My Birthday Wish

I had to make a post before the night was over so I could still say that it's my birthday. Yes, another year older, smarter and wiser. So wise that I came up with a great promotion that I had to post here before I called it a night. 

I also have to apologize for the lack of posts. I do most of my updating on Facebook nowadays. Not to mention Hilary Clinton and I have something in common, we both got delicious concussions around Christmas. SO, I'm sure you can imagine what that entails. Speaking of updating...I made a new video ::snicker:: Yes I did, and even though it's not the best, I'm proud of my little four minute video. Sadly it didn't come out full screen like I had hoped for BUT, it get's the message across. Which was instructing you guys on how to make a beautiful buttercream rose, be it for cakes or cupcakes. So for those of you daring pastry lovers who want to take a shot at a buttercream rose, THIS ONE'S FOR YOU!


And if for some reason it doesn't help, turn the music up, close your eyes and vibe out. 


Expect another video sometime this week for Valentines Day ideas! 
I'm thinking a heart cake and a rose cupcake bouquet. I don't know, we'll see.
Well that's all for now. Happy Baking!!
Swirl/Rose Ombre Cake

~Couture in a Cupcake~

The other day, I made some amazing chocolate covered peanut clusters. I made a post on Facebook about them and ended the post with "Homemade Fun". So true. Why purchase expensive chocolates when you can have fun creating your own!  Visit your local market and pick up a few bars of chocolate (I prefer Belgium). Melt them down and go crazy!! One of my newest favorite chocolate candies are "Turtles". In case you're thinking I'm a seafood dipped in chocolate lover, allow me to explain. Chocolate turtles are basically a cluster of caramel and pecans dipped in milk or dark chocolate. In my family, one of our holiday traditions are to have candies, nuts and fruit out on the table for guests. Sooo...since I have all of the ingredients including candy wrappers, I figure why not. I feel a recipe coming on....BAM!

Homemade Chocolate Turtles

1/4 lb. Chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 C. Pecan halves
3/4 C. Caramel (home-made or store-bought)

On a sheet tray with waxed paper, arrange the pecans in a cluster of 5 in the shape of a turtle or a star.

Drizzle your warm caramel over the nuts and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes

When hardened, peel your candy off of the parchment and cut into small squares about 1 1/2 in. thick.

Melt your chocolate using the double boiler method or microwave method (stir every 30 seconds). Chocolate should reach about 85 degrees. Be careful not to burn. 

Allow your chocolate to cool down, then dip each piece of caramel into your chocolate (try using a fork) and set on a piece of waxed paper to harden. Store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks. 

Voila! Enjoy.

Here are some other ideas. My personal favorite, chocolate dipped tangerine slices.

And my homemade caramel apple. Too legit to quit!