Valentine’s Day is this weekend ALREADY, it definitely snuck up on me a bit. If you need some dessert ideas to impress your significant other, here are a couple of recipes that have been tried and true for me. Do not let the thought of attempting Creme Brulee intimidate you, it’s actually pretty easy and has only 5 ingredients. However you do want to make it ahead so it has plenty of time to cool in the fridge.
Basic Creme Brulee
Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache
I had unexpected company coming for dessert and I automatically thought cupcakes are easy to whip up. Only I am too late to realize after the cupcakes are already cooling that I do not have any icing sugar to make icing. Luckily, I had whipping cream and chocolate chips so I got inventive and made a chocolate ganache for the top.
If you are short on time, you can quickly dip your cupcakes in the warm ganache and it will coat them with a thin shiny glaze which you could top with sprinkles etc. BUT, if you have time on your side, you can cool the ganache to room temperature and then use your beaters to give it volume and it will be pipe-able like icing (mine wasn’t quite cooled enough but still turned out thicker than a glaze).
Yes, it is possible to make good chocolate cupcakes WITHOUT buying a pre-packaged mix. These turned out wonderful. I won’t bother copying the recipe, you can find it here (P.S. I didn’t use special cocoa like the recipe recommends, just plain old store-bought cocoa worked fine!):
8 oz of Chocolate Chips (approximately 1 1/2 Cups)
1 /2 C of Whipping Cream
Combine whipping cream and chocolate chips in a sauce pan, whisk over medium heat until the chocolate is melted. Cool slightly and pour over cake or cool to room temperature and beat until fluffy and spreadable. Keep refrigerated.
White Cake with Caramelized Sugar and Coconut Topping
This cake is easy and delicious, I have made it twice for my family and they devoured it both times.