Valentine’s Day for Singles

Vendela D., Opinion

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Even though Valentines Day is for couples, you don’t need a Valentine to have a good holiday.  This year we got lucky that Valentines day falls on a Saturday. Try and make it about you and your friends and act as each others Valentines. Get them chocolate or their favorite candy. Go out and have fun instead of sitting home eating chocolate while watching the notebook.   You can still  find a Valentine for Valentines day so keep your eyes open.  Also, try and be a wing girl for your friends. I have never had a Valentine before, but sharing the day wit

h my friends and having fun with them has always been great.  Us girls don’t need a Valentine to be happy,

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 11.58.58 AMwe just need a cute pair of shoes, some sweets and a few friends to make it the most memorable Valentines day yet.
Valentines day Recipe- Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam:

Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/3 cup cornstarch

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup water

2/3 cup vegetable oil

 

1/2 cup milk

1 tablespoon vanilla

4 egg whites

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 1/2cups sugar

Butter Cream Frosting

1 cup strawberry jam
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and/or blueberries, stemmed and halved

1 cup whole fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and/or blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottoms of two 8×1 1/2-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper or waxed paper;grease and lightly flour pans. Set pans aside.

In a large bowl stir together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Add the water, oil, milk, and vanilla. Beat with a wire whisk until smooth.

In a medium bowl combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add sugar, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold beaten egg whites into batter. Pour batter into prepared pans, spreading evenly.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on racks.

To assemble, use a long serrated knife to cut cake layers in half horizontally. Place one cake layer, cut side down, on a serving plate. Spread with a generous 3/4 cup of the Butter Cream Frosting and 1/4 cup of the jam. Top with 1 cup of the sliced berries. Repeat with two more cake layers.

For top layer, place final cake layer cut side down and spread with 3/4 cup Butter Frosting, 1/4 cup jam, and top with 1 cup whole berries.

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