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The air is filled with snow flurries and laced with love; this Valentine’s Day treat the one(s) you love to this decadent Chocolate Fudge Cake, cloaked in a luxurious chocolate ganache and finished off with new M&M’s® Strawberry candies!
Despite being best known for his only novel, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, a dark, fatalistically philosophic tale which at times waxed gothic, Oscar Wilde remarked sentimentally, “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
I found myself thinking about that the other day, after a friend of mine remarked that “All the world’s a stage,” and I couldn’t help connecting the two.
In other words, the world is like a garden, a stage of sorts filled with all of the ingredients necessary for a grand tale. As actors on that stage, we move from day to day following our script, speaking our lines, and going through our motions. While there’s nothing ‘wrong’ with this, there is no audience. Instead, the curtain is drawn shut, and the stage lights are dark – and so we speak our lines into the dimmed silence of the empty theater. However, when the audience does arrive, whether drawn by curiosity or by the spectacle, the lights flicker on, and the curtain is cast open. Instantly there is meaning behind the performance, the applause of the crowd, the heat of the lights, and at once the actors are driven by the promise of purpose.
It might be considered odd then that only a single holiday is devoted singularly to love. Yet, in so many ways the other holidays are in fact expressions of love, such as Christmas and its focus on familial cheer, or New Year’s and its focus on renewal and good will, yet in no instance is the celebration of love central. It is for precisely that reason that I always like to give Valentine’s Day’s a little extra attention.
However, just as the love at Christmas isn’t strictly romantic in nature, the same is true for Valentine’s. And before you roll your eyes, I mean that quite sincerely, not in the clichéd sense of “this is Lonely Heart friendly.” For example, I picked up American Greetings® Valentine’s Day cards along with a DOVE® Valentine’s Day tin at Walmart just yesterday, which are both perfect for close friends, coworkers, or family members.
That said, I didn’t want to end Valentine’s Day there, instead I wanted something to which I could add a bit of a personal touch, and that’s how today’s recipe for our M&M’s® Heart Cake came to be, which I prepared with an 8oz bag of M&M’s® Strawberry to add an extra layer of seasonal flavor and color. I also used additional M&M’s® Strawberry as decorations, as shown below, to add a dash of contrasting color against the chocolate fudge frosting.
Again, like the cards and the tin, the cake is perfect whether you’re celebrating with close friends or family, or it can serve equally well as a Sweetheart Cake. Either way, it’s an absolutely quintessential Valentine’s Day treat, combining all of the sweet flavors and colors one has come to associate with the day.
With the cake prepared, the cards bought and signed, and the tin ready to be gifted, all that remained was to prepare the tablescape, and sit down to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my family.
What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day? We would love to hear from you. Also, don’t forget print this coupon to save $1.00 on ANY TWO (2) M&M’s(R) Brand Chocolate Candies, 8oz or larger.
Enjoy with Love,