The other day I was inspired by all of the different heart shaped cakes I kept seeing pop up on Pinterested, and across my Instagram. On Valentine’s Day if you are looking to do something together as a family, why not make a cake? It is incredibly simple to make a heart shaped cake, and the best part is that you really do not need a heart shaped pan. A square and a circle will do, just make sure they are roughly the same size.
Using your favourite cake mix, or recipe fill your two pans. Next time I make a cake like this I’d make sure to grab an 8 inch square to go with my 8 inch round pan. I lined both of my pans with parchment paper, and to get it the right size I traced the outsides of the pan, and then cut a long the inside of the line. Using parchment paper makes it much easier to remove the cakes once they have cooled.
Once the cakes have cooled, and you’ve removed them from the pans turn the square so it oriented like a diamond. Take your circle cake and cut it in half. Place the flat side of each half-round on the diamond. If they are too big, no problem, just trim them to fit so that you get the heart shape you want. Be sure to enjoy the pieces you cut off, no need to waste anything.
Icing helps to conceal everything! Make up your favourite icing recipe, or use a ready made one. I covered my whole cake in a crumb coat, and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to harden the icing a bit. I then went back and covered it in a final layer of icing. This layer ensured that I could no longer see the cake, or any crumbs. Works every time!
Cover the edges of the cake with some sprinkles, or whatever you would like to use to decorate it with. It’s a great opportunity to get the kids involved and have them help decorate it.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!