Yes, that is the actual name of these cakes by Little Debbie. These were a staple around various holidays in our house but my mom bought them for sure for Valentine's day. My brother would scarf those babies down, one package at a time.
I saw them in the grocery store the other day and had them in my cart until it hit me. Umm, why don't I just waste 2 hours of my weekend trying to make them? Back on the shelf they went and into my cart went Crisco (vegetable shortening) and marshmallow fluff. Obviously I had 5 boxes of white cake mix in my pantry. I live with Mr. Schwartz you know. The king of white cake. A quick stop at Michael's for the candy melts and I was on my way to Little Debbie heaven.
I would change a few things and I will discuss them along the way. Why don't we just get started. Valentine's Day is only 6 days away!
Musical Selection: My Lovin' (Your Never Gonna Get it) by: EnVogue. Tonight, someone on tv said never going to get it and Mr. Schwartz and I totally broke into this song. I started with the never gonna get it and he actually did the high part of the break down. If you know this song, you know what I mean. I was once again reminded why I married my husband.
candy melts. I found them at Michael's Craft store but I'm sure they are on Amazon.com or other craft stores.
these cake pops!!! This is fantastic. The Crisco is solid so it makes a nice hard coating where the vegetable oil that I used in the cake pops made them kind of greasy. Anyway, add a bit of Crisco (as in 1/4 cup or so) to the hot candy melts. Stir until it is completely combined.
At first I didn't add all of the Crisco and I had a difficult time with putting the coating on the cakes. The moment I added more it worked perfectly. More on this in a bit….
I brought them to the Super Bowl party we attended and they were a hit. We ended up cutting most of them in half and many brought them home for the next day. The only thing that wasn't authentic was the greasy film that is left on the roof of your mouth. I guess that's not a bad thing huh?
Enjoy! : )
Be My Valentine Cakes
For the Cakes:
2 boxes white cake mix and ingredients to prepare the cakes (eggs, water, canola/vegetable oil)
For the Cream Filling:
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 7 oz tub/jar marshmallow fluff
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Coating
2 14 oz bags candy melts
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 oz Almond bark
The night before, prepare cake batter as directed on the back of the box. I used the egg white only recipe. Pour the batter into two jelly roll pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until they are lightly golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean in the middle. Once fully cooled, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for the next day.
The next day, uncover the cake for an hour or so. I don't know if this is 100% necessary but I think it helped me. Cut out hearts of the cake with a cookie cutter. Place half of the hearts on a wire wrack.
Begin working on the cream filling. Combine 1/2 cup shortening, marshmallow fluff, powdered sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl using a hand mixer. Mix together hot water and salt. Add to the shortening mixture. Mix for 2 minutes or until completely combined and fluffy. The filling will be thick. Place in a pastry bag or sandwich bag.
Cut the corner off of the sandwich bag (if using) and pipe a tablespoon and a half or so of filling onto the hearts. Top with the second heart to make a sandwich. Press down gently.
Next, place one bag of the candy melts into a microwaveable bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave for 30 second on high. Take it out and stir. Place back into the microwave for 30 seconds again on high. Do this until the melts are completely melted. Add in 1/4 of a cup of shortening. Stir until the shortening is melted and combined into the candy melts. **Note: I did this twice (hence half of the ingredients) since the candy melts eventually harden as you are coating the cakes. It is easier to work in batches**
Dip or frost the cakes into the candy melts. After the cakes are coated, melt the almond bark the same way you melted the candy melts. You don't need any shortening to thin the almond bark. Using a spoon, drizzle the almond bark over the coated cake hearts.
Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz