Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes & Fresh Strawberry Cream

Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes & Fresh Strawberry Cream

This year show your appreciation for Mom by serving these youth-friendly doughnut flavored mini-cakes filled with fresh strawberry cream and topped with white chocolate ganache.

And Dad *hint-hint* the kids will love making this fast and easy Mini-Cakes Topper as a creative gift for Mom.

After all, it is her day…

And for a stress-free gift for Mom, it’s simple to make these Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes over a two-day time period.

…’cause busy bees need a break.

The intricate silicone mold used for this Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes tutorial was purchased at my local H-E-B (grocery store.) The baking molds can be found in most craft stores via Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Wal-Mart or Amazon. (Here’s an example.)

Just remember to choose one that you love, ’cause it’s addicting to bake in silicone baking molds.

The youngins will love assembling these Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes, to present a creative love inspiration to Mom.

The day before Mom’s special day: (1) bake the mini-cakes, allow to cool then wrap securely in plastic wrap; refrigerate. (2) Prepare the fresh strawberry filling; cover and refrigerate (remember to put a ‘no touch’ sign on the bowl ’cause it’ll disappear fast.)

Her special day: (1) Make the white chocolate ganache; allow to cool. (2) Assemble the mini- cakes. (3) Drizzle the ganache onto the mini-cakes; refrigerate.

*hint-hint* There is a YouTube video down below on how to make the Mini-Cakes topper. The topper can be made days in advance.

Right before serving Mom, add the Mini-Cakes topper and a flower from the garden.

And celebrate the blessings of having Mom in your life.

You’ve got this…Dad!

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Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes Yum
Doughnut flavored mini-cakes filled with a Fresh Strawberry Cream and topped with a White Chocolate Ganache. A small batch recipe (2 cups) it's the perfect amount of batter to use with silicone baking molds. To make this recipe Gluten-Free: Measure-for-Measure (King Arthur's) flour. ~BB Bakes Sugar Art
Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18-20 minutes
Servings
mini-cakes
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18-20 minutes
Servings
mini-cakes
Ingredients
Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Lightly coat a silicone baking mold with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer beat together sugar and egg until light yellow in color.
  3. Whisk together vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract. Add to egg/sugar mixture and mix to combine.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl combine and whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  5. Add dry mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix on low-speed until combined and batter is smooth. Don't overmix.
  6. Distribute batter evenly between the 6 silicone molds.
  7. Bake at 350º for 18-20 minutes or until the tops of the mini-cakes are firm to touch and a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow mini-cakes to cool in the silicone baking mold; wrap the with saran wrap;refrigerate until time to assemble.
  9. To assemble mini-cakes: with the cakes in the silicone baking mold, level the tops with a bread knife. Flip over and carefully remove mini-cakes from mold. Add filling to one of the cakes and top with a 2nd cake. Glaze with white chocolate ganache.
  10. Mini-Cakes Topper Drip Border: use melted candy melts around the edge/perimeter of the top only.
  11. Recipes for Strawberry Cream Filling and White Chocolate Ganache @BB Bakes Sugar Art
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Fresh Strawberry Cream Filling Yum
Tangy bites of strawberries with an airy consistency of cream cheese and heavy whipping cream. It's "Mm! Mm! Good!" Remember to attach a 'Do Not Eat' label until assembling the mini cakes, 'cause it'll be gone in a jiffy. ~BB Bakes Sugar Art
Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, place freeze dried strawberries in a food processor; process until powdered; set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar and salt at medium speed until smooth. Add strawberries and strawberry powder; beat until combined. Transfer to another bowl; set aside.
  3. Clean mixing bowl. Using the whisk attachment, beat cream and lemon juice until foamy. Increase mixer speed to medium-high. Gradually add the remainder of 1/3 cup sugar, beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in cream mixture. Cover and refrigerate.
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Small Batch White Chocolate Ganache Yum
Small batch of white chocolate ganache. Perfect for mini cakes. ~BB Bakes Sugar Art
Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Doughnut Flavored Mini-Cakes
Instructions
  1. Heat heavy cream in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds-1 minute, until bubbling. Note: do not overheat the cream.
  2. Pour white chocolate chips into the heavy cream; gently swirl the bowl making sure the chips are covered.
  3. Allow ganache mixture to sit for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir slowly until the cream and white chocolate are combined.
  5. Heat the ganache mixture again for 20 seconds; stir.
  6. Allow ganache mixture to cool for 2 minutes.
  7. Repeat as necessary until all the chocolate bits are fully melted and incorporated.
  8. Allow the ganache to cool until the right consistency for dripping (1hr or more); drip ganache on a chilled cake.
  9. NOTE: Use caution when heating white chocolate and cream in the microwave. The white chocolate tends to scorch easily and then separate from the cream.

