My favorite recipes are those handwritten on stained, worn paper. The kind where you take a bite and you’re instantly transported to Aunt Joyce’s kitchen as she serves this cake. This vintage recipe comes from my neighbor Tricia passed on from her husband’s Aunt Joyce. Say I love you this Valentine’s Day with something that tastes like home. We recently celebrated National Chocolate Cake Day and I made this cake to take to our neighborhood dinner – at Tricia’s house.  My mother always said, “never take someone else’s recipe to their party – it won’t be as good as their recipe is.”  Well, I got two thumbs up from Paul that his Aunt Joyce would have loved the cake!
The cake is a traditional bundt cake and travels well. Plus, it’s so versatile you can serve it any time of the year. I chose to decorate the cake for Valentine’s Day. You can easily do this by choosing three flowers (I selected carnations because they stay fresh without needing water), cut the stems short, and place the flowers down inside the hole from the bundt pan. I placed the cake over a large red heart doily I found at the Dollar-ish store. Add the flowers and a dusting of powdered sugar. The cake is delicious on its own, or you can add a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
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Happy Valentine’s Day!