Making a heart-shaped cake is a great way to express your love for your special ones. But, a heart-shaped cake is more than just a cake. It's a gesture, an expression of your emotions, a feeling you want your significant other to know.
When celebrating valentine's day, presenting a heart-shaped cake to your significant other is a romantic gesture to win their heart and make them appreciate you for every bite they have.
Apart from Valentine's Day, you can have a heart-shaped cake for your wedding anniversary, birthday, or even a baby shower to express your love and care for your special ones. A heart-shaped cake doesn't only look gorgeous but also tastes yummy and as good as it seems.
Here's a complete detailed guide on making a heart-shaped cake using the equipment you have in your home's kitchen.
Ingredients Required to Make a Heart-Shaped Cake
First of all, you'll need to make a mixture that'll eventually become a cake. Here's a list of the necessary ingredients to make a delicious heart-shaped cake.
● Cocoa powder.
● Baking soda.
● Baking powder.
● Granulated sugar.
● White vinegar.
● Edible oil.
● Pure vanilla extract.
● Red food coloring to provide your cake with a red velvet look.
● Buttermilk to make your cake moist.
● Spatula: for adding the cream layer and smoothing it out.
● Disposable cake lifter: lifting the cake while working on it and serving purposes.
● Plastic cake stands: for displaying your cake and to get a better grip while working on it.
How to Make a Delicious Heart-Shaped Cake?
Here's a complete guide about the ingredients, recipe, and where you should start to make a heart-shaped cake that tastes fantastic. The first phase is all about preparing the ingredients and turning them into a cake, and then the rest is all about making it a heart-shaped cake that speaks of your feelings for your special ones.
Prepare the Pans
To begin making your heart-shaped cake, grab your round and square-shaped pan from your pantry and adjust the parchment paper on both of them. Make sure both pans are the size of 8 inches, as it's an ideal pan size for cake baking. Now put them aside and move towards the next step of preparing the other ingredients.
Whisk the Ingredients
Grab a bowl, put sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda, and whisk them well together. Mix all of the ingredients, so they become one mixture.
Prepare a Batter
When done with the previous steps, it's time to work with the wet ingredients like red food coloring to make a red velvet cake, buttermilk, edible oil ( vegetable oil), eggs, vinegar, and pure water vanilla extract. Finally, beat up all of these ingredients to turn them into a batter.
Now, it's time to begin baking. Put the batter into both pans and make sure they are equally divided. Bake them for 30 minutes, so the batter becomes a spongy cake that springs back when pressed.
And another way to check if your cake has become squashy; is to cross a toothpick from the cake's center. If the toothpick comes out of it, it's a sign you are doing great.
Prepare the Creamy Frosting
Once you prepare all the ingredients for baking a cake, the next step is to prepare the creamy cheese frosting to hide the dry cake look and provide a luscious layer.
First of all, grab a large bowl or a stand mixer if you have one. If you don't have a stand mixer, don't worry. You can still make a fluffy, creamy frosting, but with effort. Add the butter and cream cheese and mix everything to become a smooth mixture.
Mix the pure vanilla extract in the mixture and beat them up altogether. Make sure you are mixing up the variety coming over the edges of the bowl.
To make the creamy cheese frosting sweet, add the sugar powder to the mixture and slowly mix up. Then, gradually speed up the beating process until it becomes a fluffy, creamy mixture ready to give your cake a lovely look.
Making Heart Shape
Once you have successfully baked your cakes, leave them cool down for 10 to 15 minutes. Once they are at room temperature, cut the round cake into two equal halves of a circle.
Next, place the two half of a round cake on a square cake on both sides, so it forms a heart shape. Finally, use cream cheese frosting on the square cake sides like glue. When you are finally done shaping your cake, it's time to decorate and beautify your cake with the luscious cream and sprinkles.
Beautify Your Heart-shaped Cake
Before icing your cake, chill the cake so it's not wobbling everywhere when you are cooling it. It's essential that cream frosting is at room temperature so it smooths out easily and doesn't tear the cake.
Use the spatula to apply the cream layer to the cake. Next, apply the first layer of the cream to the entire cake so it's covered with luscious cream. Have another bowl near your cake to wipe off your spatula to catch any loose crumbs.
After applying the first layer of icing, put it in a refrigerator for 30 minutes to let the icing be chilled and ready for another layer. And then, when it's chilled, apply the second cream layer to the entire cake. Start off from the sides of the cake to smooth out the cream layer, and then in the last, smooth out the top of your cake.
In the end, you can add sprinkles to the top of the cake for decoration. Then, place the flower petals on the top of the cake to give it a gorgeous look. Use any decoration of your choice to beautify your heart-shaped cake.
How to Serve the Heart-Shaped Cake?
The presentation and serving of your cake are as crucial as beautifying it. Add a wow factor to your cake by serving it elegantly.
Use elegant plastic cake stands to display your cake in front of your guests. You can also serve with style by using plastic heart-shaped plates by "Kaya Tableware."
Don't fret about using too much equipment and serving wares. All of them are disposable. So you can easily discard them without the hassle of cleaning or washing all the mentioned serving wares.