How to Make a Heart Cake for Your Valentine

Teenagers love Valentine’s Day!  It’s not just about boyfriends and girlfriends.  They want to share the day with their friends and families and sometimes their teachers.  School was really buzzing today with candy, flowers, cards, stuffed animals, cake, cookies,  and balloons.  There was some buzz around my room, too.  Word got out that I was decorating Valentine Cakes for my classes and  you would have thought I was giving away one hundred-dollar bills.   It was only cake and not even one made from scratch!

I have confessed a long time ago that I am not a fan of cake decorating.  I have very little patience with the craft, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t share the love for a beautifully decorated cake.  In fact, I can appreciate it even more knowing what time and effort goes into just one cake.  So here’s a little trick that I picked up from some magazine article or cookbook a hundred years ago and wanted to share it with my students and you.

Yesterday in class I made the cakes from a Duncan Hines Golden Butter Cake mix.  Here’s the low down

  • Needed 2 cake pans the same size  –  One round and one square  ( I prefer 8 inch pans over the 9 inch because it makes a taller and prettier layer)
  • Press wax paper in the bottom of the pan, then cut the paper to fit into the bottom of the cake pan
  • Grease the pans with a small amount of Crisco and shake a tablespoon of flour in the pan.
  • Shake out the excess flour.
  • Follow the directions  on the  box for mixing the cake
  • Bake according to the directions on the box.
  • Run a straight edge around the pan to release the cake
  • Cool the layers in the pans for about 15 minutes.
  • Turn layers on a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • Place the square cake with one corner facing the bottom of the cake plate
  • Cut the round cake in half
  • Place the halves at the top of each side of the square
  • Now you have your heart!

Now here is the heart to decorate.

The butter cream icing that I used came from a local bakery in town.  It was difficult to get the smooth finish that I wanted, but it did get the point across to my students.  They loved it even with all of the imperfections.  They all said that I was being too hard on myself so you know I have to love them for that.  It made me smile.  I just love their enthusiasm.  Many have already shown me photos on their phones of cakes they made mostly for their parents for Valentines Day!  Now that is real LOVE.

Here’s what my fourth period assistants did with very little help.

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71 responses to “How to Make a Heart Cake for Your Valentine

  1. Fun cake, Wanda! Loved seeing how you put it together and I love that soft pink!

  2. yanexy

    The cake looks awesome! and i learned that you shake out the excess flour.

  3. Noel Epstein

    I didn’t know that you could take 3 pans and put them together to make a heart.. what a neat and less expensive way to bake fun shaped cakes

  4. haley

    I learned how to use two different pans, a square and a circle, to create a heart.

  5. Noelle

    I learned that one square and one round cake makes a heart. It is not that expensive and you can make a cute cake.

  6. Ashton M.- 1st Period

    I never thought to make a heart shaped cake with a square cake and a round cake! This is a great idea! :)

  7. case m 1st

    I learned how easy it is to create a heart out of two pieces of circular shaped bread.

  8. ya boi dre

    really looks good, tasted amazing. we love mrs.lupo

  9. Hayley

    I learned that you can use a small circular pan and a small square pan and cut the circular cake in half to make a heart. At first, I couldn’t figure out how the cake was going to end up looking like a heart. It ended up looking great!

  10. R.I.P. Valencia

    It’s best to rub the cake with your hands to take off the excess crums.

  11. R.I.P. Valencia

    *Crumbs*

  12. britnee williams

    i learned how to cutt the square piece of cake and the circle cake so you can fit them together and make the heart. i thought that was very unique

  13. andrea brown

    i learned that you can use basic cake pans to make a heart

  14. Kaleigh Kraus

    I learned that you can buy icing already made from Publix.

  15. Hector Melara

    I learned you can make a perfect heart with a circle pan and a square pan

  16. jada welch

    i really didnt know you was someost to cool the layers in the pans for about 15 minutes.

  17. Adrea Belcher

    I learned how to make a heart shaped cake.

  18. amber pirkle

    i learned you can make a heart out of simple pans and bake a cake for your love!

  19. Chelly T.

    i learned that you can use regular pans to make the Heart cake .i thought you will need a special pan for that!

  20. bria roberts

    i learned that putting a square and cirlce cake together that would make a heart.

  21. Courtney Thompson

    I learned that you can cut the cake with simple shapes, to make a pretty, nice heart cake.

  22. Avondre Johnson

    Its best to use your hands to form the cake better and get rid of acess crumbs

  23. mallory loftin

    i learned that you need patience to decorate a cake.

  24. Maryann Rodriguez

    I learned to make a heart shaped cake out of two rounded ones:)

  25. Jessica Craig

    I learned how easy it is to create a heart out of two pieces of circular shaped bread

  26. Courtney Vasquez

    I learned that you can take a basic circle and square cake pan to make a heart that is simple and easy.

