Really Good Chocolate Frosting

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My friend Denise gave me this recipe many years ago. After I tasted a cake she had baked and topped with this super yummy chocolate frosting, I just had to have it!

It is the perfect combination of creamy, buttery, chocolaty yum with a hint of coffee. I like to pipe it on to cupcakes or spread on top of a simple sheet cake (covers a 9×13 cake).

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It is great on white or chocolate cake but I like in on chocolate cake the best. Take it over the top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

So go bake a cake for your Valentine or just because. Any day is a great day for chocolate cake! Especially one topped with this yummy frosting!

Really Good Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

Cream together for about 2 minutes then add the following:

  • 2 tablespoon hot coffee
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend together and frost cake.

Simple and really, really good! Enjoy!

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The Perfect Gift For Mom, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries: Candy Bar Edition

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What do Mom’s want? Besides an escape to a tropical island. Oh, and a cleaning fairy. How about Chocolate!

Since the first two items are not feasible for most of us, I will stick with the chocolate. And some wine, of course.

I just love the idea of chocolate dipped strawberries. They are so simple yet elegant at the same time.

I have made many chocolate dipped strawberries over the years. They were always a popular item for weddings and holiday parties.

This time I thought I would take them to another level. Inspired by the fancy caramel apples that are enrobed in nuts and candies and other delectables, I thought why not strawberries?

I decided to go with some of my favorite candy bar flavors to coat the strawberries after dipping in chocolate.

You could do this with any of you favorites. The ones I chose were Reese’s, Twix, M&M’s and Almond Joy. For almond joy I use coconut and toasted sliced almonds.

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First you will need about 24 large ripe strawberries, wash and then dry thoroughly with paper towels. Strawberries need to be completely dry in order for the chocolate to adhere to them.

Then take 1 package of good quality chocolate chips and melt over a double boiler. You can create your own double boiler by placing a stainless steal bowl over a pan of hot water.

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Stir chocolate occasionally until completely melted. Meanwhile, chop up candies that you will be using for coating.

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Dip strawberries into melted chocolate about halfway up and then shake off excess chocolate. Spoon topping of choice over strawberry and then place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

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I always do a few extra strawberries in case I mess a few up. Those are the ones that I get to test for “quality control”. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

Once you are done dipping and coating the strawberries, place them in the refrigerator to set up. about an hour.IMG_20170508_225146992

Ingredients:

  • 2 dozen+ strawberries ( don’t forget the extras for quality control)
  • 1 package good quality chocolate
  • candies or cookies of you choice, chopped fine

Yum!