Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Okay folks, this really is easier than you think! You don’t need super fancy equipment, just a double boiler, melting pot or a good old fashioned microwave, some quality chocolate and fresh strawberries. Here is a quick step by step tutorial for homemade chocolate dipped strawberries!

Fresh and clean

If you invest in quality chocolate, you will be very pleased with the result. The easiest chocolate for you to get your hands on is probably Wilton candy melts. I find that when melted, the candy melts are still fairly thick and require a lot of crisco to be mixed in so that the chocolate is runny and smooth. I am absolutely in love with this chocolate bar I got, and it 2.5 lbs, so I will be able to use it for awhile!

Here is your step by step guide:

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Ghirardelli Chocolate and Strawberries Cupcakes

I told you yesterday about my random visit to the Ghirardelli outlet store. While we were there, my boyfriend spotted the Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook and bought it for me for Valentines day. I know, I know, it’s early for gift giving, but neither one of us are very good at waiting to give gifts to the other. Well I am (editor’s note: she isn’t.), but he isn’t and that just works for me, because I simply can’t stand waiting for them either.

I had to make the chocolate cupcakes immediately. I really appreciate a good vanilla cupcake, but man, I love chocolate. Today I am pulling out all the stops. This chocolate cupcake is topped with TWO frostings: Ghirardelli Chocolate ganache and Strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream. Add a chocolate covered strawberry and call it a day. I think this is by far my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe I have tried (from scratch). It has a very cake like texture, it’s very moist and has a very rich chocolate taste.  Continue reading

Chocolate Caramel Moose Munch Explosion Cupcake

Okay, this cupcake was too fun to make. It’s ooey, gooey and chocolaty delicious; I am still cleaning my camera off after this photo shoot. The Moose Munch Cupcake is  a chocolate cupcake, dipped in chocolate ganache, topped with caramel Swiss meringue buttercream, Moose Munch popcorn and drizzled with caramel and chocolate. It’s a chocolate caramel cupcake explosion!

Are you ready for this?

Moose munch is a wildly popular snack around this time of year. Caramel popcorn, plus chocolate covered caramel popcorn, plus caramel covered cashews and almonds. Don’t mind if I do. I thought I could whip together a few ingredients and turn this into an uber sugary sweet cupcake.

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National Cupcake Day; Hot Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cupcakes

Tomorrow, December 15th, is National Cupcake Day!!! That has to be the best food holiday ever! This is the one time I wished I lived in a major city, so I could visit all the amazing cupcake stores in one day! Instead, I will celebrate with myself and force my boyfriend to eat cupcakes with me; it shouldn’t be too hard.

I am celebrating National Cupcake Day with Hot Chocolate Peppermint Mousse filled cupcakes with White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Mousse filled cupcakes with White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream

I am bursting at the seams to make dozens and dozens of holiday cupcakes: so many flavors, so many combinations.  Last weekend, I was playing around with flavored whipped creams, so I decided to create a cupcake based around chocolate and peppermint.

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