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Heart-shaped cake: the easy recipe for Valentine’s Day

Heart-shaped cake: the easy recipe for Valentine’s Day

There heart shaped cake it’s a sweet romantic and picturesque perfect for San Valentinobut not only: it is a suitable cake to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and the parties of anniversaryand is ideal as a gift to a mother, wife, boyfriend and generally to a loved one.

In our recipe, the base is the same as for red velvet, whose intense red color is perfect for celebrating love, but if you prefer, you can prepare a heart shaped chocolate cakeby making the base with a cocoa sponge cake.

To glaze it we chose the cheese frostingcharacterized by a fresh flavor that contrasts perfectly with the chocolate and vanilla flavor of this fluffy and light cake.

Quick and easy to prepare, it’s a heart-shaped cake without mold that will be enough for you two trays, a circle and a square, of equal size. When the cakes are ready, just cut the round in half and place the halves on the sides of the square, so that they form the rounded parts of the heart.

Discover all the steps to prepare it in a few minutes romantic cake Heart ideal to serve as the last dish of a Valentine’s Day menu or to accompany other Valentine’s Day desserts to create a real lovers’ buffet.


For the cake

red food coloring

For decoration (optional)

How to make a heart shaped cake

Before starting to prepare the heart-shaped cake, heat the oven to 180°C in static mode, then line the round and square molds with parchment paper, taking care to butter the bottom so that it adheres better. Then mix the butter and the sugar until you get a kind of cream, then add the eggs one by one 1 and vanilla extract.

In another bowl, combine the sifted flour, cocoa and baking powder with a pinch of salt, then add half to the buttercream, mixing well. Now add the buttermilk, vinegar and red food coloring 2.

Finally, combine the rest of the dry ingredients, mix everything together and divide the mixture into the two molds 3. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, checking with the toothpick test that the inside is cooked. Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool inside the molds for 15 minutes, then unmold them and transfer them to a wire rack.

While the cake is cooling, devote yourself to the icing. Mix the butter and cream cheese until soft, then add the icing sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt and mix until smooth. 4.

When the cakes are cool, cut the round in half with a long blunt knife 5.

At this point, position the square cake so that one of the pointed sides is facing you and place the two round sides side by side with the top half, then cover the whole thing with the icing 6.

Once fully frosted, your heart-shaped cake is ready 7: you can decorate it with small sugar hearts, as in our box, or with what you prefer.


Buttermilk is an ingredient widely used in Anglo-Saxon and American pastry, now also available in our supermarkets. However, if you can’t find any, you can make some at home, starting with plain yoghurt or liquid crème fraîche.

If you prefer, you can make one stuffed heart cake: just cut the cakes in half and add the filling of your choice, such as nutella, mascarpone cream or simple whipped cream.


The heart-shaped cake can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 dayswhile in the fridge it lasts up to 4 days.

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