Want to start or end the weekend of February 14 on a gourmet note? The subject of our article of the day perfectly meets your needs… and those of your sweetheart! Ideal for a birthday party, a romantic dinner, or a night out with girlfriends in style Galentine’s day, the heart-shaped cake will undoubtedly be your best bet to seduce and amaze your loved ones at dessert time. Currently very popular on Pinterest, this dessert is easier to make than you might think, even without a mold! The proof with our recipes and decorating tips is not to be missed!
How to make a cake in the shape of a heart even without a mold?
As you can see for yourself, the secret to making this kind of cake is the shape of a sponge cake. For this purpose, of course, you will need a special heart-shaped mold. Once the sponge cake is cooked inside, all you have to do is cover it with mirror glaze or sugar paste for a dessert that is as visual as it is delicious. Don’t have a suitable mold? No problem! There are some great techniques for making a heart-shaped cake without having one.
The first easy way is to use a card stock template to cut a heart out of a round cake. As for the second, it is intended to be a little more complex and manageable. To create a heart-shaped cake for Valentine’s Day without a special mold or template, you need to pour your dough into two separate molds: one round and the other square. The only condition to consider? The two containers must be of the same diameter and of the same depth.
What to do next? Once the sponge cake is cooked, cut the round into two half circles. Place the square sponge cake in the center of your worktop and place the semicircles against its upper sides to form a heart. Cut them if necessary. Then add the garnish to stick all the sponge cakes together.
Finally, ice everything to erase the difference between the three parts. Regarding the garnish, you are spoiled for choice: raspberry cream, chocolate whipped cream, kirsch whipped cream, cream cheese, etc. Consider adding fresh fruit, caramel chips, sprinkles, meringue crumbs, or chocolate chips as a topping.
As for the sponge cake, you can make it yourself or opt for the ready-to-store version. If you have free time, find the basic recipe for your sponge cake in the article dedicated to Gravity Cake or in the small selection of recipes to follow.
In addition, it is important to note that the good texture of the dough is of crucial importance for the final rendering. Generally too liquid, the dough for a yogurt cake is not very preferable for the preparation of a surprise cake with a heart nestled inside. Otherwise, it is quite suitable for the classic recipe.
To shake up the codes and reinvent the basic recipe, some opt for a Number Cake in the shape of a heart. Others, on the other hand, prefer the surprise version whose romantic motif has not come to the surface. In any case, the Web is full of unusual proposals to copy.
Even the red velvet cake is not spared and takes the shape of a heart! To get a better idea of what this gives in terms of the final rendering, go to the photo gallery where you will find a small selection of recipes tested and approved by the chefs of Deavita.fr.
Easy Heart-Shaped Number Cake
Ingredients for the dough:
- 400 g flour
- 100 g icing sugar
- 1 C. vanilla sugar
- 150 g butter
- 1 egg
- 1 packet of raspberry cream
- 750 ml of liquid cream
- 1 liter of water
For the decoration:
- fresh fruits (strawberries, raspberries)
- edible flowers
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and vanilla sugar. Reduce the butter into small pieces and mix it with the dry ingredients until you get a lumpy dough. Add an egg and knead until you get a smooth paste. Wrap the dough in cling film and let it rest in the refrigerator for half an hour.
At the end of this time, preheat the oven to 180 ° C, place the dough in a baking sheet lined with baking paper and roll it out to a thickness of 3 mm. Use a template to cut out a large heart. So, you need to shape three sponge cakes and bake them until golden brown.
Prepare the cream by following the instructions on the sachet, then transfer it to a piping bag. Place the first sponge cake in the cake mold, pour in the cream, and cover with the second sponge cake. Repeat this two more times. Let your cake rest in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to serve, decorate as you wish with red fruits, sprinkles, macaroons, or edible flowers.
Chocolate surprise cake, pink heart
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the surprise cake, also known as the hidden cake, this is a dessert that looks mundane but has many surprises in store for you when you cut it. It is precisely its interior, richly decorated with crisp colors, that transforms it into a culinary masterpiece. To make Valentine’s Day or your sweetheart’s birthday even more memorable, there’s nothing like a surprise cake with a heart hidden in its center!
Ingredients for the heart:
- 120 g softened butter
- 120g sugar
- 2 eggs
- 200 g flour
- 10 g of baking powder
- red or pink gel dye
- 1 heart-shaped cookie cutter
For the chocolate cake:
- 110 g softened butter
- 110 g sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 C. vanilla extract
- 100g of flour
- 25 g of cocoa powder
- 1 C. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
For the decoration:
- 80 g of pastry chocolate
- 40 g softened butter
Preparation of the heart:
Start by preheating the oven to 160 ° C (hot air). Cover a cake tin with baking paper. In the bowl of your food processor, mix the butter and sugar, then add the eggs (one by one). In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Incorporate the preparation obtained into the previous mixture.
Blend for a few seconds or until the mixture is smooth. Then add the red dye. Pour the dough into the mold, smooth its surface, and bake for 1 hour. Your cake is ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry and clean. Remove it from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before placing it on a rack.
Once cool, cut the cake into slices the same thickness as the cookie cutter. Use the latter to cut out a heart in the center of each slice. Place the slices on a baking sheet, previously covered with parchment paper, and put them in the freezer for 40 minutes.
Preparation of the chocolate cake:
Preheat your oven to 160 ° (rotating heat). Line the same mold you used to prepare the hearts with parchment paper. In the bowl of your food processor, mix the butter and sugar, then add the eggs and the vanilla extract.
Combine the flour, cocoa, and baking powder in a separate container, then stir everything into the previous mixture. Blend for a few seconds or until the mixture becomes smooth. Spread a good layer of dough at the bottom of your mold and arrange the hearts there.
Cover with the remaining chocolate dough and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake your hidden cake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry and clean. Before placing it on the grill, let it cool for a few minutes.
In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and butter. Add a little water. Once the chocolate has melted, remove it from the heat and let cool for about 20 minutes. Take the grid with the cake and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Ice your cake, letting the chocolate run down the sides. With a spatula, smooth the top. Finally, decorate with vermicelli.