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Valentine's Sweetheart Cake

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.




  • 1 German chocolate or other boxed mix chocolate cake
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries, reserve juice


  • 3/4 cup fudge topping (like for ice-cream)
  • 3/4 cup caramel or butterscotch topping (like for ice-cream)
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk 6 regular size Heath Bars (not the little ones)
  • 1 (12 oz.) tub Cool-Whip



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.


Servings: 12
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

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February 11, 20110 found this helpful

I must say that I envy you for being able to eat such wonderful sounding sweets. I cannot eat a bite of anything sweet without gaining another pound, but this is one sweet I'm willing to pull out all the plugs for. I am drooling, and I'm on the way to the grocery store to buy 2 jars of maraschino cherries and 2 cans of condensed milk. One of these cakes is going to lead to another, I know.


I keep the ice-cream toppings for the children, and lots of cake mixes that I find on sale. I also buy several cartons of CoolWhip every time I have coupons or a sale. Wih children, you always need to be ready for anything.

My family is going to be very surprised when I have my fork in my hand waiting for my cake to cool enough to slice. They are so used to seeing me do without. I'm taking your advice this Valentine's Day. Ha-Ha.

Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe.


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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

Oh Boy, does this sound good. How soon can I come over?

Thank you for sharing with us.


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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

My problem with making a cake this good is I'd want to eat about half of it myself, and would keep nibbling until it was gone. I'll make it when there's a crowd around to eat it all up in a hurry. It sounds really luscious, and has everything I like best in it except pecans, so I might just add some of those to suit myself.


If I continue on this list, I'm going to be needing to buy all new clothes. Ha-Ha. You people have the best recipes on the internet. I like it that they are all tried and true, not just something copied out of a book.

Thank you for sharing them.


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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

Yum, this recipe sounds too good! Like you, I'd be sitting there waiting for it to cool enough to cut and would gain back every pound I've lost recently and then some, lol! I'm copying it to my recipe folder anyway! :P!

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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

I've made cheesecake for tomorrow, but we have a birthday celebration next Sunday, so this will make a great birthday cake. I'm not good at decorating, so it'll work out perfectly.


Makes me hungry just reading it.

Thanks for sharing your recipe.


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February 14, 20110 found this helpful

Julia, I think I gained some pounds just reading your recipe but let me know when it's ready as I have my fork and napkin on hand and I'm willing to taste test for you! ;) Fortunately the battery on my scale is dead so according to it,I weigh nothing!
Thanks for sharing everything you do.Looking forward to more.

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