Giveaway! Snoopy, Belle and Francesca Capaldi’s Valentine Party Kit! Ends Feb 10th #SnoopyValentine #ThePeanutsMovie #Belle
Every year I try to do something special for my kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year? It’s all about Snoopy! As a Snoopy Brand Ambassador I am able to share the excitement with you too! Last week 10-year-old actress Francesca Capaldi—who stars as Charlie Brown’s beloved Little Red-Haired Girl in The Peanuts Movie, the 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios’ Peanuts 3D feature film debuting worldwide on Nov. 6—hosted a Peanuts-themed Valentine’s Day party with Snoopy and his sister Belle at the Park Hyatt in Carlsbad, California.
Francesca, one of the stars of Disney’s Dog with a Blog, and her friends enjoyed Valentine’s Day card-decorating, delicious cakes and cupcakes, and of course a showing of the classic TV special, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown.
I also have an AWESOME recipe for you – Hyatt’s recipes for Chocolate Cupcakes and Ganache From Chef Franck Riffaud!
OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
Yields one 9”cake or 16-18 Cupcakes
- Flour 3 Cups
- Sugar 3 Cups
- Salt 1 Tbsp
- Baking Soda 1 Tbsp & 1 Tsp
- Water (Boiling) ½ Cup
- Cocoa Powder ½ Cup
- Buttermilk ½ cups
- Vegetable Oil 1 Cup
- Eggs 3
- Vanilla 1 Tbsp
Combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla together with a whisk. Place the flour, sugar, salt, and soda together in a mixing bowl. Using the whip attachment on an electric mixer, add the liquid ingredients that were previously whisked, mix only until smooth. Boil the water and add it to the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth. Add the cocoa mixture to the previous batter. Let the batter sit 10 minutes before filling pans. Fill 2-8″ cake pans that have been greased and floured. Fill pans half full. Bake in oven at 350 for approximately 45 minutes. A knife inserted in the center will come out clean. Cool cakes before using.
For chocolate lovers, this is the most delicious icing forthe filling and covering cupcakes. You can use it as a glaze when it is freshly made or beat it until it becomes thick and spreadable. Because ganache is very stable, it’s perfect for crumb coating cupcakes that will later be covered with rolled fondant, though it will soften in very hot weather. It can be stored at room temperature for 2 days or refrigerated for up to a week.
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate (uses chips, or cut blocks into small pieces)
- 8 ounces heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons flavoring or liqueur (optional)
Place the chocolate in a large metal or glass bowl. Heat the cream in a saucepan just to the boiling point. Pour the cream over the chocolate, making sure that all of the chocolate is covered. Cover the bowl and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk the chocolate until it is dark and shiny, then cool it to room temperature. To thicken, beat the cooled icing with a hand mixer for a few minutes. Yields 2 cups, enough to fill and cover one 9” cake or 16-18 cupcakes.
One reader will WIN A fabulous Party Prize Pack which includes:
- Valentine cake and cupcake decorations from DecoPac
- Peanuts Valentines and additional blank cards, foamies and jewels to use to create custom Valentines of your own
- A $25 Visa card for purchasing the cake/cupcake ingredients and/or card materials
- A copy of the TV special for free from iTunes
- A cute and cuddly Belle plush
- Three adorable Peanuts books: Be Loving and Be Awesome (Running Press), featuring Charles Schulz’s unique wit and wisdom, and A Valentine for Charlie Brown (Gary Groth)
- Nestle’s Valentine candy
- An autographed card from Francesca Capaldi!
Meanwhile, prepare yourself to fall in love with Peanuts all over again as we await The Peanuts Movie. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the cherished “Peanuts” gang make their long-awaited big-screen debut in stunning state-of-the-art 3D animation from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.
Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.
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