Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Another holiday, another treat-making session in the Herman house.. I almost went back to the pretzel dessert from last year, since I knew both how they would turn out and the relative ease with which they are created. But then I ran across these homemade Pop-Tarts and thought they would be a welcome addition to the Valentine's Day festivities at school. Now Ivie and Macie's classes will be able to celebrate the holiday at their breakfast snack time, in addition to their regular "party" in the afternoon!
Because this was a project that involved cookie cutters, pie crusts, and the oven, I was very thankful to have a trusted assistant, my sister-in-law, Carla, in the kitchen with me. Not to mention that we had to make 37 of these suckers, so double-teaming it made it go so much faster!
Anyway, I'll let the pictures tell the story of the creation of what we're calling "Pop-Hearts"!
Since I was on such a baker's high after the success of the Pop-Hearts, I decided to go ahead and try my hand at a Valentine's cake for our family to enjoy at home. The high lasted, well, until I attempted to remove the two cakes from their respective pans. THEY WOULDN'T COME OUT. At least not in one piece. UGH.
Suffice it to say that I'm so glad that this project involved frosting. Originally, I had planned on just going with white (as in the picture on the recipe). But, given the look of the cakes once I actually got them formed into the heart shape, I thought it was a better idea to go with pink (to blend in with the cake crumbs that were placed everywhere to piece the thing back together!).
I didn't take very many pictures of this project, but you'll get the idea. Promise you won't laugh too hard at the heart-without-icing shot. I feel bad enough as it is, trust me...
Let me tell you something (in retrospect), though. Looks can certainly be deceiving. We had some for dessert last night, and this cake is YUUUUUUMMMMMMMY!!! Who cares if it falls apart as you cut it into "pieces" to put on your plate, right?!?