How to Make Pokémon Toy Cookies

How to Make Pokémon Toy Cookies

Pokémon Toy Cookies with a surprise inside is a Pokémon GO! for the Trainers attending your Pokémon party.

And it’s a legendary ending as a party favor.

When I began to design these gingerbread  domed Pokéball cookies, my main catch was to hide a mini Pokémon for the Trainers to find once the battle was over.

And since I’m a sweet blogger and GlamMa (who has no sugar limits) the Pokémon Toy Cookies as a party favor needed to be made in advance.

‘Cause my Trainer had battle station expectations for Pokéball Cupcake Toppers, Pokémon Cupcakes and a sculpted Shiny Gengar Cake at this Pokéstop.

To achieve the status as a ‘Mega GlamMa’ in my Trainer’s eyes, the cookies needed to be a ‘no-fail’ treat and this meant before making the cookies for the party, a sample cookie was designed, a storage technique was verified and most importantly, a taste test of the finished cookie.

‘Pika Pika!’ It was a Pokémon GO!

And you’ll ‘catch ’em all’ in the step-by-step video below…

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For this tutorial, I used a gingerbread cookie dough by, Julia M. Usher and for icing the cookie a recipe from, Baking Sweet Hope. For rolling out the cookies, The Cookie Thing.

Online supplies: Plunger cutters, circle cutters and silicone mold.

And here’s where to find the mini-Pokémons on Amazon.

For an eye-catching display for your pokéballs, this DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand is the way to ‘catch ’em all!’.

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How to Make Pokéball Cupcake Toppers

How to Make Pokéball Cupcake Toppers

Lure your guests to the party stop with these Pokéball Cupcake Toppers. Edible and simple to do, these toppers will make your Pokémon party evolve to the next level.

….cause, ‘It’s hard to catch ’em all when you don’t have enough balls..’

Is your Alpha Pokémon Trainer focused with finding Pocket Monsters?

You are not alone…Pokeball Cupcake ToppersC’mon over with me and lets hone in your GPS, correlate the location, whip out your phone and scan the Pokémon tutorials.

And while you are here, make sure to catch the recipe, Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes. Combined with the Pokéball Cupcake Toppers, you will easily superimpose your Pokémon party into an augmented reality.

It’ll be a Pokémon GO! when all the Trainers head on over to the Pokégym to prepare for battle and thereby proclaim your birthday party event … simply legendary.

To enhance your busy life, in our Pokémon YouTube series, I’ve included in each video, how to make and store your party goodies in advance (except for this one.)

The toppers can be made weeks in advance. Store the pokéball in a container and out of direct sunlight. The sun will fade the red half-sphere. And to make your pokéballs shine: right before the party, dab on a bit of vegetable shortening or lard.

Thanks for swiping in! For your convenience, here’s a list for the online Pokéball Cupcake Toppers supplies: Cake Pop Mold, Plunger Cutters, Circle Cutters, Red and White Candy Melts.

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Granny’s Banana Pudding Recipe

Granny’s Banana Pudding Recipe

My mother’s old-fashioned banana pudding. This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember and for the memories of her making life sweeter with this creamy vanilla wafer pudding, I’m naming this timeless dessert in her honor.

