I love to bake as much as the next person.
Okay, maybe that’s a lie. The truth is, while I enjoy cooking, I abhor the idea of baking. My idea of baking is opening a cookie mix, adding some water, mixing it and trying not to burn the batch in the oven. Very rarely, am I inspired to really bake something tasty. But I do love special treats that look especially pretty and appealing, especially around Valentine’s Day.
I was pondering my dilemma the other day. You know the not wanting to bake anything on one hand, but wanting to create a special treat for my husband and family on the other hand. Something like pretty cupcakes. I thought about all the ingredients I didn’t have in my pantry, how much time I would have to spend baking, and then decorating- not to mention the clean-up a project like that would entail. I admit, I was tired just thinking about the prospect and then, I had a revelation.
I would cheat.
Yep. You heard me. I would make it look like I baked and decorated beautiful cupcakes, when I didn’t. See, my family knows that I’m capable of baking something tasty when I put my mind to it. It may take quite a bit of focus and concentration on my part. And I don’t dare turn that oven on when Downton Abbey is on, but I CAN do it, when I must. Or when I’m in the mood.
But in this instance, I wanted quick and easy. The quicker and the easier, the better, and believe me when I show you what I did, you’ll realize it doesn’t get any quicker or easier. Trust me.
I was already shopping at Walmart with a cart full of Ghrirardelli chocolates when an idea popped into my head. I’d buy a package of already made cupcakes from the bakery and add my own special touches.
This is so easy. You’re going to love it.
Simply unwrap a couple pieces of Ghirardelli Chocolates.
Using a vegetable peeler, shave pieces off the chocolate and add them to the cupcakes.
Don’t these look adorable? You can leave the cupcakes just the way they are, or you can press the chocolate heart out of what’s left of the square and add it as decoration.
It looks super cute.
Want to make Valentine’s Day extra special? Pair these cheater cupcakes with a bottle of Josh Cellars wine. How beautiful, and romantic, is this?
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