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These creme-filled, heart-shaped cakes are a homemade version of the beloved seasonal Little Debbie “Be My Valentine” Cakes.

Be my valentine cakes

Happy Valentine’s Day, my loves!

Are you doing anything to celebrate today? Boyfriend and I are staying in tonight and making a nice dinner. Nothing too crazy – mostly because neither of us is willing to brave the Valentine’s Day dinner crowds, particularly on a Friday night. Yikes.

I’m having a hard time knowing what to tell you about these little cakes, mostly because I think you are probably familiar with them already.

Certainly you have encountered the Little Debbie “Be My Valentine” Cakes – or the non-seasonal version, Zebra Cakes – at some point in your life.

Even if you make it a point not to eat overly-processed foods (and I think we can all agree that Little Debbie snack cakes do fall into that category), you have likely seen them around. Heck, your kids may have brought them home after a school holiday party. When I was growing up, these snack cakes were always the primary snack contribution of at least one room mom for class parties.

You probably know about creme filling, sandwiched between two layers of yellow cake. I’m sure you know about the pink icing coating and the white icing swirls.

It would be hard to not know that just one of these little things will give you a sugar high for days. Proceed with caution.

But what you might not know is that this homemade version is about 90 times better than the original. The cake is moist, not dry. The creme filling uses ingredients that you probably have on hand, nothing mysterious (bet you can’t guess the secret ingredient!).

Don’t get me wrong – these homemade cakes are still not a health food, but you can at least feel better knowing exactly what ingredients are going into them. And besides, anything that you make with love is infinitely better tasting than a shelf-stable cake sold in a plastic wrapper.

Head on over to Food Fanatic to read the article and grab my Homemade “Be My Valentine” Cakes recipe! Your valentine will love them (and you).


  1. Did someone say “cream-filled”???? Did you know cream-filled and/or fruit-filled are my favorite kinds of cakes EVER?! These are so stinking pretty, I want to cry. I feel the flood gates about to open…! Happy V Day to you and your sweet Alex!! Stay warm, cozy, and enjoy yourselves some delicious eats and treats ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  2. Naw! These are adorable. I think that Aaron would… uh, probably laugh in my face if I gave him something pink and heart shaped on V-day, but maybe I can convince him to make them for ME next year!! Or tomorrow… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Gorgeous post Stephie. Hope that you and Alex had a gorgeous night in (you were wise to avoid the crowds… we went on a picnic which was a bit better than the restaurant scene but then we almost got overrun by… a church youth group? Or some other organised event with a million teenagers! Romantic, much!) xxx

    1. Omg I haven’t gone on a picnic in AGES. I love a picnic on a perfect day. Sadly, picnics are never in the cards for Valentine’s Day when there’s always snow up to your butt (how I wish that was an exaggeration). Enjoy the warm weather for me, ok? xo

  3. Thank you so much for attending week 17 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our next party, Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight. Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day!

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