If you know me well, you know I love all holidays. I love Valentine’s Day because, well, it involves hearts, pink & red & of course lace in the theme. I firmly believe in the power of surrounding oneself with beautiful things, and I use any and every holiday as an excuse to do so. This one is no different. The ‘love’ part is pretty nifty too, you know, but I firmly believe that you should tell your loved ones you care about them all the time. Give your girlfriend or wife roses & flowers all year ’round, not just on the 14th of February! But still, it’s a cute idea & it could be worse; it could be a day where you go around punching people in the nose. But I actually wouldn’t mind that. Violence Day. Maybe it should be February 15th, so anyone without a date on the 14th can take out their aggression the next day. Hah. I never had such an issue, when I was single on Valentine’s Day, I still loved it. It’s about all love, not just romantic love. So get off your throne of misery & celebrate! I have TONS of stuff to show you today.
In addition to cupcakes, this year I made the infamous Bakerella cake pops; white cake inside, white and pink Wilton candy melt coating with sprinkles outside. They’re really fun to make- & a great excuse to destroy a cake made from a boxed mix! I’ll leave it to Bakerella to tell you how to make those. But I will tell you they were so much fun to make, and were simple considering they utilize a cake mix/pre-made frosting/candy melts. I had a table covered with silpats, waxed paper, bowls of melted candy melts & with bowls full of different sprinkles, etc, and played around like a kid. I made some in heart shapes and others just round. Tell me these aren’t adorable! And not bad for my first try, right?
They didn’t last long before being painfully mutilated.
I loved making these. Tons of fun. Messy, but fun! Also, time consuming. But worth it. I had to restrain myself from eating them as I made them. I went a little large with these, making them about 1.5″ x 2″, or around that. That meant they were heavier when coated, so I really had to watch them to make sure they didn’t collapse. I only had one mishap, and it was easily fixed by me just popping it in my mouth. What? She who bakes has the right to do such things. The balls were all varying sizes, some larger than others. I used a candy bag filled with white candy melts to drizzle over the tops of some of the pops when the first coat dried. Then, when they were all dried and set, I packed them all up in lollipop bags and tied them with ribbons to give as little Valentine gifts (whatever ones Jay didn’t eat, I mean). So cute.
I plan on making more of these delicious little things in the future, seeing as how I thought they were remarkably easy & fun to create. I also decided to make pink cupcakes this year for Valentine’s Day, because I hadn’t done it in awhile (well, not since 2008). So I made a pink cake (“white” cake tinted pink) with fat swirly pillows of strawberry Kool-Aid buttercream with little marshmallow sprinkle hearts (I made ’em by cutting large marshmallows into thirds, then cutting each slice in half, then making heart shapes with my hands & the scissors). I dipped the sticky sides in pink iridescent sugar and topped some of them, then for the rest used the pink sugar mixed with white sugar & heart toppers.
For the white cake, theoretically you can use any of these recipes: Martha’s, a vintage Sunbeam recipe or Rose Levy Berenbaum’s, or even this white chocolate cupcake recipe. Then just add either a little red food coloring, or some pink until it’s the desired color. My cupcakes look a little orange/yellowish because I used a reddish orange food coloring since I couldn’t find my pink. Bleh. I found it later. Oh well.
So that’s about it for my V-Day confections. But in closing, here are some pictures of my mom’s Valentine tree. It’s her winter tree just done up with hearts, cupids, etc.