Valentine’s Day Heart Cake

Isn’t this Valentine’s Day Heart Cake precious?

And what makes it even more precious is that my daughter helped me make it. It’s a simple cake that is just perfect for Valentine’s Day.

I know there are folks out there that aren’t to keen on making a purely homemade cake.
You know what, this cake is prefect for you.
It is a Doctored up cake mix cake.
You use a cake mix for the base and then add some extra special ingredients to give it that “not boxed taste”.

So for those of you who are scared or intimidated of making a homemade cake, I highly suggest this cake recipe for you. It was given to me by a friend years and years ago and it never fails.

The candy hearts are simple, skip melting white chocolate and adding food coloring..just use the red candy melts.



All cute and pipped onto a lined baking sheet

I am pretty sure I have the cutest helper in all the land…..




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Valentine's Day Heart Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8 slices
An adorable easy Valentine's Day Cake
  • 1 16.5oz Classic Yellow boxed Cake Mix
  • 1 3oz box Jell-O Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1 envelope Dream Whip
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 cup Water
  • ¼ cup Oil
  • 2 sticks salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups Crisco Shortening
  • ½ teaspoon Table Salt
  • 1½ teaspoon Butter Flavoring
  • 1½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract ( if you want really white frosting use a clear vanilla)
  • ⅛ teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2 pounds Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons Water
Valentines Hearts
  • ½ bag of Red Candy Melts
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Spray 2 8" cake pans with non-stick baking spray and line with parchment paper rounds
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, pudding mix and dream whip.
  4. Add eggs, water and oil.
  5. With and electric hand mixer, mix on medium high speed for 4 minutes. Scraping sides of bowl when needed.
  6. Pour batter evenly between two pans.
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
  8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in pan.
  9. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely on wire rack.
  10. If the cakes have a dome on the top, level them off by evenly cutting the dome off so you have a nice flat cake.
  1. I suggest using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, but you call also use an electric hand mixer.
  2. In a large bowl, mix butter, shortening and salt until completely smooth and incorporated.
  3. Mix in butter extract, vanilla extract and almond extract.
  4. Mix in half powdered sugar, mix until smooth.
  5. Add the remaining powdered sugar, mix until smooth.
  6. Add 1-2 tablespoons water until you get a nice smooth thick consistency.
  7. Assemble and frost layers of the cake.
Candy Hearts
  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
  2. Place a #4 piping tip on a piping bag.
  3. Place candy melts into a microwave safe dish.
  4. Microwave on medium for 1 minute stirring every 30 seconds. Repeat until melted and smooth.
  5. Spoon melted candy into piping bag.
  6. Pipe random sized hearts onto waxed paper. Do as many as you would like or whatever sizes you would like.
  7. Place in freezer for 10 minutes.
  8. They will easily remove from waxed paper when hard.
  9. Place on cake as you wish.
The recipe for the cake yields a 2 layer 8" cake.
The cake shown in photo is a 3 layer 8" cake.
For a 3 layer 8" cake you would just make the cake recipe twice and freeze one of your extra layers for a later use.
The frosting recipe yields about 5½ cups of frosting which is enough for the 3 layer 8" cake.



  1. 1

    Looks easy enough that my 5 year old could help. Very cute