Heart Shaped Cakes for Valentine’s Day
I had a single layered cake sitting in my refrigerator in the basement from my sisters birthday last week. I had initially planned to make it a triple layered cake but we all agreed we didn’t need that extra layer.
Remembering the cake was downstairs I tried to think of things to create with it. I decided to make some heart shaped cakes that I could decorate various ways. Since I had these heart-shaped cookie/cake cutters I decided to attempt to use the heart-shaped cutter to make mini cakes for individual servings.
My first attempt was to ice the cake and add red sprinkles to the sides, then using the star tip ice the top of the cake. This was my least favorite design.
My second attempt was to melt white chocolate chips. With my cake elevated on the top of a sprinkle container that I covered with plastic wrap, I poured the melted white chocolate over the cake.
White chocolate doesn’t melt to a runny liquid state like semi-sweet or dark chocolate. So I added 3 pieces of Paramount Crystals to the already melted chocolate, and blended it in until melted. If you’ve never used Paramount Crystals it helps to liquefy chocolate, making it easier to spread or pour.
After pouring the white chocolate over my cake I let it sit for about 5 minutes to firm up before removing it from on top of the container. I loved the way this turned out.
My third attempt was to color my cream cheese frosting pink, then place it into an icing bag with a medium star tip. I added swirls to the sides of the heart-shaped cake and outlined the top with concentric heart shapes. I then added that extra touch of pink and white confetti sprinkles. This was my favorite and the easiest method of the three designs I tried.
There’s no need to go out and buy heart-shaped containers but simple heart-shaped cutters work perfect so long as they’re at least 2-3-inches high.
Make a sheet cake, in fact use a box cake mix if time is of the essence – Red Velvet would be appropriate or white cake. After baking the cake, allow it to cool, then place in the refrigerator for 3 hours or preferably overnight to firm up.
- Flip the cake out onto a cutting board.
- Spray non-stick spray on the inside of your heart-shaped cutter. This will allow for the cake to be easily removed after slicing into it.
- Starting at the edge of the cake press the heart-shaped cutter into the cake.
- Remove the cutter with cake inside, and set on a work surface.
- Gently press using your fingertips on the center of the cake until it releases from the cutter.
- With icing of choice add swirls to the sides of the cake, then concentric heart shapes on top. Add confetti sprinkles on top or sprinkles of choice, if desired.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve if needed.
Have fun with this project, and invite your children or grandchildren to help. Everyone can create they’re very own Heart-Shaped Cake masterpiece for Valentine’s Day.
Cute! A great way to use extra cake layers too. This is so much easier I think than making the individual cakes. My favorite was the pink one with sprinkles. 🙂
The last one was my favorite as well and the easiest. These can be made in so many different shapes and occasions. I hope you’ll try them.
What a creative idea for a heart shaped cake!
Thank you and easy!
This heart shaped cake looks beautiful, what a delicious idea 😀
Choc Chip Uru
Thank you. They’re easy to make, fun and delicious! Plus it’s just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.
What a lovely and beautiful sweet treat!
Thank you Angie, and each one easy to prepare.
What a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
It was and everyone got just enough, not too much!
Such a cute idea! I’ve added the cookie cutters and Paramount crystals to my wish list. You make it look so easy 🙂
Paramount crystals are great especially when the white chocolate doesn’t liquefy as you’d hope. It also works great with the confectioners coating.
Beautiful way to spruce up a sheet cake for Valentine’s Day. So many lovely possibilities.
I was thrilled to find a way to use that leftover round of cake. It was perfect even if it was a carrot cake. No one seemed to complain.
You have done such a fabulous job with heart-shaped cutters! I manage to crumb everything in the process when I use cutters. All these are gorgeous!
The key is to refrigerate the cake at least 24 hours. That way when you cut into it there won’t be too many crumbs. You can crumb coat it but I found it worked best to pipe the icing on the sides of the cake in a pretty pattern filling in all the cake. That way it goes quick and no worries about the crumbs. Try it, I’m sure you’ll see it goes very quick that way.
Fun stuff! Very creative and pretty — thanks.
It’s really so easy and actually that made it that much more fun. You get the results almost instantly.
You are SO clever!! What a fun thing to do with a cake! I love all of the designs but if you put them all 3 in front of me, I’d probably grab the sprinkle cake. 🙂 Happy Valentines!
It’s amazing how everyone loves something different. It was so easy and quick to create each one that everyone can literally make their own creation.