How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Make a Heart-Shaped Cake for Valentine’s Day!
No heart pan needed!

This is a simple and fun way to make a large heart-shaped cake. Easy Valentine’s Day dessert! Also check out the DIY Valentine’s Day ideas we have been working on! Not wanting to do sugar this year, we’ve got you covered with fun no-candy alternatives too!

Use your favorite cake mix flavor or your favorite cake recipe. You can try the cake mix trick to make the cake mix even better! Recipes that yield a 9×13 cake or two 8-inch cakes, will work well for this heart cake. This Red Velvet Cake Recipe is a great option!

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Use an 8-inch square pan and an 8-inch round cake pan. A square metal cake pan is ideal, but I use what I have and it gets the job done! To get more of a flat and even cake, you can use these awesome cake strips around each pan.

When I know I will be removing cake from pans, I want to make sure the cake doesn’t stick. Lining the bottom of each pan with parchment paper is a good idea, and spraying the pans and paper with Baker’s Joy Baking Spray or butter and flour will help too.

To get the parchment paper to the right size, place the pan on the paper and trace around the bottom of the pan. Then cut along the inside of the traced line.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Once the cakes are baked and cooled, cut the round cake in half to make two half-circles. Leave the square cake whole, but orient it as a diamond. Then place the flat side of each half-round against the top sides of the diamond to make a heart shape.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

If the round cake doesn’t fit well with the square cake, just trim it up a bit. Enjoy those trimmings too! Fortunately, the frosting conceals the cake seams and more. Speaking of frosting, this is definitely a delicious cream cheese frosting!

Cake Decorating Tip: Use clear vanilla extract to keep your frosting more of a white color, if desired.

I am not a professional cake decorator, but I do know that it is a good idea to do a crumb coat of frosting on a cake like this one. Then follow it with a nice, clean final layer of frosting. This method helps keep the cake crumbs confined to the first layer. An offset or angled spatula makes spreading evenly super easy!

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Decorate with sprinkles, candies, or whatever your heart desires!

Heart-shaped cake inspired from BetterRecipes. Cream cheese frosting recipe from The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook.

The perfect dessert for your sweetheart.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

You don’t need a fancy baking pan to make this chocolate heart-shaped cake recipe, all you need is one square and one round cake, plus a few strategic cuts to turn the two confections into one lovable dessert.

unsweetened cocoa powder

packed brown sugar

pure vanilla extract

8-oz pkg cream cheese, at room temperature

(1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

Sprinkles, nonpariels and hearts, for decorating

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Coat one 9-inch square cake pan and one 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottoms with parchment; spray parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, granulated and brown sugars, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, oil, eggs and vanilla extract and mix into flour mixture until fully incorporated. Mix in boiling water (batter will be thin).
  3. Divide batter among prepared pans and bake until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes in pans before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Place square cake on large board or serving platter, orienting it like a diamond. Cut round cake in half. Use some frosting to stick round halves to 2 sides of square to make a heart. Frost sides and top with remaining frosting.
  6. Decorate as desired with sprinkles, nonpareils, and hearts.

Nutritional information: About 565 cal, 29 g fat (11.5 g sat), 7 g pro, 410 mg sodium, 75 g carb, 3 g fiber

How To Make a Heart Shaped Cake

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Cut round cake in half.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Place square cake on large board or serving platter, orienting it like a diamond. Use some frosting to stick round halves to 2 sides of square to make a heart.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Frost sides and top with remaining frosting.

You don’t need a heart-shaped pan to bake up a festive cake. This simple method makes Valentine’s Day dessert a cinch.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Use a square and round cake of equal diameters to make a heartshaped cake: Split both cakes into layers, then cut the round layers into half-moons and frost both cakes. To assemble, place a halfmoon on two sides of the square.

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. which is the perfect excuse to ignite your inner cupid and bake a heart-shaped cake. If you have a heart-shaped cake or springform pan, you’re all set. If not, don’t worry—you don’t need one! With a little ingenuity, you’ll have a beautiful heart cake using the pans you already own.

Step 1: Bake Two Cakes

Using your favorite cake recipe or box mix, create your batter and pour it into prepared round and square pans with identical diameter and width, respectively. For example, you could use a 9-inch round pan and a 9-inch square pan.

Step 2: Cut the Round Cake

After they’re done baking, let the cakes cool completely, then remove both of them from their pans and gently cut the circular cake in half.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Step 3: Assemble Your Heart

Add the two circle halves to two adjacent sides of the square to create a heart shape, as shown below. You may want to add frosting to the crevices to keep it intact and to avoid becoming broken-hearted (hopefully making this cake for someone will prevent that).

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Step 4: Frost That Baby

Frost the cake with a smooth coating; the frosting (we prefer to use pretty pink buttercream) will hide the crevices and create the appearance of a full, beautiful heart.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Step 5: The Finale

Garnish your cake with sprinkles, sparkles, glitter, sugar flowers. maybe even the name of the person you’ve given (and are giving) your “heart” to. Or, just celebrate the holiday itself with friends over cups of hot coffee to offset the delicious sweetness of the cake crumb and buttercream frosting. The choice is yours—either way, no one will deny that your cake is lovely.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

And remember, as you relish in your final creation, ’twas you who brought together circle and square for the most epic of love affairs. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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In today’s post: Learn how to make four different heart shaped cakes for Valentine’s Day without any special baking pans.

I do a lot of cooking and baking, but I try hard not to accumulate too many different kitchen gadgets. If I can make do without a specialized cooking item, I probably will. I just don’t like storing things I don’t use very often, and I really don’t like storing things I’ll only use once a year, like heart shaped cake tins. But what do you do if you want to make a heart shaped cake and don’t have any heart shaped tins? Well, you make it work. Keep reading for four different ways to make heart shaped cakes for Valentine’s Day without any special equipment.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Watch this video to see all four heart shaped cake techniques, and then get more specific instructions for each one below:

Method #1: How to make a heart shaped cake

So this little trick makes it super easy to make a heart shaped cake without any special baking pans. All you need is a 9 inch square cake pan and a 9 inch round cake pan. Line each of them with parchment paper to make it easy to remove the cakes once baked.

Mix up your favorite cake batter (or use a box mix) and divide the batter evenly between the two pans. Bake as usual, taking cakes out of the oven when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool in the pans, then turn out. Slice the circle cake in half and place each next to adjacent sides of the square cake, as shown below, to create a heart shape.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

This cake ends up fairly large, so I placed it on a 16 inch cake round. If you don’t have any of those, you could cover a piece of cardboard (or foam core from the dollar store) with foil and use that.

I also used a long knife to slice the rounded tops off the cake so it would be fairly smooth, then frosted. You will need more frosting than normal for this cake, so plan on multiplying your frosting recipe by 1.5. Add sprinkles if desired and your heart shaped cake is done!

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Method #2: How to make heart shaped cupcakes

Heart shaped cupcakes aren’t hard to make in a normal cupcake tin! Start by lining the cupcake tins and filling them with your cake batter. Only fill the cups halfway. Any more and the cupcakes will puff over the cups and lose their heart shape.

Then, pull off a couple of 4 inch wide strips of aluminum foil. Take one strip and fold it in half lengthwise (hot dog) 3 times so you have a long, skinny strip of foil. Rip that into 1 inch pieces. Repeat until you have 2 pieces for each cupcake.

Take another strip and tear it in half (hamburger) and crumple each half up into a tight ball. Repeat until you have one piece for each cupcake.

Place the foil between the cupcake liners and cupcake tin as shown below to create a heart shape. Bake as normal and allow to cool completely before removing from tins. Frost and enjoy!

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Note: to write the word “love” on my heart shaped cupcakes I melted some chocolate chips in a sandwich baggie, then snipped a tiny hole in one corner of the baggie. I then “piped” out the chocolate.

Method #3: Heart shaped cupcake pull-apart cake

For this “cupcake cake” you will need 19 cupcakes. Make sure not to overfill them before baking; it’s better if the tops are just gently rounded instead of overflowing the liners.

Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, frost them using a star tip in a swirling motion to make them looks like rosettes (as shown in the video at the beginning of the post). If you’re intimidated by this, don’t be – it’s actually really easy! You can practice first just on wax paper and then scoop the practice frosting back into your piping bag to use on the cupcakes once you get the hang of it.

