Happy February! As we are approaching Valentine's Day, I wanted to share some ideas for your sweetheart, as this is the holiday of the sweet-tooth, and I think coffee cake definitely fits that bill.
Cakes are wonderful (I'm sure you can at least guess how I feel about them), but the amount of work necessary to make them is not always so wonderful. And when I'm trying to impress someone with my baking creations, I stress even more about the look and taste of my creations.
I see these chocolate creations as the perfect accompaniment to My Grandma's cakes, as they make a statement and show your loved one that you care and spent some time on them, even without advanced baking skill or the time to use it.
|And along with My Grandma's Sweetheart tin, they send the most adorable message!|
How can you do this yourself? All you need is:
- 1 cup of chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate, but I would love to try this with dark chocolate). Obviously use more chocolate for more words, if you want them.
- 1 thick sandwich bag (one that won't split at the seams-- my first attempt did this and it was messy and unfortunate) and a pair of scissors
- Aluminum foil or wax paper
- Some space in your refrigerator
- A microwave
Spoon the melted chocolate (start with a small amount) into one corner of the sandwich bag. Use the scissors to cut a small bit of that corner of the bag, as if you were piping a tiny bit of frosting.
Use the bag as a pen to write whatever words or shapes your heart desires onto a flat piece of aluminum foil or wax paper. Practice a few times first to get a good grip on the bag, and determine how thick you want your letters. There will be breakage, so make sure to write extra words.
Note: Letters should be as thick as possible in order to minimize breakage when transferring frozen chocolate words. Feel free to go back over your original lines to make them thicker, if needed.
|This thickness or more worked best, anything thinner fell apart almost immediately.|
|I used my My Grandma's box to create a flat surface in my fridge- yay reusing!|
Write anything you want. I stuck with the traditional hugs, xoxo, love, yumm, and heart shapes. Pay attention to the lines you are creating and how sturdy they might be. Love rarely held together for me because the L would fall off, but xoxo worked very well because it was more of a connected shape that held together. It would also be cute to write out your and your partner's initials!
Look at that delicious Valentine's Day dessert! And all you need is some chocolate and a cake to do it yourself! Order by February 5th for Valentine's Day delivery!
Go forth and spread the love! Good luck!
And... stay tuned for the recipe for that delicious salted orange caramel in the pictures. We will be posting it before the month is out! Check out the left-hand bar of this blog to subscribe and get our posts and recipes sent straight to your email!
AND... You can win a cake for yourself later this February after your Valentine gets their treats!
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