Recipe: Will You Be My Valentine Strawberry with a Hint of Chocolate Love Cupcake

BY: - 5 Feb '13 | Recipes

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Who loves strawberries & chocolate as much as I do? Don’t be shy, I’m not! I could eat five of these delicious strawberry cupcakes in one sitting! And the chocolate heart atop this cupcake is like that luscious cherry atop a sundae — BAM! So Valentines Day is coming and you want to do something special for the people you love. Well look no further, this love cupcake will surely win over adults and children alike! PS – check out my chocolate hearts, I know they are a bit messy, after all I am not a trained baker, BUT as I pipped them my seven year old son said “Mommy I like your hearts,” that was all that mattered, HA! Have fun with this recipe and invite the kids to help you pipe the hearts!

WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE? STRAWBERRY WITH A HINT OF CHOCOLATE LOVE CUPCAKE

INGREDIENTS:
1 Box of Strawberry Cake Mix + ingredients listed on back of box
1 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet morsels
2 tbsp. of canola oil
2 cups of crushed fresh strawberries
¾ cup confectioner sugar (for strawberry topping)
1 tub of cool whip
1 1.4 oz. box of vanilla pudding (do not make – use the powder)
½ cup confectioner sugar (for whipped icing)
Red sugar sprinkle (to taste)
Cupcake baking pan
Reynolds StayBrite baking cups
Reynolds Parchment Paper
2 bowls (for mixing)
whisk

READY, SET GO:

Pre-heat oven to 350
In a bowl mix cake mix as instructed on back of box (we are making cupcakes)
Place Reynolds StayBrite baking cups in cupcake pan
Add cake mix to Reynolds StayBrite baking cups (fill up to ¾ of the baking cups)


LET’S MAKE THE STRAWBERRY TOPPING
Clean strawberries, cup tops off, dice and add to a bowl and crush
Add confectioner sugar to crushed strawberries fold together until incorporated
After cupcakes are done, remove and add to wire rack or tray
With a tooth pick, poke holes in cupcakes while hot
Top cupcakes with strawberry topping
Allow cupcakes to completely cool
Whisk the cool whip, vanilla pudding and confectioner sugar together until fully incorporated to make whipped icing
After cupcakes are cooled use piping bag to pipe whipped icing on cupcake (cover strawberries with whipped icing)

NOW LET’S MAKE THE CHOCOLATE HEART
Add semi-sweet morsels and canola oil to a microwave safe bowl
Microwave on 2 minutes, remove and whisk
Add back in microwave for 30 seconds, remove again and whisk
Repeat #17 until chocolate is completed melted
Allow chocolate to cool about 5 minutes
Add chocolate to piping bag
Roll out a sheet of Reynolds Parchment Paper
Pipe the shape of a heart for each of your cupcakes on the Reynolds Parchment Paper
Place Reynolds Parchment Paper with chocolate in the refrigerator to harden
Remove Reynolds Parchment Paper with chocolate hearts from the refrigerator
Remove chocolate hearts (they should lift easily from the parchment paper) and place on top of icing on cupcake
Sprinkle top of cupcake and heart with red sugar sprinkles

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Utokia ~
Sizzle Sizzle Baby

BMWK — What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day Dessert?

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Utokia Langley is the video cooking mean machine and blogger behind She's Got Flavor, a written and video blog created to Sass up your kitchen experience and assist you in creating flavorful dishes that will surely please! She,s Got Flavor is developing a seasoning line that will help intensify the flavor in your food and make life easier and less cluttered in the kitchen for you, stay tuned. Above all Utokia is a child of God, a wife, mother of two beautiful children who think Mom's videos and food are da bomb and a true friend to many.

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Recipe: I Love You Shrimp Linguini With Wine Reduction Sauce

BY: - 14 Feb '13 | Recipes

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Do you love shrimp linguini? For me, it is on my top twenty dishes I absolutely love to eat! Well actually I love any kind of shrimp; broiled, fried, pan seared — all shrimp is all good to me! This delicious meal isn’t something I cook regularly but when I do, oh oh oh oh ~ life is grand! The wine reduction is just flavor ridiculous! Serve this dish with a glass of white wine and then pair it with fried cheesecake for dessert to create a dinner experience everyone will love!

I LOVE YOU SHRIMP LINGUINI WITH WINE REDUCTION SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:

1-2 pounds of peeled and deveined large shrimp
1 package of linguini (plus ingredients on package)
4-6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 cups of white wine
½ cup of cream sherry
2 slithers of floured unsalted butter (roll slithers of butter in flour until coated)
1 diced tomato
¼ finely chopped fresh cilantro
Juice from ½ a lemon
Dried thyme (to taste)
Sea Salt (to taste)
Ground Black Pepper (to taste)
Granulated Garlic (to taste)
Large skillet
Large pot

READY, SET GO: 

  1. Cook linguini according to package in large pot
  2. Heat extra virgin olive oil in large skillet on medium heat
  3. Clean shrimp, then season shrimp with sea salt, ground black pepper, granulated garlic and dried thyme
  4. Add shrimp to skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or fully cooked
  5. Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside
  6. Do not clean skillet, turn heat up to high heat, add white wine, cream sherry and floured unsalted butter to skillet, stir and allow to come to a boil, once boiling reduce heat to medium, add lemon juice and allow sauce to reduce by half about 10 minutes
  7. Once sauce is reduced to half add linguini, shrimp and chopped cilantro to skillet and gently toss in sauce until incorporated, allow to simmer on low heat for 5 minutes
  8. Sprinkle diced tomatoes on top
  9. SERVE & ENJOY

Utokia ~
Sizzle Sizzle Baby ~

BMWK — Are you a shrimp lover?

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Utokia Langley wrote 46 articles on this blog.

Utokia Langley is the video cooking mean machine and blogger behind She's Got Flavor, a written and video blog created to Sass up your kitchen experience and assist you in creating flavorful dishes that will surely please! She,s Got Flavor is developing a seasoning line that will help intensify the flavor in your food and make life easier and less cluttered in the kitchen for you, stay tuned. Above all Utokia is a child of God, a wife, mother of two beautiful children who think Mom's videos and food are da bomb and a true friend to many.

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