February 2021 – The Swan Princess
February 2021

February 2021

Read About February's Featured Swan Princess Fan Here

Find February's Trivia Question and Coloring Page Here

It's the Season of Love!

The Kingdom is excited to celebrate this romantic time of year and 'not so secret' admirers have surprises planned for their special someone!

Princess Odette will be presented with a beautiful bouquet of roses and treated to a romantic dinner by candlelight by the handsome Prince Derek...even though she doesn't know it yet!

Lucas will be giving flowers to the one he loves too! Princess Alise will be given the same number of tulips as the number of years they have known each other.

 

Both those in the castle and the villagers are sending cards and sweet treats or preparing a delicious meal for the person they love, whilst JeanBob...is still trying to get that kiss!

Sweet Strawberry Skewers:

This is a simple idea that works great as a romantic treat or you could melt the chocolate and dip the strawberries and marshmallows yourselves as part of a fun desert!

Ingredients:

Skewers

Strawberries
Marshmallows
Chocolate (any flavor, any amount, the choice is yours!)

Method:
1. Place a strawberries on one of the skewers then a marshmallow and repeat this until the skewer is full.
2. Repeat with the other skewers or until you have the number if skewers you would like.
3. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of boiling water until nice and smooth.
4. Dip the skewers into the bowl, using a spoon to make sure the skewer is completely covered.
5. Place the skewers on a tray/plate and leave to set.



Fun Fluttering Hearts


This is a really sweet craft for young children or for the not so young children!

You Will Need:
Colored Paper
Glue/Tape
Scissors
Googly Eyes
Colored Pens/Pencils

Instructions:
1. Cut out a strip of paper that is roughly 2 inches wide.

2. Cut out two heart shapes from some more paper that are slightly wider than the length of your paper strip from step 1.

3. Glue/Tape a heart to each side of the strip of paper so that the corners are in the middle and underneath the strip, you should now have a butterfly shape.

4. Add some google eyes to the strip of paper that forms the 'body'.

5. Use colored pens and pencils to add designs to the wings!

Fancy Fluttering Ideas
Use glitter to add some extra sparkle to the wings.

Write a special note on the body or wings for your Valentine.

Make loads of butterflies and attach them to string to make a fun garland!



Romantic Red Velvet Cake


The royal chef will be serving this beautiful cake as part of the Valentine's day celebrations in the castle! Decorated with sugar swans and fondant roses, this cake will be a show stopping centerpiece!

Ingredients:
For the cake:
1.25 cups vegetable oil, plus extra for the tins
4 cups plain flour
2tbsp cocoa powder
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 3/4 cups light brown soft sugar
1 tsp fine salt
1 3/4 cup buttermilk
4 tsp vanilla extract

2tbsp red food coloring gel or ¼ tsp food coloring paste
4 large eggs

For the icing:
1 cup slightly salted butter, room temperature
6 1/4 cups icing sugar
1.5 cup tub full-fat cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:
1. Heat the oven to 356F 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

2. Oil and line two 8 inch cake tins with baking parchment.

3. Put half each of the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix well. Use your fingers to squeeze any lumps out.

4. Mix half each of the buttermilk, oil, vanilla extract, food coloring and 1/2 cup water in a jug.

5. Add 2 eggs to the wet ingredients and whisk until smooth.

6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together.

7. Pour the cake mixture evenly into the two tins, and bake for 25-30 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

8. Allow the cakes to cool in the tins for 10 mins, then turn them out onto a wire rack and carefully peel off the baking parchment

9. Leave to cool.

10. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining ingredients to make layers 3 and 4.

11. To make the icing, put the butter in a large bowl and sieve in half of the icing sugar.

12. Mash the butter and icing sugar together with a spatula, then whisk with a hand mixer until smooth.

13. Add the cream cheese and vanilla then sieve in the remaining icing sugar before mashing together again, then blend them together with the hand mixer.

14. Use a little of the cream cheese icing to stick one of the sponges to a cake stand.

15. Using roughly half of the icing, stack the remaining cakes on top of each other, spreading a generous amount between each layer.

16. Pile the remaining icing on top of the assembled cake, and use a palette knife to ease it over the edge so that the entire surface of the cake is covered.


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