You don’t need to spend hours over a cake for valentine’s day. Today I share with you a valentine heart cake with easy to follow techniques that are surprisingly simple and easy to follow. Your valentine will think you slaved over this cake for hours
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.
PREPARE THE FROSTING
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 CAKES
If you bake a sheet pan like me – Using the heart template, cut out the heart cakes. Hold the knife at a 90% angle – straight up – so you get a nice straight side (not beveled)
Simple syrup the cakes (optional)
Crumb coat the cakes and let chill for 15 minutes
Add a second coat of buttercream and smooth as much as you can, using a spatula and scraper.
I like to use a cling wrap over the chilled cake and use my hand to create a smooth surface.
Chill the cake for at least an hour.
COVER WITH FONDANT
Roll red color fondant larger than the diameter of the cake.
Place it on the cake and smooth it out. Cut any excess as necessary.
Use a fondant smoother or your hands to smooth the sides and edges.
EMBOSS THE WORDS
As you can see I have used plastic alphabets to emboss into the fondant. I then painted those in different colors.
If you don’t have these alphabet cutters, you can simply use a paintbrush and edible gel food colors and write the words freehand. It sounds scary but it’s not as hard as it sounds. Use single strokes as shown in the video below.
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