I recently took a cupcake bouquet to our neighbors’ dinner party (my avatar). Aside from providing a desert, the flower pot was the hostess gift. Most of the local ladies there had never had a cupcake before and loved the flowers. So Saturday I had them over to play with cupcakes. I had never made a liquer mousseline before, but based on the rave reviews for piping, I made grand marnier. Their flowers turned out so lovely! They really enjoyed the day and the frosting worked wonderfully for new decorators!
I also served a chocolate butter torte that I had frozen a few weeks ago. It was a hit! It’s a hodgepodge: filled with one layer of chocolate praline, and one layer of ganache and salted caramels that came out too soft. I made a half batch of light whipped ganache to frost. I do wish I had taken more care in putting it together and freezing it. It was a bit off kilter and sad-looking to start with!