All You Need Is Love – But a Little Chocolate Now and Then Doesn’t Hurt!

Since tomorrow is the big day you may have plans to make that someone special (or yourself) a yummy dessert. Now, just in case you are in need of a recipe I have provided two wonderful recipes that won’t leave you dreading the hours you would have to run to burn off all the calories! Just to put it into perspective, the Red Velvet Cupcake from Starbucks has 430 calories (source) and the Red Velvet Cake Roll (see recipe from Better Home and Gardens below!) has only 144 calories a slice! The Tiramusu Bites (also from Better Home and Gardens below, only have 189 calories for three cookies!

By now, I am sure that you all are well aware that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day but you may not be aware of these fun facts.

Fun Facts!

  • The average man spends around $130 on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates for Valentine’s Day.
    • Side Note: That’s more than double what the average women tends to spend. Fair? Maybe J
  • Over 8 billion candy hearts will be produced this year!
    • Reality Check: That is enough candy to span the distance between Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again!
  • At least 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions include “Tweet Me”, “You Rock” and “Spice It Up.”
    • Side Note: Each conversation heart contains 4 calories and why is there no heart that says “Call Me Maybe”?
  • Over 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day!
    • Reality Check: There is an average of 250 calories (aka half a meals worth!) in the mini boxes with only 3 pieces!
  • One heart shaped box can weigh up to 3 pounds and 1 pound of chocolate is equivalent to about 1500 calories (now multiply that number by three…4,500 calories!).
    • Reality Check: One pound of fat is equivalent to 3,500 calories.
    • Tip: If you happen to receive a large box of chocolate eat just one serving and then place the remaining chocolates in the freezer, instead of leaving them out to where you find yourself eating multiple pieces everyday until they are gone! Or if you are feeling generous share them with colleagues.

These fun facts were found on about.com and caloriecout.com  

Now, let’s get on with the recipes!

Tiramisu Bites – from Better Homes and Gardens 

*I did not create this recipe – please view their website, they deserve the credit!*

Image Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/tiramisu-bites-1/

Makes 2 Servings

Serving Size: 3 cookies topped with the tiramisu mixture!

Start to Finish = 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder
  • ¼ cup light tub-style cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup light whipped dessert topping, thawed
  • 6 Chocolate wafer cookies
  • Optional: white chocolate curls, and/or fresh raspberries

Tiramisu Bites - Ingredients

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the water, sugar, and espresso powder; stir until sugar and espresso powder are dissolved. Add cream cheese; whisk until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
  2. Pipe or spoon in cream cheese mixture atop cookies. If desired, chill for up to 4 hours. To serve, if desired, top with white chocolate curls and/or raspberries.
The end product!

My end product!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

  • Calories: 189 kcal
  • Fat: 9 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 22 grams

See original website for more information!

My Notes:

  • I did not have any fancy frosting bags so I just cut a tiny corner off of a plastic bag and put the mixture in the bag and then squeezed it out on the wafers from there.
  • I also couldn’t find plain chocolate wafer cookies so I used Belgian-Style Almond Wafers.
  • I used chocolate chips to give the plate a more decorative look because I didn’t have white chocolate.
  • This recipe is so simple and quick!

Red Velvet Cake Roll – from Better Homes and Gardens

*I did not create this recipe – please view their website, they deserve all the credit!*

Red Velvet Roll

Image Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/red-velvet-cake-roll/ 

Makes 10 Servings

Serving Size: 1 slice each

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Stand Time: 30 minutes

Bake @ 375°F for 12 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1
teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • 1 cup frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed
  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Separate eggs. Allow egg whites and yolks to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Line bottom of pan with waxed paper or parchment paper; grease paper. Set pan aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder; set aside.Step 1
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium mixing bowl beat egg yolks and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed about 5 minutes or until thick and lemon color. Gradually add 1/3 cup granulated sugar, beating on high speed until sugar is almost dissolved. Beat in food coloring.Baking
  3. Thoroughly wash beaters. In another mixing bowl beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add 1/2 cup granulated sugar, beating until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold egg yolk mixture into beaten egg whites. Sprinkle flour mixture over egg mixture; fold in gently just until combined. Spread batter evenly in the prepared baking pan.Soft Peaks
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately loosen edges of cake from pan and turn cake out onto a clean kitchen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remove waxed paper. Roll towel and cake into a spiral, starting from a short side of the cake. Cool on a wire rack.Rolling the Red Velvet Cake Roll
  5. For filling, in a medium bowl fold together dessert topping, sour cream, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cake with filling to within 1 inch of the edges. Roll up cake; trim ends. Cover and chill for up to 6 hours. Sprinkle cake with additional powdered sugar.

Frosting Red Velvet Cake Roll

My Final Product!

My Final Product!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

  • Calories: 144 kcal
  • Fat: 4 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 24 grams

View more information on the original website!

My Notes:

  • Don’t underestimate the accuracy of this recipe. I saw that it needed 1 Tablespoon of red food coloring and thought that had to be a mistake. Much to my disbelief, I had to go back and add the entire tube (small, mini size) of food coloring so that my cake was not pink.
  • I also questioned laying the hot cake on a kitchen towel. Wouldn’t you think that it would get covered in towel fuzz? Well, I ended up covering the towel with wax paper but then realized that it would never cool like that so I ended up tearing the cake from my indecisiveness.
  • Needless to say my end product was not nearly as pretty as the one from the original website but it still taste great! Hopefully you will have better luck!

If neither of these desserts appeal to you, some fruit dipped lightly in chocolate is always a good option! Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and don’t be afraid to indulge in some festive desserts – just do so in moderation! In fact, Hippocrates once said, “All things in nutriment are good or bad relatively.”