#BUNDT BAKERS BOSTON CREAM~FILLED BUNDT CAKE ** double the Sponge recipe

I consider this recipe a bit labor intensive but after tasting the completed cake, it’s worth the effort. After sampling, It is definitely one of my favorites. But in all honesty, I won’t be turning this out unless it’s for a special occasion. The cake is, in my opinion, simply fabulous. I suggest doubling the cake recipe to create a larger cake.

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First and foremost, a great big thank you hug for this fun and tasty theme,  “Filled Bundt Cakes”.   This months recipes are brought to you by           Christina Lopez Vera of Bizcocheando and Patricia at Pattys Cake.           And, thanks especially for the translation.

It didn’t take me long to figure out what cake to bake.  I just went straight to the horse’s mouth, Mr. Bee, he knew right off what he wanted this month and I like to include his favorites for him.  This Boston Creme~Filled Bundt Cake will definitely be added to his favorites list.  I’m already sampling that chocolate drizzle in my dreams.

Now, Boston Cream Pie is not a difficult cake to bake but turning it into a Bundt took a little research and reading potential recipes. This recipe is adapted from several recipes, including  “Unsophisticook.com and The Cake Book”.   Great start!   Now if you know anything about me {and if you are following me, you would already know a few of my simple rules}.  If not, please come join me.  I’m not a proliferate Pinner but what I lack in numbers of pins, I make up for it with enthusiastic fervor.   My homemade recipes are really very good.

I prefer baking from scratch.  Yes, I have used boxed cakes plenty of times, but  I consider #Bundt Bakers more than worthy of offering a scratch- baked Bundt as opposed to cake mix. I really wanted to make it special because my daughter arrives on Tuesday along with my two granddaughters.  Two weeks of Heaven in my house…….

I much prefer heavy whipping cream to any “fake” whipped cream product.    So, {a} heavy whipping cream instead of cool whip}; { b} No instant pudding, just a perfect custard, using Bird’s custard mix or your own favorite filling or use the one provided in this recipe.  It’s fast, easy and tastes absolutely great;  and [c} Homemade rather than “store-bought cake mix”.  There is a big  difference between the pre-made in all of my three “almost-scratch” choices.

This hot milk cake is the perfect recipe for this yummy morsel.  This recipe makes up a small cake and next time,  ** I will definitely double the recipe.  Now, add the homemade Custard and finishing touch of irresistible chocolate and I’m your girl.

 

 

 

