Hot From The Kettle: For Your Sweetheart!

Laura Himmelein, is not a pastry chef, she’s a confectionery architect!

Laura is the owner Maplewood-based Partycake-Partycake, a custom baking company that specializes in creating whimsical and delicious desserts.

Laura recently spent a morning in the Kettle kitchen baking up a batch of Valentine-themed Fudgy Sweetheart Brownie Bites. Laura’s brownie recipe is very quick and simple, and yields a chewy, fudgy, cocoalicious brownie.

Take a look at the video to see Laura’s interpretation of nostalgic Sweetheart candies via Brownie.

Laura was kind enough to share her recipe with us, here it is:

Fudgy Sweetheart Brownie Bites
By Laura Himmelein, owner Party Cake Party Cake
Makes 36 heart-shape brownie bites

1 cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups sugar
1 stick salted butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

White Chocolate Coating

14 oz. bag pink candy melts, 2 ¾ cups
14 oz. bag orange candy melts, 2 ¾ cups
Red decorating pen
In a large bowl, sift flour, cocoa and baking powder. Add sugar and whisk until well mixed; set aside. Place butter in a microwave-safe dish and microwave at 50% power for approximately 60 seconds, until creamy. Repeat in 10 second intervals if necessary. Whisk in the oil, eggs and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until mixture is smooth. Spoon batter into 3 lightly greased baking molds, preset on baking sheets. (Here, we used Petite Heart-Shape Mold by Wilton, $9.99 at Michael’s.). Bake brownies in a preheated 375°F oven for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire racks. When completely cooled, turn molds upside down and pop out brownies.
Pour the pink candy melts into a microwave-safe dish and place in microwave at 50% power for 90 seconds; stir. Repeat in 30 second intervals until chocolate is creamy smooth and easily pours from a spoon. Take half of the brownie bites and one at a time, push each one onto the end of a chocolate dipping fork ($4.29 at Spoon the melted chocolate over brownie until covered. Place on wax paper, using a toothpick to help ease off the fork. With the remaining half of the brownies, repeat using the orange candy melts. Let set. Finish by writing personalized messages using the red cake decorating pen. We chose “Kiss Me” and “Ur Cute.”

Although creating a Fudgy Sweetheart is somewhat basic, it is time consuming endeavor. If you’re not much of a baker, or simply do not have the time bake up your own, visit Partycake-Partycake and place an order.

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  1. I’m sure these are delicious–downright scrumptious–but every time I looked at the picture on the main page, I thought they were hamburger sweetheart patties. Mmmmmm. No, no, I take that back. Meatloaf. They looked like little sweetheart meatloaves.

  2. Good point, Hildy. Why not throw some spinach in there, too.

    You know, I quite like your humor. There’s been a bit of rancor directed toward you as of late, but I hope you stick around. It would be a tragedy for intelligent and funny posters like you to be driven away (though if you had any sense you would be).

  3. Hildy:

    The lines separating irony, satire, sarcasm, and cynicism are fine lines, indeed, and they were made to be stepped over. Keep up the good work. No need to complain, no need to explain.

    … and I thought of meatloaves, too, Tudlow. LOL!

  4. Hi…I’m not trying to hijack the thread because this is in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. i”m taking Mrs Ice to see Levon Helm tomorrow night at the Wellmont for her V-Day gift but would love to get suggestions for a romantic dinner in Montclair.


  5. Hildy…this is only a rough place if you let it get to you. For me, I love the passion and the free and open exchange of ideas. Whenever I need to be brought back to earth Croig and Spiro usually rip me a new bum hole.

    Take it all in stride

  6. Ice,

    Y’all tell Levon he should be glad to be in New Jersey this week instead of home: Arkansas just had 2-1/2 feet of snow and it was 15 degrees BELOW zero in Fayetteville this morning. And I suggest Passione on Walnut Street.

  7. Speaking of meatloaf… My college boyfriend actually did make me a heart shaped meatloaf for valentines day one year! It was a very creative way to make a romantic v-day dinner. Just to be clear, he actually served it as part of the dinner…he didn’t just give it to me in a box!

  8. Iceman, although I can’t say whether it’s necessarily romantic or not (because we had to drag the kids along), we recently took advantage of a gift certificate to Osteria Giotto and were MUCHO impressed! Best food I’ve had in ages!

    (after 20+ years and two kids, I am just happy to have a hot meal served to me on clean plates, without being interrupted a hundred times by the word “Mooooom!”)

    Someday, we’ll have out romantic meal at a remote, tropical Sandals location! 🙂

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