Valentine Paris-Brest

It’s the month of hearts and the color red, and nothing says Valentine’s Day like a French dessert shaped in a big heart. snapseed Paris-Brest is a classic French dessert that was created in 1891 to commemorate the Paris-Brest bicycle race.  Classically, the pastry is piped in the shape of a bicycle wheel.  Mine is piped in the shape of a heart img_9063 in honor of Valentine’s Day. Normally creme patisserie with praline is used for Paris-Brest but I used Chantilly cream with vanilla pudding for a lighter taste. snapseed Cream Puffs are always one of those desserts that impress everybody.  It’s very French and, therefore, very sophisticated in the eyes of many.snapseed But the reality is that cream puffs are incredibly simple to make once you have a good recipe on hand like my valentineparis-brest recipe.  This is a showstopper dessert, a filled pastry shaped into a heart – the very essence of Paris’ romance all in one delicious treat!  snapseed There are so many flavors and textures at work in this simple pastry.  Crunchy toasted almonds, spongy/chewy pastry, rich but light vanilla Chantilly cream.          

 

 

img_9028 If you have waited for the last minute to make your Valentine’s Day dessert, this is the perfect confection, it truly is simpler than you think, give it a try I promise you will love it. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Honeycomb Cherry Torte

Valentine’s Day, February 14 is the only day of the year when it is acceptable to eat nothing but chocolate.  In my previous post I made vanilla cake for all the vanilla lovers out there.  I could not let Valentine’s Day pass this year without some type of chocolate creation, so I dedicate this HoneyCombCherryTorte 01283d8206964c6bf5d4c60d58158e444d62669248 to all you chocolate lovers.  This dessert is the choice, to mark the perfect end to a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner.  014dd9225f5cd2609b6d1a61f8cf37704019823093 Have you ever tried baking puff pastry layer cake?  This is my first try and it was easier than I thought. Flaky puff pastry tubes filled with cherries, 01ed7eac74a655069cd98d90f0a772b315774ba9b6 all enrobed in luscious Dulce de Leche  layers of spiraling puff pastry tubes filled with tart cherries.  017fc2cbabf9c761640191d37304ced2e2651921db The look of this torte is similar to a honeycomb, so I decided to call it HoneyCombCherryTorte.  On Valentine’s Day strawberries usually take center stage but not this year. In this torte  01a65aa962a4ea38d093e6f7ca7a0800e6d4c83c36the cherries are getting all of the deserved attention. The classic combination of cherries, Dulce de Leche and chocolate ganache 01afc9643e70f060de5a4fc0d959e707bb97cab957does not really need much of an introduction but if you have never tried this torte before, let me tell you, you should!  The tartness of the cherries 01af99112458d369ba6bccacf3b744ac9d9a708969 balances perfectly with the sweet filling, while the smoothness of the chocolate ganache makes it look like a masterpiece. 014bc830a98c0983ab85d2732e04f2b2fa6a780f83 It is obvious what I love most about this torte is the looks but I also like the surprise inside once you cut into it. 01dccc96e3f12327105b9a09050abab1724f3885fd I wanted to dress it up and make it perfect for Valentine’s Day. I used modelling chocolate to make the little balls (that line around the torte), 010dd3985f661215e740d6f36bcde3ddd2c8bbaf06 the flowers 01f72a2c635fcb2fcdc80cf3376b954bee2ee44b49.jpg016ca17e0e35657c1881094a9e5d3855ac8415a2df.jpgand the grapes I decided to shape them into heart shaped grapes,01fbf7ac7d515dc44ae0c0318fea7e3d868fa2f744.jpg perfect for the occasion. HoneyCombCherryTorte is the perfect cake, 01b1b7d7845a80fa5ae571194eb8a6a3bb1c0ef88f the perfect shape, 01a614d841661eaa16e74350603b2ad4142c1f410f to say “I love you”!  Three layers of spiraling heart shaped pastry filled with tart cherries and layered with Dulce de Leche and coated entirely with smooth chocolate ganache, it does not get better than this.01c68f8c26dbc20537cac901304984f98ead9c675e

