Monday, February 11, 2013

A Piece of Cake...Valentine's style!

My family is all about cake:


 My Dad literally lights up when a cake is presented. My grandmother made a simple cake every week which she kept on a glass cake plate covered with a dome. It was unfrosted and was served after lunch time with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or a slice of ice cream. I would pinch little pieces of it all day long which earned me the nickname, "the mouse." It is a fond memory that I have and something I always think about when preparing cake batter. I like to keep things simple, and a delicious pound cake couldn't be easier to prepare with tasty results. For this Valentine's, I decided to bake a couple of loaf pound cakes. 

One, I added some pink food coloring to -- to create a vibrant  pink-hued cake:

I cooled each cake thoroughly and then cut big 1/2-inch slices:

With a heart-shaped cookie cutter, I made cuts in the center of each cake and then swapped out the cut pieces to create a graphically interesting slice of holiday cake:

I tried several different versions of the cake pieces, which would be perfect for a birthday or wedding shower or even a tea party for either adults or children. 

We served a plated version with a dollop of crème fraîche and a cherry:

Here is a simple and delicious pound cake you can make for your loved ones.  (Make two loaves and tint one pink.):


2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp. each: vanilla, almond and lemon flavoring
5 eggs
Mix all ingredient together and spoon into a greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350°F for about 1 hour.

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  1. No way...this is soooo cute. I Will be doing this!!! Thanks for the sweet idea Matthew!

  2. ok, I'm going to dig out my heart shaped cutters...oh yes I am.
    we will all eat cake.


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