Cupid's Red Velvet Heart Cake

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Cupid's Red Velvet Heart Cake
Culinary and Home Entertaining Expert Zoe Rogers shares a secret...

Here’s a special way to someone’s heart that has Cupid’s Seal of Approval!

Bake the immensely popular cake “Red Velvet Cake” and grace it with a tantalizing “Cream Cheese Frosting”— but upscale it—by making it heart-shaped.

But this culinary love letter gets even better, I give you a secret: a way to make your cake even more enticing with a fast, easy, and economical way to create your cake in the shape of a heart, without having to buy a specialty heart-shaped baking pan.

Here’s my secret: It’s a DIY method to make a heart-shaped cake, by cutting a round cake layer in half into 2 semicircles and using a little bit of the frosting as ‘glue’—attaching it to a square cake layer—once assembled and frosted, you have a heart-shaped cake in just a few fun steps!

Cupid’s Red Velvet Heart Cake With A Secret:

What You Need:

*Large Cake Serving Platter

* Your favorite recipe for Red Velvet Cake which makes 2 (8-inch or 9-inch) cake layers OR a boxed mix for Red Velvet Cake which makes 2 (8-inch or 9-inch) cake layers

*Your favorite recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting which yields frosting to frost 2 (8- or 9-inch) cake layers OR a store-bought, prepared Cream Cheese Frosting which yields frosting to frost 2 (8- or 9-inch) cake layers

Step 1: According to your favorite Red Velvet Cake recipe or Red Velvet Cake boxed mix directions, Prepare 2 cake layer baking pans: 1 (8- or 9-inch) square cake pan, and 1 (8- or 9-inch) round cake pan— but pans must both match in size—either 8- or 9-inches. You will need 1 square cake layer and 1 round cake layer to make your heart-shaped cake.

Step 2: Make and cool cake layers by following the directions from your favorite recipe or as directed by the boxed cake mix for the 2 layers, dividing the batter evenly between the square- and round cake pan. Allow the cake layers to cool completely, for easier handling.

Step 3: Meanwhile, while cake layers are cooling, if using homemade Cream Cheese Frosting, make and refrigerate it until cake layers are cooled completely.

Step 4: Gently transfer the round-cake layer, top-side-up, onto a wooden cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the round cake layer, crosswise, exactly and evenly in half, to form 2 semicircles. Gently transfer and place the square cake layer, top-side-up, onto your cake serving platter in front of you so that the square looks like the shape of a diamond.

Step 5: To assemble the heart-shaped cake: Attach each of the semicircles, rounded-sides-out, cut-sides against each of the 2 upright edges at the top of the cake diamond together with a small amount of frosting. Now your cake is in the shape of a heart!

Step 6: To frost the cake: Spread the remaining frosting evenly over the entire top surface of the heart cake top, generously frosting to hide the ‘seams’ where the 2 semicircles meet the diamond, and then also frost the cake sides. Refrigerate cake until ready to serve.

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