 This HoneyCombCherryTorte is a decadent and romantic dessert for that special someone for Valentine’s Day.    Happy Valentine’s from cakesandmore101.0130684afd26d5cccb99b170e117b02766bdc4366f.jpg

Strawberries and Cream Cake

We may have just finished with the winter holiday season, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and my StrawberriesandCreamCake 01285bcfa48d7b18082ec5a89254401436b256c34b is perfect for the occasion. On Valentine’s Day, indulge your sweet tooth with a special, simple dessert recipe for you and your special someone. This cake is so quick and  easy to make,  your loved ones will think you have been creating all day long(it can be our little secret, I promise not to tell). 01cd4ee70d4346ebdbb804b62efdc60ffecc42b997 With its beautiful presentation, it’s sure to make your Valentine’s Day – or any other occasion – memorable!  Every February, across the country, chocolate, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones I’ve come to realize that there are people out there who prefer vanilla cake over chocolate.  So to all the people who prefer vanilla cake, your Valentine’s Day is about to get a little sweeter.   My StrawberriesandCreamCake has no chocolate, pink M&M’s, or red velvet anywhere, it is a simple cake.  Light , fluffy sponge cake, 01e2724a62acedcc6e75c1ad9bd3a3083f5ec85b69filled with freshly whipped cream and diced strawberries. Decorated with fresh whipped cream (roses) 01f95dcca4dbe86fa307a6d27924f6f607da354ad8 01180315d06d963c11ee563876d56b4ed774fa53df and sliced almonds around the cake. 0187e2f1fc1b0025916244c71bb6aba39d1a96387f 01874cc5f6d0ef0463f95fbd658a6ed7111b9f5d7b and that’s it. There’s nothing crazy in this cake 015068f8479b13e95c50d8afcc0bcb2d69c2f702e3 or over the top about it. 01cd4ee70d4346ebdbb804b62efdc60ffecc42b997 It’s so simple and it’s simplicity is what makes this cake completely and utterly perfect. 01540d252f9cc55518879a2ea9e0a69f7d2370f1c5 What this cake does have is a lot of love. 011bf2716e156102b4bd6289387cdcdc165857f627 and that’s what counts, right?  Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with StrawberriesandCreamCake. 01d496a59e0b06d12f29f1b96e62bedd1f532d1af2 01cf057b7556f24fcd7304e0c3743619bca7250fc6 0168bbab3688403560031e36cd04bbad2b2dac981d    

Chocolate Roses

Why are chocolate and roses so popular on Valentine’s Day?   If you can’t decide between the traditional Valentine’s Day choices, then combine both into one “chocolate roses”.  Whether you are a romantic at heart or not, Valentine’s Day is just about here.  Roses and chocolates are the most popular gifts this time of year.  These roses are… Continue reading Chocolate Roses

Candied Chocolate and Pizzelle Fortune Cookies………

Homemade candied chocolates  are perfect for Valentine’s Day and any other day of the year.  There is nothing like creating your own chocolate delights!  If you want to have some fun and to impress someone then these chocolate candies are perfect.  This is a nice treat to make with the kids.  The details in each candy mold… Continue reading Candied Chocolate and Pizzelle Fortune Cookies………

Little Cakes…

These adorable Little Cakes are a sure way to put a smile on your loved one…Give a gift with a personal touch this Valentine’s Day and get your sugar fix with any one of these little cakes.Think pink for Valentine’s Day! These little ones are a fast and easy way to shower your loved ones… Continue reading Little Cakes…

Heart Wafer Cookies

Show your love with these easy-to-make heart shaped wafer cookies. I love when a simple technique can be used to make something look extra special. I chose Nutella as my filling but you could add any filling (peanut butter, strawberry jam, frosting, etc.) This is so quick and simple to make, you will be done before you… Continue reading Heart Wafer Cookies