Valentine’s Day Treats

Some of us have mixed feelings about valentine’s day. Maybe your crush rejected you or you never found your “true love”.  Maybe you did find your true love and you’re happily married. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to whip up that crazy new dessert you’ve had your eye on. No matter who you are, there is something to be said about the delicious red velvet cakes, warm molten brownies, and heart shaped milk chocolate. Even if these sweet treats aren’t a gift from the love of your life, they are spectacular even by themselves. Here’s a few festive dessert recipes that will be sure to sweep anyone off their feet!  An added perk?  You don’t have to leave home to get all the ingredients you needed delivered right to your door.  Shop Now for one hour delivery on groceries, sweets, drug store items, and alcohol.

 

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups of flour
  • ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 (1 oz.) bottle of red food color
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

Icing:

  • 16 oz. confectioner sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup of butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream, softened
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

Directions for cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350 before you begin cooking. Next, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a different bowl, beat the sugar and butter together with a mixer until it is fluffy, this may take about 5 minutes. Beat the eggs in one at a time with the butter and sugar. Mix in the sour cream, food color, vanilla, and milk. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until it is just blended. Be sure not to overbeat the mixture. Pour the batter into 30 muffin cups leaving them all about 2/3 full. Bake them in the oven for 20 minutes, or until they look done. You can test them by inserting a toothpick into the cupcake and seeing if it comes out clean. If it does, they are done. If the toothpick has any batter on it, they need more time. When they are done, let them sit in the pans for 5-10 minutes outside the oven before taking them out of the pans. Cool them completely before icing.

 

Directions for icing:

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and vanilla extract together. Continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Next, continue beating the mixture while slowly adding the confectioner sugar.

Tips to take your cupcakes to the next level:

  • Be creative and draw hearts on the cupcakes with the icing. To do this, simply pour the icing into a gallon sized Ziploc bag, cut one corner off, and use it to draw whatever valentine themed designs you like!
  • Warm the cupcake in the microwave for a few seconds before serving. A warm cupcake is always better than a cold one!

 

Blow Ya’ Away Brownie Sundae

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of flour
  • Vanilla bean Ice cream (as much as you like)
  • Chocolate sundae syrup (as much as you like)
  • Cherry (optional)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Mix the oil and the sugar until it is completely blended. Next add the eggs and the vanilla, stirring until it is just blended. In a separate bowl, mix the baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, and flour. Slowly add the mixture of dry ingredients into the oil and sugar mixture. Finally, your batter is done. Pour the batter into a 9×9 square pan. Bake for 18 minutes at 350. Allow the brownies to cool completely before you cut them. Serve over Vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup drizzled over it, and garnish with a cherry.

Tips for the best brownie sundae:

  • If the ice cream is too hard to scoop, let it sit out a while. Also, you can run hot water over your ice cream scooper to make it cut through the ice cream more smoothly.
  • Warm the syrup in the microwave before drizzling it over the sundae. Warm chocolate syrup is always better!
  • Warm the brownie in the microwave before serving. Most people prefer a contrast in temperatures. The warm brownie will complement the cold ice cream perfectly.
  • This recipe serves 10, but you can easily double the ingredients and use a 13×9 pan. However, they will take a bit longer to cook if you do this, so keep that in mind.
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