Is there any candy that reminds you more of Valentine’s Day than a conversation heart? I mean, who could forget those adorable little boxes and candies you exchanged as kids? But for the record, we’re not sure anyone actually likes eating those hearts, so we came up with a version everyone is sure to enjoy. Introducing our Conversation Heart Cake! Make this four-layer stunner on Valentine’s Day and you’ll really get the conversation going!
– 2 boxes vanilla cake mix
– 6 eggs
– 2/3 cup oil
– 1 1/3 cup water
– 3 jars vanilla frosting
– 1/2 cup champagne
– 3 drops pink gel food coloring
– red frosting gel writer
– 2 heart-shaped cake pans
– bread knife
– offset spatula
Let’s get started!
Start by gathering your ingredients. As you can see, we’ve got some pretty fancy frosting and cake mix in the house! Call it practicing what we preach, call it shameless self-promotion, call it whatever you want — the fact is, it’s my brand new all-natural frosting and cake mix line (Miss Jones Baking Co. in the house!), and it rules! :)
First up is making the cakes. If you don’t have Miss Jones cake mixes in your area, you can totally substitute another brand. Use two cake mixes for an extra tall cake but be sure to double the ingredients on the back of the box.
Once the batter is prepared, pour into a greased and floured cake pan. We always recommend flouring the cake pan if you want to take extra care to make sure those cakes release perfectly from the pan. Bake according to the package directions.
Once the cakes are done, release them onto a baking rack to cool. Then carefully slice in half to make four layers.
Once the cake has completely cooled it’s time for the fun part, frosting! Mix in your champagne followed by your food coloring, and stir until uniform in color.
Frost the cake by placing one layer on the plate and then cover the top with a thin layer of frosting.
Continue the process by alternating cake layers with frosting. When you’ve finished your stack, begin sealing the cake with a crumb coat.
Wondering what a crumb coat is? We’re glad you asked. A crumb coat is a thin layer of frosting used to seal in the crumbs before applying the final, smooth layer of frosting. Once you’ve covered your cake in the crumb coat, you should set it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm up.
Then pull it out and put on the final, thick and creamy layer of frosting!
And for the final touch, it’s time to write your message. What will you write on your Conversation Heart Cake?
What are your favorite Valentine’s Day desserts? Let us know in the comments section below!