"In Northern France it is a custom on St. Catherine's day to give heart-shaped cakes to unmarried women who have reached the age of twenty-five. The idea is to encourage them in their search for love (and a husband)." ~ Cooking with the Saints
Back in 2008 I posted about the tradition of Heart Cakes on the Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria.
Since our oldest daughter was named after this beautiful saint, we have always celebrated her nameday with a heart shaped cake! This year we just made a simple applesauce cake, in a heart shaped pan, sprinkled with powdered sugar. However, any heart shaped cake would work perfectly!
Les Coeurs de Sainte-Catherine
(St. Catherine Hearts)
- 1 pkg Spice Cake Mix (I used Namaste Foods Spice Cake Mix)
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 fresh apple, grated or chopped (skin left on is okay)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Heat oven to 350˚ F. Grease and flour a 12" heart shaped pan.
Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Bake for approximately 40 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes and remove from pan. Cool completely and then top sprinkle with powdered sugar.
From My Nameday: Come for Dessert: How fortunate are girls named after the glorious virgin-martyrs who battled to maintain their integrity and faith, and in return were divinely protected and rewarded. The virgin-martyrs sacrificed what was naturally good for the sake of God, the supreme Good. Their lives should inspire the faithful, and particularly their namesakes, to pay due homage to God. Nameday prayers on feasts of virgin-martyrs:
Father: Come, O spouse of Christ, receive the crown which has been prepared for you forever by the Lord, for whose love you shed your blood.
All: In your splendor and your beauty, make ready, ride in triumph, and rule.
Father: Let us pray. O God, from whose bounty all good gifts proceed and who in Your virgin-martyr N.... did both give the flower of virginity and the palm of martyrdom, at her intercession unite our souls to You by love so that we may avoid all perils and gain the rewards of eternity. Through Christ, our Lord.
All: Amen. Christ conquers, Christ reigns!