For Valentine’s Day I wanted a simple dessert that you can make with ingredients you enjoy based upon a simple approach. Select a cake/brownie mix, fruit, topping, and decorative items. From the ingredients I selected, which are described below, I made four presentations. This approach is a lot of fun allowing you to be creative and I imagine would be fun for children to participate in putting together the desserts.
For my cake mixture, I selected a double chocolate brownie mix and sugar-free, fat-free instant vanilla pudding for a topping. While my brownies were baking, I mixed my pudding and placed into the refrigerator to set. Instead of a cake pan, I used a mini-cupcake pan to reduce having crumbs in my dessert from slicing the brownies. It was so much easier working with the mini brownies and they present nicely. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a final picture of them and now it is too late since I ate them! When I make cornbread for my Super Bowl Chili, I use the mini-muffin pan and you can see how nicely they present if you click on the link.
The strawberries looked beautiful plus they make a nice decorative item. Another good option are red raspberries.
For a decorative touch plus added flavor and texture I purchased: Red Hots Cinnamon Hearts, Sweethearts, and Valentine Sixlets that is basically chocolate candy covered to look like pearls.
Frozen whipped topping sounded like a good idea, plus I had a dark chocolate bar left from when we tested Yonanas. I dipped a few strawberries in the dark chocolate and I used it for shavings to top some of my desserts. White chocolate would also work nicely against the dark brownies.
I got out a couple of serving glasses plus purchased cupcake liners and heart doilies. In my pantry I had a jar of red sprinkles left from Christmas, which added a nice decorative touch to one of my desserts. Plus I used the sprinkles with one of the chocolate covered strawberries. Though I like the look of the chocolate covered strawberries without the sprinkles. But you never know until you try!
From those ingredients I made the below desserts. I like the portion control by using the mini-cupcake pan for my brownies. If you prefer larger servings you can add a couple of brownies or make them in a pan and slice larger portions. Depending upon the ingredients selected, there are a lot of wonderful combinations to create. The below presentation would work well on a larger platter where guests can help themselves to a variety of treats! It would make a pretty centerpiece!