My mother was known to all as, ‘Granny.’ And from my kitchen to yours, I’m sharing, Granny’s Banana Pudding.

Layered with sliced bananas, vanilla wafers and a homemade vanilla pudding, this banana pudding is a ‘delight’ with every ‘bite.’

And here’s to you making this recipe a family tradition. Sending sweet wishes to you and your family with Granny’s Banana Pudding for  memories to cherish for many years to come.

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For  a Gluten-Free Version of Granny’s Banana Pudding: King Arthur’s, Measure for Measure Flour and Kinnikkinick Vanilla Wafers.

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Granny's Banana Pudding Recipe Yum
My mother's old-fashioned banana pudding recipe. This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember. Naming this recipe in honor of her, 'Granny.' This recipe can also be made Gluten-Free by using King Arthur's, Measure for Measure flour & Kinnikinnick Vanilla Wafers. When measuring the MfM flour, do level teaspoons instead of heaping. ~BB Bakes Sugar Art
Banana Pudding
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Banana Pudding
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients together; set aside.
  2. Beat egg yolks until smooth. Gradually add milk, continue to blend.
  3. Mix dry and wet ingredients together. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour into a saucepan; add butter. Cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until pudding mixture begins to bubble. Continue stirring until the pudding thickens (approx: 1-2 minutes.)
  5. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in vanilla. Allow to slightly cool.
  6. In a decorative dish, layer vanilla wafers, bananas and pudding. Repeat layers until you end up with wafers on top. Begin with wafers and finish the top with pudding.
  7. Store covered in the refrigerator.

How to Make a Pokémon Cake Pop Stand

How to Make a Pokémon Cake Pop Stand

Arriving one by one, the young boys stopped to admire the Gengar cake and then their palms reached out to touch the Pokémon Cake Pop Stand to give the pokéball a moment of reverential silence. Snatching Pikachu Peeps from the crown of the pokéball, the boys all gathered around in wonderment.

The Pokémon pilgrimage continued until one wide-eyed boy with awe in his voice looked up at me and asked, ‘Is that a real Poké Ball?’

Yeah, I know. As a GlamMa with a warped sense of humor, this was an invitation to really up my Pokémon game.

Seriously, some of these guys still believe in Santa.

What was a GlamMa to do? I was stuck somewhere between a Pokéball and the Great Ball in Pokémon land with the Pokémon Cake Pop Stand.

Luckily for me, I was swiped by a Pokémon berry when the sugar from the Pikachu Peeps began to surge through the dudes’ bloodstreams and then someone outside shouted in glee, ‘Bouncy house, bouncy house!!’

Saved by a Bounce-Bounce.

Darn….

Pokemon Cake Pop Stand

Be sure to catch the DIY Wooden Cupcake StandPokémon Cupcakes and the Pokémon Cupcake Topper tutorials for your Pokémon party!

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How to Make Pokémon Cupcakes

How to Make Pokémon Cupcakes

Oh me. Oh my. It’s a blissful sugar high when you bite into these round (yep, I said round) Pokémon Cupcakes. Encased in a crunchy candy shell, this pokéball is layered and filled with a dark chocolate cake surrounded with a buttercream icing.

It’s a ‘cram ya face’ guarantee to be a Pokémon GO! for your next Pokémon Party and with this tutorial I’ll show you how simple it is to make these pokéballs.

Yours truly has a Pokémon obsessed grandson with a group of buddies who are fixated around the status of evolving the thousands of little creatures that pop-up on the phone to be caught and eventually hatch to grow into more powerful beasts.

And It’s difficult to impress Pokémon enthusiasts but with these Pokémon Cupcakes, I am proud to proclaim that I’ve evolved my Pokémon status to….Mega GlamMa.

And here’s where to find the supplies for the Pokémon Cupcakes: Silicone Mold, Cookie Cutters, Plunger Cutters & the RV hand grater.

