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Chocolate Raspberry Puff Pastry

Chocolate Raspberry Puff Pastry

What if I told you that you could whip up dessert that looked like it came straight from a restaurant? Well Chocolate Raspberry Puff Pastry is all that and more! This elegant dessert combines not one but two kinds of chocolate as well as pecans, […]

Tuxedo Strawberries

Tuxedo Strawberries

If you’ve mastered our Chocolate Covered Strawberries, then it’s time to kick your decorating skills up a notch with Tuxedo Strawberries!!! Instantly dress up any occasion with this classy little treat. This beautifully decorated dessert is easy to make and sure to impress your guests. You’ll […]

Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two

Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two

My idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day is cooking a nice dinner with my husband! In fact most years we skip the fancy restaurants and opt for a quiet, more romantic Valentine’s Day at home together in the kitchen. Our favorite V-day meal is usually a nice Cesar salad, a perfectly cooked baked potato, and a big, fat, juicy steak!! In my mind, the only way to end a meal that fabulous is with the ultimate Valentine’s Day dessert, Chocolate Lava Cakes, of course. This decadent dessert will add a little wow to your table. The warm, oozing chocolate center makes this mini cake the perfect ending to a romantic meal.  Best served warm, pop them in the oven while dinner is being served and they’ll be ready by the time you’re finished. You might wanna leave the dishes for a little later (wink!! wink!!)

Here’s all you’ll need: sugar, butter, semisweet chocolate, confectioners’ sugar, egg, egg yolk, instant coffee granules, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, and salt.
Chocolate Lava Cake for Two ingredients list

Chocolate Lava Cakes are more fun when you make them together. So grab your honey and let’s get started! In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, heat the butter and chocolate for 30 seconds. Stir it all up and repeat the process until both the chocolate and the butter are completely melted.

Chocolate and butter melted together in a microwave safe bowl.

Next add in the confectioners’ sugar and whisk until smooth. Mmmm…..look how sweet and fudgy! Can you say indulgent?!? If you haven’t snuck a taste of this chocolate yet then you’re doing it wrong!

Confectioners's sugar whisked into the melted butter and chocolate.

Whisk in the egg, egg yolk, instant coffee and vanilla extract. The instant coffee is here only to enhance the rich, chocolatey flavor. It’s not strong or overpowering in this recipe. Stir in the salt and flour. Did you know…this recipe can easily be doubled (or tripled) to accommodate larger groups, like say a Galentine’s Day party! Where my girls at?!?

An egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract, coffee granules, flour and salt are whisked into the chocolate mixture.

Next lightly spray the ramekins with a little cooking spray. Then sprinkle each with a teaspoon of sugar. Roll the sugar around to coat the baking dish bottoms and sides. I’ll take a lil sugar too while we’re at it!

Pour the batter into the prepared ramekins. It won’t quite fill them all the way to the top, but that’s ok. We don’t want them to overflow. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet (for easier handling) and pop them into the oven.

Two ramekins filled with chocolate cake batter on a baking sheet.

Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for about 12 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees. The sides will be set but the center will still be a little soft. Take care not to over bake, otherwise we’ll lose that ooey, gooey chocolate center. Cool Chocolate Lava Cakes inside the ramekins for about 5 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edges to loosen from the pan. Invert the cakes onto a serving plate.

A knife being run along the edges of the ramekin to loosen the cakes.

Serve warm with whipped cream, strawberries, or even ice cream! Who will you be sharing Chocolate Lava Cake with this year? For an added special touch, pair with our Chocolate Covered Strawberries! Happy V-day my loves!!

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Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two

February 12, 2019
: 2
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 egg yolks
  • 3/4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions
  • Step 1 In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, heat the butter and chocolate for 30 seconds. Stir it all up and repeat the process until both the chocolate and the butter are completely melted.
  • Step 2 Add in the confectioners’ sugar and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the egg, egg yolk, instant coffee and vanilla extract. Stir in the salt and flour.
  • Step 3 Lightly spray the ramekins with cooking spray. Sprinkle each with a teaspoon of sugar. Roll the sugar around to coat the baking dish bottoms and sides. Pour the batter into the prepared ramekins.
  • Step 4 Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for about 12 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees. The sides will be set but the center will still be a little soft. Take care not to over bake.
  • Step 5 Cool cakes inside the ramekins for about 5 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edges to loosen from the pan. Invert the cakes onto a serving plate. Serve warm with whipped cream, strawberries or even ice cream. Enjoy!

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Fresh Strawberry Tart

Fresh Strawberry Tart

Our Fresh Strawberry Tart recipe is here just in time for strawberry season! This beautiful tart makes the perfect ending to any meal. A mouth watering dessert layered with chocolate, filled with a rich and decadent cream cheese filling, and topped with jam glazed strawberries. […]

Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

Forget the flowers! Give the gift that everyone really wants…….DONUTS!!! Whenever I see donuts my eyes glaze over and I immediately channel my inner Homer Simpson. Mmmmmm donuts!!! Whenever I had slumber parties as a kid, my mom would run out to Dunkin Donuts the […]

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I know what I want……anything chocolate!!! Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorite V-day treats, but the price tag in stores is highly overrated. No thanks! Lucky for you (and me!) they are SO easy to make. Like ridiculously easy. Like I promise you’ll never buy them again! They are the perfect Valentines Day gift to give or to receive and making them yourself just makes them that much more special. I absolutely adore homemade gifts! It really is the thought that matters most. I love indulging in this swoon-worthy treat so much that I think I might just keep a batch for myself this year and you should too. Treat yo self!

