The first of February is always a dreadful moment because you know that Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Thinking about what to get your significant other while being on a budget can have you thinking for hours. This Instructables will help you think of great gifts that can be easily made without overpaying or standing in long lines at the stores.
Step 1: Rolled Cake With Hearts Decoration
Gather your materials:
-You will need a boxed cake mix (and the materials listed on the cake mix)
- Cream cheese (4oz)
-1 1/2 cups of cold heavy cream
-1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
- No stick baking spray
- Pastry bag
-Preheat your oven to 350°
Step 2: Preparing the Cake Mix
Prepare the cake mix as directed on the cake mix box. Separate the mix in 3 batches. Set 1/3 cup on a small mixing bowl and dye the mix in a light pink color. Set 1/3 cup on a separate mixing bowl and color it a darker shade of pink. The remaining mix should be left white.
Step 3: Preparing the Baking Sheet
Cut a piece of Parchment paper so that it completely covers the bottom of the baking sheet. Adding no-stick baking spay will help the paper stay in place.
Step 4: Adding Design to Your Cake
Pour the colored cake mix into a pastry bag. Create hearts with the darker colored cake mix and dots with the lighter colored mix on the Parchment paper and refrigerate the baking sheet for 7-10 minutes.
Step 5: Preparing the Cake
Remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator and evenly pour the white cake mix carefully on top of the hearts and dots.
Step 6: Bake Time
Place the baking sheet in the oven once it reacher 350° and bake for 18-20minutes.
Step 7: Preparing the Frosting
Whisk 4 ounces of cream cheese and 1/2 a cup of heavy cream in one bowl. In a separate bowl combine 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 1 cup of heavy cream, and 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form. Slowly add the cream cheese mixture to the mixture containing the confectioner's sugar. You can add a small drop of food coloring for aesthetics.
Step 8: Rolling the Cake
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and immediately place a thin kitchen towel over the baking sheet and invert onto another pan. Remove the parchment paper and dust confectioners sugar on the cake. Begin rolling the cake using the kitchen towel immediately after removing the cake from the oven. Allow the cake to cool off.
Step 9: Frosting the Cake
Unroll the cake and frost the side with no design. Roll your cake again.
Step 10: Serve and Enjoy
Serve a slice of the cake roll and enjoy this easy to make Valentine's Day themed treat.
Step 11: Valentine's Mexican Buñuelos
Step 12: Gather Your Ingredients
- Flour tortillas
- 1/3 cup of sugar
-1 tablespoon of Ground Cinnamon
-Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
-Strawberries are optional
Step 13: Making the Cutouts
Step 14: Preparing Your Pan
Step 15: Preparing the Topping
Step 16: Deep Fry the Tortilla
Step 17: Removing the Fried Tortilla From the Heat
Step 18: Adding Garnishes
Step 19: Potato Roses
Step 20: Gather Your Materials
Step 21: Rinse Your Ingredients
Step 22: Slicing
Using a vegetable slicer or a knife, thinly slice the potatoes and cucumbers. Set the cucumber aside and place one layer of the potato slices on a microwave safe plate.
Step 23: Microwave
Place the microwave safe plate in the microwave and set a two minute timer.
Step 24: Form the Flowers
Begin by bending a potato slice into the shape of a rose bud. Place a toothpick through the formed rose bud and continue to place potato slices around the initial rose bud. Use the toothpick to keep the potato slices in place. Continue to attach potato slices to form the rose completely. You will use approximately one small potato per rose.
Step 25: Secure the Rose With Toothpicks
When your rose is completely shaped, attach more toothpicks to keep the rose in shape while it fries. Secure all the toothpicks. You will need 3-4 toothpicks per rose.
Step 26: Frying the Roses
Fry each rose individually until they are golden brown.
Step 27: Slice Cucumbers
While frying the potato roses, slice a cucumber to accompany your potato roses.
Step 28: Final Preparation
When ready, carefully remove all the toothpicks.
Step 29: Adding More Flavor
Place your fried potatoes on a plate along with the cucumber slices. Salt the potatoes and cucumber. Pour some Tapatio sauce on the potato roses and cucumber. Finally, squeeze some lemon juice.
Step 30: Serve and Enjoy
Enjoy this wonderful looking treat.
Step 31: Valentine's Day Pizza
Kids love pizza and Valentine’s Day. In this tutorial you will learn how to make heart-shaped pizzas that the kids will truly love.
Step 32: Gather Your Materials
You will need the following materials:
· Pilsbury Crescent Dough Sheet
· Ragu Pizza Sauce
· Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
· Jalapeño Slices
· Sliced Mushrooms
· Parchment Paper
· Heart-shaped Cookie Cutter
Step 33: Preheat Your Oven
Prepare your oven by setting it to 350 degrees.
Step 34: Heart Cut Outs
Unroll the dough roll and cut our heart shapes using a cookie cutter.
Step 35: Prepping the Pizza
Place Pizza Sauce on the center of half of the hearts.
Step 36: Adding Cheese
Place Mozarella cheese on top of the sauce.
Step 37: Adding Additional Toppings
Place a mushroom slice, jalapeño slice, and a pepperoni on top of the cheese.
Step 38: Forming the Pizzas
Finally, place the heart-shaped cutouts with no ingredients on top of the hearts with ingredients.
Step 39: Forming the Pizza
Attach both dough hearts by pressing on the dough with a fork.
Step 40: Preparing the Egg Wash
Mix and egg with about a tablespoon of water. Rub some of the egg mixture on the already prepared heart pizzas.
Step 41: Baking Time
Place the prepared pizzas on a baking sheet and place them in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
Step 42: Serve and Enjoy
Serve and enjoy.
Step 43: Chocolate Covered Marshmallows and Strawberry Kabob
The perfect gift for the girl or guy who loves sweets. These kabobs are easy to make and also inexpensive. Why pay a company top dollar, when you can make these simple but delicious treats on your own. Avoid the long lines and share a special treat with a loved one.
Step 44: Gather Your Materials
For this tutorial you will need the following ingredients/items:
• Chocolate Melts
• Heavy Whipping Cream
• Sugar Crystals
Step 45: Getting Your Double Boiler Ready
Step 46: Rinse Strawberries
Step 47: Melt Your Chocolate
Step 48: Cover the Strawberries
Step 49: Insert Skewer Into a Marshmallow
Step 50: Melt a Different Color Chocolate
Step 51: Adding the Final Piece
Step 52: Ice-cream Sandwiches
Step 53: Gather Your Materials
• 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
• 1 cup of milk
• 1/4 cup of sugar
• 1 tablespoons of strawberry syrup
• 1 quart size Ziploc bag
• 1 gallon size Ziplock bag
• Brownie Filled Chips Ahoy! Cookies
• Conversation Hearts
• Measuring Spoon/Cups