Archive for Valentine’s Day

Unique Edible Valentines

We like to give edible valentines each year at school. This year, I was having trouble thinking of something easy (medical issues were making it tough to stand on my feet for too long without my heart rate getting out of control and completely fatiguing me). I was going through some scrap booking paper I had gotten probably over a decade ago and came across this cute paper with chocolate chips and cookies all over it. I had gotten it to do a page showing my daughter baking with me, but I obviously never followed through. Anyway, when I saw this paper, I instantly said “I’m ‘kookie’ for you!”, and our valentines were born! 


These chocolate chip cookies were so tiny! I used little baggies that were meant for cake/lollipops and fastened the paper to ‘seal’ off the bags with heart-shaped eyelets. A little cookie paper heart and some lettering and the Valentine’s were good to go! So adorable!

Valentine’s Proposal Cake

As our news feeds light up with news of engagements this Valentine’s Weekend, I wanted to share the small part I took in planning one of these special proposals. Nate knew he wanted to propose to his love this weekend, and knew that he wanted to do it over dessert, but was also sure that he didn’t want her to bite into, or swallow, the ring. I combined two of her favorite desserts-red velvet cake and chocolate covered strawberries-to create this proposal dessert.

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A moist red velvet cake with cream cheese icing on the inside and cream cheese and buttercream icing on the outside. Rimmed with chocolate covered strawberries and a chocolate box on top.

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The chocolate box on the cake allowed for the ring to be hidden on the dessert without being consumed. The chocolate heart on the cover of the box says “Be Mine”. And a chocolate heart inside the box says “Forever”.

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Congratulations, Tanya and Nate!

 

 

Hairspray cake

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Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School did a production of Hairspray the musical this weekend. I made this cake and they auctioned it off Saturday night. The white faced gal with the blue hair and pink bow is what is pictured on the playbill. If you are familiar with the musical, you know that Ultra Clutch hairspray is the sponsor of the dance competition on the Corny Collins Show. For those of you who are not familiar with the musical, you should watch it! I once watched the original version and there were some songs and scenes cut from it in the more recent version, where John Travolta plays Tracy’s mom; so watch them both and decide which one you like best! In the musical, Tracy takes a stand against segregation and encourages those around her to stand with her. She is eventually successful in breaking out and breaking down the barriers on the Corny Collins Show, where she dances her way into everyone’s heart.

I took my girls to see the show this weekend, as they love musicals as much as I do! Jared Tracy, as Edna, made the show, in my ‘unbiased’ opinion! Hilarious! Congratulations on a job well done!

Who says you can’t use Christmas cookie cutters year round?

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What do you see when you look at this cookie cutter? A Santa face complete with hat? Sure. Most people can see that… but Angie ( www.bakerella.com ) saw something else. Something really cute! Let me turn it on it’s side and see if you can guess…

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Do you see it now? …………..No?

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How about now? With my daughter doing a report on whales, we thought this was the perfect valentine for her to take in! And Angie even provided the PDF for the cards! Thanks, Angie! The cookie cutter I found, had a pointy Santa beard; but I am lucky enough to have a tin knocker for a dad! He was able to reshape the cookie cutter a little (so that the whale’s face was rounded and I didn’t have to cut off and move the top ‘brim’ of the hat to form the spray); but if you aren’t so lucky, you can follow the instructions on Angie’s website www.bakerella.com .

Unfortunately, our school had a snow day today and are off for Winter Break all next week…. so in the freezer they go! Hoping to thaw these 4 dozen cookies the day before school begins again-without the Royal Icing becoming a disaster! Cross your fingers!

Sweet Cupcake Mailbox for Valentines

For my 1st Grader’s February’s family project, we had to make a mailbox to hold her Valentine cards at school.  So what do you think this baking family came up with?

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A sweet cupcake mailbox, of course!

Valentine Cake Pops

For Valentine’s Day at Kiddie Kollege, I made these cake pops on long sticks so that I could put my daughter’s Valentine’s Day ‘cards’  on them (cut out pink paper hearts, wrote “to…” and “from….” and “Happy Valentine’s Day!”, punched two heart-shaped holes in the hearts, and slid them right on the sticks).

I even put them all in a frosted vase with a pink bow.

 She was all too happy to model her pretty red and pink dress, pink shirt, and pink and red cupcake tights!

She even had a heart-shaped do (that her teacher had to show off to all the girls at the salon next-door)!

She was tickled pink… and red… to be able to give these Valentine’s to her classmates and teachers…. but even more tickled to be able to try them!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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