Vintage Valentine cake with lollipop frosting: Retro recipe from the 40s

Luscious Valentine cake (1949)

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“Love me tender” Luscious Valentine cake recipe (1949)

Just picture yourself bringing in a Vintage Valentine cake with lollipop frosting like this, drinking in the compliments! And you can make one as easy as can be. Just follow this recipe, using Spry [shortening] and Spry’s one-bowl method.

Luscious Valentine cake with lollipop frosting (1949)

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Luscious Valentine cake (1949)

Vintage-style Valentine cake with lollipop frosting

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup less 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 egg whites, unbeaten (separated)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Several red cherry-flavored lollipops, crushed


  1. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into mixing bowl. Drop in shortening.
  2. Add 2/3 of milk, then vanilla, and beat 200 strokes (2 minutes by hand or on mixer at low speed).
  3. Scrape bowl and spoon or beater.
  4. Add egg whites and remaining milk and beat 200 strokes.
  5. Bake in 2 deep 8-inch shortening-coated layer pans in moderate oven (360 F) 25-30 minutes.
  6. To make the lollipop frosting, put 2 egg whites, unbeaten, 1-1/2 cups sugar, 5 tablespoons cold water, 1 teaspoon light corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon salt in top of a double boiler and mix thoroughly.
  7. Place over rapidly boiling water and beat constantly with a rotary egg beater until mixture will hold a peak -- about 7 minutes.
  8. Remove from hot water, add 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat until thick enough to spread.
  9. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cake.
  10. Decorate with red cherry-flavored lollipops, crushed.
  11. Makes enough frosting to cover tops and sides of two 8-inch layers.
  12. Spread lollipop frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
  13. Sprinkle crushed red candy (cherry-flavored lollipops, candy sticks, etc.) generously on sides, bringing to top of cake.
  14. Across the top, print “Love Me True” with additional crushed red candy.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 675Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 447mgCarbohydrates: 143gFiber: 0gSugar: 121gProtein: 4g

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