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Heart-Shaped Coffee Cake

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"I enjoy making this lovely coffee cake for anniversaries, Valentine's Day and other special occasions. I found the recipe more than 30 years ago, and I've been making it ever since. The delicious treat is a hit with family and friends. -Norma Hammond, Leland, Iowa"
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55 m servings
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. In a mixing bowl, combine yeast and water. Add milk, 1/2 cup butter, eggs, sugar, salt and 2 cups of flour. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down; let rest for 10 minutes. Divide in half. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Brush with remaining butter. Combine filling ingredients; sprinkle over dough. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal. Place, seam side up, on two greased baking sheets. Fold each roll in half lengthwise with seams touching, with one side 1-1/2 in. longer than the other. With scissors, make a lengthwise cut down the middle to within 1 in. of open ends. Open and lay flat; arrange into a heart shape. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over hearts.


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FABULOUS coffee cake! The directions were confusing to read but easy to understand as I made it. I was going to pass on making it until sassyoldlady explained and offered her help. I would hav...

Made for Recipe Group. There was a lot of discussion as to how to do the shaping/cutting part. I thought I had it figured out, until I actually got to that part. I read it as laying on the bakin...

This is a very lovely cake, I made it once but couldn't figure out the shaping, I sort of winged it and then when it was in the oven it dawned on me how to do it the right way. I made it a sec...

this was a very good cake, I made one roll with nuts and one with raisins. The dough is easy to work with and very silky, and the instructions to turn it into a heart are wonderful. When you cu...

These were beautiful and delicious. I used more filling and didn't measure how much softened butter I spread over the dough. I folded the roll, seam to seam lengthwise and used a sharp thin knif...

I made this for Recipe Group, and had fun doing it! I have to say that the shaping/cutting part had me quite confused, but thanks to sassy, she explained it to where I 'got' it, though mine turn...

Recipe Group selection of 2/5/11. Despite my multiple errors this came out wonderfully. I had to add about an additional cup or cup and a half of flour to make a workable dough, then what I t...

Made this for recipe group today. the directions on how to shape left me confused. The taste of the cake however is wonderful! I made the dough in the bread machine and it rose so much it lifted...