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MINI VALENTINE CAKES/ Cake Love



Every year on Valentine’s Day I bake a heart cake. It’s a tradition my Mom started before I was born. Instead, this year I made mini heart cakes. It was a bit of an experiment never having made these before.

I baked two layer cakes. Then using a heart cookie cutter I cut out heart shapes. It was a little tricky as the cookie cutter is not as thick as the cake, and will not cut all the way through. So, I pushed the cake up through the cutter. Then I frosted the top of the cake with pink-tinted buttercream frosting. The sides were left unfrosted so the cake can be held and eaten like a cupcake. Also, the raw crumb edge on the sides of the cake would be difficult to frost. No one likes crumbs in the frosting! I piped a fancy edge with a star tip along the edges of the heart. Lastly, the mini cakes were placed on cupcake liners. 


I would describe these Mini Valentine Cakes as rustic. That is the term The Barefoot Contessa uses when something doesn’t turn out as pretty as imagined. All in all, the experiment was a success!


Mini Heart Cakes
Vanilla Cake
Buttercream Frosting
Heart Cookie Cutter (3 inch)
AmeriColor Deep Pink Gel Food Coloring
Wilton Star Tip 106
Cupcake Liners


Vanilla Cake
2¼ cups Softasilk Cake Flour (or 2-1/8 cups Flour), sifted
1½ cups Sugar
3 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
2/3 cup Crisco Shortening
1 cup Milk
1½ tsp Vanilla
3 Eggs

In a separate bowl mix Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder and Salt. Add Shortening.
Pour in a little over half of the Milk to the dry ingredients. Add Vanilla. Add remaining Milk and Eggs.
Pour batter into two 9-inch layer cake pans.
Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 until cake tester comes out clean.
[This is the Rich Golden Cake recipe from the 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook]

American Butter Cream Frosting
1 cup Butter (2 sticks) softened
4 cups Confectioner’s Sugar, sifted
1 tsp Vanilla (use clear extract for white frosting)
2-3 tbsp Heavy Cream or Half & Half or Milk

Cream
Butter until completely smooth.
Gradually add Confectioner’s Sugar stirring alternately with Vanilla and Cream until desired consistency. Add coloring.


MORE CAKE

 MINI CHOCOLATE HEART CAKES

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

 FROZEN CUPCAKES
 
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18 comments:

  1. These are so cute!! You did a great job!
    Pinning to my Valentine board!

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    1. Melissa, Thank you and much appreciate the pin!

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    1. Paula, Thanks ... glad you like it! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  3. So beautiful Joan! Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. It's me...Jess

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    2. Jessica, Thank you! I hope you have a fun Valentine's Day!

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  4. I love your Mom's tradition that you are carrying on and this year's version of mini heart cakes is lovely. I think they turned out very pretty. Happy Valentine's Day :)

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    1. Paula, Thank you! I so appreciate and enjoy your comments. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  5. Wow, how cute are they? Love these mini cakes all dressed up in pink frosting. Have we told you how incredibly creative you are? We are always so impressed.

    Thanks for sharing these on your gallery at Simply BeBetsy! Hope you get a huge heart box full of chocolates -
    sounds great!!

    The best to you as always,
    Sharon and Denise

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    1. Sharon & Denise, Thank you and I very much appreciate your kind words. I enjoy sharing my photos on BeBetsy ... such an outstanding site! Happy Valentine's Day!

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    2. We simply couldn't pass this one up..... so we have featured it TOO on Simply BeBetsy Friday Features #5. http://bebetsy.com/simply-links/

      We are a bit crazy about your cookies - can't help ourselves...
      Sharon and Denise

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  6. Oh beautiful little cakes, Joan! You know, I always say baking is a mix between science and art. I sorely lack in the art department. But everything you make is a masterpiece! Happy Valentine's Day! : )

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    1. Anne, ah, thank you for your kind words. Your Strawberry Truffle Cake made my heart sing! Happy Valentine's Day !

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  7. These look delicious and I am working on my "rustic" skills too.

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    1. Madonna, Thank you! Love your Valentine mini lemon bundt cakes. Visit again soon.

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  8. Happy Valentine's Day Joan! What cute little cakes.... nice you are carrying on the tradition. Hope you had a good day - did you get lots of snow?

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    1. Deb, Thank you! We had a nice snowstorm on Thursday .14 inches; enough that we broke out the snow blower! I'm sure you and your fellow Minnesotans are anxious for spring. Have a Happy Valentine weekend!

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