Heath Bar Mini-Cakes with Heath Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache (And mini cupcakes too!)
June 18, 2011, 12:11 am
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I was really excited about this post for a couple of reasons. For one thing I love anything mini and this being a double dose of mini was especially exciting. More than that I was excited because when I think of Heath, I think of my mom.  When I was a kid we often indulged in the yumminess that is a DQ blizzard.  I was always a sucker for cookies and cream and my mom always got Heath. I LOVED my cookies and cream but Oh how I envied her Heath…lucky for me she always shared. 🙂 I don’t know why I never gave in and just got my own Heath blizzard. Maybe it was because I just couldn’t say no to Oreo…or maybe it was because I knew I’d always get to have the best of both worlds thanks to my always generous Mama . Either way as I’ve grown up anytime I’ve had a Heath bar it brings back warm and cherished memories. My mom and I are living in different states and have gone longer without seeing each other than  we ever have. I miss her more than words can say so I thought it appropriate to dedicate a post (and a delicious dessert) just to my beautiful Mom! I wish you were here to enjoy these! ❤

Now lets get to baking!

Start by being amazed how simple ingredients like this can transform into pure bliss in a bite.

 

 

 

 

Beat all those ingredients up then fold in a very special candy surprise!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Fill cupcake liners about half full

 

 

 

 

 

Bake until beautiful and let them cool completely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s the secret ingredient to a rich, and yummy frosting?!

 

 

 

You guessed it…It all starts with butter!

 

 

 

 

 

Add sugar and whip whip whip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now on to the ganache….

The start to any good ganache is a nice high quality chocolate 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add warm cream and let it sit.

 

 

 

 

Add a few more things and whisk it up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we get to assemble the cakes!

Make sure they’re even

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut em in half

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fill with ganache

 

 

 

 

 

 


Frost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top with heath candy pieces and eat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heath Mini Cakes:

2 cups sugar

1 3/4 cups flour

3/4 cups cocoa

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 package instant chocolate pudding

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

1 cup heath bits

Heath Butter Cream:

8 oz (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened

3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3-4 tablespoons heavy cream

3/4- 1 cup heath bits, ground.  (I used what was left of the bag I had, which was about 3/4 of a cup but if you have extra I’d definitely add the extra 1/4 cup)

Chocolate Ganache:

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

2  tablespoons corn syrup

Decoration:

2 Heath Candy Bars, broken into pieces

For the cake: Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake pans.

In a large bowl whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pudding mix. Add milk, oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until well blended (about 2 minutes) Continue beating while slowly adding in the boiling water. Beat about 30 seconds after adding the water. Fold in heath bits. Fill cupcake liners about half way. Bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool completely on cooling rack.

For the frosting: Grind heath bits in a food processor or blender until powder-like, set aside. Whip the butter with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, a tablespoon or two at a time. Keep adding sugar until icing is nice and thick. Beat in the vanilla then add the cream one tablespoon at a time until smooth and spreadable. Beat in heath bits powder.

For the ganache: Cut chocolate into small pieces and place into a bowl. Heat heavy cream on medium heat until hot and simmering, do not let it boil. Pour the warm cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 5 minutes. Whisk smooth and whisk in vanilla and corn syrup.

-To assemble cakes:  Flip the cupcakes upside down. Make sure the sides are level and even. (I used a small glass for this)  Cut them in half and put ganache between the two layers. Put the top of the cupcake face down on the ganache.  Frost and decorate with broken heath candy bar pieces!

*Notes:  -For an easier time with assembling the cakes, freeze them for 30 minutes or so before handling.

– I also found the butter cream to be much more tasty after letting it sit in the refrigerator over night. I took it out, let it sit to a little cooler than room temp and whipped another tablespoon of cream into it. It really brought out the yummy heath flavor.

These were so delicious!

And these mini cupcakes were a special kinda one bite treat! 🙂

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Caramel Stuffed Brownies
June 12, 2011, 11:28 pm
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I love to cook and bake, and I LOVE to photograph and share my food! I went back and forth on whether or not to start a blog but when I pondered the question to my friends on Facebook this morning the supportive response really touched me and I felt very moved to start. So I’m excited! I spent most of the afternoon exploring the world that lives on the other side of  the blogs I read so faithfully. Tweaking settings, themes and fonts. I worked myself up and now I am way too enthused to wait until I bake something new to post my first recipe… So I’m posting these awesome brownies I made yesterday. There are no step-by-step photos on this first post but there IS a  recipe for a super rich, incredibly delicious treat. These ultimate chocolate fix caramel stuffed brownies are sure to appease even the strongest sweet tooth craving!

Enjoy!



 

 

 

 

 

 

For the brownies:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
12 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1½ cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

For the caramel filling:
1 12 ounce package caramel melt bits (or 1 14 ounce package caramel candies, unwrapped)
1/3 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil and grease the foil well with butter or cooking spray. Melt chopped chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Or In a large, microwave-safe bowl microwave in intervals of 20 seconds until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth, stirring in between intervals. Whisk in the sugar, eggs and vanilla until incorporated. Stir in the flour and salt just until combined. Spread about half of the brownie batter in the bottom of the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven (keep the oven on) and let the brownies cool for 20 minutes.

To make the caramel filling, combine the caramels and cream in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power. Stir. Repeat Continue the microwave process until the caramels and cream are melted and combined. Spread the caramel mixture over the bottom brownie layer. Let the carmel set about about 10 minutes. Scoop the remaining brownie batter in spoonfuls over the caramel layer and spread it evenly across the caramel layer (spooning the batter in piles over the caramel will help to get an even layer of batter over the caramel). Sprinkle the chocolate and white chips on top. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until brownie is set. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before slicing and serving. (Who are we kidding, scoop some gooey-ness out and try a bite warm!)



I can’t wait to share more with all of you! A big thank you to you all, you have no idea what your support and encouragement means to me! ❤