The Perfect Valentine's Day Heart Cake

February 13, 2015

Earlier this week, Foodista shared some of our favorite heart shaped treats for Valentine's Day.  However, Cleobuttera's "Love is all Around" cake roll wins the blue ribbon.  Not only is it fun, festive, and delicious but it is a special dessert that even a novice baker can prepare.  Sure, we like a professionally decorated cake coated in fondant and gold leaf as much as the next foodie but it is impractical for the everyday home cook.  Best of all, this recipe is made with boxed cake mix so that the baker can focus on the assembly and decorating as opposed to measuring a dozen ingredients.  The outside cake roll is baked with tiny chocolate hearts while the inside holds a large pink cake heart layered with whipped cream cheese frosting.  Once your special someone lays eyes on this homemade creation, it will literally take their breath away.

Love is all Around Cake Roll
Recipe from Cleobuttera

Ingredients:

For the Heart Pattern Paste:
1 egg white
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour *(for chocolate brown color (which is what I did here), remove 2 teaspoons of flour and replace them with with 2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder)
1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 oz) butter, softened at room temperature
food coloring of your choice or natural food coloring, like fruit syrup

For the Heart Cake Cut-out Filling:
1 3/4 cups (7 5/8 oz) cake mix, flavor of your choice, I used half of a Betty Crocker French Vanilla 15.25 oz box
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
optional food coloring of your choice or natural food coloring, like fruit syrup, optional

For the Cake Roll:
1 3/4 cups (7 5/8 oz) cake mix, flavor of your choice, I used half of a Betty Crocker French Vanilla 15.25 oz box
2 1/2 tablespoons neutral flavored oil, like canola, sunflower, corn, or vegetable
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
optional food coloring of your choice or natural food coloring, like fruit syrup, optional
Powdered sugar, for dusting

For the Whipped Cream Cheese Cloud Frosting:
1/2 cup (4 oz) cream cheese, cold (right from the fridge) and don't use low-fat
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold (right from the fridge)

For full recipe instructions, click here.

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