Weekend Fun, Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries & Cake Truffles

by Joanne on November 9, 2009

Fun things that happened over the weekend…















Here’s a photo of the cake adorned with candles sent to me from Bonnie during the birthday celebration…

candle cake






















A recap:  2 Vanilla Cream Cakes.  One filled with vanilla frosting and French Vanilla icing.  Elmo was the star on that cake.  Surrounding the Elmo Cake (not pictured) were the Easy Cake Truffles (see below for recipe). 

The second cake was filled with strawberry mousse, iced with French Vanilla icing.  Chocolate covered strawberries topped the cake.  A chocolate scroll “Edible image” was placed around the cake.  Surrounding the cake were Cheesecake stuffed strawberries (See Below).

We made HURRICANES for A Taste of Utica CNYEats.

We raked leaves.  A LOT OF LEAVES!   Now you know why we needed the HURRICANES!

How To Make Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries (Photo Courtesy of Bonnie)


  • 1 pint LARGE strawberries or how ever many you can eat.
  • 1 ready made cheesecake with a graham cracker crust
  • good quality chocolate, melted *To Temper Chocolate, see HERE.

Wash the strawberries and dry thoroughly.  You cannot have any moisture on the berry when you dip it in the chocolate.  Put the cheesecake into a bowl and mix it around so it is all blended together…yes, the graham cracker crust as well.  

Cut the strawberries in half.  Scoop about 1 tsp of cheesecake mixture and place on one half of the strawberry. Place the other half of the strawberry on top of the cheesecake  as if you were putting the strawberry back together again.  Place into a muffin cup and coat with melted chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

How to Make Easy Truffles From Cake Trimmings

You have to level a cake when double layering.  The bottom should be nice, straight and even and so should the top layer.  But what to do with the pieces you cut off the cake?  Here’s the solution.

  • Trimmings from the cake or cakes you have leveled.
  • Enough cream to just moisten the cake trimmings
  • 1 tsp or to taste of maple syrup  or other flavor. *Optional – you don’t need any extra flavor
  • Good Quality Melting Chocolate…see above.

Place the cake trimmings in a bowl.  Moisten with the cream. You don’t want the cake trimming mixture soggy so just add a tiny bit of cream at a time.  Stir the mixture and as soon as it holds together, stop adding cream.

Make about 1 1/2” round balls from the mixture.  Melt your chocolate and dip the “truffles” into the chocolate.  Allow to set and ENJOY! 

MOVIE REVIEW!!!!   “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” 



Denzel Washington as a Subway Dispatcher and John Travolta as the leader of a gang of criminals determined to hijack one of the city’s trains.  The language is bad but the movie is good. There is constant action and the acting is superb.  It’s another psychological confrontation that Travolta and Washington are so good at.  Definitely worth the rental.


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  • At 2009.11.09 08:36, Lu said:

    That is a lot of leaves! The hurricane looks really good and what beautiful cakes. I’m so trying those strawberries. Yum!

    • At 2009.11.09 11:49, Chaya said:

      The cheesecake strawberry combo is fascinating. It has all good ingredients. It has to be yummy.

      • At 2010.11.06 20:08, Sander said:

        Wel done, looking fantastic!. I can’t wait to try.

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