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Valentino's Little Red Dress & My Valentine's LRD (Little Red Dessert)

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What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a Valentino inspired red velvet cake!  I adore Valentino's off the shoulder LRD  from his Spring 2012 Resort Collection.  Although I'd love to wear it for Valentine's Day, the best I could do was bake my own LRD, my little red dessert.

I used the red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting recipes from The Joy of Cooking.  It turned out to be a delicious decision - very moist and not too sweet.  After crumb coating the cake and letting it crust up a bit, I covered it in red buttercream fondant.  The bows were a fun little project.  I used a couple online tutorials to make (and re-make) the fondant bows.  I let them firm up overnight on the bottom edge of my round baking pans so they formed the curve and could rest on the edge of the finished cake.

I just love Valentino's romantic red bows...

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Have a  great weekend everyone! I'll see you all on Monday... xoxo