Valentine Cake with a Surprise Inside

 

Valentine’s Day is almost here, what are you planning to do. Do you go out? Do you get all dolled up? Me, not so much. I like to go out when it’s not so crowded, and as far as dolled up…well this year this may be the only dolling up I do. I dolled up a cake!

From the outside it’s a simple cake, but wait until you see what’s inside.

*hint-it’s a colorful surprise.

See, it’s pretty colorful.

This is an easy cake to make, so don’t let the hectic part of Valentine’s Day keep you from getting all dolled up, do it with CAKE!


Begin with two white cake mixes (I used Betty Crocker) and the ingredients listed on the box, prepare cake mix according to the package.

Dived the 8 cups of batter into three bowls and tinted them with Americolor food coloring, one super red, one with soft pink and the other with white, yes I like it extra white.

I place the colored batter in each cake pan. Alternating the colors and even drew a heart on top. It really is a surprise to see how they bake and what the design will be.

While they are baking, get your frosting ready. You can use this buttercream recipe make two batches so you have enough (you can use purchased frosting in white, you’ll probably need two containers).

I baked the two cakes for 55 minutes at 325 degrees, these are dark coated 7 inch pans so the cakes bake up nice and high, and the bottom of the pans are removable which makes it easy to release the cake, they are similar to spring-form pans with out the spring.

Pretty, pretty!

 

I trimmed off the tops of the two cakes to make them level, then added frosting to one and inverted the second cake on top so that the top of the cake was really flat.(It also helps that the cut part of the cake isn’t on top as there are more crumbs)

I gave the cake one coat of frosting and put it in the fridge to set up firm, then I added more frosting and just wanted it smooth. I didn’t fuss with it much, just used a large offset spatula and swirled the frosting around.

I reserved a small amount of white frosting and colored it red for the hearts and trim on the bottom. I used a number 4 tip for the hearts.

I used a small star tip to make a boarder on the base of the cake.

 

 

I love how simple the cake looks on the outside, since there is so much going on inside. Just like the cake I made for Halloween with a surprise inside too.

 

I see a heart,

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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  1. 1

    So Sweet Diane! ADORABLE Cake. Thanks for sharing. XoXo Giuliana

  2. 2

    This is one big and beautiful cake! I see the heart too! So neat that the heart came through like it did.

  3. 4

    Totally swooning over this! Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5

    Gorgeous! Love the simplicity of the heart border around the edge

  5. 6

    So pretty! My girls would go nuts over this.

  6. 7

    I love the heart decoration! BEAUTIFUL!!!

  7. 8

    stunning! I want to try this!

  8. 9

    Wow, that is really creative. You are incredible!

  9. 10

    I have no idea how you figured this out, but I love it.

    • 11

      :) really nothing to figure out, just mix it all up, pile on the batter and bake. I made rainbow cupcakes once, 7 colors all in the small area of a cupcake pan in neat layers, compared to that, this is EASY!

  10. 12

    So pretty!! I love it, Diane! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!

  11. 14

    Diane, this is gorgeous!!! I know you say it’s easy, but it looks like a labor of love. Pun intended! ;-)

  12. 15

    So pretty Diane! My kids would love a cake like this for Valentine’s Day. Who am I kidding? So would I. :)

  13. 16

    Love it!! I love the simple decorations too!! I want to eat this now!!

    great job on the hearts!!

  14. 17
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids says:

    Beautiful. Just absolutely beautiful.

  15. 18

    This is very cool and fun

  16. 19

    Such a pretty cake! I’m always so impressed by people who can make beautiful layer cakes like you.

  17. 20

    This is so gorgeous! I love it. Beautiful.

  18. 21

    Great Cake! Amazing colours. My jaw literally dropped when I saw the surprise inside! Thanks for sharing!

  19. 22

    I saw your cake on Pinterest.

    **ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!**

    Signing up to start following your blog.

  20. 23

    The inside is surely pretty, but I love the scripty heart design on top the best! :)

  21. 24

    Beautiful cake, Diane!! so fun!

  22. 25

    This is beautiful and I’m doing a VDay linky post and I’m going to link it up! Love it!

  23. 26

    Soooo pretty Diane!!! very festive!

  24. 27

    Holy Valentine, just look at that!! It’s gorgeous with all the swirly colors and I love the piping.

  25. 28

    What a pretty cake! I especially like the heart design on top. :0)

  26. 29
    Jany@SuperCuteCookies says:

    The cake is beautiful and the inside is stunning!

  27. 30

    Wow…beautiful cake! I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

  28. 31

    Beautiful, Diane! I love the finishing ring of hearts on top.

  29. 32

    I love it, the colours really pop.

  30. 33

    I found you via Pinterest. This is a GREAT idea!

  31. 34

    I also found you using pinterest. Had no idea how many awesome food blogs there were out there. I’ve got so many recipes collected! Thank you for yours!

  32. 35

    Absolutely stunning!

  33. 36

    Oh my I just love this idea. I think I have to make one today. Lucky me I just bought cakes mixes the other day that were on sale 10 for $10. So glad I did. Thanks so much for always sharing your wonderful creations with us all. Just love visiting your blog daily.

  34. 37
    Hanh Vu Haye says:

    I just have a question. Can you share the recipe how to make cake so big like this?? because my cakes always sooooooo thin after bake!! :( I have problem with baking cake… :( Can you share your secret?? ^^

    • 38

      It’s a 7 inch cake pan, and there is a whole cake mix in each pan. That is how it’s so high, no real secret, just a smaller diameter cake pan will give you a higher cake. Hope that was helpful.

      • 39
        Hanh Vu Haye says:

        Thank you to answer me Diana. I know this cake is 2 in 1. ;) But i mean my cake when i bake always high just 3cm…not more.. :( Can you share me a recipe (which kind of flour you use, eggs, sugar…) for pan 28 or 26cm? I would love to do this colourful one!!! I love it much!!(but cannot 3 or 4 in 1!lolll)

        • 40

          I looked up 7 inches online and it says it’s 17.5 cm I use a box cake mix usually Betty Crocker for this type of cake. I can look up another recipe for you for cake. The batter I used measured 8 cups for two boxes of cake mix, so if you have a recipe that is 4 cups of batter, that would work.

          • 41
            Hanh Vu Haye says:

            Thank you for your answer again! ^^ so i will try to find a smaller pan and box cake mix!! i never bake with the batter already mix before.. ^^

          • 42

            any cake batter will do in a 7 inch pan you’ll just need 4 cups so it’s bakes up high

  35. 43

    What a GORGEOUS cake, Diane!

  36. 44

    Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!!

  37. 45

    commenting one year later…. :S but still… beautiful cake… :)

  38. 47
    Stephenie says:

    How can i get the recipes? Is pretty!!

    • 48

      The instructions are in the post:
      “Begin with two white cake mixes (I used Betty Crocker) and the ingredients listed on the box, prepare cake mix according to the package.
      Dived the 8 cups of batter into three bowls and tinted them with Americolor food coloring, one super red, one with soft pink and the other with white, yes I like it extra white.
      I place the colored batter in each cake pan. Alternating the colors and even drew a heart on top. It really is a surprise to see how they bake and what the design will be.
      While they are baking, get your frosting ready. You can use this buttercream recipe make two batches so you have enough (you can use purchased frosting in white, you’ll probably need two containers).”
      Hope that helps

  39. 49

    Diane, this is awesome! I so have to try this with low carb ingredients! Not sure my colours will come out as true, but it would be so fun.

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