Little Debbie Valentine Cakes made by your own two hands! Aren't they adorable?
Raise your hand if you remember having Little Debbie snack cakes at school holiday parties.
I am pretty sure that a class holiday party was simply not complete without a box or two of Little Debbie snack cakes. There was always one parent who brought them for every occasion. At Christmastime it would be the ones shaped like Christmas trees, and for Valentine’s Day it was the “Be My Valentine” heart-shaped cakes. Yellow cake, crème filling, pink and white icing…kids went crazy for them.
These little things are what childhood memories are made of. They’re the things that, as adults, make us smile when we think of them, and that we want to share with our own kids. But let’s share those memories without all of the preservatives and mystery ingredients, shall we?
We’ll refer to our Homemade Yellow Cake Mix recipe. It’s easy. This recipe has a few steps to it, so no reason to over-complicate things with the cake. We’ll bake it thin, then, once it’s cool, use a cookie cutter to cut out an even number of heart shapes. Then we’ll consider our crème filling.
Most recipes you find are going to use marshmallow fluff to get that fluffy, creamy consistency, but I think we can rise above that. Take a look at the container of ricotta cheese languishing in your fridge. Take it out and put it to use! We’ll cream it together with a smidge of butter, a spoonful of shortening, a sprinkle of sugar and a dash of vanilla. This goes between our heart-shaped cake layers, then everything goes into the refrigerator to chill and slightly set for about 30 minutes.
Once they have had some time to set, we’ll dip them into a white chocolate coating with just a few drops of food coloring added to make it the perfect shade of pink. Add a some white swirls and, suddenly, you realize that they look just like the “By My Valentine” cakes of your youth... they just happen to taste infinitely better.
Looking for more Valentine's Day inspiration? Don't miss yesterday's Cheesecake Factory Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe!