Mini Heart Cake {Surprise Inside Cake}

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UPDATE: Tutorial here

Another year has come and gone.

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So many things have changed since I first posted my Rose Cake on this day last year.

had a baby.

Got a new job.

And have gotten to know some amazing people.

You guys.

Thanks for the support.  The laughter.  The challenges.  The inspiration.

I am so thankful that you are willing to share some of yourself here.

So today (Feb. 1st) , on my thirty-fifth birthday, I want you to know that

You are my gift.

Thank you!

If you like this cake, you can see many more like it in my new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes!  Almost all the cakes in my book have never been published before, so it’s all new tutorials and recipes!




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  1. Tammy M. says

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for everything you do and share!. Your words are very touching, I truly enjoy receiving your updates via email. They make me smile inside…
    I love this cake, it’s gorgeous!. I would love to see a tutorial on this amazing cake, especially how to do the frosting decoration on the outside and which tip you used. The sides almost look braided. It looks breath taking!. I want to learn how to do that! Thanks again!!

  2. Kathleen Reynolds says

    Hi Amanda, I’ve been a lurker on your site enjoying so many wonderful ideas. I love this cake, it’s beautiful braid look and the simplicity. I tried to imitate this cake and it didn’t really come out to my expectations which only shows me what a true ARTIST you are. So I have two questions regarding this lovely creation: 1) what tip did you use for the shells and 2) what is your typical buttercream recipe, because it looks far smoother and more detailed than mine. Mine is somewhat detailed, but not as clean-looking.

    Happy belated birthday, by the way.

  3. Milena says

    Just found this website, after having seen your cakes with surprises in them featured elsewhere for ages! I was wondering if you could tell us how to put a teeny tiny design inside a cake, since I think it’s very clever. I saw you did it with your social media cake too. Any chance for a tutorial?
    P.S. Happy late Birthday! :)

  4. Jamie says

    I keep coming back and staring at this cake. It is just so pretty. The red heart on the outside is killing me! (in a good way…)

  5. kathy says

    hi amanda

    just love your blog. your cakes are amazing and your “heart” beautiful, love the way you share your love for the Lord Jesus! keep shining your light!!!!
    new to the blogging community!! have you posted a tutorial on the raspberry cake with the teeny hearts? just luvvvv that cake!

    fond love

  6. Jamie says

    Hi Amanda!
    I usually do not post comments. I’m a creeper on your site (who happens to share your birthday) and wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I admire your work! This cake is stunning. I love love the braided effect on the sides and that small understated heart on the inside just makes it all the more. I don’t even have a word that explains how much it made me smile… it just did. It inspired me and I thank you!

    Keep up the great work and I would love to see a tutorial on how this cake was done if you ever feel like sharing.

    • says

      What a wonderfully thoughtful and kind thing to say! You have a way with words. Thanks for making my night! :) Be sure to de-lurk next Feb. 1st so we can celebrate together!

  7. Merilee Hampton says

    I just found your site and am happy to become part of your ever growing family.
    A belated Happy Birthday and Congratulations on your accomplishment in 2013 !
    Have a wonderful year ahead of you and may it be be filled with much happiness and many blessings.
    Merilee in St.Pete