I have a fun post for you today! As Valentines Day approaches you might be trying to think of ways you can show your family how much you love them. One fun way would be to make a heart shaped cake. No heart shaped pan, you say? I am going to show you how to make a heart shaped cake using one square and one circle cake pan. It is so easy you’ll be wondering why you never tried it before!
I know that most of you already have these two pans, so this is definitely a frugal dessert for Valentines Day.
- Packaged Cake Mix (also need oil, water and eggs to make the cake)
- square cake pan (I used an 8″ pan)
- circle cake pan (again, I used an 8″ pan)
That is all you need. Are you ready to learn how to make a heart shaped cake? Let’s do it!
Make cake according to package directions. Spray cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Fill cake pans with batter to about the same height (you’ll end up putting a little more batter in the square pan because it has a little more surface area than the circle).
Bake the cake according to the package directions – I baked my cakes at 350F for 20 minutes in the 8″ pans and that was the perfect amount of time. Remove cakes from pans and let cool on wire racks.
Once cooled, cut the circle cake in half. Do your best to cut it right down the middle or you’ll end up with a lopsided heart. Set the two halves of your circle on two sides of your square and you will see your heart start to take shape.
Now, you’ll notice the tops of the cakes aren’t even, so you’ll want to take a long serrated knife to cut off a portion of the top of each cake, aiming for a nice flat top. You can also use a cake leveler. Amazon has several for sale here and I just love mine. It makes leveling cakes so much easier!
Once you’ve trimmed off some of the tops of the cakes and you are satisfied your cakes are pretty level, flip them over! Now you should have a nice beautifully smooth heart shaped cake.
Now, just decorate the cake how ever you desire. I like to put a crumb coat on my cakes before I frost it with my colored or flavored frosting. The crumb coat ensures you won’t have any ugly stray crumbs in your finished cake. Make sure you make our homemade buttercream icing recipe.
If you are thinking, “I don’t have time for that!” you can simply buy a heart shaped pan. It won’t be as big as if you piece it together yourself, but it is definitely a time saver. I used the square and circle cake pans because I already had them on hand. 😉
**Note: You can use any size cake pans you have, just make sure the square and circle are the same size in diameter.
What do you think? Now that you know how to make a heart shaped cake from regular cake pans, do you think you’ll make your family one for Valentines day? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you!
Don’t forget to top your Heart shaped cake with delicious Homemade buttercream icing.