Saturday, January 28, 2012

Valentine's Brownies

Don't you hate it when you have a good idea, something simple, and then everything goes wrong?!
This is only the 2nd time since finishing my decorating class last summer that I have even attempted royal icing roses. They did take a bit for me to grasp the technique in class and without practicing much since then, I just kinda lost it! I can still make all of the other flowers just fine, it's just this rose! My teacher said that it took her a year to finally be happy with her roses, so I still have 6 months to perfect them, right? Anyway, I had leftover icing from cookies and making roses and other flowers seemed like a good way to use it up. Out of the 5 roses I made, I am happy with only one. To help my self esteem, I finished off the icing making 3 dozen super easy Apple Blossom flowers. Extra royal icing flowers last pretty much forever and are always nice to have on hand to throw on cookies, cupcakes, anything really to add some cuteness!
Back to this project....The canvas for my roses would be brownies, something simlar to what I made when I made the Ghost & Monster Halloween Brownies in the fall, except with roses. I used the same box brownie mix that I always use, except I sprinkled heart sprinkles on the batter before baking. My daughter said "easy peasy" as I had mixed the batter, "we should make easy things more." I baked the brownies as always and for some reason they were too moist! I put them back in the oven. No help. I ended up refrigerating them to firm them up enough to cut the heart shapes out with cookie cutters. They were still not a crisp clean cut like I had hoped, the brownie was simple too soft.
Despite all of my mishaps with these brownies, I continued on and placed my not-so-perfect roses on top with just a dab of icing. They all disappeared super fast with no complaints! Don't worry, if you don't have your rose down yet either, Wilton makes perfect little roses that you can place on top of these brownies! Now I still have 3 dozen Apple Blossom flowers to use up!
The moral of the story: Not everything turns out perfect or even remotely as planned, but even not-so-perfect sweets taste yummy!





15 comments:

  1. I think they love awesome!! I have yet to try any flowers yet like roses so I'm always impressed with flower piping skills!

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  2. WOW! Just popped over from your comment at Plumberry Pie to see what you have going on over here! Your creations are fabulous!!! Really impressive. I wish I could grab one off my screen to take a bite:).

    Kim http://www.plumberrypie.blogspot.com

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  3. I think they look perfect. Besides go look at a rose bush - none of them are perfect. You're just making realistic roses.

    I could make the rose - but cannot for the life of me make a rosebud - you know the squiggle/squiqqle supposedly easy rose!

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  4. I think they look amazing! The brownies look to be cut perfectly and I love the roses... perfection. Though I have to agree, I really hate when my pan of brownies or blondies is simply too soft to cut and looks wonky. Great job!

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  5. Beautiful beautiful beautiful !!
    That's what I have to say
    What you did is very impressive and adorable

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  6. I think you did an excellent job. We are our own worst critics aren't we? Take it from a picky person - you did a wonderful job.
    Lisa

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  7. wow, what a lovely treat here! I just love buttercream roses, you have made a pretty sweet here!

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  8. They are so cute. I think the flowers look great. Neat idea!

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  9. the roses look amazing! at this rate you'll be a master in 6 more months!!!!

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  10. Those sprinkles add the perfect little touch.

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  11. They are beautiful!! Thank you for sharing them at Sharing Saturday!! Have a great week!

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  12. I love brownies! These look amazing.

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  13. They look so perfect and romantic....to master roses is on my "to do" hopefully in a near future.

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  14. How beautiful!

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

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  15. Love the roses - nothing wrong with adding frosting to anything!! Thanks for linking up with "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope you'll be back next Saturday to share more terrific ideas! -The Sisters

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