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This cake is simply delicious and way over the top for decadence. Made specially for Valentine's Day and your favorite Sweetheart, you'll only do this about once a year, so go ahead and treat you both. For this one day, we will not count calories.
Mix chopped cherries into the cake batter along with the cherry juice mixed with water to equal amount called for in directions on box.
Bake cake in a greased and floured 13x9x2 inch pan. Bake cake as directed on box, but be sure to test for doneness. After baking, do not remove cake from pan.
When the cake has cooled, make holes in the entire top of the cake using a large fork or the handle of a wooden spoon. Pour (one at a time) fudge, butterscotch, and condensed milk over the top of the cake and let each flavor soak in before adding the next. Crush 3 of the Heath bars and sprinkle on the top. Frost the cake with the whipped topping and crush the 3 remaining Heath bars to sprinkle over the top.
|Time:||30 Minutes Preparation Time|
40 Minutes Cooking Time (includes adding the toppings)
Source: The cake is a mixture of two recipes. One is a Creole Valentine cake which has the maraschino cherries in it, and a chocolate boxed cake made on the order of a Red Velvet Cake. Then somewhere I saw a cake recipe using the ice-cream toppings, and I just scrambled them all together and came up with this idea, tried it, and we all loved it. It is really rich and we don't want it all that often, so now we only make it for Valentine's Day, and call it our Sweetheart Cake.
By Julia from Boca Raton, FL
This flavorful cake is great for Valentine's day or any day to show someone special that you care.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla and chocolate. In large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour. Fold in cherries. Scrape into lightly greased and floured 9 inch heart or square shaped baking pan.
Bake 45-55 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool on rack 20 minutes. Unmold and cool completely. Decorate with confectioner's sugar, dusted over doily. Makes about 8 servings.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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It is fast and easy, and looks nice for a Valentine Party
Remove 22 cherries and set to one side. Chop remainder of cherries.
Mix cake mix according to directions,using food coloring and cherry juice for liquid, adding water or milk to get proper amount. Add chopped cherries to batter.
Divide batter, half in square pan and half in round pan and bake as directed. Cool before decorating.
When cake is ready to ice, cut the round layer in half, and place one half against one side of the square layer, and the other half against the adjoining side of the square, forming a heart. I usually place my cake on a square cardboard which has been covered with aluminum foil.
Frost with white frosting.
Cut the remaining cherries not all the way through in the shape of a plus sign. They will open like a four leaf clover. Put these evenly spaced around the cake about a half inch from the edge.
Using the tube of red icing, write your message inside the cherry border.
You can also cut white paper doilies in half and place them under the edges of the cake if you want to.
You don't see the red cake until it is cut--it looks like a white cake with cherry decorations. When it is cut it makes you take a second look.
This can be doubled if you need two cakes for a special get-together, by making two layers of each shape, making the heart double layered.
Source: When I was in grade school we had a Valentine's Day parties. Mother always made a heart cake and brought it to school.
By clynnaltemus from Inglis, FL
This one takes me back many years. I never had any fancy cake pans and this is one that can be made without a specialty pan. I used to make it for our Valentine Day treat. I haven't done so for a very long time, but guess I'll plan to do this again this year. Thanks for the reminder. (02/03/2010)