powders. But they made the cutest little cupcakes ever!

Dee said...

Happy Valentine's Day Teresa. I'm sorry I haven't stopped by in a while, and even sorrier I didn't email you Pichet Ong's recipe earlier. I've just emailed you, but in case it gets into your spam box, here it is again.

1 cup AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda - sift all together and set aside

1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup good honey
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt - beat until fluffy
Add 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and mix briefly until lumpy.
Beat in 1 large egg. Lightly fold in the flour mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup whole-milk yoghurt or sour cream until only a few white streaks remain.
It's important not to over mix.

Optional: Fold in 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate at the end.

Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes or until tested done.

Enjoy!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy V-day!

ChefBliss.com said...

These look like fun! I haven't seen the icing flavor before but I'm intrigued!

Joanna said...

these look amazing, teresa!!! i love all the rainbow colors. the flavor of the cupcakes sounds really tasty. i love how you and your kids cook together. my mom and i bump heads way too much to be in the same kitchen. it's either i'm in the kitchen or she is in the kitchen haha

 

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