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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

Vintage Valentine Strudels

These heart-shaped strudels are a lot easier to make than my grandmothers' apple strudel recipes.


Valentine Strudels
1976 recipe from Betty Crocker

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup dairy sour cream
3 tbs. butter,melted
Cherry Filling (below)
Pink Glaze (below)

Cut butter into flour and salt with pastry blender. Stir in sour cream until a soft dough forms. Wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hrs.

Heat oven to 350°. Divide dough into 3 parts. Roll 1 part dough into rectangle, 15" x 10", on lightly floured cloth covered board. Refrigerate remaining dough.

Brush butter lengthwise over about 2/3 of rectangle. Gently spread 1/3 of the Cherry Filling over butter. Roll up tightly beginning with fruit side. Place on greased baking sheet, bringing ends together to make a heart shape as pictured. Repeat with remaining 2 parts of dough.

Bake until light golden brown, about 40 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; drizzle with Pink Glaze. Makes 3 strudels.

Cherry Filling

Mix 1 jar (12 oz.) cherry preserves, 1/4 cup orange marmalade, 2 cups thinly sliced almonds and 1 cup golden raisins.

Pink Glaze

Mix 1 cup powdered sugar (I would sift it first), 1 to 2 tbsp. milk, 1 tbsp. butter, softened, 1/2 tsp. almond extract and 1 drop red food coloring.


Apparently, the connection between food and Valentine's Day is a long one.







Recipe via Vintage Recipe Cards

Retro "I Love You" cake

This idea is based on using a box of white cake mix, a box of white frosting mix, cinnamon candy hearts and some red food coloring.


"I Love You" Cake
Vintage recipe from old Betty Crocker advertising

Use Betty Crocker White Cake Mix. Tint 1/3 batter pink. Bake about 18 minutes in three 8" layer pans. Frost with Betty Crocker Fluffy White Frosting, tint some for filling. Spell out your message in cinnamon candy hearts.


Do not try this at home:


Recipe via Shelf Life Taste Test
Image from my vintage advertising blog, Found In Mom's Basement

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