Anyway...I'm going to admit that I didn't actually make this for our last night's dessert. Ronny made an amazing dinner of steak, green beans, and home-made mashed potatoes and by the time we finished...we were both stuffed! So...we decided to post-pone our dessert for today. :-) You could use this dessert idea for Valentine's Day or any other special day you need a fancy (looking) dessert. <3>
Here is how I created this simple, yet a little time consuming dessert...
Large Cupcake Liners
Basting Brush (Or a small un-used paint brush would work too!)
Wilton's Dark Cocoa Candy Melts
Haagen-Dazs White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream (One of my fave's)
Step 1: Place TWO cupcake liners (per cup) in every other spot in a cupcake pan. (Its easier to paint the cups when they're separated...and doubling the liners will help keep the liners sturdy when painting them with chocolate.) I made an extra shell -JUST IN CASE! I'd suggest you do the same. :-)
Step 2: Melt Chocolate (See this blog posting if you need directions: Chocolate Covered Strawberries)
Step 4: Put chocolate cups into refrigerator for about 5 minutes or until they're completely hardened. *****IMPORTANT*****I washed my brush in HOT HOT water in between each coat - otherwise chocolate will clump on brush and won't go on as smooth. PLUS - it will be way harder to clean the brush after you're all done. :-)
Step 5: Take cups out of refrigerator and repeat Step 3. (Paint another coat of melted chocolate onto inside of cups.) This time try covering up any spots you see white/light coming through the chocolate.
Step 6: Place chocolate cups back into refrigerator for another 5 minutes or so (until chocolate hardens completely).
Step 7: Paint on another coat of chocolate if needed...or look closely and "touch up" any spots you missed on the 2nd coat. You want to make sure that the chocolate will be thick enough that when you peel off the liner - it won't break! :-)
Step 8: Cups go back into refrigerator to harden completely again!
Step 9: CAREFULLY, peel off outside liner.
Step 10:Then, CAREFULLY, peel off inside liner. I found it easier to tear down the cup first and then tear the liner around the cup - then remove bottom of liner.
I'm glad I made an extra one! I accidentally broke the first one! :( OOps!
Step 11: DECORATE! :-) Decorate your plates using melted chocolate or Hershey's Syrup. My "YOU" didn't turn out perfect- but its the thought that counts - right? :-)
Step 12: Place chocolate cup on decorated plate. THEN put the icecream in. Drizzle with Hershey's Syrup and top with fresh raspberries. I made the chocolate heart by using extra melted chocolate - just shaped it on wax paper and it hardened in the refrigerator. :-) SO cute!
Step 13: Serve & Enjoy!! :-)
****The possibilities of this dessert are endless!! You could make different colored cups using Wilton's selection of colored candy melts...any flavor of icecream you want...use other icecream toppings...chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc....etc...!!! :-) I'd love to see your variations and share them on my blog...so feel free to send me a picture if you try this dessert! :-) My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lots of love sent your way!