Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Chocolate Coffee Macarons

If your taste buds are anything like mine, you love the combination of coffee & chocolate. We love chocolate flavored frappes, and chocolate flavored lattes, and anything else that can be changed into chocolate and coffee flavored...

That's why you and I love the idea of making chocolate coffee macarons!!!!

Chocolate Coffee Macarons
w/ Chocolate Coffee Ganache
Makes about 18

Ingredients

Cookies:
1 c powder sugar, sifted
1/2 c almond flour, sifted
2 Tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
1 Tbsp instant coffee powder
2 large egg whites, room temp
1/4 c granulated sugar

Filling:
Mix a Tbsp of instant coffee powder into chocolate ganache.

Baking direction from Martha Stewart's seen here.

This one was me and my husband's favorite flavor. It just tasted great, and had that strong coffee smell we both love. 

Try it out!

Bumble Bee Cake Pops

Here's a cakepop post for all those cakepop lovers like me! Great for this coming up SPRING!


BUZZZZZ....

Bumble Bee Cake Pops!
great for a baby shower!

OMG! These were the cutest things I've done with cake pops ever since I made these bachelorette cake pops seen here >>>
I must admit, these bees were so time consuming. So I will warn you, be prepared to spend hours on these things. Especially if you are making a lot! In my case, I made 3 dozen...

Note: Scroll through my blog archives and find basic cake pop tutorials. I suggest making a few batches of simpler cake pops first if you are just starting out, before trying these bee cake pops to get a few techniques down. To save time, I will cut straight into mostly the decorating part of this tutorial. 

Step 1: Make cake balls. Here's a few tips on how I make cake pops here and here.
Step 2: Shape the cake balls into ovals.
Step 3: Dip sticks into yellow candy melts, and into oval cake balls. Refrigerate.
Step 4: Dip each cake pop into yellow candy melts. Refrigerate.
Tip: To make the bee stingers, hold the cake pops sideways after dipping into the candy melts to allow the excess chocolate to drip. Once the dripping stops, remain holding the cake pop sideways until the stinger stiffens for a few more seconds before placing them into cake pop stand (Styrofoam board). 
Step 5: Using a new small paintbrush, brush on 2 stripes onto each cake pop using black candy melts. 
Step 6: Using a toothpick, dot some eyes.
Step 7: Adhere two candy hearts between the two stripes to serve as the little wings, using the tip of a cake pop stick dipped into yellow candy melts as glue. 
So fun! and worth all that time and effort because they look super cute. The theme was so perfect and a bit different from the usual "pink" themed baby "girl" showers.
I made a little baby girl bee and just shortened the stick.
This was our refrigerator that week, literally no space for other food other than cake...
These bees were so happy to be outside!
The bees looked so cute wrapped up and tied in their little tiny baggies w/ hexagon-shaped labels on them to match the bumble bee theme.
... also, check out the beehive cake, see more here.
I am definitely gonna make these again sometime, for birthdays or just for funzzies...


Enjoy!