Monday, February 14, 2011
I found this recipe on Your Homebased Mom and wanted to try them right away! She made hers with pretty pink chocolate hearts, but since I waited until February 13th to buy pink chocolate melts from the craft store, they were all sold out. But I kind of like the contrast with the dark chocolate, and I loved the flavor it added.
What I Loved About This Recipe
Most of the time cupcakes are too sweet for me and a lot of frostings are way too sugary. Instead of frosting, these are filled with a mash of fresh raspberries and whip cream which is light and fresh and not too sweet.
I also love that this starts with a boxed cake mix (yay for easy!) but it makes changes to it to make it way better than a box mix and gives it a from scratch taste.
(Unfortunately it was dark by the time I was done making these and the lighting in my apartment is REALLY bad, so the picture quality here isn't the greatest!)
1 1/3 C water
3 large egg whites
2 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp almond extract
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 (6-ounce) containers fresh raspberries, or one bag of frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
1 container frozen whipped cream.
Powdered sugar for dusting.
For the chocolate hearts and xo's on top, I bought a small tub of chocolate melts, the kind you would use for fondue, or to make chocolate covered fruit. It can usually be found with the strawberries in the fruit section. I melted the chocolate per the directions on container and poured the melted chocolate in a ziplock bag with the tip of it cut off. This is a very easy replacement to those fancy pastry bags that I don't have! I squeezed the chocolate out onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper in my various shapes and put the sheet in the fridge to cool.
When the cupcakes were cooled and assembled I added my chocolate pieces on top! I loved the taste of the chocolate with the raspberry filling! I had seen molds you can get at craft stores shaped like little hearts, but I like how imperfect mine are and how each is a little different and how they have that hand-drawn look to them!
Happy Valentine's Day!