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The Small Batch Chocolate Cupcake recipe is perfect for these Pokémon Cupcakes and buttercream topped cupcakes too. This recipe was created by me for smaller parties & celebrations.

And when using King Arthur’s Measure-for-Measure flour the cupcakes are equally as decadent to make Gluten-Free. I love to make a batch of gluten-free for the guests who are so gracious to celebrate the occasion, yet the majority of the time can’t enjoy party sweets.

The recommended cocoa for the recipe is King Arthur’s Black Cocoa. I’m in love! It makes the BEST chocolate desserts that require cocoa…EVER! You’ll be in love, too.

I’m also in love with Lauren Kitchen’s Buttercream recipe and if there is any icing (we lick the bowl for proof checkout Instagram) that’s leftover…freeze. Just use Google. Trust me, cakers abound are on the LK Buttercream train.

For an excellent resource on modeling chocolate and candy clay swing by Kara’s Couture Cakes.

Mosey on over to the tutorial, DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand, on how to display these Pokéballs for your party.

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Pokémon Chocolate Cupcake Recipe Yum
Gluten or Gluten-free, this rich, dark chocolate batter for these small batch of cupcakes makes life a little bit sweeter. To make these cupcakes Gluten-Free, use King Arthur's Measure for Measure flour. (No other gluten-free flour has been tested.) If using the recommended flour the only slight difference will be with the doming of the cupcakes. ~Recipe by: BB Bakes Sugar Art
Pokemon Cupcakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16-19 minutes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16-19 minutes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Pokemon Cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350º. Place wrappers into a cupcake pan.
  2. Combine unsalted butter, semi-sweet chocolate chips and vegetable oil into a small bowl. In a small bowl, microwave 30 seconds; stir mixture until melted. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl sift together the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  4. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the egg, vanilla, sour cream and coffee.
  5. Combine the wet ingredients with dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth.
  6. Pour batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake @ 350º for 16-19 minutes or until the center of the cupcakes are firm to touch. Do not overbake.

DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand

DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand

I don’t mean to sound paranoid but going into the hardware store to design this DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand gave me a mega dose of *sigh* paranoia.

The uneasy feeling began as soon as I parked my Corvette in the contractor’s parking lot.

I honestly didn’t know if was because men are naturally attracted to sports cars or if the male stares were wondering what kind of building supplies would actually fit in the hatch and I’m blonde.

Surely the blonde factor doesn’t apply here?

DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand

I mean…seriously…the store stocks nuts and screws!

What’s the big deal?

And that’s when I took a deep breath and made a calm decision that it was probably raging testosterone car admiration.

Sashaying toward the front entrance, I gained a smidgen of confidence just knowing that there are times I’ve gotten smirks and chuckles from both sexes when shopping at the local Sam’s Club and that’s okay ‘cause I’m an expert on arranging purchases.

And just between me and you, I sincerely enjoy seeing amazement on faces when smugly closing down the hatch.

It’s always ‘high-five’ time on my steering wheel.

But the rednecks inside the hardware store had a completely different look on their faces. And those ‘eye squints’ with the ‘raised eyebrows’ were the ultimate worse. Those rude men would glance at my face and then stare in wonderment at my breasts.

What the heck? Did they ever watch the news?

So…not…cool.

The worst part was, I got all the way to aisle B-17 before bending over to check out the wooden buns to realize that it wasn’t my breasts getting all the ogles, it was the blasted Canon camera strapped around my neck.

Boy…did I feel…??

DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand

Yep, that’s when I got my ‘mojo’ for this DIY Wooden Cupcake Stand blog post. And to not ‘bore’ you with all the redneck guy photos that are now on my Canon while overcoming a traumatic trip to Lowe’s, I’ll spare your eyes with a suggested list of supplies.

 (3) Ash Bun Foot 

(2) High Old English Wood Table Leg Bun Foot

(1) Square Taper Hardwood Bun Foot

(1) Display Cake Board Footed Round 35 cm (13.7 Inch) 

Natural Unfinished Wood Napkin Rings

Clear Contact Paper

Spray Paint (color of choice)

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How to Make Sunflower Cake Pops

How to Make Sunflower Cake Pops

Sweet and dainty! These Sunflower Cake Pops make versatile party favors for special occasions – birthdays, bridal showers, wedding & more. 

