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Heart-shaped Cake for Valentine's Day

For a Valentine's Day dessert sure to please the entire family, try a heart-shaped cake. A cake is a dessert that both parents and children can agree on. No it is not chess pie, but let's save that for Christmas. In this cake we try something unusual and daring. We put Jell-O right into the mix. This recipe also requires two baking pans, one round and one square, both with eight-inch dimensions.

-- For Cake --
1 18 1/4-ounce box of white cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 three-ounce strawberry or raspberry flavored Jell-O packet
1 16-ounce pack of thawed frozen strawberries (sliced) or raspberries

-- For Frosting --
3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup of softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 small package of red candy

Grease two 8-inch baking pans, one should be square and one should be round. Lightly dust the greased pans with flour. Pour cake mix and Jell-O into mixing bowl and stir with a fork to thoroughly blend the ingredients. Now add 1 cup water with vegetable oil and the three eggs. Beat thoroughly with a blender (about 2 1/2 minutes). Alternatively, you can try beating this mixture by hand with a spoon to prove your strength, endurance, and perseverance (stir approximately 300 times). Add about half the berries, folding as they are added so as not to smash them up to have them bleed into the cake.

Split the batter between the two pans so that both parts of the cake will be of equal height. Place in 350° F oven for about 30 minutes. Test with a knife, if knife comes out without wet batter clinging to it, the cake is done baking. Remove cake from oven remove them from their pans and set on wire rack to allow them to cool (about 3 hours).

While cake is cooling set to work on the frosting. Mix the powdered sugar, softened butter, and vanilla in a bowl. Beat until light and fluffy. If the butter is not blending well, put the bowl in the microwave for about 15 seconds and try again. You may add the remaining strawberries as well. But better yet reserve them for serving with the cake.

When cake is cooled, cut the circular cake in half and place the two halves on two sides of the square to form a heart shape. If you are taking this cake to a party, cut cardboard in the shape of a heart and cover it with foil, setting the cake on top. Now decorate by frosting the cake. Decorate to your heart's desire, but simple little red candies outlining the heart shape will make an obvious statement. Serve with strawberries or raspberries. When handing out the serving plates, place a spoonful next to each piece of cake.

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