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Valentine Cakes

* 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
* 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup water
* 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
* 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
* 2 tablespoons milk (more as needed)
* 2 tablespoons butter, melted
* 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Decorator icing and confetti candies

Cake: In a mixing bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Pour into a greased and floured 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Frosting: In a mixing bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, cocoa, milk, butter and vanilla until smooth; set aside.
Transfer cake to a work surface.
Using a 3- to 3-1/2-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter, gently cut out four heart-shaped cakes (set cake trimmings aside for another use). Place one heart on a serving plate; spread with some frosting. Top with a second cake; frost top and sides. Repeat with remaining cakes and frosting. Decorate with icing and candies.

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