Sunflowers & daisies growing in a cake pop flower pot with a little hint of dirt at the base, vining up with sugar leaves to the very top of the lollipop stick and ending with a beautiful detailed sunflower are deliciously sweet!

The floral design can be changed in so many different ways when color coordinating the cake pops to a party theme. To name a few: add delicate butterflies, floral hearts or simply sugar sparkle the cake pop. Go ahead and let your imagination swirl with creative ideas!

Sunflower Cake Pops are inviting at a party or event, all eyes will be on these delicate flowers. And the cake pops are so tempting to be picked, you will receive rave reviews!

While you are here, mosey on over to the 6 Flawless Tips No Bake Cake Pops tutorial on how to achieve  these perfect round cake pops.

Thanks for dropping by! Take off your boots & stay awhile! Hope you enjoy this Sunflower Cake Pops tutorial.

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Sunflower Cake Pops – Equipment Required

Sugar Tips:

(1) I love small canning jars for dipping cake pops! It’s easy to gauge the temperative of the candy coating just by holding the jars. I’ve found mini silicone spatulas are also perfect for stirring the candy melts in the jars.

(2) Always keep the cake balls chilled in the fridge (not freezer.) If the cake balls are not chilled, the ball will fall off the stick and into the candy coating/melts.

(3) For more information on how to make a smooth perfect cake ball, mosey on over to the 6 Flawless Tips No Bake Cake Pops tutorial.

Step 1: Fill the jar with the chosen color candy melts. Place in the mircrowave on 50% power for 45 seconds. Stir. Repeat one more time.

With the microwave on 45% power, continue for 30 seconds until melted. Being very careful to allow the candy melts to slightly cool in the jar, gauging the heat in the palm of your hand; constantly stirring.

The canning jar should NEVER feel hot to hold. The jar needs to feel warm – not too warm or hot. Melting the candy melts takes patience. Don’t rush the melting stage.

Continue adding candy melts and stirring until the jar is filled with the melted coating. Once the candy melts are ALL smooth, add 1/2 teaspoon of Paramount Melting Crystals. Stir until combine. If the candy melts are not fluid, continue to add another 1/2 teaspoon until a smooth dipping consistency.

If reheating after adding the crystals, lower the microwave power to 40% and 20 – 25 seconds each time. The crystals tend to overheat the candy melts after adding to the jar. Use caution.

Step 2: Dip the chilled cake ball into the melted candy melts; twirl slowly around making sure to evenly coat the cake ball.

Step 3: Lift the cake pop straight-up and gently shake to allow the excess to flow off the cake ball.

Place the cake pop onto parchment paper and align/straighten.

Important: Immediately put the cake pop back into the fridge. When the cake pop is dipped chilled, the batter inside the pop will expand. If the cake pop coating is not allowed to harden in the fridge, a crack in the cake pop will occur. Keep the cake pops chilled.

Allow the cake pops to harden in the fridge overnight. When decorating a cake pop, take one pop out of the fridge at a time.

Step 4: Wrap decorated tape tightly over the lollipop stick. I prefer to wait to add the tape since it’s not a food-safe ink. Carefully start with the tape at the base (without touching the coating.) Wrap one cake pop at a time and place back into the fridge.

Add a second mini baking cup underneath each cake pop for stability.

Step 5: Cut-out two circles with the circle cutter and with a knife cut a slit. Wrap the brown sugar paste around the top/base of the lollipop stick. Attach with chocolate edible adhesive.

Step 6: Roll kneaded and soft lime fondant or modeling chocolate into an oblong. Place into the sugar extruder and extrude using a circle disc.

Press the vine into the base of the chocolate and wrap around the lollipop stick; attach the vine with chocolate edible adhesive where it touches the decorated tape. When the vine reaches the top, press firmly at the end of the lollipop stick.

