Valentine’s Day!

Good morning! While I am still totally into my Meyer lemons, I just realized Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Oh my gosh. Not that I couldn’t come up with a lemon dessert, but I have an old stand by I have made for my Guy and my kids for years. It’s just a cake… but it is a fabulous butter cake with rich butter chocolate frosting. I also have a big heart shaped pan I make it in. If you don’t have a heart shaped pan, just use a 13 x 9 pan. We can still make it a Valentine with some simple steps.

Remember, I write my recipes in a narrative rather than separating ingredients and instructions. The ingredients will be italicized so you can skim through and make sure you have everything. I’m trying to get this typed as my 14 month old grandson trashes my house. Sigh. He is so gorgeous and sweet. Grammy loves you, Bud!

Valentine’s Day Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting:

Cake: Spray your pan with cooking spray.

Sift 3C cake flour, 2t baking powder, & 1/2t salt in a bowl. Set aside. In a larger bowl, cream 1C butter and 2C sugar on medium til light and creamy. You will need 4 eggs. Beat in 2 at a time. Beat in 2t vanilla. Scrape down sides of bowl and be sure it is all well mixed. Add flour mixture slowly, alternating scoops with 1C milk. Beat well after each. Pour batter into pan. Bake 45 to 55 min until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.

For the frosting, beat 1/2C softened butter with 3 – 1oz squares unsweetened baking chocolate that you have melted and let cool a bit. Beat til creamy. Gradually add a total of 4C powdered sugar, alternating with 1/4C milk. Beat in 2t vanilla. Adjust with small amounts sugar and milk as needed to get the consistency you want. If you used a heart pan, turn the cake out on a rack to cool. Leave the 13×9 in the pan.

Frost the cake. If you are good at decorating, go forth my friend and decorate. I…. am not. For this cake, I get red/white/pink heart sprinkles. First, using a paper cut out heart laid on top of the cake, gently sift powdered sugar into the stencil, then carefully remove it. Sprinkle your sprinkles to your (Valentine) heart’s content.

This is a really rich, buttery, delicious cake, and the chocolate frosting compliments it beautifully. My oldest Shane does not like chocolate. Or cake for that matter. He gets apple crisp, cherry pie, or a cheesecake. More later. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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