39 thoughts on “Old-time Valentine Cakes

    1. I’ve never heard of Angelica either. Your question made me google it. According to Wikipedia:

      “The most notable of these is garden angelica (A. archangelica), which is commonly known simply as angelica. Natives of Lapland use the fleshy roots as food and the stalks as medicine. Crystallized strips of young angelica stems and midribs are green in colour and are sold as decorative and flavoursome cake decoration material, but may also be enjoyed on their own. The roots and seeds are sometimes used to flavor gin. Its presence accounts for the distinct flavor of many liqueurs, such as Chartreuse.”

      Since Angelica was mentioned without comment in the old magazine, I wonder if it was more commonly used a hundred years ago than what it is now.

  1. I’ve never heard of Angelica, either. The fondant bow is great, and I like the daisys. I think the ship is my favorite, for creativity, but for tradition, the first is the best. Actually, I’d hate to cut into any of them. They certainly would be fun to make.

  2. Wow, I think we need to return to Valentine cakes. I like the way they list the name of the designer under each cake.

  3. Those cakes are just beautiful! I wish people could put as much thought and effort into Valentines day now. Sure makes that card and box of store-bought chocolates look dull, doesn’t it?

  4. These are beyond precious! I love them all, especially “love’s target” w/all the guests’ names on it 🙂 I am going to watch for angelica in the seed catalogs, or ask Rosemary, a local florist. I know I would be able to open up a package of M&M’s (the “little candies” mentioned, I believe) and trim a cake–so many sweet ideas. Thanks for the inspiration, Sheryl.

    1. If you find out anything about the angelica be sure to let us know. It’s intriguing that it was available a hundred years ago, but apparently isn’t used much any more since none of us are familiar with it. I bet that you are right about the M & Ms. I wonder how long they’ve been around.

  5. My aunt has made a cake for her husband on Valentines Day for the last 50 years. Her daughters took up the tradition with their own husbands. Such a lovely gift.

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