Cupcakes were supposed to be a fad, but I don’t see their popularity dyeing out at all. They are portable cake that you don’t need a fork or spoon to eat, what’s not to love? Plus, they are darn cute! Below I have posted two fun twists on ordinary cupcakes that people just cannot get enough of.
First, cookie dough cupcakes! This cupcake has a chocolate chip, brown sugar cake base, filled with cookie dough, and then frosted with a cookie dough buttercream. YUM!
Everyone loves cookie dough, right? Wait, not your mom who would never, ever dream of eating raw eggs, or even over-easy eggs, for fear of salmonella? Well, never fear! My mom is the same way and even she can love and eat these cupcakes. The cookie dough is an eggLESS cookie dough and even the flour in the cookie dough is toasted at 350 degrees Fahrenheit to take care of any salmonella lurking in the flour. Yup, even flour can have salmonella, who knew? Thus, we are safe with this cookie dough so enjoy!!
This recipe was originally inspired by Annie’s Eats cookie dough cupcakes, but I have modified it to be even more tasty!
Layers from bottom to top: chocolate chip brown sugar cake, cookie dough (just below the frosting and a bit darker in color), and cookie dough frosting with a sprinkling of chocolate chips
The second cupcake is a riff on one of the Girl Scout’s most popular cookies, the Samoas. What we have here is a shortbread cookie on the bottom, then an uber-chocolate cupcake topped with a chocolate caramel ganache, and then finished with a wreath of toasted coconut covered in caramel goodness with a drizzle of chocolate ganache over top. Did you catch all that? If you like Samoas, I think you will love these!
This past Monday, February 6th, I brought these chocolate tarts to Sarah’s Creation Florist early in the morning. By Monday afternoon, they had all sold out! Needless to say, these tarts will be making a reappearance for Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate Tarts with Salted Peanut Caramel and Chocolate Ganache Drizzle
I had made a version of these tarts for my friend’s baby shower that I hosted this past weekend. The positive feedback was phenomenal. One guest went home and split half the tart with her roommate and apparently her roommate started moaning like Meg Ryan at Katz’s Deli in the movie “When Harry Met Sally.” I guess that means it was really good?!
Tarts for the baby shower!
Due to this feedback I quickly whipped up another batch and brought them to Sarah’s Creation Florist Monday morning.
Here’s a full description of this tart:
With the velvety smooth chocolate truffle filling, salted-peanut caramel, and dark chocolate ganache drizzle, these tarts could be reminiscent of a refined candy bar. However, the luxurious and seductive texture of the truffle, and the deep amber-colored, intensely flavored caramel (boiled until just shy of burned), combined with the salty peanuts and the addition of a chocolate ganache drizzle (just for good measure) elevate this tart far beyond just another overly sweet and comparatively bland candy bar.
On Monday I also brought some Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti.
Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti
Biscotti packaged and ready to go!
Perfect for all coffee and tea drinkers! When dipped in a beverage of choice the almonds retain their crunch while the cookie becomes soft and the chocolate wonderfully melty. This dunked cookie is so good and fun to eat that it will be gone long before you reach the bottom of your cup!
Both of these items will be available the week of Valentine’s Day along with several other items including:
Chocolate Truffle Raspberry Tart (Fancy Chocolate Tart)
Almond-Orange Tarts with Blood Oranges
Conversation Heart Frosted Sugar Cookies
Cookie Pops (heart-shaped frosted sugar cookies on a stick)
A variety of flavors of small, handmade chocolate truffles,
A “Breakfast in Bed” theme comprised of Pain au Chocolat (chocolate filled croissants), Almond-Filled Croissants, Gooey Cinnamon Rolls, and Tangerine and Pistachio Caramel Rolls
Some of these items will be available at Sarah’s Creation Florist on Friday and all will be available on Monday (13th) and Tuesday (14th) of next week. Please stop by and grab something for those you love!