Introduction: Valentine Heart Cake

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Without any special tools, this cake can be made.

One can go all out, and make it from scratch, or one can get a really good boxed cake, and work from that.


PS: the dates on the photos are incorrect. They reset when we took batteries out to recharge them, and I forgot to reset them to the proper time.

Step 1: Getting Started / Gathering Materials

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I started with a plan.

Found a drawing of a heart, and divided it so I had a pattern to work with.

Then, I gathered my ingredients.

You may use your favorite recipe for chocolate cake if you like, or you can go with a box mix if you do not feel comfortable with doing everything.

I used a box, to keep it fairly simple.

Along with the Double Dutch Chocolate cake
I also needed 3 large eggs
1 1/3 cups of COLD water
1/2 cup of cooking oil (I used a light Olive oil)
and for extra moisture, I added one half cup of REAL mayonnaise (this is an old trick, passed down to me from my Grandmother)

Later, you will need icing for the cake; I used strawberry icing, and mixed in a little red food coloring to get it really red.

You will also need,
one 9 inch round pan
one 9 inch square pan
a sturdy spatula
an icing spreading spatula
the measures mentioned above
and a few toothpicks (we'll get to those later)


Step 2: Baking

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Preheat the oven to the temp required, mine was to be set at 350 o F.

Follow the recipe / box directions pretty closely, except in addition to the ingredients they have, add also the mayonnaise to the mix.

I blended the wet ingredients first, along with the mayo, and then added the dry mix continuing to blend unto moist, but not long after it is all mixed well.

Make sure you lightly grease the pans before pouring the batter into them. It doesn't hurt to sprinkle a little dusting of flour on the greased pans either.

Once the cakes have been in the oven for close to the required time (ovens differ in baking time), take one of the toothpicks and plunge it into the center of a cake and pull it out immediately. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. Any chocolate dampness clinging to the toothpick tells you it is not quite done yet.

Once ready, bring them out to cool on a cooling rack.

Step 3: Construction

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Once cool, flip the cake out of the pan.

although it is not necessary, I shaped the bottom to be a bit rounded like the heart in the picture we had at the beginning as illustrated here.

The next step is to take the round cake, and divide it in half. Each half will be placed at the TOP of the cake shown in the first picture below. This creates the heart shape. I needed to do a little trimming to get both sides even, but eventually I did.

As for icing the cake, I started by placing a glop on one of the seams, and swirling it from there (see third picture).

GUYS, this is a cake, not an automobile body, so be gentle. You are not putting body putty on :-)

My suggestion after it is well coated is to refrigerate. This firms up the icing.

Comments

mg0930mg (author)2009-03-27

Oh god. Sorry I missed this. I would have voted. Great job.

Goodhart (author)mg0930mg2009-03-27

Thanks, Its ok, it would have only bumped me up into, like 15th place or something :-) I am just not much for putting icing on cakes...this is the second tasty but ugly cake I have published....maybe now that my wife is a member I can get her to collaborate with me :-)

mg0930mg (author)Goodhart2009-03-28

That's cool. My brother and me are going to start collaborating. He just started. Plus, it's not ugly. :P

Goodhart (author)mg0930mg2009-03-28

Well, it did make it to just above last place, so I guess it wasn't totally ugly. But it wasn't overly pretty either (although it WAS better looking then the one I did in Chocolate Ganache icing ;-)

Goodhart (author)2009-02-19

I can't wait until my wife remembers her password and comes in here to tell you all just how good tasting it really was.....and moist ? Wow !

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-21

:-)

Goodhart (author)thermoelectric2009-02-21

She did (she uses the name mrsm) below

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-21

Oh, Cool. I am going to say hello to her :-)

Goodhart (author)thermoelectric2009-02-25

Yay! MrsGoodhart voted for my cake....now I have 2 votes LOL (DebH57 also gave me a vote)

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-25

Is it in a contest? If it is, I'll give it a vote for sure.

Voted :-)

Goodhart (author)thermoelectric2009-02-25

Thanks....

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-25

You're welcome, Good luck.

Goodhart (author)thermoelectric2009-02-26

Well, if it's votes that count, I am in 25th place out of 33 or so

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-26

Oh, Well your slowly getting more votes....

Goodhart (author)thermoelectric2009-02-26

Is there a place I can see how many votes I have so far? Rather then just go on the 3 I have been told about :-)

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-26

I tohught you could go into the contest page, But it doesn't tell you how many votes, Maybe ask one of the Administrators, Or make it a suggestion...

Goodhart (author)thermoelectric2009-02-27

Yeah, I just figured that, when I organized them by votes. and I was number 25th in line, that I was not quite in the running ;-)

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-27

Oh.

Goodhart (author)thermoelectric2009-02-27

as far as I know, that is about the only way to tell, right?

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-27

Possibly....

Goodhart (author)thermoelectric2009-02-28

well, if you know of another way, could I be let in on the secret :-)

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-28

Unfortunatly, I don't know any other ways, Sorry to say.

Goodhart (author)thermoelectric2009-02-21

She found the taxidermy ible and I have dutifully reprimanded her for not being nice.

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-21

Oh.

mrsm (author)2009-02-19

Thanks Goodhart, Mrs. Goodhart says this cake was really yummy and moist days later. try it.

thermoelectric (author)mrsm2009-02-21

Hi Mrs. Goodhart. I'm glad you liked Mr. Goodhart's cake.

Goodhart (author)thermoelectric2009-02-26

It may not have been pretty, but it was quite moist and tasty. I only wish I had had the time to make it from scratch . . .

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-26

Yeah....

DebH57 (author)2009-02-24

You got my vote!

Goodhart (author)DebH572009-02-24

so, our votes kind of canceled each others out then ? :-) Thanks though...

thermoelectric (author)2009-02-17

Mmmmm, Yum. Looks great Goodhart!

Goodhart (author)thermoelectric2009-02-17

Thanks :-)

thermoelectric (author)Goodhart2009-02-17

You is welcome.

gmjhowe (author)2009-02-16

YAY CAKE! Good work.

Goodhart (author)gmjhowe2009-02-16

Thanks

gmjhowe (author)Goodhart2009-02-16

YW

DebH57 (author)2009-02-15

This is so sweet GoodHart, I would be thrilled if my Hubby went to all this time and trouble to make this cake just for me! 5/5, a big E for effort and a hug for the thoughtfulness it took to design this!

Goodhart (author)DebH572009-02-15

Thanks, and even if it didn't look so good, it tasted a little better then the box cake without the additions :-) we both had some today BTW: I am more of a cook than I am a baker

DebH57 (author)Goodhart2009-02-15

Never judge a book by it's cover or a cake by it's icing - there's lots of love in there which is the spice of life anyway. I love cooking too - it's a wonderful form of expression.

Goodhart (author)DebH572009-02-16

Well, even if not many others like the looks of it, at least my wife gave me a thank you for it.

caitlinsdad (author)2009-02-15

That's a good hart.

Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2009-02-16

Thank you.

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