Piece of Cake!
“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” Thoreau
What one thing can you do this week to serve someone you love?
We love because He first loved us. (1John 4:19; NIV)
Ah, Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching! A day for remembering all those we love and care about in a special way. Jerry has said for many years that we have Valentine’s Day every day at our house! We continue to grow in our love and admiration for one another, even after all these years! I enjoy making a fuss over special occasions, although admittedly time pressures and growing older have decreased my “fuss-making” somewhat.
Years ago when Jerry worked at Eastman Kodak, I packed his lunch every day. One year for his Valentine’s lunch I made everything in the shape of a heart. I cut his bread with a large heart-shaped cookie cutter, giving him a heart-shaped sandwich. I made him heart-shaped cookies and I recall that I arranged carrot strips and fresh fruit in containers in the shape of a heart.
I also used to make a heart-shaped chocolate or carob cake each year for Valentine’s Day. I haven’t made this cake for a number of years, so am now resurrecting the recipe for our readers to have a healthy alternative to celebrate “Love Day.” I use all whole food ingredients. I grind my flour fresh with a grain mill. If you don’t have a grain mill, buy organically grown, whole spelt flour. The combination of coconut oil and butter makes the cake soft and moist.
For our readers who don’t care for chocolate or don’t care to eat it, carob powder can be substituted for the cocoa powder in equal amounts. I actually used carob for most of the years I’ve made this cake as I didn’t eat chocolate until the last few years. Sucanat and pure maple syrup give the cake its sweetness but it’s not overly sweet.
If you’ve never made 7 Minute Frosting, it’s a great treat that’s not difficult to make, it just takes some time and patience. Many frosting recipes call for cream of tartar. I’ve used it from time to time but didn’t use it for this recipe and the frosting is smooth and fluffy. Bear in mind that this frosting won’t be lily white since I used maple syrup and Sucanat. It’s a lovely silky beige color.
Have a great Valentine’s Day. Let me know how you liked the cake.
Lord, we thank You that You love us every day. You pour out Your love on us continually. May we honor you with all we do and say.
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Chocolate Heart Cake
Blessings on you as you find ways to bless those you love.