(FOR A TUTORIAL CLICK HERE)
I’m so excited to share another creation I have been working on for Valentines Day. We had cookies for breakfast (why not?) and now here is my we-can-make-it-to-lunch-without-eating-it-if-we-really-really-try cake.
Introducing my Surprise Inside Heart Cake.
Pretty boring huh?
I loved the contrast in color and textures here.
You know I cant make a cake without a surprise inside.
Plus, its like in the title and stuff.
I gotta be honest. This was not easy. This is my second attempt at my Heart Cake.
It involves a lot of carving and vision and attention to detail, and well, I have been seriously lacking in those lately.
But I have lots of tips and tricks for next time, so I may even attempt a tutorial if warranted!
For the red velvet cake I messed around with a recipe from Magnolia Bakery.
*My only modification to the recipe is I like to add a little almond extract, and it seems that 1 tsp. is the perfect amount! And be sure to use CLEAR vanilla extract to get a white frosting.
Makes enough for one 2-layer 9-inch cake or 2 dozen cupcakes*
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the
milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until
smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining
sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2
minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading
consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add
a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the
icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can
be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Would you like a little piece of my heart?
And since this was my second attempt that the Heart Cake (in two days!), I did not make the white cake from scratch. I used white cake from a box and followed the directions for the WHITE cake. No egg yolks allowed.
But, believe it or not, I have actually found a white cake recipe I really like and will be sharing that soon!