Thursday, January 27, 2011

Gourmet Cupcakes!

Cupcakes aren't just for kids!! Add a little bit of gourmet flavor, alcohol soak, and a fancy garnish and you have a dessert that's great for any adult.

These dark chocolate fudge cupcakes are flavored with a Cointreau syrup and then topped with an orange infused dark chocolate ganache.  Candied orange zest makes the perfect garnish to top off these cakes!

Here's a twist on a southern favorite -  pralines!  White cake is flavored with a bourbon simple syrup and topped off with homemade praline buttercream. 

Who doesn't love s'mores?? Here's an adult-friendly version of a kid favorite!  Graham cracker cake is filled with a chocolate marshmallow fudge and then topped with toasty marshmallow meringue.

Cupcakes can make a great gift, too! Place them in a cupcake box, label the cakes with flavor descriptions, and decorate the box.  Everyone loves to receive homemade goodies!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Puma Shoebox

I had so much fun making this cake for my friend Ameet! He is lover of Puma shoes (or, all shoes, to be exact) so he was thrilled to get this shoebox cake for his birthday.  My favorite response after the "reveal" of the cake was, "open it up Ameet, what do the shoes look like?"  No, the box didn't open, but I'm glad someone thought that it would!!

This was a chocolate cake layered with vanilla buttercream and chocolate ganache.
Happy Birthday Ameet!