Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day!!

What are you and your snuggle bunny, sweetie pie, significant other up to today?

Well if you must know, Mr. N and I have huge plans! Yes…

We’re going to go grocery shopping after he’s done with work (real romantic huh?).

While we’re at the grocery store I’m going to pick up a Red Box movie that I had reserved. Tonight’s featurette will be Rush , starring the ever so talented Thor, ahem, I mean Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde. It’s about a Formula 1 race car driver and some races.You know I really don’t know what it’s about. I saw a preview for it on Top Gear when the director Ron Howard was on it as their star in a reasonably priced car segment and it looked good. It’ll be a good movie for Mr. N to watch because it’s not chick flicky and it’ll be good for me to watch because it’s got some eye candy in it, I mean…

Then after we’ve got our lovely groceries for the next two weeks, we’re off to Papa Murphy’s where you’ve guessed it, we’re getting a heart-shaped pizza to go. After we’ve gotten our pizza we are going to head home, make our yummy pizza and bread sticks and then enjoy some deliciousness for dessert.

You may remember it from my post a week or so ago on Valentine’s Day treats. 

Basically you’re going to start out with box mix.

Or if you want to get fancy, you can make your own white cake mix, but I cheated and used a box.

This was a super easy and fun cake to make. I’ve made something similar to this for a 4th of July a couple of years ago. This is quite similar to that except there’s a little twist to it.  Instead of dividing up the batter between three bowls and adding in food coloring to 2 of them, you only take part of the batter, pour it into a separate bowl than the white cake mix, and add in strawberry Jell-O.

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How cool is that? Not only is it colored, its flavored!

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I’m kind of bummed that my pan tried to eat part of my cake.

Bad pan. No cake for you!

 

 

I tried to be fancy and make my own frosting. That didn’t turn out well. I was sad. I had to wait until we went grocery shopping so I can get some frosting from the store. These photos probably would have been better if I would have been able to use the natural light of the day but alas..

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It was so yummy even Turbo liked it. Of course he’ll eat anything that’s sweet.

 

Valentine’s Swirl Cake from Julie’s Eats & Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • Ingredients to make cake
  • 1 small box strawberry jello
  • 1 container white frosting (I would recommend not using whipped frosting because it won’t drizzle well)

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to temperature on cake mix. Generously grease a fluted tube cake pan. Make cake batter according to directions on box.

Pour 1/2 of the batter into a small bowl; stir 1 Tbsp strawberry jello into cake mix until well mixed.

Pour 1/2 of the red cake batter into bottom of pan. Carefully pour remaining white batter over red batter. Top with the rest of the red batter. The red batter will not completely cover the white batter.

Bake as directed on box. Cool cake 5 minutes. Flip out of pan onto cooling rack and cool cake completely.

When cake is cooled, divide the frosting evenly into 2 microwaveable bowls. Microwave 1 bowl of frosting on high a few seconds until smooth enough to drizzle over cake. With spoon, drizzle all of the 1st bowl of microwaved frosting over the cake. Repeat microwaving second bowl. Stir in the rest of the jello mix. Drizzle over cake. *Note you do not need to use all the frosting!

Let the cake stand until frosting is set. Enjoy!

 

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