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bridal mania pt 3 – cute as can be desserts

15 Sep

This is the last in the trilogy of bridal mania posts. I just wanted to show you guys the cute mini versions of my strawberry Oreo pies that I made. They were so much fun to make, and probably the easiest dessert for this bridal shower. I simply doubled the recipe, bought a bunch of disposable mini tart shells and pressed the graham cracker crust into them. Then just scoop the filling into each tart shell and top off with half a strawberry.

The Oreo truffles I usually make are smaller but Shirley asked me to make them a bit bigger for the bridal shower. So, I obliged and it made the dipping a bit more difficult – not to mention the fact that the hot kitchen made it impossible for the chocolate to set. I ended up making these in shifts and putting them into the fridge until they set. It took a bit longer than usual, but they are soo worth it.

In the end, it was a lot of fun to have an excuse to bake these many goodies. I think the selection was pretty good: refreshing strawberry oreo pies, decadent oreo truffles, rich buttermilk chocolate cupcakes and moist buttermilk vanilla cupcakes. Delicious.

a taste of summer: mini oreo strawberry pies

a taste of summer: mini oreo strawberry pies

a taste of decadence: giant hand-dipped oreo truffles

a taste of decadence: giant hand-dipped oreo truffles

a taste of everything: the bridal shower desserts

a taste of everything: the bridal shower desserts

xo dessertchick

cupcakes with bite pt 2

30 Mar

So after all the prep and the waiting (the how-to for these cupcake bites can be found here), the dipping and decorating was the most time consuming but also the most fun! I found that letting the chocolate drip down a little bit made these cuties look more like authentic cupcakes. I also came across cute mini easter cupcake liners, so I used them for these cupcake bites.  Here is what mine ended up looking like =)

my workstation

my workstation

colourful spoons!

colourful spoons!

my army of cupcake bites! Let's meet them:

my army of cupcake bites! Let's meet them:

Simple Bites: topped with m&ms

Simple Bites: topped with m&ms

Hippie Bites: flower power

Hippie Bites: flower power

Glamour Bites: crystallized sugar and m&m jewels

Glamour Bites: crystallized sugar and m&m jewels

Clown Bites: confetti lovin'

Clown Bites: confetti lovin'

Pretty Bites: butterflies

Girly Bites: butterflies

Kooky Bites: round sprinkles galore!

Kooky Bites: round sprinkles galore!

Dream Bites: pastel star sprinkles

Dream Bites: pastel star sprinkles

the entire cast!

the entire cast!

up close and personal with lemon chiffon

up close and personal with lemon chiffon

up close with oreo truffles

up close with oreo truffles

let's find out what's up with strawberry shortcake

let's find out what's up with strawberry shortcake

and this is where all of these babies are going!

and this is where all of these babies are going!

Once more, the recipe is here =)

xo dessertchick

cupcakes with bite pt 1

30 Mar

I’m not gonna lie: I went a bit crazy with taking pictures for this latest project, so this post will be a two-fer. This first part will be the prep work and such. I’ll include the recipes for another one of Bakerella’s amazing concoctions with a little bit of my own added twist.  The second part will pretty much just show how my cupcake bites ended up looking! I still don’t think they are as cute as Bakerella’s but practice makes perfect, right?

I had to travel to the other end of the city once more to grab baking supplies, and wasn’t able to find the candy molds that Bakerella uses. Hers have ridges and are shallower than mine, but because I was adamant about making these cupcake bites, I decided to improvise. I bought candy molds that are a lot deeper but decided that if I filled them up more and made the cupcake balls bigger, it should work out.

The chocolate candy melts came in a variety of colours but since I made three different flavours for the bites, I thought I should colour coordinate. So, lemon chiffon bites are yellow, strawberry shortcake bites are pink, and the Oreo truffles are blue. As you can see by my earlier post, I also went sprinkle crazy =)

I loved the way the oreo truffles turned out, so I wanted to try out a different variation. I searched a couple of grocery stores, and finally bought a box of strawberry cream sandwich cookies. I used the same technique/idea for the oreo truffles with just one small addition to make the strawberry shortcake truffles.

