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Box of Chocolates Cupcakes

Box of Chocolates CupcakesValentine’s Day is finally here.  What are your plans for tonight?  We’re having dinner in and then heading to the local frozen yogurt shop for their buy one get one free deal.  Yep, I said it.  I’m not making our dessert tonight despite all of the Valentine dessert recipes I’ve been posting!  Tonight, I’m getting treated!  🙂

Box of Chocolates Cupcakes2Today, I’m giving our friends this box of chocolates, which are actually cupcakes.  I bookmarked this a few years ago in my Hello! Cupcake book and never had the chance to make them.  This year, it was a must.  It’s an absolutely adorable idea and super easy despite what it may seem.  Just make a batch of your favorite chocolate cupcakes in miniature cupcake pans (even a box mix will do) and then frost them with chocolate icing.  Decorate as you prefer, then place them in a heart shaped box.  The Hello! Cupcake book suggests using chocolate jimmies, red and white jimmies, marshmallows cut in half then dipped in melted frosting, Valentine’s candy corn, red Dots, Valentine’s M&M’s and other Valentine’s candies.

Hope you have a fantastic Valentine’s evening!

April Fools! Spaghetti & Meatballs… or not?

Spaghetti Cupcakes

Spaghetti & Meatballs like you’ve never tasted it before!  I just made this for our small group Bible study tonight.  Gotta run or we’ll be late!  I’ll post the recipe for this deceiving dessert ( yup! DESSERT!) when I get home.  For now, can you guess what this really is?

  • *UPDATE**

Okay, I’m back!  This is actually a concoction of cupcakes, frosting, strawberry preserves and chocolate hazelnut truffles!  The idea came from my Hello, Cupcake! book.  Although I’ve had the book for almost a year now, this is only the second time I’ve used a recipe from it!  I’ve got to start using it more!

When I found out that our small group bible study was going to be meeting on April Fools Day, I knew I had to make one of the cupcake treats from this book.  This spaghetti one was perfect because it’s actually very easy!

Just bake some cupcakes (to save time I used a vanilla box mix). Then, frost the cupcakes with a thin layer.  You don’t even have to frost them nicely since they’ll be covered up. Place on platter. Use a pasta bowl if you can, for an authentic look.

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Tint the rest of frosting with cocoa powder and yellow food coloring.  Using a ziplock bag, pipe the frosting in spaghetti squigglies to your heart’s desire! Pile it up!

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In a small bowl, mix up the truffles with the strawberry preserves.  Dump some of the preserves onto the “spaghetti.” Place the “meatballs” one by one on top of the “sauce”.  Grate some white chocolate over the meatballs (for a Parmesan cheese look).  That’s it!

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Click here for a printable recipe.

When piping the frosting into the spaghetti shapes, use a freezer ziplock bag and not a regular ziplock bag because the regular ziplock bag is wimpy and will break… allowing a blog of frosting to almost ruin your creation (yes, this happened to me…luckily I was to fix it):

spaghetti-blob

I think it turned out great!  The small group loved it and thought it was a great April Fools treat.  Did you fool anyone today?

Horse Cupcakes from Hello! Cupcake

My friend, Stephanie, and I hosted a hat decorating party on Thursday. We sent out invitations to some of our girlfriends to come over and decorate hats to wear to ladies day at the Arlington horse races on September 6th. Stephanie and I made a bunch of food for this party, and it was my chance to finally make some cupcakes from my Hello! Cupcake book.

These horse cupcakes took a little bit of time, but they really were not that hard. The biggest frustration was that I could not find white circus peanuts anywhere! Heck, I could hardly find the orange ones until Ben called me while I was out on my desperate search (the day of the party) and told me he remembered seeing them at Walgreens. He was right! They had ONE bag left and that was all I needed. Phew!
I just used a fudge chocolate boxed cake mix since it was going to be so much work to put together the cupcakes. To create the horses, use circus peanuts (head), pretzels (tail), wafer cookies (neck), melted chocolate wafers, and more! To get the exact recipe, pick up your copy of Hello! Cupcake. There are very cute ideas in this book!!!
I’ll post more of the food we made for the party later this weekend or next week. And, maybe in a few weeks I’ll even let you in on some of the horse racing photos when we wear our gorgeous derby hats! Here’s a sneak peek: