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Jan 25 2016

How to make a Cake in the Shape of a Heart

heart cake

Welcome the season of love. Time to bake everything into the shape of a heart such as heart-shaped cookies and heart-shaped cakes. The bakery departments in almost every store will be glittered in red, pink and white with hearts spewing from the ovens in a sweet explosion. The temptation to buy these treats can be almost to much to deny as the smell of fresh baked goods tickles your nose, but take a step back and imagine just how much better it will be to bake your own. Not only will that wonderful sweet smell bellow through your house, but each homemade baked good could make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift made from the heart (pun intended).

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Cookies can be easy to do. Simply roll out some of your favorite cookie dough and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make a perfect Valentine’s Day cookie. Then bake it and Tada! The perfect Valentine’s Day treat. However, cakes are a little different, especially if you are like me and find that there isn’t a heart-shaped cake pan anywhere in your house. Oh I have a Darth Vader cake pan, an R2-D2 cake pan and even a Ninja Turtle cake pan, but a heart never made it into my collection. I suppose it just wasn’t geeky enough.

Now if I wanted to, I could decorate Darth Vader into a Valentine’s Day cake. Add the quote “Join Me” and it would be a love message for any geeky Valentine. However, we are here to learn how to make a heart-shaped cake without a heart-shaped cake pan. Thanks to my High School Home Economics Teacher and the fact that I paid attention in class several years ago, I will be able to share simple instructions on how to build a heart cake. Once you learn this trick you won’t ever have to buy a heart cake pan. I mean you can if you want here, but it isn’t necessary.

Use this diagram to build a cake in the shape of a heart. All it takes are a few easy steps.
How to make a heart cake

How to make a Cake in the Shape of a Heart

What you will need:

  • 1 – 8 inch round cake, cooled
  • 1 – 8 inch square cake cooled
  • Frosting
  • piping tools
  • decorations
Directions

  1. Place the square cake on a large cake tray
  2. Cut the round cake in half along the diameter
  3. Using a small amount of frosting to hold the pieces together, place the flat edge of one of the round cake halves along one of the edges of the square cake.
  4. Place the other half of the round cake on the corresponding side of the square cake to form a heart, flat edges together
  5. Frost the entire cake and blend the edges
  6. Decorate as desired using the piping tools and decorations


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