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How To Create The Perfect Champagne Tower

We’ve been indulging in sweets land for the past 24 hours and have been loving every second. But we’re getting a little thirsty around here. So, we’re busting out the bubbly and serving it up in style, champagne tower perfection to be exact. You guys, this is SO much easier than you might think! And such a fun way to dress up a party, whether it be a Valentine’s soiree or a birthday bash. Get the how to below!

Materials

Bottles of champagne (we used about one bottle for every 8 coupes but this will vary depending on the size of your coupes)
Coupe glasses (not flutes!)
Tray (large enough for your bottom layer)

instructions

step-1Set your tray on a sturdy, even table—it will catch any spillage from the tower.

step-2The tower is made of layers of coupes arranged in a square formation. Each layer of the tower has 1 less coupe on each side than the layer below- for example, if your base layer is a square of 16 coupes (4×4), the next layer would be 9 coupes (3×3), then 4 coupes (2×2), and finished with 1 coupe on top.

step-3To stack the coupes, arrange the first layer in a square shape with all the rims touching, so that there is a diamond shape of space in the middle of the rims. Place each coupe of the next layer centered over the diamond shape between the rims of the coupes below. Keep stacking until you top with a single coupe.

step-4Slowly pour champagne into the top coupe and as it fills it will overflow and spill into the coupes below. The champagne will trickle down and fill all the coupes in this manner (and make way less of a mess than you might imagine!).

See our full Valentine’s Day Inspiration here!

Photography: White Loft Studio | Design + Styling: Style Me Pretty Living | Flowers: Wholesale Flowers | Calligraphy: Becca Joas | Blush Linen Pillow: Wayfair | Champagne Coupes: ACME Party Box | Gold Cake Stand: Canvas Home | Gold Lumbar Pillow: Wayfair | Pink Ikat Pillow: Joss & Main | Pink Mohair Throw: Wayfair | Pink Pillow: Wayfair | Velvet Pillow: Joss & Main

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Dark Chocolate Naked Cake with Ganache Filling

With New England under a fresh layer of snow, this early morning chocolate indulgence is calling our names. Dessert for breakfast anyone? The Dark Chocolate Naked Cake with Ganache Filling is part of our delicious Valentine’s spread, and it promises to be your new favorite go-to. Find the recipe below and up next we have a how-to for making your very own champagne tower. A match made in heaven!

Dark Chocolate Naked Cake with Ganache Filling

Ingredients

We used this chocolate cake recipe (doubled) which makes four 8″ rounds

* Note – You will end up with 1 extra cake…which to me, is kind of awesome. You can freeze it and use it for impromptu guests or for crumbles on ice cream sundaes!

We used this ganache recipe (doubled)

* Note – You will end up with extra ganache which is another total bonus…you can use the ganache to make homemade filled chocolates!

To Construct

1. Cut the tops of each cake with a serrated knife to ensure that they are all level.

2. Place a dab of frosting on an 8″ cake round and add your first layer.

3. Scoop 2 ice cream scoops full of ganache and use an offset spatula to push your chocolate just past the edges. You want to keep your layer of ganache as even as possible. Add more or less to your liking.

4. Add your next layer and repeat with the ganache.

5. Add your final level and repeat.

6. Using a bench scraper at a 90 degree angle while turning your cake as you go, scrape the excess frosting around the cake.

7. Once your cake looks fairly smooth, use your offset spatula to add a bit more frosting to the “in between” layers. It’s okay if it’s messy.

8. Use your offset spatula to again, pull the excess frosting until nice and smooth (and a bit messy looking!)

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Cheesecake Mousse Shots

Truth: These pink shot glasses of heaven are the only thing getting me through Monday, albeit virtually. They’re just one of the sweet treats in our Valentine’s Day party lineup this year, and they’re genius. Not only do they have a through-the-roof cuteness factor (those little gold spoons!), but they’re super quick and easy to whip up. Bonus points. Grab the recipe below and head here for more Valentine lovin’.

Cheesecake Mousse Shots
prep time
5 Minute/s
cook time
5 Minute/s
total time
10 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 package softened cream cheese
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Melt white chocolate chips in a double broiler.
  2. Stir in butter. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine cream cheese, vanilla bean and melted white chocolate until well blended.
  3. Add in the confectioners sugar and stir completely.
  4. Fold in the whipped cream.
  5. Add any food coloring and gently mix.

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