Valentine Heart Pillow Cake Recipe & Tutorial
A pillow cake gives that wonderful warm hugs feeling and making it a red heart cake just makes it perfect for Valentine's Day. You will be surprised how easy this cake is to make. Your valentine will think you slaved all day over it.
cake, heart, pillow, valentine
Meas Cups and Spoons
Square C.Pan 8
FOR THE CAKE
Fresh whipping cream
FOR THE FROSTING
FOR THE FONDANT
BAKE THE CAKE
Preheat the oven to 160 C/320 F.
Grease and line one 7-inch heart cake pan or 8 x 8-inch square pan
Sift flour with baking powder and salt.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Add eggs one at a time.
Followed by the vanilla extract.
Lastly, add flour mixture and cream.
Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
Always cool cakes completely before you decorate or store cakes away
Freeze the cake for an hour (optional) as it makes it easier to carve.
Cream butter for a minute
Add vanilla and whipping cream – whip some more
Add the powdered sugar – one cup at a time
Once all the powdered sugar is in – whip for three minutes until the buttercream is light and fluffy.
CARVE THE CAKE
If you use a square pan – Using the heart template, cut out the heart cake. Hold the knife at a 90% angle – straight up – so you get a nice straight side (not beveled)
Round the edges and shape the heart as shown in the video
Make sure to flip the cake over and crave both sides.
Simple syrup the cake (optional)
Crumb coat the cake and let chill for 15 minutes
Add a second coat of buttercream and smooth as much as you can, using a spatula and scraper.
Chill the cake for at least an hour.
Then use a cling wrap to smooth the cake as shown in the video
COVER THE CAKE WITH FONDANT
Roll red color fondant 10 inches larger than the diameter of the cake.
Gently roll it over the rolling pin. Then unroll it over the cake.
Use your hands to smooth it out cutting any excess as necessary.
Tuck the fondant under so the edges are raised from the sides.
Use a fondant smoother or your hands to smooth the sides and edges.
FONDANT LATTICE PATTERN
You can easily find fondant tools to create a lattice effect on cakes.
But in this video, I have shown you how to do it freehand. (I am hoping non cake decorators without cake decorating tools will be able to attempt this cake as well)
First, smooth the cake with your hands.
Tip – The heat in your hands warms the sugar on the surface of the fondant giving that shiny look you see in the video.
Use the back of your small kitchen knife, create lines an inch apart from each other in one direction.
Tip – starting from the center works best. Make a line in the center – then continue on one side, then the other. Helps to keep them evenly spaced.
Then turn the cake and do the same in the other direction.
Tip – use the same method as above. Keep them equally spaced.
You should now have a square (lattice) pattern on the cake.
Use the back of a paintbrush to deepen the same lines.
Tip – Its best to do this twice so the fondant stretches. This will ensure you don’t cut into the fondant.
Now use the bottom of your paintbrush to make a slight dip at every intersection of the lines.
Tip – press lightly so you do not make a big hole. This helps keep the dragees in place or they tend to fall out.
I use the tip of the knife to create a few lines before I place the dragee. This gives the effect of creases around each dragee.
Place a dragee at the corner of every square.
Tip – use a tweezer to help hold the dragee. (I started with the tweezer but my little girl took it away so you can see I’m doing it manually with my hand – kids!!)
That’s it. Happy Valentine’s Day
You can watch the longer version of this video on my Facebook Page or on You Tube here -
Valentine Heart Cake Tutorials
Recipe by Veena Azmanov