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Twisted V-Day Underway

If you follow my blog, you know this Valentine’s Day was going to be a bit twisted for Margie’s Cottage Kitchen. I decided to focus on the people who typically hate for the holiday to come around. Here is a little of what I will be making this V-Day. The packaging isn’t like what is shown here. All of my packages will be white bakery boxes with silver ribbon. Some of these photos were taken at an earlier time. I’ll update the photos when I get the orders ready this year. Just sharing what is going on in Margie’s Cottage Kitchen.

cherries

Buttercream filled Chocolate Covered Cherries

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NO KISSES…Minus the kisses on the box, I will be making chocolate dipped strawberries and offered a variety of other confections.

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Cake, Cake, Cake

Valentine’s Day kept me busy for the entire week. I even had some orders unrelated to Valentine’s Day that stemmed from the photos I posted to my Facebook page. I did several different things. I will share with you my week. Maybe you’ll be able to smell a little sweetness from where you are.

This variety box was really fun, but tempering the chocolate wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  The white chocolate tempered easily, but the milk chocolate took longer to harden. It was still enjoyable and makes me look forward to creating chocolate boxes.

Chocolate Dipped Variety Box with Strawberries, Chocolate chip bars, and Pretzel rods

Chocolate Dipped Variety Box with Strawberries, Chocolate chip bars, and Pretzel rods

Next were these incredible strawberry cupcakes. I used local grown strawberries and worked them into my recipe, and when you open the box, you are hit with this unbelievable fragrance of fresh strawberries! I gave my mother one, and she posted on FB that she felt “pampered.” She is a tough one to impress, so I was excited with that feedback.

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Homemade Strawberry Buttercream Icing; Made with local strawberries

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Homemade Strawberry Buttercream Icing; Made with local strawberries

You can’t have Valentine’s Day without Red Velvet cake. I am surprised that people wait until Valentine’s Day to eat Red Velvet cake. It is wonderful cake. These cupcakes were a hit.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

Then, initially for Valentine’s Day, I received an order for a full cake for someone’s hubby. Something happened and the cake had to be postponed to Saturday, but I got word back from my customer that they loved the cake. Her husband was on his 3rd piece. They hadn’t long picked it up. 🙂 I would say that’s a winning feedback to receive.

Red Velvet Cake with Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

Red Velvet Cake with Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

Lastly, the Heath Bar Perfect Chocolate cake with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Icing. Lots of work, but I loved the outcome. This was the first time trying the Swiss Meringue Buttercream, so I’m sure that is part of the reason why it was a longer process. It need not take long after running through it a time or two. Hoping to get winning feedback from it.

Heath Bar Perfect Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Icing

Heath Bar Perfect Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Icing

One thing I haven’t been able to get my customers to do yet, clean my kitchen. 🙂 I tell them that is one great reason they pay someone to bake for them, so they don’t have to go through the whole process or clean up. What an awesome deal! I am so very thankful for my customers. They have been such a blessing to my family and I. I am looking forward to my cakes becoming a part of their family meals and discussions.

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