Sure assorted chocolate truffles are the norm on Valentine’s Day, but why be normal!?
A new and whimsical spin on the traditional Assorted Box of Chocolates!
Mini chocolate cupcakes all dressed up to look like a box of truffles!
I have two options for chocolate cake to choose from and I’m not sure which one is easier since they are both a breeze to make!
For the super lazy folks we go with the Chocolate BOX Cake hack!
I show you how to hack the store bought box cake and no one will be the wiser!
But for the purist I offer you my amazing one hour one bowl chocolate cake recipe
This recipe is equally easy with no weird ingredients or egg replacers that you probably don’t have anyway!
A one bowl mix and no mixers required!
Whichever one you choose all you will also need a recipe of vegan ganache for the chocolate truffle icing!
Adds some sprinkles or just keep it simple
With a few drizzles of white and dark vegan chocolate for that authentic Box of Chocolates look!
The whole idea really comes together when you have the heart shaped box to put your mini cuppies into!
I am using a real box that my mom had left over from her chocolates, but you can also use what is considered a 9″ Heart Shaped Pan with a clear lid.
(I am just linking to Amazon to show you the dimensions, but perhaps you can find something comparable in a craft store?)
The whole idea behind the “box of chocolates” is to in fact present the cupcakes in a heart shaped truffle box.
It really is all about the presentation in the heart shaped box that makes it a total win!
Notes for Success:
Whenever I make ganache for piping, I mix it the day I am going to use it and let it set to pipable consistency at room temperature rather than refrigerating it.
This allows it to stay the same smoothness through for a silky shiny icing
The mini cupcakes can be made in advance and kept refrigerated or frozen until you are ready to ice them
Otherwise SuperNatural has the best vegan sprinkles! *not sponsored
For more of the best vegan Valentine’s Day desserts click the links below!
You will also need miniature cupcake liners - I got some cute colorful ones here
]Fancy Sprinkles has the cutest sprinkles *in my opinion - not sponsored! If you want to add some bling!
- Prepare your chocolate cake recipe as per the instructions but bake the batter into miniature cupcake molds
- The mini cupcakes usually take about 12 minutes at 350°F
- Prepare the vegan ganache and let it stand at room temperature until it thickens to the point of being able to pipe through a pastry bag as shown in the video tutorial.
You can store them in the refrigerator if your area is extremely hot, but it is not necessary from a "spoilage" point of view, in fact the cupcakes are best served at room temperature