Dab chocolate edible adhesive around the base of the brown fondant dirt. Attach different colors of sprinkles.

Step 7: Next, attach the sugar leaves with chocolate edible adhesive, alternating on the vine for a front and back view of the cake pop design.

Step 8: Lightly dust a flower mold with cornstarch; turn the mold over and tap out any excess cornstarch. Choose 2-3 flower designs to use for the Sunflower Cake Pops.

In the center of the mold indentation, press in a yellow fondant or modeling chocolate. Add and press in the second bold color. Carefully remove the flower. For the largest flower, make two each, for a front and back alternate design.

Note: I’ve had my flower mold….forever! Have used the mold for many sugar projects. On the affiliate links, there is a flower mold that is suggested that would work for this design and many other projects. 

Step 9: Attach the flowers with chocolate edible adhesive to the vine.

Step 10: After completing each one of Sunflower Cake Pops, place back into the fridge.

Another reason why I LOVE the small canning jars. After the cake poppin’ is done and it’s a wrap, screw the lid on the jar and store. The jar eliminates the messy clean-up, saves $$ and stores the candy melts for the next cake poppin’ time!

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Lust Cake for Two

Lust Cake for Two

Sometimes chocolate lust needs a quick fix and this Lust Cake for Two is the ultimate key to unlocking a romantic evening. A sensual  cake, it’s filled and topped with a lip-smacking chocolate cream and drizzled seductively with a blissful ganache.

It’s the ultimate chocolate cake for two to make your fantasies come true.

Yeah, I know lust is one of the seven deadly sins but in the angelic realm of love, you still gotta have a little lust to get a little lovin’.

…and like the old quote says, ‘If you want to get what you desire, opt for a kiss rather than a whine.’Lust CakeAnd this lust cake will set the stage for an adventurous evening.

Just adding a little ambiance escalates desire and sets the mood for romance. It’s as simple as turning the lights down low and lighting a few candles.

This lust cake fed one bite at a time will escalate a sensual craving and stimulate  true love with your significant other.

Yes siree!  It’s a passionate combination and each decadent nibble inspires a  magical emotion.

And don’t forget to compliment this lust cake by serving a glass of red wine with a velvety texture or a dark-berry fruit that meshes with the chocolate mocha flavor – it’s sure to be a lover come-hither!

Lust Cake

Soooo….¸¸.•*¨*•♫ are you ready for love?¸¸.•*¨*•♫

By golly, I think you are!

Okay…you’ve got this! Now it’s time to create some triple chocolate lustful lovin’ emotion!

And always remember: It’s okay to lust after cake…. especially if it’s chocolate.

Disclaimer: this lust cake is to be created and consumed with love.

Lust Cake

 

And here’s where to find the round cookie cutter, heart cookie cutter and black cocoa! I am so into the black cocoa and once you give it a try, you will be too. Makes delicious hot cocoa. YUM!

