Sweets for Sweetie
We’re starting to believe that there’s a conspiracy theory going on. That the candy companies are conspiring to keep us fluffy. Think about it. Christmas candies, Valentine’s candies, Easter candies, Halloween candies… See? But we digress...
Let’s focus on the “love” holiday and its candies. Each state has favorite go-to, either for self or for gifting others. See what candy vibes your state is giving out.
Now, let’s keep this sweet theme going with some deliciousness you can enjoy together.
Chocolate-Covered Jell-O Shots
*recipe courtesy of delish
(Makes 10 servings)
3 (16-oz) containers large strawberries
2 cup chocolate chips
2 tsp coconut oil
1 (3-oz) box strawberry Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1 cup vodka
Slice tops off the strawberries and scoop out the insides, making sure the fruit is still sturdy. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Spoon chocolate into greased plastic shot glasses. This will serve as the base. Roll strawberries in the remaining chocolate so that they are coated. Place berries into the cups, setting them up so they are as vertical as possible. Let chocolate set in the fridge or freezer. Pour chilled vodka into a bowl and sprinkle gelatin on top. Let sit for a minute or two. Add boiling water and whisk to dissolve the gelatin. Pour mix into the strawberries and carefully place back in the fridge. Let set for at least two hours. Serve as is, or remove strawberries from the cups and eat.
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cake
Devil's Food Cake
1 ½ cups sugar (320g)
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (215g)
½ cup cocoa powder (50g)
1 ¼ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1 egg yolk
¾ cup buttermilk ¾ cup plus 1 tsp lemon if you don't have buttermilk
⅓ cup oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup coffee
⅛ cup rum use more coffee if you don't want the booze
Buttercream or 2 cups heavy whipping cream plus ⅓ cup raspberry preserves
1 lb bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 cups heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and line a 11×16″ Baking Sheet with parchment.
Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Sift the cocoa and baking soda if they are lumpy. Whisk in the liquid ingredients, until smooth. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Bake for about 20 minutes or until just set or a tester comes out with moist crumb.
Cut the devil’s food cake with a Heart Cookie Cutter. Depending on the size of your cutter this will get you about 12 2-layer cakes per sheet.
To Make The Cream:
Whip the heavy cream until soft peaks, add the raspberry preserves and continue whipping until stiff peaks. Fill a Pastry Bag, fitted with a round pastry tip and pipe the cream on half of the heart shaped cakes. Top the cream with another layer of cake. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make the ganache.
Heat cream until just to simmer. Remove from heat. Dump in all of the chopped chocolate, swirl the pot to make sure the chocolate is completely covered by the cream. Let sit for about 3 minutes and then gently whisk until smooth. Allow to cool slightly to thicken enough to cling to the cakes.
To pour the ganache on the cakes you will need to set them on a cooling rack that is over a sheet pan lined with parchment. You want to do this to catch all of the dripping chocolate. Slowly pour the ganache over the heart cake, starting in the middle and working outward. Be sure to check all the sides as you go. As you can see there will be a lot pooled up on the parchment, but you will scrape that up and be able to remelt and use again. See my instagram video to make sure it is the right consistency.If your ganache starts to get too thick, return the pot to the stove and heat on very low heat, just for a moment.
Allow your valentine’s day heart cake to set at room temperature for about 20 minutes. If you need to refrigerate them, they will lose their shine. Once you return them to room temperature the shine will come back.
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