Bakerella’s famous red velvet cake balls look delish, but I wanted a lighter and more refreshing bite. So I went ahead and baked a lemon chiffon cake, which I then crumbled and mixed with cream cheese frosting.  Tada! Easy peasy! The hardest part was the decorating – and trying not to eat all of these goodies! Recipes are right after the jump!

naked lemon chiffon cupcake balls

naked lemon chiffon cupcake balls

nekkid strawberry shortcake cupcake balls

nekkid strawberry shortcake truffles

and more nakedness: oreo truffles

and more nakedness: oreo truffles

chocolate candy melts: the best invention ever

chocolate candy melts: the best invention ever

filling the candy molds with melted chocolate

filling the candy molds with melted chocolate

popping the tops on

popping the tops on

out of the molds, but with nothing to wear... yet!

out of the molds, but with nothing to wear... yet!

Recipe

Oreo Truffles:

This post has the recipe AND the instructions, and will make 20 medium sized truffles.

Strawberry Shortcake Bites:

The recipe should make 20 to 25 medium sized bites.

  • 1 box of strawberry cream sandwich cookies
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp strawberry jam
  1. Break cookies in half and put them into your food processor. Pulse on high until you’ve ground them pretty fine, roughly like bread crumbs.
  2. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese using your hand mixer or KitchenAid stand mixer, and add the crumbs until combined. Add the strawberry jam and continue mixing.
  3. Roll your mix into 1inch balls and refrigerate for as long as possible.

Lemon Chiffon Bites:

This should also make between 20 to 25 medium sized bites.

  • The recipe can be found here for the lemon chiffon cake – just omit the raspberries for this recipe.
  • 1/2 jar of cream cheese frosting. I was going to make my own, but decided Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker frosting will do for now. Don’t judge me =)
  1. When the cake has cooled completely, you want to crumble the cake as fine as possible.
  2. In a bowl, put half of the cake in and tear it apart with two forks until fine. Then add in the last half, and repeat the process.
  3. Finally, add in cream cheese frosting and combine until the mixture is thoroughly combined.
  4. Roll into 1 inch balls and refrigerate again.

Cupcake Bites Assembly:

  • Oreo truffles
  • Strawberry Shortcake bites
  • Lemon Chiffon bites
  • 2 cups dark/semi sweet/milk chocolate candy melts
  • 1 cup of each: blue/pink/yellow chocolate candy melts
  • sprinkles
  • mini m&ms
  • candy molds
  1. Melt the dark/semi sweet/milk chocolate either in the microwave or using a double boiler. For the microwave, heat on high in 30 second intervals, making sure to mix thoroughly between each round.
  2. Spoon each candy mold 1/3 full. Don’t fill all of them at the same time, or else the chocolate will start to harden before you can finish. I usually did 4 molds at a time.
  3. Take your Oreo truffles/strawberry bites/lemon bites, and put one into each mold, making sure to push down slightly so that the chocolate will get squished and rise up. That way, your bites will attach securely to their chocolate bases.
  4. Once all the molds are filled, refrigerate for 10 minutes. When hardened properly, the cupcake bites will pop out quite easily. I just gave them a little push from the bottom to pop them out.
  5. Repeat this process until you’ve used up all the truffles and bites.
  6. Once all your tops have chocolate bottoms, the fun can begin! Melt the chocolate melts in the microwave. It’s best to work through one colour first before moving on, or else the chocolate will just harden up again. I colour co-ordinated, but don’t feel like you have to!
  7. Dip the cupcake bite tops into the chocolate. I found that using a spoon can help the melted chocolate cover the entire top. You want to make sure that it overlaps or at least meets the chocolate base so that you don’t see the truffle or the bites. Swirl it around a bit to get rid of the excess chocolate. Top each bite with an m&m and sprinkle accordingly to your wishes.
  8. Once they are hardened, you can nosh away!

xo dessertchick