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Dungeons and Dragons and Baking Valentines

Since next week is Valentines day, I thought I would bake my gaming group some delicious cupcakes. I love baking and the other day I found some really nice strawberries, so voila! Strawberry Heart Cakes. (No dragons were harmed in the making of these cupcakes. Only afterwards WHEN WE KICKED ITS BUTT!!!)

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Look at these sexy things!

To make these strawberry filled delights I used a box of Betty Crocker Strawberry Cake Mix, a box of strawberries, and some icing. I also have a  silicone muffin pan that is shaped like little hearts. You can buy one of these on Amazon for cheap.

31cwaiRmFKLSo the recipe is easy enough: Mix up the cake mix according to the instructions on the box and using a muffin pan lined paper cups, bake your cuppity cakes to delicious perfection. While they are baking, make the compote.
Ingredients for filling:
• 1 cup of fresh strawberries, finely chopped, divided
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup cold water
• 2 Tbsp. corn starch
• Pinch of salt
• 2 tsp. butter

In a small sauce pan, combine the sugar, cold water, corn starch, salt, and cup of strawberries. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes, until filling thickens. Remove from heat and stir in butter. You’ll need to cool the filling so I put it into a container and threw it in the fridge for a few minutes.

a6Once the cupcakes are done baking, let them cool too.
After all that coolness, take a small measuring spoon or
other scooping implement and scoop out a small bit
of the middle of each cupcake.

Then toss the strawberry compote into a pastry bag and squirt a bit into each cupcake. Ice each cupcake with your favorite icing. You can decorate the cakes with a little bit of compote and cut strawberry to make them look extra sexy. I’d really love to figure out how to make a mold of a d20 and then make strawberry Jello d20’s to top cupcakes.

The cupcakes were a hit; Crit Delicious! The only trouble is the box mix makes 24. I have a whole dozen of them still in my fridge. Anyone want a cupcake?

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My roleplaying group enjoyed a few during yesterday’s D&D session.
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