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Mounds Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, right? What better way to celebrate than with Dark Chocolate cupcakes filled with a delicious coconut filling and topped with unbelievable Dark Chocolate Frosting? Yea – I thought that would get your attention. See, people talk back, make you mad and hurt your feelings. Chocolate on the other hand… Chocolate is a friend indeed. No matter what chocolate is there for you – to comfort you, to brighten your day and to help you get over that someone who broke your heart.

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Think of the one thing you’re most passionate about. These Mounds Cupcakes take that passion and intensify it times infinity – seriously. Whether it’s your job, your family, your car or your dog – these will make you love them all the more. Totally delicious and a lot easier than you may think.
To get started you need a box of dark chocolate fudge cake mix. Feel free to make your own from scratch if you want, but I use a box of Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix – it gets the job done. Prepare the mix, line your cupcake pan with liners and fill halfway. Follow the directions for the cupcakes. Mounds-Valentines-Day-Cupcakes111
While the cupcakes are baking prepare the Mounds filling *(recipe below – adapted from here)* and the dark chocolate frosting *(again, below – adapted from here)*. You’ll want to set them in the fridge to cool off while you’re waiting for the cupcakes.

When the cupcakes are done baking allow them to cool and score (cut x’s) into the center top of the cupcakes. Cut as far down as possible without going through to the lining.

Fill the newly formed holes with the coconut filling and then top with the dark chocolate frosting. The frosting will be thin so it’s more like pouring it (unless you add lots of powdered sugar). Chill them overnight to let the frosting set, or sit down with your cupcakes and indulge as much as necessary to feel the love of Valentine’s Day 🙂 They also make great gifts and treats if you’re spending the day with someone special.
Mounds Valentine’s Day Cupcake Filling & Frosting
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Amber
Ingredients
  • [b]For the Filling:
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  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups (1 can) of coconut milk[br]
  • [b]For the Frosting:[/b]
  • 1 cup powdered sugar + more to reach desired consistency
  • 1 bag dark chocolate chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup canned evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. [b]For the Filling:[/b][br]
  2. Bring coconut and milk to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Sift together the sugar and cornstarch then add to milk mixture.
  4. Stir the filling mixture continuously until it thickens; store uncovered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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  6. [b]For the Frosting:[/b]
  7. Combine everything but the sugar in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 40 seconds. Stir
  8. Return to the microwave for 20 more seconds.
  9. Remove the bowl (carefully) from the microwave and stir in sugar. Combine well, adding more sugar to reach your desired consistency.
  10. Stir in the fridge until you’re ready to use.

Valentines Day Recipes Kids: Strawberry Ice Cream Cookie

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   Valentines Day Recipes  for Kids

I love to make memories with my children and thus we started a whole cooking with kids series on my original website Madame Deals.com . We made a whole section with tons of recipes kids can make we called it Valentines Day Recipes Kids. I found the experiment to be fun and rewarding this year I decided to expand on the experiment. I let the children pick out the items that we would use to create our Valentine’s day recipes . We walked around the store three times. Then we decided on what we wanted to include in our recipe. We wanted something we didn’t have to bake. We wanted something that was easy to make and easier to clean up and most importantly it had to taste great. This is what we came up with the Strawberry Short Cake Ice Cream Cookie!

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Ingredients:

Strawberries

Box of Ice Cream Cookies

Strawberry Ice Cream topping

Whip cream

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Place the ice cream sandwich on a plate. Then add a layer of sliced strawberries.

 

 

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Next add a layer of the strawberry Ice cream topping.

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Finally, add the whip topping and a strawberry on the top. This can be complete rather quickly and the children just love it. I could also be convinced that adding chocolate sauce would make this recipe more divine.

Strawberry Ice Cream Cookie

 

Valentines Day Recipes Kids: Strawberry Ice Cream Cookie
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Amee
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake
Ingredients
  • ngredients:
  • Strawberries
  • Box of Ice Cream Cookies
  • Strawberry Ice Cream topping
  • Whip cream
Instructions
  1. Place the ice cream cookie on the plate
  2. Then slice strawberries
  3. Place the sliced strawberry on top of the cookies
  4. Then place a scoop of strawberry ice cream treat on top of the cookie
  5. Finally top with the whip cream[url href=”https://cookinginbliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/IMG_2968.jpg”][img src=”https://cookinginbliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/IMG_2968-1024×682.jpg” alt=”” width=”470″ height=”313″ class=”alignnone size-large wp-image-2477″][/url]

 

We love Valentine recipes kids to see what else they have been cooking with our assistance of course.

