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Easy Valentine's Day Cake

Rated as 3.75 out of 5 Stars
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"This is a great, easy cake perfect for Valentine's Day! Also includes great icing recipe! My family makes this every Valentine's Day, and it's a favorite!"
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Ingredients

3 h servings 546
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 double-layer 8x8-inch cake)

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8-inch square pan and an 8-inch round pan.
  2. Beat white sugar and 1 cup butter together in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth. Mix eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, and almond extract into creamed butter mixture. Stir baking powder and baking soda into butter mixture until just combined.
  3. Stir 1 cup flour into butter mixture until just combined. Add 2/3 cup milk into butter-flour mixture; mix well. Continue adding 1 cup flour and 2/3 cup milk, alternating until all the flour and milk are used and batter is smooth. Pour batter into the 2 prepared pans.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool cakes completely before removing from pans, at least 2 hours.
  5. Beat confectioners' sugar, 1 cup butter, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract together in a bowl with an electric mixer until icing is fluffy and smooth.
  6. Remove cakes from pans and slice round cake in half. Lay the square cake on a work surface so it resembles a diamond-shape. Lay 1 round cake half on the top left side of the 'diamond' cake. Lay the second round cake half on the top right side of the 'diamond' cake, creating a 'heart-shaped' cake on top. Spread icing over the assembled cake.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 546 calories; 25.1 76 5.2 110 334 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

It isn't even close to Valentine's Day but when I noticed this recipe I recognized it as quite possibly a hidden gem of a yellow cake. While I didn't use the designated pans, it did "pan out." ...

Most helpful critical review

Made this into cupcakes, they were dense and pretty dry. The icing was delicious.

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It isn't even close to Valentine's Day but when I noticed this recipe I recognized it as quite possibly a hidden gem of a yellow cake. While I didn't use the designated pans, it did "pan out." ...

Made this into cupcakes, they were dense and pretty dry. The icing was delicious.

I like to try this!

This was an easy recipe, very moist and delicious, not grainy at all. I did add approx 2tsp. of canola oil to the recipe and made sure to cream the mixture very well, otherwise stuck to the reci...

Dense and dry. Definitely won’t be making them again

I have always used this recipe for a great yellow cake. It is not to dense and just right when you follow it in steps. When using a mixer do not mix it for to long, this will cause the batter to...

This was really easy...anyone can do it! Its a great base cake recipie, you can add colors and flavors however you choose. I wanted to add a bit extra, so I spread some cherry pie filling over t...

I will give this two stars because it taste good

This recipe didn't work for me. My cupcakes caved in, but the icing was delicious. I highly recommend the icing.