Once the cupcakes are frosted, place them together to form a heart shape, as seen below:

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

Alternately, you could put the cupcakes in a heart shape before frosting and push them as close together as possible. Then spread frosting across all the cupcakes, covering the gaps between the cupcakes with frosting as well. This will create a true “pull-apart” cake.

Method #4: Cupcakes with heart shaped sprinkle decoration

Ok, this method’s a bit of a cheat because they cake isn’t actually shaped like a heart, but the cute sprinkle decoration on top is. The method is very easy, but it will take a few minutes to decorate an entire batch of cupcakes.

Bake and cool your cupcakes as usual. Before frosting, prep a couple of heart templates. Cut a square of aluminum foil that’s a big bigger than each cupcake. Fold it in half and cut a heart shape out of it. Open it back up, and you now have a template for the sprinkles.

Frost one cupcake, smoothing out the top of the frosting. Immediate place a foil template on top of cupcake, laying it gently over the frosting, then pour on sprinkles. It’s best to do this on a cookie sheet as the extra sprinkles will spill off over the edges of the foil. Pull up the template and wipe it off as needed to use on the next cupcake.

Note: if you want, you can use a heart shaped cookie cutter instead of making templates from foil! Just gently place the cookie cutter on top of the frosting and pour sprinkles inside it.

How to cut a heart‐shaped cake

And lastly, a word about cake and frosting. I almost always use boxed cake mixes when I bake cakes. I know, it’s almost embarrassing to admit, but box mixes actually taste quite good if you don’t overbake them! Check out this post for ideas on how to make box mixes taste even better.

As for frosting, I always make homemade because it’s so easy and so much better than storebought! I use this easy recipe for chocolate frosting, and I’ve been using this wonderful buttercream recipe for vanilla frosting.

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Use a square and round cake of equal diameters to make a heartshaped cake: Split both cakes into layers, then cut the round layers into half-moons and frost both cakes. To assemble, place a halfmoon on two sides of the square.

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Try this easy hack for a sweet ticker-shaped treat.

February is the month we make extra efforts to show our loved ones just how much they are valued at Valentine’s Day. But we guarantee this easy-to-make treat will delight friends, family, and significant others long after the holiday has passed. Consider it a one-size-fits-all kind of gesture perfect for those times when you want to give someone a piece of your heart.

I know what you’re thinking—but I don’t have a heart-shaped pan. Good news! You don’t need a special cake pan to bake up this Valentine’s treat. Just fill a round pan and a square pan of similar widths with your favorite batter and bake. Once they’re done, let the cakes cool completely, and then remove them from the pans. Cut the round cake in half, creating two semicircles. Position the square cake like a diamond, and then place the semicircular halves on adjacent sides of the square cake. Use frosting to “glue” the pieces together, forming a heart shape. Once the pieces are in place, frost the entire cake, using “S” motions for the irresistible swirls you see in the photo above. If sprinkles are your jam, add some or top with fresh fruit (raspberries would be lovely). Enjoy with a loved one.

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Need to transport the cake but don’t want to ruin your frosting handiwork? Stick a few toothpicks in the center and on the edges of the cake and then set plastic wrap on top of the toothpicks. Once you reach your destination, remove the toothpicks and plastic wrap and serve.

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Easter Egg Cake

The hardest part of this cake is making an egg shape. Use the following step-by-step instructions to form the perfect egg-shaped cake, before decorating it to fit your Easter party.

Step 1

Assemble the cake: Trim the domed tops of the cakes using a long serrated knife; transfer the scraps to a bowl. Cut each cake into 2 equal layers (leave the layers stacked). Cut both cakes in half, about 1/2 inch off-center. You will have 4 slightly smaller half moons and 4 slightly larger ones.

Step 2

Stack the 4 larger half-moons, spreading frosting between the layers. Place the stack cut-side down on a piece of parchment paper. Repeat with the smaller half-moons to make another 4-layer stack, then turn the stack cut-side down and attach it to the larger stack using more frosting.

Step 3

Trim the sides of the smaller cake sandwiches to make a slightly pointed shape. Transfer the cake scraps to the bowl.

Step 4

Trim the curved top of the cake so that it has an even, rounded shape; add the scraps to the bowl. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons frosting to the bowl of cake scraps and mash with a fork until moistened. Pat the scraps mixture around the top, bottom and sides of the cake to round it out and form an egg shape.