Chocolate Strawberry Truffles

picture1Handmade chocolate truffles are one of my favorite things to make.  They can be made in truffle molds, which is a bit more difficult, or they can be hand rolled.  If you are using truffle molds, your chocolate needs to be perfectly tempered.  You can color the truffles by painting the molds with cocoa butter colors and they come out shiny and beautiful.  I don’t have any mold as home though, so I will show you how to make hand rolled truffles, which is a bit easier.  They will taste just the same, but will have a more rustic look. Continue reading

Red Velvet Cupcakes

picture1Today I am making red velvet cupcakes with a traditional red velvet frosting, in honor of my brothers 30th birthday!  Unfortunately, he isn’t in Texas to enjoy them, but it’s the thought that counts, right?   Most people pair red velvet with cream cheese icing these days, but it was originally paired with a boiled milk frosting, that is delicious, and I think, underused!  I made this frosting for the first time while I was in college; a coworker of mine told me about it and showed me how his southern mother used to make it and I just loved it.  You’ll have to let me know what you think about it! Continue reading

Cake Pops

picture15Happy Monday everyone!  Mondays are not usually my favorite days…but this particular Monday happens to be my big sister’s birthday!  I wish I could be there to make her a birthday cake, but Texas to Ohio is a bit of a journey for a cake… So instead, I’m making some cake pops, complete with metallic glitter, in honor of her birthday.  I guess I’ll just have to eat one for her too! Continue reading

It’s Bon Bon Time…

picture17As some of you may already know, I make custom cakes for clients here in Austin, Texas, which means I make A LOT of buttercream.  Because of that, last week I found myself with a serious surplus of egg yolks in my refrigerator.  I thought about cooking them up as a treat for the dogs, but I think they’re fat enough as is!  So instead I decided to make homemade ice cream. Continue reading