red velvet & chocolate ganache bites

February 8, 2013

in Cakes & Tea Cakes

Move over, buttercream. I’ve found a new frosting love – whipped chocolate ganache. The rich truffle topping (a blend of semisweet and bittersweet chocolate) pairs nicely with my fluffy red velvet cake bites, creating a dessert your Valentine is sure to love! I like to place each bite in a mini muffin liner; a box filled with these bites would make a tempting alternative to the standard box of truffles.

Red Velvet & Chocolate Ganache Bites | Tutti Dolci

Today I’m a guest post in a special Valentine’s Day celebration event hosted by the lovely Anna from Crunchy Creamy Sweet. Chocolate and coffee are Anna’s kitchen staples – she’s a baker after my own heart!

Red Velvet & Chocolate Ganache Bites | Tutti Dolci

Please visit Crunchy Creamy Sweet to check out the fun interview questions Anna asked me, like why I started blogging and what’s on my blog bucket list this year!

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Red Velvet & Chocolate Ganache Bites
1 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt, at room temperature
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp red gel food coloring
2 large eggs, at room temperature

Chocolate Ganache Frosting
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl.

Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium-low and add vanilla and food coloring; beat until combined. Add eggs one at a time and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk mixture (begin and end with flour mixture). Beat just until smooth; pour batter into prepared baking dish and smooth with an offset spatula.

Bake for about 23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached and cake begins to pull away from edges of the pan. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Use a serrated knife to cut cake into 30 squares; place squares in mini muffin liners.

For the ganache frosting, combine chocolates in a small bowl. Pour cream into a saucepan and bring just to a boil over high heat; pour cream over chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted and smooth. Let ganache cool to room temperature, stirring often, for about 45 minutes. Beat with a mixer on medium-high speed for 2 to 4 minutes, until paler and fluffy. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe a star onto each cake square.

Yield – 30 cake bites (serving size: 1 bite)
Calories – 115
Carbs – 18

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1 The Café Sucré Farine February 8, 2013

So pretty and decadent Laura! I love ganache – it makes such s fun topping for just about any sweet treat.


2 Valerie February 8, 2013

Beautiful! On my way to Anna’s blog…


3 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 8, 2013

Thank you so much for guest posting, sweet Laura! These little bites are amazing! LOVE the ganache!


4 Carol | a cup of mascarpone February 8, 2013

Visited Anna’s blog first, to read you Q&A – which was so much fun!!! Lovely Valentine’s bites, Laura!


5 Vij (Spices And Aroma) February 8, 2013

I am loving this V-day bites! I am hoping over to Anna’s blog now.


6 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 8, 2013

Yes, Anna is also a talented baker (much like you) who continuously churns out the sweetest things! going over there now…I really really really want a bite right now :)


7 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) February 8, 2013

So pretty! Will check out Anna’s site… :)


8 Nami | Just One Cookbook February 8, 2013

I just visited Anna’s site and found your post by a surprise. What a cute little bites you created for her lovely site! I enjoy reading your interview answers too! I’m already looking forward to your summer posts with lots of berries. ;)


9 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers February 8, 2013

I love these bites Laura! But then I always say that whenever I am checking out what you whipped up. I wish I can have these for Valentine’s. Would Fedex work? :-)


10 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You February 8, 2013

Pretty, pretty bites!!! Wishing you a happy V-day, Laura!!!


11 Deb February 8, 2013

An irresistible Valentine treat! The decadent chocolate ganache is a stellar topping for the red velvet!


12 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 8, 2013

These look completely addicting!


13 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} February 8, 2013

I agree – move over buttercream – your frosting sounds divine! What a perfect treat for the upcoming holiday of love. Will check out Anna’s blog…..


14 Minnie(@thelady8home) February 9, 2013

This looks so divinely delicious. Drooling over them!! :-D


15 JJ - 84thand3rd February 9, 2013

Too cute! I do adore bite size treats and although you have red colour in the recipe I like how they aren’t garish looking! Delicious


16 Jen @ Savory Simple February 9, 2013



17 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough February 9, 2013

Red velvet + chocolate ganache + bite-size = LOVE.


18 Mercedes February 9, 2013

You make such beautiful bite-sized treats Laura! I am heading over to check out the recipe for that gorgeous frosting!


19 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) February 9, 2013

Those are so cute Laura – off to check out the post…


20 suzanne Perazzini February 9, 2013

I went over and had a look. I liked the interview. It was good getting to know you a little more. I agree that chocolate ganache can take everything up a notch.


21 Suzanne February 9, 2013

These look delish, and your right whipped ganache is seriously good!!


22 Anne@FromMySweetHeart February 9, 2013

Hi Laura….coming by from Anna’s to say hello and to tell you how much I love these beautiful little bites! And what a great idea….that whipped chocolate ganache! I can’t wait to try it!


23 Averie @ Averie Cooks February 9, 2013

Well arent these just so cute and perfect for V-Day!


24 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 10, 2013

I’d much rather a box of these sweet lil squares too Laura! :D


25 Nancy/SpicieFoodie February 10, 2013

Hi Laura,
These bites would be perfect for V-Day! I read your interview and enjoyed the answers. Can’t wait to see your mastered pie crust -it’s something I too want to master.


26 Anna @ Hidden Ponies February 10, 2013

Oh man, that frosting looks like a dessert in itself to me! Heading over for the recipe :)


27 Patty February 10, 2013

Wow Laura, your bites look so gooooood!!! I’m heading over to check out your recipe:-)


28 Rosa February 14, 2013

What pretty bites! A wonderfully romantic treat.




29 Ella-Home Cooking Adventure February 15, 2013

These are looking so elegant, love them.


30 Dina February 28, 2013

i love little tempting bites like these!


31 Roz March 15, 2013

what a beautiful combination of red velvet and chocolate ganache! Perfect for parties and entertaining when presented as you have here! thank you!



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