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Love is Like a Box of Cupcakes!

Contest Photo by: CupCakeFlick
VA
Category: Cupcakes

Description

Love is like a Box of Cupcakes...you never know quite what you're going to get but when all is said and done it's usually pretty darn sweet! :)

I love cupcakes and candy (who doesn't, right?!?) so what could be better or sweeter than making cupcake candy!?! :) DOUBLE YUM!!!

These are classic mini chocolate and vanilla cupcakes covered in a Oh so yummy, but very simple and fake Chocolate and White Chocolate Ganache." The cupcakes are decorated with Valentine's candies and of course served in the top of a Heart Shaped Candy box top to add a little extra sweetness and fun for my special Valentine! (Who was especially thrilled as he made out with both a box of candy and a box of cupcakes! :)

Ingredients

-Your Favorite chocolate and/or vanilla cake mix or recipe
-Can of Vanilla Frosting
-Can of Chocolate Frosting
-White Chocolate melting candy (white or red will work)
-Food Coloring
-Your Favorite Valentine's Day candy (Have fun with this one, but for me it was red m&ms, heart shaped chocolated, conversation hearts, valentines sprinkles, etc!)
-Tube of your favorite decorating icing for decorating

How to Make

  • Make cake mix as directed.
    -Line mini-muffin pan with festive mini-cupcake liners
    -Pour batter into mini-muffin pan
    -Bake for ~14 mins (on average for the mini's)
    -Let cool.

  • Prepare Chocolate Fake Ganache:
    -Scoop out half can of chocolate icing into microwaveable safe bowl
    -Put icing in Microwave for 45 seconds
    -Stir quickly and thoroughly
    -Dip cupcakes in icing
    -Let excess icing run off
    -Smooth as necessary
    -Add candy on tops as desired
    -When Ganache semi-hard add decorator touches (ie. making hearts, writing LOVE, HUG, etc on top using tube of icing)

    HINT: Depending on type of finish you want with the chocolate topping you may want to add a few melting chocolate to icing before hardening (white or dark chocolate). Adding the melting chocolate to the icing will help make ganache into a harder coating of icing on top of the cupcake which is nice for neatness, but will in make it look less shiny. It's a tough trade-off as I love the shiny finish, but it is definitely messier and thus harder to serve/transport. Luckily though both ways taste great!

  • Prepare White Chocolate (red and pink) Fake Ganache
    -Scoop out half can of vanilla icing into microwaveable bowl
    -Put icing in Microwave for 45 seconds
    -Add in 10 Red melting chocolates (if you only have white melting chocolate simply add red or pink food coloring too)
    -Stir quickly and thoroughly
    -Dip cupcakes in icing
    -Let excess icing run off
    -Smooth as necessary
    -Add candy as desired to decorate
    -When Ganache semi-hard add decorator touches (ie. making hearts, writing LOVE, HUG, etc on top using tube of icing)

    HINT: The vanilla icing and red chocolates will likely melt into a pink Ganache, to make more red after coloring a few pink ones, simply add red food coloring as desired.

  • Tips for Taking a Great Photo:
    • Avoid clutter. Keep the background simple -- your cupcake or sweet treat is the star!
    • Daytime, natural light is best. If your area is bright enough, try taking the photo without the flash.
    • Upload a horizontal photo. If you crop the image on your computer, make sure you keep a landscape 4:3 aspect ratio.
    • For best results, make your image 1200x900 (or "save for web").
    • With a digital camera, you can take as many photos as possible and choose the best one. Have fun!