Category Archives: Valentine’s Day

Celebration Cakes


Grease and flour 2 round layer pans, 9 x 1 1/2 inches
Bake as directed on package…… 1 package of our lemon cake mix
Prepare as directed on package….1 package of our lemon fluff frosting mix

Cook cake layers completely, fill and frost them.
Shake in tightly covered jar….. about 3/4 cup flaked coconut, few drops green food color

Sprinkle coconut on top of cake to make a grass nest. Fill nest with candy Easter eggs and jelly beans.


Grease and flour 1 square pan, 8x8x2 inches, and 1 round layer pan, 8×1 1/2 inches.

Prepare as directed on package…. 1 package of our white cake mix

Divide the batter between the square and round pans. Bake square pan 25 to 30 minutes, round pan 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.

Place square layer on tray. Cut round layer in half. Place cut edge of each half against the top sides of the square to make a heart shape. Frost with your favorite frosting and decorate with red cinnamon hearts.

© Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Valentine Cake

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Cooking time: 20-25 mins.
Preparation time: 40 mins.
Main cooking utensils: 8-in heart shaped pans, pastry bag and nozzle
Oven temperature: 375-400° F

For 10 servings you need:

First cake:
2 eggs
pinch salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
fes drops vanilla extract

Second cake:
2 eggs
pinch sale
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
few drops strawberry flavoring

Butter icing: *
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 – 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

Glacé icing:**
3 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons warm water

1. Separate eggs and beat whites with salt until they are stiff, then beat in the egg yolks.

2. Add sugar and continue beating until the mixture is thick and creamy.

3. Fold in the cornstarch and extract.

4. Bake for time and temperature given.

5. When cooked, turn out and cool.

6. Make second cake in the same way, this time adding strawberry flavoring.

7. Sandwich the cakes together with a little of the butter icing.

8. Put the cake on a board and pour the glacé icing over to cover completely.

9. Pipe an edging using bag and nozzle with the butter icing.

10. Decorate with ribbons and flowers.

TO VARY: For thicker icing use 5 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar and coat twice before piping.

TO STORE: This keeps several days.

*To make butter icing: Cream ingredients together.

** To make glacé icing: Blend confectioners’ sugar and water.

Printed in Canada. ©Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd 1967

Crispy Gingerbread Cookies

Very spicy and always crisp, these cookies are almost foolproof for a child cookie-making project. Popular any time of the year, they are especially nice during a holiday season. Just choose the appropriately shaped cookie cutter.

For 4 dozen cookies you will need:
2/3 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 1/2 tsp cloves
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup to 1/3 cup water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Royal Icing, optional (recipe follows)

Royal Icing: Beat 1 egg white until frothy. Whip in 3 to 4 cups unsifted powdered sugar until icing is smooth and can be forced through a cake decorating tube or bag. Flavor with 1/2 tsp. vanilla, lemon or almond extract.

1 . Cream butter and brown sugar. Add cinnamon, ginger, cloves and baking soda.

2. Whip in 1/4 cup of the water and stir in the flour. Dough should be pliable and easy to roll out. If the humidity in your area is very low, you may need to add more water to keep dough from being crumbly.

3. Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness – the thinner the dough the crispier the cookie.

4. Cut out cookie shapes as desired such as gingerbread men, Christmas wreaths. Valentine hearts or scalloped rounds.

5. Place cookie cutouts on lightly oiled baking sheets. Bake at 375°F for 8 to 10 min. Cool.

6. Decorate with Royal Icing, if desired.

© MCMLXXXIV My Great Recipes. All Rights Reserved. Printed in Holland.

Chocolate And White Fondues

Chocolate Fondue

12 ounces milk chocolate,semisweet chocolate pieces or sweet cooking chocolate
3/4 light cream
1 to 2 tablespoons cherry brandy, orange-flavored liqueur or 2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee
Dippers (below)

In heavy saucepan, melt chocolate in cream over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in brandy. Pour into dessert fondue pot to keep warm. Spear Dippers and swirl in fondue. 2 cups.

White Fondue: Substitute white almond bark coating for the milk chocolate and decrease light cream to 1/3 cup.

Minute Chocolate Fondue

In saucepan, heat 1 can of our chocolate ready-to-spread frosting over low heat, stirring frequently. Pour into dessert fondue pot to keep warm. Spear Dippers (below) and swirl in fondue. 2 cups.

Minute Minty Chocolate Fondue: Stir 1/2 teaspoon mint extract into frosting.

Dippers: Angel food cake squares, strawberries, whole minatures cream puffs, mandarin orange segments, banana slices.

©Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Cherry Berries On A Cloud

3 egg whites (1/3 to 1/2 cup)
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chilled whipping cream
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Cherry-Berry Topping (below)

Heat oven to 275°. Cover baking sheet with heavy brown paper; draw outline of hear, 9 inches across greatest width, on paper. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Beat in 1/4 cup sugar. 1 tablespoon at a time; continue eating until stiff and glossy. Do not underbeat! Spoon meringue into outline on paper, building up side.

Bake 1 1/2 hours. Turn off oven; leave meringue in oven with door closed 1 hour. Remove from oven; finish cooling away from draft.

Blend cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and the vanilla. In chilled bowl, beat cream until stiff. Gently fold whipped cream and marshmallows into cream cheese mixture. Pile into meringue shell. Cover; chill at least 12 hours. Just before serving, top with Cherry-Berry topping; cut into wedges. 6 to 8 servings.

Cherry-Berry Topping. Stir together 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling. 1 teaspoon lemon juice and, if desired, 2 cups sliced strawberries or 1 package (16 ounces) frozen strawberries, thawed.

©Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Easy Valentine Strudels

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup dairy sour cream
3 tablespoons butter or margarine,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 hours.

Heat oven to 350°. Divide dough into 3 parts. Roll 1 part dough into rectangle, 15 x 10 inches, 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, brining ends together to make a heart shape as pictures. Repeat with remaining 2 parts of dough.

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

*Do not use self-rising flour in this recipe.

Cherry Filling

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

Pink Glaze

Mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 to 2 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon butter of margarine, softened, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and 1 drop red food color.

©1976 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.