Valentines Crossword Cookies & Cake Gift Box

filed under: Chocolate Cakes on January 17, 2011

Are you looking for a fun, unique, and very personalized gift for your loved one this Valentines Day?

I think I have something that just might give your special someone a good idea of just how deeply you love them.


How about a personalized crossword puzzle written on a  cookie nestling inside a delicious chocolate cake “box”?

I had seen bakerella do a Valentines Heart box a couple years ago and been dying to try something like it ever since!!

I started out with the idea of doing a personalized crosswords puzzle.  I went to this site to help me get all the info. plugged in, then I made a rough sketch of how I wanted it to look on the cookie.


And then, because I know how very easy it is to make a mistake on a cookie and be heartbroken for days and days and maybe even shed a few tears in the process, I decided to do these on fondant.

That way if I made a mistake I could easily start over without have to bake and frost and new cookie!

(when done, just add some frosting or icing to the cookie and place the fondant on top)


Two things:

This looks really boring to me.

Who wants to eat cookies covered in fondant?

So! It was then pretty obvious that I needed to make the cake “box” for the cookies to be presented in.

I also wanted to make the crossword puzzle more fitting for the theme of Valentines Day.


So!  Color in 27 million squares with red and pink glaze frosting? Check.


Create a box made out of chocolate pound cake (for stability) covered in red fondant? Check.

Wait impatiently for loved one to come home so you can tear into this sucker? Absolutely.

For writing you can either place some royal icing or glaze icing into a piping bag (or plastic baggie, some bakers swear by this method I promise!) and instruct the recipient to cut off the smallest tip to begin writing.  Or you can provide them with a pen that writes with edible ink, easily available at your local grocery store!

Of course, you can make the puzzle as tame or as wild as you would like. 😉

Just be sure to give it to someone you love!


For those that requested to see that this was in fact, a cake, here is a picture from today.


And yes, it was good! 🙂

Be sure to check this out on TidyMom’s I’m Lovin It! (seriously awesome links over there, and a contest!)

and Amy Atlas’s blog!

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  • Lucy Lean says:

    So inspiring – off to start baking!

  • marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    These are truly amazing Amanda! Let’s face it all I would want to do is dive into that cake too. The level of work you do is amazing & so precise!! xo

  • Amy's blah, blah, blog says:

    Wow! That is so creative. Who would not love to receive such a lovely and personal gift? Another amazing Amanda creation!

  • Sexy Vegan Mama/The Gonzo Mama says:

    Hi. Great project!
    I wanted to alert you to what I assume to be an unauthorized use of your photo and content:
    It looks like they are taking photos and content off sites like Foodbuzz and others. Of course – as is common with such ripoff sites – the content is crudely translated and comments are closed. I had a site rip off a story from my humor blog, and all attempts to contact the owners were in vain.
    I hate to be the bearer of crappy news, but there it is.
    On another note, your cookies and cake are supremely awesome, and I bow down to your creativity and patience!

  • SMITH BITES says:

    heavy, heavy, HEAVY . . . sigh . . . i’m requesting talent like yours in my next life . . .

  • grace says:

    as someone who’s addicted, and i mean ADDICTED, to doing crossword puzzles, this may be my favorite creation of yours yet.

  • sunflowers8 says:

    Un progetto meraviglioso, brava Amanda ^_* passare da te è sempre un piacere!
    Buona giornata

  • Tiffany says:

    wow…it looks like a lot of work! what a pretty cake!

  • Erin @ Making Memories says:

    WOW! These are awesome! Holy smokes you have so much patience =o)

  • Jess says:

    Ok, I’m going to ask something I’m sure no one else has asked because they’re trying to be polite, but… ARE YOU HUMAN? These are flipping AMAZING!

  • Maree from SWEETER THAN SUGAR says:

    Amanda you’re awesome and you have an insane amount of patience to complete that design, but I’m a little heartbroken that you don’t like fondant covered cookies! They are one of my biggest sellers, so of course I love them, but give fondant a chance! <3

  • Sherry Greek says:

    I would so love to make those cookies and that cake box! I could try but I know it would never come out that beautiful. You did a wonderful job!

  • Kristen says:

    Are you kidding me? You are so darn creative – seriously. Amazing, Amanda!

  • Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    Amazing! Love it!!

  • Damaris says:

    This is absolutely amazing.

  • Frk. Overballe says:


  • Wes says:

    I love this. How creative and fabulous. I’m giving Godiva Chocolates, 12 dozen red roses from our local florist and Jovanna Collections Charmed fine jewelry to my wife for Valentine’s Day. Perhaps a custom creative strawberry shortcake letter is due to day “I love you”.

  • Craftiness Now says:

    how wonderful! i made a valentine’s crossword card last year, but this looks much tastier.

  • Kelly @ BakingSweetTreats says:

    This is amazing! Wish I had the courage to try it.

  • Erin says:

    I just found your blog, and I have to say, you are insanely talented. You’re scary talented! Love all of these cute ideas you have!

  • carine says:


  • Isa says:

    WOW! I’m speechless… It is sooooo cute and CREATIVE! Wouldn’t you like to come live w/ us in Spain?! You’re amazing! When’s your book coming out? I want it soooo bad!!

  • Kimberly cooks says:

    I want someone to make my grandmother a crossword puzzle cake for her birthday for March 7th can you do this for me

  • ann says:

    beautiful! PS: what are the answers to the puzzle.

  • Vari says:

    Wow, I love this. Could you give me the recipe for the cookies and cake please? Thank you!

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