Here’s all you’ll need: strawberries, chocolate wafers, candy melts and sprinkles for decorating. We live right down the street from a chocolate shop called Candymakers that sells chocolate making supplies so that’s where I bought my chocolate from. You could also use Baker’s Baking Chocolate bars found in the baking aisle or even a few Hershey’s chocolate bars in a pinch.Chocolate Covered Strawberries Ingredients List

Start by rinsing the strawberries.

Rinsed strawberries in colander.

Ok now here is THE most important part of this whole tutorial. Drain the strawberries and dry completely. Chocolate and water are the world’s worst enemies!! So after I drain the strawberries I also give them a little bit of a towel dry. One drop of water will ruin a whole batch of chocolate. Get the hair dryer if you need to! Ok so maybe that’s a little too far but be 100% sure that they’re dry.

Strawberry drying on paper towel.

I like to lay down some parchment or wax paper so we have a nice surface to work on. I tape it right to the countertop so it can’t move. Next fill a microwave safe mug right to the top with chocolate wafers. I love using mugs because they’re deep enough to dunk and you don’t need to use as much chocolate as it would take to fill a bowl. And typically all my bowls are dirty but all my mugs are not! Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir with a spoon. Continue to microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until all the chocolate is melted. It should look smooth and creamy like this! If you’re using white chocolate I would use the same process but in 15 second intervals. White chocolate is super easy to scorch. (you know it’s scorched if it’s thick and clumpy and it can’t be fixed or re melted….bummer)

Coffee mug full of melted chocolate.

Hold the strawberry by the stem so that all the leaves are out of the way. Dunk the strawberry into the chocolate until fully submerged. Shake off any excess chocolate.

Strawberry dripping with melted chocolate.

Place the strawberry on the parchment paper to dry. Allow chocolate to harden, this will take a few minutes. If you plan to decorate with sprinkles, you’ll want to do that right away before the chocolate has a chance to set up. I dipped a few in sprinkles immediately after their little chocolate bath and I love how they turned out!

Chocolate dipped strawberries setting on wax paper.

Now it’s time to get a little bit fancy! Place a small amount of candy melts in a zip loc bag. Microwave in 30 second intervals until the candy is melted. You don’t have to stir it with a spoon, you can just squish the bag with your fingers between intervals. I found these pink candy melts at Walmart. They’re Rosana Pansino’s of Nerdy Nummies new line and I was so excited to try them! They’re even strawberry flavored, which is perfect for making chocolate covered strawberries.

Ziplock bag filled with melted candy melts.

Cut a small slit in the corner of the bag. Slowly squeeze the candy melts out of the bag. Drizzle it across the chocolate covered strawberries in a back and forth motion. You can’t mess this up I promise. Go straight, go diagonal, criss cross, it’ll turn out beautifully no matter what. Allow the candy melts to harden before touching them. Hands off til they’re dry! They are best served same day but leftovers (like there will be any) can be kept in the fridge for a few days.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries with pink candy melts piped over top.

How pretty!!! I can’t decide which is my favorite. Ok then it’s settled, I’ll have one of each!! Will you be making Chocolate Covered Strawberries for anyone special this year? If strawberries and chocolate are your thang, then you’ve gotta try our Fresh Strawberry Tart ASAP!!!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

February 7, 2018
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • Strawberries
  • milk chocolate or white chocolate wafers
  • candy melts for decorating
  • sprinkles for decorating
Directions
  • Step 1 Rinse and drain the strawberries. Pat dry with a paper towel. Be sure the strawberries are 100% completely dry.
  • Step 2 Fill a microwave safe mug right to the top with chocolate wafers. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir with a spoon. Continue to microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until all the chocolate is melted.
  • Step 3 Hold the strawberry by the stem so that all the leaves are out of the way. Dunk the strawberry into the chocolate until fully submerged. Shake off any excess chocolate.
  • Step 4 Place the strawberry on wax paper to dry. Allow chocolate to harden, this will take a few minutes. If decorating with sprinkles, dip in sprinkles before the chocolate has a chance to set.
  • Step 5 Place a small amount of candy melts in a zip loc bag. Microwave in 30 second intervals until the candy is melted. You don’t have to stir it with a spoon, you can just squish the bag with your fingers between intervals.
  • Step 6 Cut a small slit in the corner of the bag. Slowly squeeze the candy melts out of the bag. Drizzle it across the chocolate covered strawberries in a back and forth motion. Allow the candy melts to harden before touching them. Enjoy!

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