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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tasty Tuesday ~~ Sweets for Your Sweets?!

If you're trying to think of something to get your Valentine's this year, what about something made with love from your kitchen? Here's a few options...

BROWNIE CAKE BALLS

1 brownie mix cooked according to pkg. directions
1 16-oz can of complimentary flavored frosting (or prepared butter cream icing)
6 or 7 oz. chocolate chips, melts or almond bark

After brownies are cool enough to handle, crumble the panfull into a large mixing bowl. Add 2/3 of the can of frosting or comparapble amount of butter cream. Put bowl in fridge for at least 4 hours.

Form small balls (these are rich!) and put on wax paper-lined cookie sheet using your hands like making meatballs, or a melon baller if you have one. Flash freeze for about an hour.

Melt chips in a small glass bowl in microwave, stirring between heatings to get it smooth. (You can add a few drops of food coloring if you use the almond bark or white chips). Either dip each ball with a spoon into chocolate, or drizzle it on top, or just dunk in the top half! This recipe has lots of leeway and flavor choices! Set balls on clean wax paper. Put in refrigerator until choclate sets.

You can also use the leftover frosting with a cup of chips/melts to drizzle over brownie balls. Or just dust with powdered sugar!

BUTTER CREAM FROSTING

1/3 c. margarine or butter, softened
Flavor:  1 1/2 t. vanilla, almond extract OR 1/2 tsp. peppermint
3 T. milk

Mix all ingredients until smooth.

Your love will eat these up! Find a pretty container or tin...or even use candy sticks to make a bouquet of sweets in a styrofoam wedge.


When I get back from New Orleans this afternoon, I'll post the recipe that goes with this...........


Beth Bennett's Italian Creme Cake

1 stick butter
2c. sugar
5 eggs, separated
2 c. flour
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 can coconut
1 c. chopped nuts

Blend sugar, butter and egg yolks. Add flour, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla. Fold in coconut, nuts and beaten egg whites. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Let cool.

Frosting

Blend 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, 1 stick butter and 1 tsp. vanilla. Gradually add in 1 box powdered sugar, then one cup chopped nuts. Apply to cool cake. Garnish with a sprinkle of nuts.

******This cake is amazing!!!! Twin Alaine ate so much of it she got sick. LOL



 What's your plan for the fourteenth???

10 comments:

Gaston Studio said...

No way I'd share these with anyone!

Terri Tiffany said...

What is that cake?? yum.
My plans for the 14th include lunch with my best friend!! Hubby will probably go golfing. Now isn't that so romantic???LOL

Savannah Rose said...

YUMMERS! I've got to try this one. And I'm with Terri...what kind of cake is that? It looks wonderful!! My plans for the 14th? After 8 hours of working (my husband and I work at the same college so it's not too bad), maybe go out for an early dinner and then find a wonderful romantic movie on the tube to watch with the hubs.

Liz Fichera said...

Yum! I'm not sure those brownie balls are shareable!! :-)

Seriously, my husband makes dinner; I make dessert. And I think those delish-looking brownie balls are going on the menu this year. :-)

Marguerite said...

Ooooweee, those brownie balls look sinfully delicious! I'm back on my diet, after my Super Bowl binge, but will definitely try these for my Mardi Gras bash! And that cake looks divine! My plans for Valentine's Day include a romantic dinner, out with my new friend!

Melissa Marsh said...

You had me at butter cream frosting and brownies. :-)

No plans for the 14th yet - I'm hoping to get some flowers from the hubby, though!

Janna Qualman said...

Hubby's going to take me out on the 11th, and I'm going to order an amazing dinner. Can't wait!

Ang, I love this new pick of you. Your hair is gorgeous!

Amie said...

Nomnomnom...I have a spare pack of brownie mix, and some frosting...but I also have a package of Heath toffee bar crumbles...wonder how I might incorporate those?!

Angie Ledbetter said...

LOL @Gaston Studio. I'll be making more.

Terri - Tres romantic. :) That's an Italian Creme Cake. Adding recipe shortly!

Sounds like a wonderful plan, Savannah. Have a great night.

Marguerite - You don't need to be on a diet, sha. You're thin! Hope you enjoy your romantic night with the new man.

Hoping you get the most beautiful bouquet ever Melissa! Hugs

Janna - Plans sound perfect awesome. And thank you for the hair comment. I always said when "baby" graduated and I tured 50, I was gonna stop the hair battle. It's been liberating so far. :)

Amie - I think sprinkling on that Heath toffee crunchy would be sooooo yummy! (Lemme know if you try it.) :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Liz - sorry to leave you out. (Seriously undercaffeinated.) Your Valentine's Day plans sound picture perfect! :)

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