Wednesday, February 3, 2016


These photos are from a few years back but I thought it would
 be fun to "reshare them" with Valentines Day coming up.

And a little later it looked like this.

I have had this little cupid man
 from back in the
 early 90's when painting on
 wood was very

 Why not plan a whimsical Valentine Friendship Tea Party for a few of your very best friends! 

Look around for "red stuff" and start your pile...this doesn't have to be "Valentine" related items...just look for red! (oops.......just not Christmas stuff!)
This is different than a dinner party where
 you go very elegant - this is about fun!

Here is my recipe for this great Ohh La La CHOCOLATE CAKE....
Here is what you need for your cake:

5 squares unsweetened chocolate, 2 1/3 cups sifted cake flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 stick of butter, 2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup plus 4 TB water-boiling

1. Melt chocolate in a small bowl over hot water -

2. grease and flour 2 size 9" cake pans either square or heart shaped

3. Sift flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl

4. Beat soft butter in lg bowl. Add brown sugar and eggs; beat with mixer at high speed til light and fluffy about 5 minutes

5. Stir in dry ingredients alternately with sour cream til batter is smooth.

Do not boil water too soon as it evaporates fast- stir in boiling water and batter will become thin Pour into cake pans

6. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes- check with toothpick

7. Let cool 10 minutes - cut around edge to loosen

Turn onto cake platter...I like to put Cherry pie filling between the layers before icing

Fudge icing: 4 squares unsweetened chocolate, 1 stick of butter, 7 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar, 3/4 cup of milk, 2 tsp vanilla

Melt chocolate in small saucepan with butter - remove from heat

Combine other ingredients in bowl and then add chocolate mix- beat till ready to ice cake!

This is a repost from times past - this cake is so delicious I didn't want you to miss it!

I am also sharing this post at:
Share Your Cup Thursday
Vintage Charm
The Art of Homemaking Mondays
Roses of Inspiration
Saturday Showoff
Simple & Sweet Fridays
Let's Talk Vintage


Anonymous said...

Oh what a yummy looking Cake, love it. Chocolate is my favorite. Ok one of my favorites. lol I think I will go on the hunt for some Red today....

Have a great week


Anonymous said...

My local library, in my rural setting, has a few of the Laura Childs books. They are an enjoyable read. Happy giveaway.

Storybook Woods said...

Looks like a great cake. Clarice

Linda Jennings said...

I am not a big chocolate fan, but this cake looks scrumptious! I could go for a piece right now!

joyh82 said...

Love your table setting and what cute valentine decorations! Cake looks very yummy!

Alice said...

Oh, Bernideen, everything you do is always so lovely. Congratulations on the new blog!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Can't wait to have a friendship tea and even try your delicious looking cake!! I LOVE your blog (and the fact that I can get my comments on...never could with the other one..not your problem I am sure but mine:-) Love and miss you too Bernideen
Dayna R

La Tea Dah said...

A beautiful Valentine's tea party! You inspire me! I will start my collection of 'red' things. And for sure --- chocolate cake is a must!


ellen b. said...

Are those heart shaped chintz plates??
I love your Valentine tea.

Curtains in My Tree said...

That cake looks really good
I need to make another heart shaped cake for this valentines
also I'll get to use my new tea cup
I like your well dressed man also and your gal with her hoop skirt on

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I love chocolate! I am making cappuccino muffins this morning!

Daniela said...

Everything, everything is so very wonderful in these picture of yours, dearest Bernideen !
Your lovely dishes, your vintage cupid and your cake, oh my, I have to try it, thank you for posting its recipe and thank you also for visiting and posting such lovely words on my blog !!!

I'm following you but I cannot find 'myself' amongst your followers ... I want to subscribe me again even if I have received the update of your post on my blogger dashboard ....

May the remainder of your week be filled with joy
sending hugs

Marilyn Miller said...

Yummm! Chocolate cake! Planning a day after Valentine's tea party and hoping for some red.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

What a lovely Valentine table you had created and the cake makes my mouth water.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Cute little whimsical heart gal Bernideen! Like the sweet cherub boy in the top hat too. And of course the cake looks very yummy!
Happy Wednesday!

quakerhillfarm said...

I love it! Love the queen of Hearts so cute! Thanks for sharing, Lynn

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

I love your pretty table---the heart-shaped chintz plates are gorgeous!

Lady Linda said...

I am a BIG chocolate fan, so this cake is making me drool! YUMMY. Your table looks so cute too. I had to be with my dad at the beginning of the week, so didn't get to join in with your Blog Party this week.
Enjoy it very much.

Carolyn said...

So pretty and the cake looks delicious too!


Stephanie said...

Such a delightful post, dear Bernideen. My oh my, that cake looks incredible! I am sure it tastes as good as it looks :)

Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. It's a joy to have you at the party. Hugs!

JES said...

Any excuse is good for a chocolate cake Bernideen! Thank you for sharing :)

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

Your chocolate Valentine cake looks delish! I love the whimsical doll with hoop skirt on your tea table. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.