We had only two desserts for Mother’s Day rather than a full dessert buffet. I’m getting better and showing a little restraint with the sweets. Memorial Day is my next challenge and I only want to have fruit salad. It almost hurts just saying that but I’m going to really try and stick to my word. Speaking of fruit, these chocolate dipped strawberries created a rather gourmet effect as they sat regally atop the cupcakes.
Gabbi was the official strawberry dipper and she did pretty good until I told her she could taste one. While my back was turned dipping berries she was having a field day chowing down on them! I must admit they were great without the cupcakes. I used Wilton Marshmallow Candy melts for the white dipped ones and it was way better than I anticipated. The dark melts were Wilton also.
I love discovering and developing new recipes but when I find something that works and is really good, I stick with it. For the cupcakes I used the Best Chocolate Cake Evah
recipe along with the Chocolate Buttercream. That Buttercream is so good you could just eat it by the spoonful.
It’s almost strawberry season around here and I can’t wait. Some of the berries in the market now are white on the inside and just not sweet. Plus they seem to go bad in a heartbeat. I’ve purchased strawberries on a Friday and by Sunday they’re mushy. It might also be time to try my hand at growing some again.
Tips for Dipping Strawberries
Strawberries often look very sturdy but they should be handled delicately. You also don’t want to wash them until they‘re ready for us because excess moisture decreases their shelf life. Before dipping, rinse strawberries lightly with cool water and remove any brown leaves. Spread the berries on several thicknesses of paper towels and gently pat dry.
I use a Wilton Melting Pot for melting but you can also use a double boiler. Melting chocolate in a microwave is also a possibility but chocolate seems to cool quickly this way. Having the melted chocolate over a low heat source once melted helps to prevent clumps and keeps the chocolate in a liquid state.
To dip the berries you can insert a fork or sturdy toothpick in the top or just hold the fruit by the leaves and dip them. Twist and turn the strawberry in the melted chocolate to get a nice even coating. Once dipped place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet or tray until the chocolate has set about 20-30 minutes.
You can decorate the dipped fruit with drizzles of more chocolate, coconut, sprinkles or chopped nuts,
I hope you had a wonderful week and that your weekend is even better. These cuppies are coming with me to the following parties.
These are the linky parties I participate in. Drop by and show them a little love!