#BUNDT BAKERS BOSTON CREAM~FILLED BUNDT CAKE
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This recipe requires some advance planning, as the cake has to cool completely before it is filled and frosted. This hot milk cake is the perfect recipe for this yummy morsel. This recipe makes up a small cake and next time, I will definitely double the recipe. Now, add the homemade Custard and finishing touch of irresistible chocolate and I'm your girl.
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20~25 Minutes 1 ~ 2 hours Set up
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20~25 Minutes 1 ~ 2 hours Set up
#BUNDT BAKERS BOSTON CREAM~FILLED BUNDT CAKE
Print Recipe
This recipe requires some advance planning, as the cake has to cool completely before it is filled and frosted. This hot milk cake is the perfect recipe for this yummy morsel. This recipe makes up a small cake and next time, I will definitely double the recipe. Now, add the homemade Custard and finishing touch of irresistible chocolate and I'm your girl.
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20~25 Minutes 1 ~ 2 hours Set up
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20~25 Minutes 1 ~ 2 hours Set up
Ingredients
Hot Milk Sponge Cake
Vanilla Custard Filling
Chocolate Ganache Drizzle
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Hot Milk Sponge Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350º degrees and prepare baking pan with homemade cake release, or Bakers Joy
  2. Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt twice. Set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the milk, and butter and heat over medium heat just until the butter is melted. Remove the pan from heat and set aside.
  3. Using the whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat the eggs at high speed until blended. About 1 minute.
  4. Gradually add in granulated sugar and vanilla extract and beat until pale and tripled in volume, about 6 minutes.
  5. Sift 1/3 cup of flour mixture over the egg mixture and GENTLY fold in with a rubber spatula. Repeat with the remaining flour in two more additions. Do not over~fold or you will deflate the mixture.
  6. Reheat the milk mixture to just under a boil. Add it all at once to the egg mixture and gently fold it in.
  7. Pour the combined mixture into a prepared Bundt cake pan, and gently tap the pan on on the counter, several times, to release any large air bubbles
  8. Bake the cake on the lowest rack of the oven at 350º degrees for approximately 20 to 25 minutes until it springs back when lightly touched and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from the Bundt pan and reinvert the cake so it is right side up to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  10. I froze my cake for easier handling. After the cake is about half~way thawed, cut the cake horizontally. While you are waiting for the cake to finish defrosting, it's a dandy time to make the Custard.
  11. When the cake is mostly thawed, use a small paring knife and a teaspoon to dig a good sized trench in the top and bottom cake layers to give you more filling space.
Vanilla Custard Filling
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and the cornstarch, set aside
  2. In a medium sauce pan, bring the milk to a gentle boil. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk about 1/3 cup of the hot milk into the yolk mixture. Return the entire mixture to the sauce pan, place over medium high heat and bring to a boil, whisking constantly for one minute. Remove the pan from the heat and scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the butter until completely melted .
  3. Immediately strain the custard through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl . Whisk in the vanilla extract. Cover the surface of the custard with plastic wrap and let cool to room temperature then refrigerate for two hours or until well chilled.
  4. Just before assembling the cake, transfer the custard filling to the bowl of your stand mixer. Add 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream and using the whisk attachment on your mixer beat the mixture at high speed until it is light and forms into soft peaks about one minute.
Chocolate Drizzle
  1. In a small sauce pan, (or in the microwave). bring the cream to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate to the pan. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the glaze is smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract. Transfer the glaze to a small bowl , cover the surface of the glaze with a piece of plastic wrap and let cool for about 10 minutes before using.
Assembling the cake
  1. I froze my cake, well-wrapped in plastic wrap, to allow it to firm up before I attempted to cut into it.
  2. Allow it to come to almost room temperature, but still a bit firm. Using a long serrated knife, cut the cake horizontally in half to make two layers.
  3. Place the bottom half of the cake cut side up on a serving plate. Using a small paring knife and a teaspoon carve around the inside edges of the cake leaving a border of cake and scrape out a little bit of the cake with your teaspoon. Make a nice "trench" on both halves to allow for a generous portion of custard.
  4. Now, spread the filling onto the bottom layer and using a small offset spatula spread it into an even layer in the trench that you've dug in the bottom half. Repeat this technique to the cut side of the top layer to allow for plenty of Custard filling.
  5. Add more custard to the small trench you made with a teaspoon and very carefully add the filled top to the filled bottom layer on your serving dish.
Glaze the cake
  1. Pour the warm glaze over the top of the cake allowing some of it to artisticly drizzle down the sides serve the cake immediately or refrigerate.
  2. Store in refrigerator in a covered container for up to a day before serving. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  3. Note: the Custard can be made ahead of time stored carefully with plastic wrap form fitted over the top of the custard.
  4. Note: that Hot Milk Sponge can be made a day or two before serving. This will allow time for the cake to firm up in the freezer for easier assembly.
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#BUNDTBAKERS HARVEY WALLBANGER BUNDT CAKE

This cake goes together lickety-split, its really simple and comes together nicely. The batter has a definite tang which I attributed to the alcohol. I thought that would disappear after baking, but was still a little aftertaste that I think comes from the vodka. If I make it again, I’ll leave the vodka out. I think you could make it without any alcohol. Just add a bit more vanilla and replace the booze with fresh squeezed orange juice and some orange extract. It’s tasty enough using the original recipe but since I’m not able to drink any alcohol because of some medication I’m taking, I think that affected the flavor for me. All in all, a nice Bundt.

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First and foremost, a great big thank you to Patricia at pattyscake-pbb.blogspot.com for this wonderful theme.  Your favorite cocktail morphing to a Bundt cake.  Ingenious.  When you have  a minute, check out her blog.  She offers a nice assortment of recipes.  Thanks also to King Arthur Flour where I found this recipe.  I’ve been using King Arthur products for years and, to date, have never been disappointed.

The first time I ever ordered a Harvey Wallbanger, I was quite young and was anxious just to see the look on the waitress’s face ~ she couldn’t have been more bored by it all.  So, at the very least, I got a great tasting drink on my wedding night.  I was only 19 at the time but she served me anyway and in fact, she made a cute “love bug” for us out of  things at the bar.

Any cake recipe works best if the butter, liquid and eggs are all at room temperature before they’re combined. Putting cold eggs into soft butter equals a curdled mess. To bring everything to room temperature right out of the frige, place the eggs in a bowl, and cover with the warmest tap water you can run over your hand. Let them sit while you measure out the dry ingredients and you’ll be all set.  You can also do this with sticks of butter, still in their wrappers, in lukewarm water. It really works. Just pat the sticks dry with a paper towel before you unwrap them and put them in the mixing bowl.  You can also heat a glass under hot water, then put the warmed glass over the stick of butter and it will become room temperature within a few minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, butter and salt until fluffy. Beat in the oil, then the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating until each egg completely disappears before adding the next one.

