Chocolate Dipped, Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!!! So yesterday I showed you the pink champagne cupcakes. Well the other popular flavor of v-day is chocolate, specifically, chocolate and strawberries. Here is what we did.



= Chocolate Dipped, Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

I took strawberries and hulled them out. I would have preferred larger strawberries but this is what they had in the store.

I got a frozen cheesecake (totally felt like a "Golden Girls" moment) and made sure it was room temperature. I simple scooped up a little with a spoon and stuffed it in the strawberry. I am really spoiled with cheesecake and have been eating my uncles for years. It is so much better than the frozen one I got but I did not want to go through the trouble of making a homemade cheesecake if this experiment did not work.

Here is my batch. I then stuck them in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

I melted a bowl of chocolate chips, then dipped the frozen strawberries.

Once they hardened, I flipped them over and dipped the tops.

Not the prettiest but with this combination, who cares?!

Rather than fight the crowds and find a sitter, we decided to make Valentine's dinner at home. These are for our dessert. I am pretty excited about them but next time I will be making a homemade cheesecake.

Pink Champage Cupcakes

February 13, 2012

For all holidays when I am deciding what to bake, I am torn between celebrating the themes of the holiday or the flavors. I have determined over the years that I am not the biggest fan of decorating baked goods, and would rather focus on the taste. For Valentine's Day, I had a few options to go with but narrowed it down to chocolate and champagne. I went with Pink Champagne cupcakes because I have been wanting to make them since my cousin Megan's wedding almost two years ago.

These are some really pretty pink cupcakes. I am pretty sure I got a little tipsy from licking the bowl.

Getting ready to make the frosting and decorate.

Pretty pink frosting

Here are some with the basic decor, some pink sanding sugar and candy pearls.

I added some red for Valentine's Day though.

I bought these wrappers a few years ago and finally used them.

All ready to be delivered to the hubby's work.

Here is my Valentine this year (well and the husband).