Gluten Free Peppermint Bark Recipe

Gluten Free Peppermint Bark Recipe

Gluten Free Peppermint Bark Recipe

Do you need a gluten free holiday treat? Well, I did since my husband is gluten free. I wanted something that was quick and easy to make. I needed something that looked pretty and tasted great. I also wanted something the kids could help me with. This gluten free peppermint bark was the answer and it takes just minutes to make. Continue reading

Churros Recipe – Must Have Cinco de Mayo Dessert

Have you ever had a truly authentic Mexican dessert? What’s you favorite? Mine is a toss up between Tres Leches Cake and Churros. If I had to choose one o have it would probably be – drumroll please…

Churros!

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I’m a total sucker for churros. They’re so simple yet amazing. The fact that they’re super easy to fix makes them even sweeter – and I mean that quite literally. The only problem I have with making them is using a pastry bag to form them. It may just be my recipe, but getting the dough through a tip is almost impossible. I had to make John do it since he has the muscles in the family.

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I eventually had to change out the star tip for an open round tip. Even he was straining and we were a little worried the bag would bust.  Eventually I just started playing with the dough, making churros balls and pulling/stretching it to make thick Churros Logs. 

They may not have been the prettiest things, but my were they yummy. This recipe makes a perfectly dense churro that has just the right amount of bite without being too chewy.

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Churros
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Amber
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Cinnamon Sugar (1/2 cup sugar + 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your deep fryer or a heavy pot with 2 quarts of oil. Add the cinnamon sugar to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, water, baking powder and salt. Add the 2 tablespoons of oil and mix together to form a ball
  3. Put the dough in a pastry bag with a star or round tip (you can bypass the tip if you prefer.)
  4. Pipe the dough out, around 6 inches at a time (you will need to cut or tear the dough to remove it from the bag). Carefully drop 3 or 4 churros into the hot oil and cook until golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oil and immediately roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture, tapping off any excess.
  6. Serve with your favorite chocolate dipping sauce or plain.

Strawberry Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Spring has finally started to show it’s beautiful face around here. The birds are chirping and the smell of fresh cut grass is prominent  I adore that smell. We’re also seeing strawberries  plants blooming earlier than usual. Is there anything sweeter than fresh strawberries on a beautiful day?  Strawberry-Cake

This weeks Food Blogger Challenge happens to be for strawberries so I was excited. Sadly we don’t have any fresh strawberries ready for the pickin’ just yet. I used the next best thing, frozen strawberries, for a delicious strawberry cake. Strawberry cake has to be my all time favorite cake.

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I can’t think of much that makes me as happy. The frozen berries don’t quite do what I want them to, but they do bring it as close as I’m going to get until I can use some fresh picked berries. I used a simple vanilla cream cheese frosting topped with sliced strawberries to finish the cake and let me just say: “YUM!

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This is a fairly dense cake, but not in a bad way. I know most people use a preserve or puree when making a strawberry cake, but I have to have those strawberry bits so  just half mine. Check out the recipe and make sure you hop along to the other strawberry inspired recipes linked up below.

Strawberry Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Amber
Ingredients
  • [b]Cake[/b]
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetabe oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups of strawberries, halved
  • [b]Frosting[/b]
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 8 inch cake pans.
  2. Mix together the sugar and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Slowly add the flour and baking soda and blend until creamy.
  3. Split the batter up between the 2 cake pans and bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Cool cakes on a wire rack and let them come to room temperature.
  5. In a large bowl cream together the butter and cream cheese. Slowly stir in the powdered sugar to reach the desired consistency.
  6. Frost the bottom layer of the cake and spread the sliced strawberries over the frosting.
  7. Add the 2nd layer to the top and finish frosting. Garnish with berries if desired.

 



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