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How to Make a Valentine’s Day Heart-Shaped Cake (without a heart-shaped pan!)

60 Comments | Written on February 8, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Love is in the air…

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away!  This adorable recipe is a fun way to express your feelings through a sweet treat.

There’s no need to invest in a special heart-shaped pan that you will only use once a year.  It’s so easy to make this heart shaped cake with two basic pans you already have on hand.  Take a look at the recipe and let me show you how!

Valentine’s Day Heart-Shaped Cake   (click here to view and print recipe) 

1 package cake mix (2-layer size)  any flavor except angel food

1 cup cold milk

1 package (4-serving size) Vanilla flavor Instant Pudding and Pie Filling

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 tub (8 ounces) Whipped topping, thawed

1/4 teaspoon red food coloring

Small candies or multicolored sprinkles

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake mix as directed on package.   Divide batter evenly between greased and floured 8-inch round and 8-inch square baking pans.  Bake as directed on package.   Cool 10 minutes;  remove from pans.  Cool completely on wire racks.

Pour milk into medium bowl.  Add pudding mix and sugar.   Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes.  Gently stir in whipped topping and food coloring.

Leave square cake whole; cut round cake in half.  Assemble pieces on serving tray as shown in photographs below, using a small amount of pudding mixture to hold pieces together.  Frost cake with remaining pudding mixture.  Decorate with candies or sprinkles.  Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Step 1:  Bake your favorite flavor of cake in one 8-inch square pan and one 8-inch round pan.  It’s very important that the pans be the same size! Slice the round cake in half.



Step 2:  Place each half of the round cake to the sides of the square cake.  Instant heart shape!  (You can use a bit of frosting to hold the pieces together.)

 Step 3:  Frost the cake!  No one will ever know you pieced it together from two separate cakes.

Step 4:  Now it’s time to decorate!  You can use multi-colored sprinkles, Valentine’s candies, or even write a special message to your sweetheart.

 Step 5:  Enjoy with someone special!

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