Thursday, April 21, 2011
Red Velvet but NOT the kind you're thinking..
A few weeks ago I had a special request from a friend of mine who I used to work with. She said, "My boyfriend & I are at the I Love You stage and I want you to make something with I love you written on top." It's very important that it says that." I said ok, and the flavor? Do you want Red Velvet-- that probably would be the perfect flavor. "Yes! That's his favorite!" So I started thinking of what I could do for her. I came up with doing fondant hearts, xoxo's, and I was able to fit that I Love You in there that she was looking for too! This was my first time even experimenting with fondant. I must say though for my first time I did awesome. They came out great and she was very satisfied which made me very happy. For the cupcake I also decided to do a little bit of a twist, and not make your standard red velvet. I threw in some chocolate in the middle to make for a gooey center. I don't really wanna give away my secret as to what kind I used, because some things are really left better unsaid! Let's just say this--I have ate red velvet a lot over the years but NEVER with a ganache type center. This was a little more softer than your typical ganache. Wow. I don't think I can ever just eat a "plain" one again. My husband said the same thing. He said don't ever make it the normal way, make sure you ALWAYS have the chocolate in the middle. This is a good signature for you. Not that anybody else has not ever made it like this before, because you can go online and find plenty of different red velvet recipes with a ganache center. But I just decided to be a little different this time and since it has a cocoa base-- I knew chocolate in the middle would taste pretty darn good. I guess I didn't realize just HOW good. Needless to say, she made a comment to me that her boyfriend said, "Baby these are the best cupcakes I have ever tasted."