When it’s time to make the glaze, whisk some fresh squeezed orange juice and the booze together until smooth. The glaze will seem a little thick, but that’s okay, that’s how it should be.

Using a pastry brush, “paint” the cake while it’s still lukewarm. The heat from the cake will help the glaze travel over the cake and make a nice, smooth finish.

Enjoying this cake will undoubtedly bring back fond memories for all the baby boomers out there.

 

#BUNDTBAKERS HARVEY WALLBANGER BUNDT CAKE
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This Bundt has a very nice texture and the basic flavor can be recognized by many baby boomers. It's very simple to pull together, including adding the glaze. You could easily whip this up in the afternoon and enjoy the finished product after dinner. "Easy" is always welcome at my house.
Servings Prep Time
20 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 60 Minutes 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 60 Minutes 30 ~ 45 Minutes
#BUNDTBAKERS HARVEY WALLBANGER BUNDT CAKE
Print Recipe
This Bundt has a very nice texture and the basic flavor can be recognized by many baby boomers. It's very simple to pull together, including adding the glaze. You could easily whip this up in the afternoon and enjoy the finished product after dinner. "Easy" is always welcome at my house.
Servings Prep Time
20 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 60 Minutes 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 60 Minutes 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Ingredients
The Bundt Cake
GLAZE
Servings: Servings
Instructions
For the cake
  1. Preheat your oven to 350º F. Prepare a 9-cup bundt pan with homemade cake release or grease and flour pan, set aside.
  2. Beat together sugar, butter and salt in your stand mixer until fluffy.
  3. Beat in oil, then the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating until each egg disappears before adding the next one. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl as you go along.
  4. In a measuring cup, stir together the orange juice, Galliano, Vodka and orange zest.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch and baking powder.
  6. Add 1/3 of this mixture to the stand mixer, mixing until it disappears. Add 1/2 of the liquid and beat in. Remember to scrape the bowl, then add another third of the dry ingredients and mix in. Add the remaining liquid, mix, and scrape the bowl.
  7. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and mix for one minute more.
  8. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bang a few times on the counter to help settle the batter in. Smooth out the top.
  9. Bake 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the cake out of the pan and onto a serving plate.
To make the glaze
  1. Combine all of the ingredients and brush over the cake while it is still lukewarm.
  2. Store, covered, on the counter for 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Recipe Notes

The Harvey Wallbanger is a mixed drink made with Vodka, Galliano, and orange juice.  It is served on the rocks' poured over ice and garnished with an orange slice and a "perfect" maraschino cherry.  It is served in a highball glass, the taller the better. It consists of 3 parts Vodka, 1 part Galliano and 6 parts fresh orange juice.  The preparation is simple, stir the
Vodka and orange juice with ice in the glass, then float the Galliano on top. Garnish and serve.
* Harvey Wallbanger recipe at International Bartenders Association

The Harvey Wallbanger appears in literature as early as 1971. The cocktail is reputed to have been invented in 1952 by three-time world champion mixologist Donato "Duke" Antone, and named by Antone after a surfer frequenting Antone's Blackwatch Bar in Los Angeles. However, recent research by culinary historians casts doubt on this theory. Robert Simonson goes so far as to say that "no sane person ever believed that story."   Simonson emphasizes the lack of a historical record for any Blackwatch Bar, and indicates that, in fact, Antone lived in Hartford, Connecticut, rather than Los Angeles during the relevant period.

Other historians such as David Wondrich emphasize the role of McKesson Imports Company and its marketing team for developing the drink, confirming among other things that the company commissioned a graphic artist to develop a "Harvey Wallbanger" sandal-clad surfer mascot in the late 1960s.  It is known that McKesson executive George Bednar was instrumental in promoting the drink as a means of selling its component Galliano liqueur, and Bednar claimed to have penned a popular tagline for the drink: "Harvey Wallbanger is the name. And It can be made!". 💜

~Wikipedia

ps.  Thanks for your patience while I muddle along completing my website.  Clearly, I don't know how to do it so I just keep trying.  Urrrggghhh.

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#BundtBakers White Chocolate Bundt Cake With Raspberry Glaze And Fresh Raspberries

Since I decided to make an extra special cake for our anniversary, I really wanted to make the tastiest cake in my repertoire. This recipe is adapted from both Bettycrocker.com and Food.com. I put it all together and baked it up in my new Bundt pan that I’ve been coveting since I first saw it. Hopefully, you’ll agree this bundt is spectacular.

