Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Caramel Chocolate Truffle Cookies

I saw a recipe for chocolate truffle cookies and the pictures looked so good, I had to try it. But it was months before I finally got around to pulling out the recipe and making sure I had all the ingredients.

Then the day I decided to put the recipe to the test, I decided that I would make some caramel and  place a piece inside each scoop of cookie dough before baking it.

You can't see the caramel in some cookies, but in most, the caramel oozed out of the cookie while baking and you could see it after they cooled. I felt the caramel gave another dimension to the yummy chocolatey goodness of a cookie.

Apparently everyone else did too because the cookies did not last more than a day.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I needed to see if it was possible to decorate a cake using cream cheese frosting like a buttercream or if it is too soft to decorate with. So of course, I needed a cake to frost, but I didn't know what since I already made red velvet and pumpkin spice. I decided I was going to go with a vanilla cake, until I saw the box of strawberries in my fridge that needed to be used immediately. Then I thought, a strawberry cake should go well with a cream cheese frosting since there are people out there who make a cream cheese-based dip to go with a platter of strawberries (but I am not one of those people).

Turns out I was was a fabulous combination! 

Decorating with the cream cheese, however, was not quite so fabulous. I was trying to create a ruffle look on the cake, but the frosting was as I thought, too soft. Plus I just need to practice...A LOT! I think I will try the ruffle look with a buttercream next time and see if it turns out any better.