How to Make a Heart-Shaped Cake
Make a Heart-Shaped Cake for Valentine’s Day!
No heart pan needed!
This is a simple and fun way to make a large heart-shaped cake. Easy dessert for Valentine’s Day! Finish off the day with this fun treat. Also check out the DIY Valentine’s Day ideas we have been working on! Not wanting to do sugar this year, we’ve got you covered with fun candy alternatives too!
Use your favorite cake mix flavor or your favorite cake recipe. You can try this cake mix trick to make the cake mix even better! Or a recipe that yields a 9×13 cake or two 8-inch cakes, will work well for this heart cake. This Red Velvet Cake Recipe is a great option!
Use an 8-inch square pan and an 8-inch round cake pan. A square metal cake pan is ideal, but I used what I have and it got the job done! To get more of a flat and even cake, you can use these awesome cake strips around each pan.
When I know I will be removing cake from pans, I want to make sure the cake doesn’t stick. So I lined the bottom of each pan with parchment paper and I used Baker’s Joy Cooking Spray to spray the pans and paper. Or you can butter and flour the pans.
To get the parchment paper to the right size, I place the pan on the paper and trace around the bottom of the pan. Then I cut along the inside of my traced line.
Once the cakes are baked and cooled, you cut the round cake in half to make two half-circles. Leave the square cake whole, but orient it as a diamond. Then place the flat side of each half-round against the top sides of the diamond to make a heart shape.
I’m not going to lie, my round cake didn’t fit perfectly with my square cake, so I trimmed it up a bit. My kids sure enjoyed eating the trimmings! Fortunately, the frosting conceals the cake seams and more.
Speaking of frosting, this is one delicious cream cheese frosting! You can use clear vanilla extract to keep your frosting more of a white color, if desired.
I am not a professional cake decorator, but I do know that it is a good idea to do a crumb coat of frosting on a cake like this one. Then follow it with a nice, clean final layer of frosting. This method should keep the cake crumbs confined to the first layer of frosting. By the way, an offset or angled spatula is a must-have for even spreading!
Decorate with sprinkles, candies, or whatever your heart desires!
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How to Make a Heart-Shaped Cake
- 1 package Red Velvet cake mix, or any cake mix (except angel food), or your favorite 9x13 cake recipe
- 1 8-inch round cake pan
- 1 8-inch square cake pan
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 4 teaspoons sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (use clear vanilla if you want to keep your frosting more white)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups (7 ounces) powdered sugar
- Preheat oven according to the cake mix package instructions. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the inside-bottom of a square 8-inch pan and also for a round 8-inch cake pan. Spray the center of each pan with cooking spray and place the parchment inside the pans. The spray helps keep the parchment in place. Then spray each pan with a nonstick cooking spray with flour, like Baker's Joy. Alternately, you can butter and flour each pan.
- Prepare cake mix as directed on package instructions. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared 8-inch pans. Bake as directed on package. Cool 10 minutes in pans, then carefully remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.
- Prepare the frosting with a food processor or mixer. Beat the cream cheese, butter, sour cream, vanilla, and salt together until well combined. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Add powdered sugar and mix until very fluffy.
- Leave the square cake whole, but cut the round cake in half. With the square cake oriented as a diamond, place the flat side of each half-round against each of the top sides of the square cake to make a heart shape. Trim slightly, if needed. The frosting will conceal the seams and more.
- Spread a thin skim coat layer of frosting over the entire cake (to keep cake crumbs from appearing in the final layer of frosting). Then spread a second and final layer of frosting. Decorate as desired.
See blog post for helpful photos.