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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.

Genius.

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UPDATE

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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"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.

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Do not try this at home:

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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?

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

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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