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Lust Cake for Two Yum
Sometimes chocolate lust needs a quick fix and this Lust Cake for Two is the ultimate key to unlocking a romantic evening. A sensual cake, it's filled and topped with a lip-smacking chocolate mascarpone cream and drizzled seductively with a blissful ganache. ©Recipe by BB Bakes Sugar Art.
Lust Cake
Prep Time 17 minutes
Cook Time 18-20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 17 minutes
Cook Time 18-20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Lust Cake
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325º F. In an 8"x 8" pan, spray the bottom of the pan with Cooking Spray. Place a 8" square of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan and lightly coat again. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cocoa, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl add coffee, vegetable oil, melted butter, sour cream, vanilla extract and egg. Beat with whisk together until smooth.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour batter into a prepared pan.
  6. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack. Cool completely.
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Chocolate Mascarpone Cream Yum
Chocolate mascarpone cream that is lip-smacking delicious! YUM! ~BB Bakes Sugar Art
Lust Cake
Servings
Servings
Lust Cake
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate in top of a clean double boiler over simmering water, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream and sugar in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Set the whipped cream aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the mascarpone cheese, melted chocolate and vanilla in a large bowl just until smooth and glossy, about 30 seconds (do not overmix) or fold in the mixture by hand.
  4. Fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture in 2 batches.
  5. Pipe immediately, or cover and refrigerate overnight. If chilled, allow to stand at room temperature 1 hour before piping. Transfer the chocolate mascarpone cream to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe.
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Ganache for Two Yum
Blissful ganache for two! ~BB Bakes Sugar Art
Lust Cake
Servings
Lust Cakes
Ingredients
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Lust Cakes
Ingredients
Lust Cake
Instructions
  1. Coarsely chop baking chocolate with a serrated knife then transfer to a heatproof bowl.
  2. Pour the cream into a small saucepan set over medium heat and bring to a boil. Immediately take the pan from the stove and pour over chopped chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute to allow the hot cream to melt the chocolate. Allow the overall temperature to reduce because emulsions form better at 90º- 110ºF.
  3. Whisk the mixture in one direction until smooth and creamy.
  4. Place plastic wrap directly on top of the ganache; press down to seal. Allow to set on the counter for 20-25 minutes or until the ganache's consistency slowly glides down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Put the ganache into a piping bag: test for the consistency or drizzle the ganache onto the Lust Cakes with a spoon.
  6. Drizzle the ganache onto the chilled cake.

The Perfect Cake Hack

The Perfect Cake Hack

My cake life spiraled 180 degrees upon discovering  The Perfect Cake Hack. I’ve discarded the old ways to torte and level a cake.

No more long nights of baking, filling and crumb coating a cake. No more frustrations to achieve sharp edges on a cake. And anxiety wrecking the kitchen, nevermore.

My cake baking life is simply a cake walk journey.

And perfecting a Naked Cake is as simple as 1..2..3.

I’ll let you in on a  little sugar secret. I’ve gone over to Kristen’s Cake Side. She’s super wicked.

Wicked as can be!

Kristen is Wicked Goodies.

Perfect Cake Hack(Click-on to see inside Kristen’s book.)

There are times when God places someone special in your life.

Kristen is one of those amazing people living in the universe. She’s encouraged my sugar art journey and I cannot be more thankful for her guidance.

And once again, Kristen came to my rescue.

Stressed with a five-layered wedding cake, an email arrived into my inbox. A remedy to halt long sleepless nights appeared right before my eyes.

The Perfect Cake Hack!

In that instance, my cake life changed for the better.

My cake life changed FOREVER!

Time spent applying buttercream onto a cake has been reduced. No more cake worries about straight and even sides. And side bulges on cakes covered with fondant and modeling chocolate, nevermore.

Now it’s a relaxing time spent to decorate a cake.

No stress. And it’s easy as 1..2..3.

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 The Perfect Cake Hack – Equipment Required

You didn’t think I’d spill all of Kristen’s secrets? Now mosey on over to Wicked Goodies and watch the, ‘New Layer Cake Video Series – Part 2 – Filling and Depanning.’

Here’s the link:

Note: Kristen uses a torch instead of a heat gun to depan cakes. She’s a professional chef with 17+ years of experience in the baking industry.

I stared at the torch for days and never got up the nerve to flick the switch.

Visions of the kitchen going up in smoke. Bangs being crispy fried. And the worse possible scenario flittered around my thinking process.

When I opened the Wagner Heat Gun, I knew that it was the solution to my fear issue.

The heat gun works like a charm.  Easy to use with a high and low heat switch. And the cake depans like a dream.

Thanks for dropping by! The Perfect Cake Hack method will make your life sweeter, one cake at a time. Mosey on over and checkout the Perfect Cake Board Hack.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, for more tutorials click here.  Buzz on over to the hive's delicious recipes and the sweet as honey, sugar hacks.

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Here's to the sweet life,

Brenda Broadway, Sugar Artist & Blogger

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