Doug often says, “I love love.” And I feel the very same way. So it should come as no surprise that I really love Valentine’s Day, but not in the “roses & chocolate” kind of way–I really don’t like roses at all. The thing I love most about Valentine’s Day is the giving of small tokens of love to friends, family, co-workers & neighbors.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, I decided to whip up a batch of Cake Truffles in the most vibrant red I could think of–so of course, Red Velvet was the clear winner here. Please forgive the horrible lighting in these photos. I had worked all day in the office and then spent all evening in the kitchen, so I didn’t have the luxury of early morning or late afternoon natural light.
Red cake batter makes me happy! It’s so bright and matches my mixer and kitchen accents perfectly!
This is step 4 of the process (I can’t go giving away ALL of my secrets, y’all!)–balling them up before they go to the freezer for a few (which is step 5).
Didn’t get to capture the dipping process … had to work quickly in order to get the sprinkles to stick before the chocolate hardened! These are the finished products, pre-packaging.
Dug around in my trusty craft storage drawers and found some bubblegum pink raffia (the plastic kind, not the paper kind–plastic holds a tighter tie without breaking)! The tags were a quick creation I whipped up in Adobe Illustrator.
Some got individually packaged for co-workers and neighbors.
Others were packaged in 4s for some couple friends. 2 for him and 2 for her!
Of course, none of this would have been possible without my constant kitchen companion! Faithful supporter or hungry scavenger … you decide.
Cupid delivers. Everyone loves happy mail, especially when it’s edible.
So there you have it. To quote my friend Laura, “Baked goods can totally change the world.”
And I happen to fully agree.
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!