  27. Brianna

    I was not here when we did the heart cakes, but reading this i thought it looked delicious and learned how to make a heart out of cake.

  28. grayling

    I learned how to make frosting for cake the right way, i tried a few years back from scratch and it was very runny.

  29. Brittany Collins

    I learned that it’s easier to decorate with icing than I thought it was.

  30. aimee

    i learned you have to let the cake set and cool before iceing it

  31. Sarah Jeffcoat

    I learned that you dont need a special pan to make a heart shaped cake, you just need a square pan and a round one.

  32. mary depaola

    i learned to rub the cake with your hands to take off the excess crums.

  33. Whitney Hobbs

    After watching this demo, I learned that making a heart shaped cake is as easy as cutting the round cake in half placing the halves at the top of each side of the square.

  34. Austin Cunningham

    I learned that you can make a heart cake out of a square pan and a round pan of the same size

  35. Kori Howard

    I learned how to cutt the square piece of cake , that tasted great !

  36. Catie M 3rd

    i learned that you can use regular pans to make the Heart cake .i thought you would need a special pan for that.

  37. Morgan Woods

    Its best to ice the cake when frozen

  38. jamile holmes

    i learned that you can make a heasrt out of a regular square cake.

  39. olivia4thalbanese

    i learned that the mesurements of the cke matters other wise it will not come out looking like a correct heart.

  40. traviis platt

    never thought you could make a cake like that.

  41. ALEXXXX:)

    I LEARNED THAT IF YOU DNT GET THE SAME SIZE CIRCLE PAN AS THE SQUARE THEN UR HEART WILL BECOMEUNEVEN

  42. arkell

    I learned that putting a square cake in the middle then cutting a circle cake that’s the same size and width makes the shape of a heart and that the icing acts as a cohesive to keep them together.

  43. Jorman Gonzalez

    this cake was the bomb!

  44. ashley cunningham

    i learned how easy it was to make a heart cake and your pan didnt even have to be a heart.

  45. Rebecca Davenport

    I learned that you can use a basic square and circle pan to make a heart.

  46. maeghan d

    i learned you can make a heart out of two circles and that you need to use flour along with crisco to grease your pan

  47. T. Foster

    i learned how to release the cake from the cake pan.

  48. Ashley

    i learned that math has to do with everything you cook, so it’ll come out as planned.

  49. Morgan Barnwell 4th

    I learned that you can make a very sweet cake, with a nice shape very simply!

  50. alina m

    I learned how to make a heart shaped cake.

  51. madison hayes

    I learned to make a heart shaped cake out of two rounded ones:)

  52. Raenah B. 4TH

    I learned that You should make sure the pans are the same size, so the heart fits perfectly.

  53. Anna Acker 4th Period

    I learned that that you can change the regular type of cake to make a heart and it’s not that hard to do.

  54. Antione A.

    homemade icing is better than store bought. and if the icing is to thick you can add a little water to make it thinner.

  55. Jackie

    I learned that you are not supposed to put icing on the cake while its still hot, i always wondered why the icing melted on all my cakes.

  56. Emily Cunningham 3rd

    I learned that you need two cake pans, one round and one square that are preferably 8 inch to get a much better outcome of the cakes!

  57. Morgan Jones

    I learned that if you let your cake cool for to long and it will not come out of the pan then just put it back in the oven for a couple of minutes and then iit will come out.

  58. Melijah

    I learned how easy it is to create a heart out of two pieces of circular shaped bread.

  59. Chelsea Tidwell- 4th period

    I learned that the square pan and the round pan need to be the same in diameter.

  60. Olivia Walker

    I learned that using a straight edge around the cake pan helps release the pan.

  61. Katherine Lackey

    I learned a cute and simple way to make a heart shaped cake out of square and circular pans!

  62. Kayla Williams

    I learned that you can use normal shaped pans to make the heart shape.

  63. audrey carroll

    i learned that your pans need to be the same size so your heart will come out perfect.

  64. nikki burns

    i learned that you have to use the same exact size pan even though they are different shapes.

  65. Payton Horton

    I learned how to cut the cake properly to make a heart and also where you can get different icings from like Public.

  66. T. Alston 3rd period

    I learned that if you dont use wax paper and don’t grease your pan, you cake could stick.

  67. Sydnee 3rd Period

    I learned that you cna make a cake in ashpae and have it come out cokked correctly. Whenever i try to do a heart shaped cake it always ends up falling a part.

  68. frederick welch

    I learned you can make a perfect heart with a circle pan and a square pan

  69. evan foerster

    This lab was an easy and tasty cake that was great for a valentines gift to anyone special.

  70. Alana oliver

    I learned that you are not supposed to put icing on the cake while its still hot, i always wondered why the icing melted on all my cakes.

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