Our theme for February is “Red”.  In addition to St. Valentines Day, its Mr. B’s and my anniversary on February 10, so this cake was an extra special treat for me to research, prepare and enjoy.

Heartfelt appreciation  to Wendy Klik  from  A Day in the Life on the Farm for this “red” treat.  I really had a good time deciding which cake to make and the choice was not easy.  I had a good idea of what I wanted for the finished cake and drew from a couple different recipes to make this, my own creation.

At this time, I would like to add that while it may appear difficult with a long list of ingredients, it is really straightforward.  And even though a tad labor intensive,  it is WELL worth it.  It’s quite delicious and perfect for any celebration.

#BundtBakers White Chocolate Bundt Cake With Raspberry Glaze And Fresh Raspberries
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A beautiful, lightly almond-scented, white chocolate bundt cake with luscious white chocolate baked throughout the cake itself and a white chocolate ganache decoratively drizzled on top. Finished with a raspberry glaze, and dollops of whipped cream and fresh raspberries to complete my masterpiece. It's rich, chocolaty and fabulous, in my opinion.
Servings Prep Time
12-15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 Minutes 15 -75 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 Minutes 15 -75 Minutes
#BundtBakers White Chocolate Bundt Cake With Raspberry Glaze And Fresh Raspberries
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A beautiful, lightly almond-scented, white chocolate bundt cake with luscious white chocolate baked throughout the cake itself and a white chocolate ganache decoratively drizzled on top. Finished with a raspberry glaze, and dollops of whipped cream and fresh raspberries to complete my masterpiece. It's rich, chocolaty and fabulous, in my opinion.
Servings Prep Time
12-15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 Minutes 15 -75 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 Minutes 15 -75 Minutes
Ingredients
The Bundt cake
White Chocolate Ganache
Raspberry Glaze
Topping
Servings: Servings
Instructions
White Chocolate Bundt Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350º degrees. Prepare a 10-inch Bundt pan with homemade cake release or use food release spray for baking, and dust with two tablespoons sugar. Be sure to tap out the excess sugar. I was not careful enough, in my opinion. And it looks like excess flour caked on the Bundt. It's actually sugar not tapped out. While it may appear a bit unsightly, it will only sweeten the finished Bundt. The sugar coating adds a very nice crunch to the finished cake. Here is my spectacular new Bundt cake pan. Don't you just love the final, gorgeous Bundt cake it produces?
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Chop 8 ounces of baking white chocolate. Reserve 4 ounces of the chopped chocolate to be added to the cake before baking. Melt the other 4 ounces and set aside.
  4. In the mixing bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, incorporating well after each addition.
  5. Stir extracts and the melted white chocolate and flour mixture into the creamed mixture alternating with the sour cream. Beat just until combined.
  6. Pour 1/3 of the batter into your prepared bundt cake pan. Sprinkle 1/2 of the reserved chopped white chocolate on top of the batter. Repeat and Pour the remaining (1/3) batter on top.
  7. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean. I turned the pan at 30 minutes to facilitate an even bake.
  8. Let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan to a rack and allow to cool completely.
White Chocolate Ganache
  1. Place 8 ounces of chopped white chocolate baking bar pieces in a small bowl, set aside
  2. Bring 1/2 Cup whipping cream and 1 Tablespoon butter just to a boil.
  3. Pour over chopped white chocolate pieces and stir until smooth. Cool completely, about 5 minutes. Then refrigerate 1 hour until thoroughly chilled
Raspberry Glaze
  1. Place a strainer over a saucepan; pour thawed raspberries into strainer and press the berries with the back of a spoon through the strainer to remove seeds. Discard seeds.
  2. Stir Raspberry juice with cornstarch and sugar. Blend well and cook over medium heat until the mixture boils and thickens, STIRRING CONSTANTLY. The raspberry juice is a bit tart so I added a touch of sugar. The remaining tart flavor is a nice balance to the sweet cake. Cool about 30 minutes or until completely cooled.
Assembly
  1. Drizzle melted and cooled white chocolate ganache over the bundt cake and give it awhile to set up. Then, spread the raspberry glaze on top of the ganache. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving
Serving my masterpiece
  1. Whip 1 cup heavy whipping cream, add sugar to taste and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add dollops of whipped cream over the glaze and finish with fresh raspberries. Serve and enjoy your masterpiece.
Recipe Notes

~The History Channel~

Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

THE LEGEND OF ST. VALENTINE

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

Did You Know?
Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

ORIGINS OF VALENTINE’S DAY: A PAGAN FESTIVAL IN FEBRUARY

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

VALENTINE’S DAY: A DAY OF ROMANCE

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

TYPICAL VALENTINE’S DAY GREETINGS

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. 💜

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