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Heart-shaped cake with regular cake pans — UPDATED

Want to make a heart-shaped cake but don't have heart-shaped cake pans? This would have been your grandmother's solution.





Just noticed that this is the second time this week that I posted how to make a heart-shaped cake using your existing cake pans.

Today's post was written some time last year and programmed to run today. And I completely forgot about it.

Oh, well. Just goes to show what a great idea I think this is.   ; )


Recipe via Something Swanky

Little wiener hearts for your sweethearts

A little something for your Valentine's celebrating.

This is a contemporary idea, but doesn't it totally look like a serving suggestion from the 1950s?


I know it's cornball. But it's kind of awesome, too.


Just a friendly reminder that hotdogs can present a choking hazard for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that hotdogs be cut into pieces smaller than 1/2 inch.


Recipe from Recipe By Photo

Sugar-Frosted Dainties a.k.a. homemade gum drops

This vintage ad has a photo of something called "Sugar-Frosted Dainties." To get the recipe, one would have had to write to Knox for the recipe and I didn't do that because, well, I was born before this ad ran.

However, I recently found a neat little recipe that makes homemade gum drops that look just like the Sugar-Frosted Dainties. 

The recipe is very easy and the results are a delight. I'm making lots and lots of them as Chrsitmas gifts this year.


Homemade Gum Drops

1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup apple juice
1 package Jell-o Gelatin, 4 serving size-color of your choice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
extra sugar for rolling

Coat a Loaf pan with cooking spray. You can also use an 8x8 pan, though the gumdrops will be thinner. Place pan in refrigerator until ready to use.

Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, let sit for 1 minute. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once you reach a steady boil, continue to boil for 1 full minute. Pour into chilled pan and return to refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

Once gelatin is set, run knife around edges to loosen. Using a spatula, remove gumdrop slab to wax paper and cut into desired shapes using a sharp knife. If knife starts to get sticky, run under hot water. Transfer cut gumdrops to a tray lined with fresh wax paper to dry at room temperature for at least 10 hours, preferably overnight. I placed my tray in the cold oven to dry. Roll gumdrops in granulated sugar and store in airtight container.


If you want to go vintage all the way, you can put your homemade gum drops into a milkglass candy dish, like this one.


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Recipe via Chocolate Chocolate and More

Not Retro Happy Hour

Shaking things up a bit. (Or should that be stirring?) Here's a cocktail recipe from new, not retro, advertising.

Cocktail recipe

Cariel Berry Vodka Lemonade

1 small tub frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed
1 can (12 oz.) frozen pink lemonade, thawed
1 can (12 oz.) frozen cranberry juice, thawed
6 cups water
1 1/2 cups vodka
2 cans (12 oz. each) lemon-lime soda
lemon slices, optional for garnish
mint, optional for garnish

Spoon strawberries into an ice cube tray and freeze until firm.

In a 3-quart pitcher, mix pink lemonade, cranberry juice, water, and vodka. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Just before serving, add the lemon-lime soda to the mixture. Serve over the strawberry cubes; garnish with lemon slices and mint.


Moms and dads in the 60s knew how to party. Where do you think you got it from?

Retro partying cocktails

Recipe via Cariel Vanilla Vodka
Image via Gabriela Morera Rosenkilde

Future Retro Happy Hour: Baileys Lucky Charm


Bailey's st patrick's drink

Bailey's Lucky Charm

25 ml* of Baileys Original Irish Cream
25 ml* of Creme de Menthe
25 ml* Creme de Cacao

Simply mix together all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh mint.

*25 mls equals 5 tsp.

Holiday Happy Hour: Bailys & Egg Nog


Let's call this a future retro cocktail recipe.

Bailey's and egg nog


Bailys & Egg Nog

Beat 4 eggs together in a bowl with 4 tbsp. caster sugar (superfine sugar — Domino's makes it).

Add 300 ml. (1 1/4 cup) milk, a split vanilla pod and 150 ml. (a little more than 1/2 cup) of Bailys and whisk until combined.

Pour into glasses, sprinkle some nutmeg and enjoy!

Mama June and Sugar Bear's wedding menu

Mama june & sugar bear
The bride wore camo.

Honey Boo Boo's parents, June "Mama June" Shannon and Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson, recently renewed their vows.

(I only know this because I read about it. No, seriously. I don't watch the show. My guilty pleasures run along the lines of SyFy originals like Sharktopus and Ray Harryhausen's Clash of the Titans.)

According to Huffington Post, Mama June and Sugar Bear's wedding menu consisted of "a whole roasted pig with the head still intact (the meat was served as pulled pork sandwiches and ribs), corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, rolls and sweet tea."

This being a food blog, I thought you'd want to know.

I also thought, "What, no Spam?" 

Image via OMG

I've made an exception for the Pomegranate-Key Lime Vodka Cocktail

This is not a retro recipe. But it's oh-so-yummy so I'm including it on this blog.

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Here's the recipe for the Pomegranate-Key Lime Vodka Cocktail from Cariel Batch Blended Vodka.

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup club soda
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup vodka
3 tablespoons fresh Key Lime juice
crushed ice
Key lime slices

Serves four.

Click here to find four retro tiki coctail recipes.