How to Make a Heart Shaped Cake

Three Methods:Making a Heart-Shaped Cake With a MoldMaking a Heart-Shaped Cake Without a MoldDecorating the Heart-Shaped Cake

Heart-shaped cakes aren't just for Valentine's Day. Learn how to make a heart-shaped cakes to serve at birthdays, anniversaries, or whenever! Mix up your cake batter -- a chocolate cake recipe is included here, but you can use any cake you like -- and bake your cake in heart-shaped molds or bake them in standard baking pans, cutting the cakes to make a heart shape. Then frost and decorate to add a special touch.

Ingredients

Chocolate Cake

  • 1 tsp. butter, for preparing pan
  • 1 tbsp. flour, for preparing pan
  • Cooking spray, optional for preparing pan
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Frosting
  • Food coloring (red, blue, etc.)

Method 1
Making a Heart-Shaped Cake With a Mold

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    Preheat your oven. Turn on the oven to 350 °F (177 °C).
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    Prepare your heart-shaped mold/baking pans. Grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch (20.3 or 22.9 cm) heart-shaped baking pans by rubbing about a teaspoon of butter all over the bottom and sides of each pan. Add a tablespoon of flour and gently tilt the pan, so the flour covers the surface. Shake the excess flour out of the pans and throw it away.
    • If you don't want to butter and flour the pans, you can also spray the molds with non-stick cooking spray.
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    Whisk together dry ingredients. Combine the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of a mixer.
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    Add wet ingredients to bowl and beat. Add the eggs, buttermilk, water, oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until completely smooth, about 3 minutes.
    • You shouldn't see any lumps of flour in your batter.
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    Pour your batter into the cake molds. Try to evenly distribute the batter between both pans.
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    Bake cakes for about 35 minutes. Check to see if the cakes are done by inserting a toothpick or cake tester into the center of each cake. The toothpick or tester should come out clean.
    • If the tester comes out with batter attached, return the cake to the oven for a few more minutes. Repeat testing until the tester comes out clean.
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    Remove the cakes from the oven and cool. Let them cool in the pans for about 15 minutes. If removing them from the pans, flip them out and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
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    Frost and decorate. You can leave the cakes in the pan and cover them with frosting. Or you can remove them from the pans and create a double-layered heart cake. To do so, set one of your layers on a plate with the flat side facing up. Spread some frosting over this bottom layer, then place the other heart layer on top. Cover the top and sides with frosting.

Method 2
Making a Heart-Shaped Cake Without a Mold

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    Preheat your oven. Turn the oven on to 350 °F (177 °C).
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    Prepare your baking pans. Grease and flour one 8-inch square pan and one 8-inch round baking pan by rubbing about a teaspoon of butter all over the bottom and sides of each pan. Add a tablespoon of flour and gently tilt the pan, so the flour covers the surface. Shake the excess flour out of the pans and throw it away.
    • If you don't want to butter and flour the pans, you can also spray the molds with non-stick cooking spray.
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    Whisk together dry ingredients. Combine the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of a mixer.
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    Add wet ingredients to bowl and beat. Add the eggs, buttermilk, water, oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until completely smooth, about 3 minutes.
    • You shouldn't see any lumps of flour in your batter.
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    Pour your batter into the cake molds. Try to evenly distribute the batter between both pans.
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    Bake cakes for about 35 minutes. Check to see if the cakes are done by inserting a toothpick or cake tester into the center of each cake. The toothpick or tester should come out clean.
    • If the tester comes out with batter attached, return the cake to the oven for a few more minutes. Repeat testing until the tester comes out clean.
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    Remove the cakes from the oven and cool. Let them cool in the pans for about 15 minutes. Then, flip them out onto a wire rack and let them cool completely before cutting and frosting.
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    Cut the cake. Remove both cakes from the pans. Using a sharp knife, cut the round cake in half. The pieces will have one straight side and one rounded side.
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    Assemble the heart. Turn the square cake at an angle so that one corner is pointing directly towards you. Take the two pieces from your halved round cake and place them at the top of your square so that the straight sides line up with the straight lines of the square. The cakes should resemble a heart.
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    Frost and decorate. Cover the top and sides with frosting. Frosting will help keep your heart pieces together and give a uniform appearance to the cake.

Method 3
Decorating the Heart-Shaped Cake

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    Add decorative icing. After you've already covered your cake with a layer of frosting, use a squeeze tube of icing to add a design or text.
    • To change the color of your icing, add food coloring and stir well. Add more food coloring until you get your desired shade.
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    Make heart-shaped designs on your cake. Use a stencil or free-hand to sprinkle chocolate chips, non-pareils, or sprinkles in a heart-shape on top of your cake.
    • A heart-shaped cookie cutter is also a useful guide for outlining heart decorations.
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    Add flowers. You can either pipe decorative flowers with frosting or use real flowers for a natural touch.
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    Use ribbon. Take nice satin ribbon and run it along the bottom edges of the cake. This will create a finished look, especially if it's for a special occasion. Be sure to remove the ribbon before cutting the cake.
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    Add fruit. Berries can add a pop of color and a little extra sweetness. Place whole berries on the cake, or slice larger berries and lay them decoratively.
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    Stencil a design. Take a piece of parchment paper and cut out a heart. Place the heart on top of your cake and sprinkle powdered sugar or cocoa completely over the stencil. Remove the stencil to reveal the heart shape.
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    Finished.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven
  • 2 8 or 9-inch heart-shaped baking pans
  • 1 8-inch square baking pan
  • 1 8-inch round baking pan
  • Spatula
  • Beaters
  • Cake stencils, optional

Article Info

Categories: Shaped and Themed Cakes | Valentine's Day Cooking