The Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Cookbook is such a enchanting mid-century cookbook (published 1959) that it is one of my favorite vintage books to share with you. I often look through it for holiday inspiration.
The section for February included some charming home decor and food ideas for Valentine's Day and President's Day. I now wish that I had a heart-shaped cake mold because this pink Valentine Cake is so delightfully easy to make (original recipe below) and would make a charming end for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.
Note the silver or silver-plated "cake breaker," a cake cutter designed specifically for angel food cakes, pictured in the background, like this one on Etsy:
1 package white cake mix
1 package fluffy instant frosting mix
Red food coloring
1/2 cup flaked coconut
Mix cake batter according to package directions. Pour into 2 paper-lined heart-shaped pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Prepare frosting; tint pink with red food coloring. Tint coconut pink (add food coloring to 1 tablespoon water until you get the color you want. Put coconut in a jar; add colored water, cap jar, and shake until uniformly tinted. Dry on a paper towel.)
Frost cooled cake. Leaving a 2 1/2 to 3 inch border around the top of the cake, trace a heart in frosting and fill in with tinted coconut.
The "February Days" section has additional food and decor ideas for Valentine's Day and President's Day that you might enjoy (click on the photo to enlarge):
The photo above shows another lovely centerpiece made with a paper doily, carnations, and one pink rose. And aren't those white heart-shaped dessert plates with the heart trim just perfect?
How are you celebrating Valentine's Day? Do you cook a meal for yourself and your sweetie, go out to a restaurant, or do you ignore this day entirely (smile)?