Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!

Valentines Day…oh the commercialism that accompanies this “holiday”…

For years, I’ve tried to avoid buying into the commercialism, but this year, we finally decided it was high time to go out for a nice dinner rather than cook each other dinner as in years past as you can get incredible deals on multi-course dinners at fabulous restaurants.  This year we’re trying out a French restaurant we haven’t been to before, but looks quaint and appears to have a good following. However, I’m looking forward to a late night snack of my gift to Mark this year, cupcakes!

The Houston Chowhounds recently hosted an event called the “Mushroom Throwdown” where local chefs put together signature mushroom dishes that were judged by a panel of other local chefs and food critics. The winner was the dark horse…a little-known (likely not much longer) unemployed pastry chef named Rebbecca Masson.

Well, the Chowhounds message board this week informed me that none other than Rebbecca Masson would be preparing baked goods for charity this Valentine’s Day. Not just any charity, but the rescue where we got our little bundle of joy, Sasha! Double score, with a donation to the rescue, we were able to taste Rebecca Masson creations…

There were two cupcakes available as well as Petit Fours, cookies, brownies and truffles. We decided to go for a combination of both of her cupcakes she’d have available: Red Velvet with Salted Carmel Buttercream and Fresh Strawberry with Strawberry Buttercream.

We haven’t tried them (yet) but have sampled the icing already and boy are they going to be good!

The strawberry icing is so light, fluffy and fresh!

Strawberry Cupcake by Rebbecca Masson

The salted carmel buttercream isn’t as much of my thing (not a huge salt fan), but still very tasty (not to mention pretty)…

Red Velvet Cupcake by Rebbecca Masson

We are waiting until tomorrow for the grand taste test, but they sure are tempting us already! ;-)

Oh yes, and tomorrow I will try to post a special “bloggiversary” post (oh how I loathe that term…) honoring the first anniversary of my blog!

3 comments to Happy Valentines Day!

  • Thanks so much for supporting Lucky Dog Rescue! It was so amazing to have Rebecca baking for us (I’m a chowhound and have been a huge fan of hers for a long time!). I can’t wait to hear how much you love them and am amazed by your discipline to hold off eating them – ha!

    We’re looking at doing something for Easter, too with a bit more “variety” so you can sample a couple of things. Everything she made was so delicious … nothing in the city compares …
    :) J

  • Rebecca M

    Hi!

    Just wanted to drop a note and say thanks for supporting Lucky Dog Rescue! I had such a good time with the bake sale! Just a quick correction, the cupcake with the salted caramel frosting is a devil’s food cake, not a red velvet. But I am sure you will enjoy it no matter what the flavor!

    Thanks again!

  • Stef

    Thanks for the comments!

    Rebecca: oops! I have no clue why I always mix the two up, it’s not really hard but I always do it anyway ;-)

    The cupcakes were fantastic, the strawberry icing was a bit sweet for my taste, but the cake portion was excellent! Also not a huge fan of salt, but I can really appreciate how the saltiness enhances the caramel on the red velvet cupcakes.

    Can’t wait to see what Easter has to bring!