I couldn’t help but get excited about Valentine’s Day and once I started baking there was no stopping me so here are some Sweet Treats for your Valentine. And if you don’t have a Valentines make them for family and friends they will love you for it. And the great thing about these treats is they are so easy to make you can make them all in one day if you want.
RED VELVET CAKE
This red velvet cake is moist and tasty and not too complicated if you are in a hurry. It is definitely a Sweet treat for your Valentine they will love. Who doesn’t like chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting?
- 300g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 20g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp red food colouring (I found that 40g of Dr Oetker Gel Food Colouring in Bright Red
- worked well)
- 240ml buttermilk
- 300g plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 3 tsp white wine vinegar
For the frosting:
- 600g icing sugar sifted
- 100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 250g cream cheese, cold
THE HOW TO BIT
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C /350°F
- Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, and then gradually incorporate the eggs.
- Separately, combine the cocoa, red food colouring and vanilla (either paste or extract) to form a paste, and combine with the egg mixture.
- Gradually add the buttermilk and flour, adding a little of each at a time until fully combined.
- Add the salt, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and ensure all ingredients are well mixed.
- Divide between 2 – 8-inch cake tins and bake for 20-25 mins in the oven
To make the cream cheese frosting
- Firstly whisk together the icing sugar and butter. I always find that whisking the butter first to loosen it up and then gradually adding the icing sugar works best and helps avoid the icing sugar going everywhere in a big cloud!
- Add the cream cheese at the end and be careful not to over beat the mixture as it can go runny.
When the cake is cooled, sandwich the layers together using the cream cheese frosting, and top with the remaining frosting and sprinkles.
STRAWBERRY ROSE JELLY VALENTINE’S
I picked up my rose mould from Aldi but you can get the below on Amazon ( affiliate link )
Premier Housewares 6 Rose Cake Mould Tray, Red
To make these I made up some strawberry Jelly and added a couple of drops of rosewater essence – do not be heavy handed the essence is very strong and I made that mistake the first time. You could chop some strawberries and mix them through the jelly too for added texture. They taste like Turkish delight and would go well with dark chocolate sauce.
RASPBERRY AND WHITE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS
I made these yesterday on the request from my daughter and her friends, they were so good if I do say so myself, that there was none left by tea time and there was a resounding chorus of praise for these lovely muffins. In fact getting a picture of them was hard before the teenagers descended like locusts the smell from the oven was divine.
Ingredients ( makes 12)
- 300g (10 oz) Plain flour
- 1tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 salt
- 125g ( 4oz) granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2tbsp sunflower oil
- 275ml(9floz) Milk
- 125g ( 4oz) Raspberries – we used fresh
- 150g (5oz) White chocolate chopped.
THE HOW TO BIT
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C or 400F or Gas mark 6.
2. Sieve the flour and the baking powder and salt into a large bowl then add the sugar.
3. Crack the egg into a jug and add the oil and whisk until light and fluffy. Add the Milk to the mixture and whisk again.
4. Fold the egg mixture into the flour mixture and fold in well.
5. Fold in the raspberries and chopped white chocolate.
6. Put into muffin cases in a muffin tray and bake in the oven for 20 /25 minutes or until golden.
7.Allow to cool on a muffin tray if the smell of them isn’t too tempting.
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