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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  • Amy | She Wears Many Hats says:

    Darling! So cute. And you must be one of the most patient people I know. Wow.

  • MrsCurrie says:

    A real labour of love!

  • Tracy says:

    Amanda, this is just gorgeous. What a wonderful and fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

  • Cookbook Queen says:

    I LOVE this!!
    I’ve wanted to do a box of chocolates cake ever since seeing Bakerella’s too…no inspiration has hit yet, but maybe it will.
    This is such a cute and well thought out cake…you are so talented, girl!!
    Happy Tuesday!!
    p.s. Will you be my Valentine? I’m thinking if we are Valentines, you will make me tons of awesome treats 😉

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    You amaze me. I could never have the patience.

  • Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    You amaze me. I could never have the patience.

  • carmen says:

    this is sooo original!
    Im loving it!
    I will repost it if you dont mind 🙂

  • Linzy says:

    Love this! I did Bingo boards for a friends birthday party I think game card cookies are a huge hit! Love this idea!!! Your stuff is so awesome!

  • Shaina says:

    Fantastic! This is so cute, Amanda.

  • susan says:

    Girl, you are crazy!!! This is wonderful, but I certainly wouldn’t want to do multiples! Hee hee. Hugs to you 😉

  • Juli G says:

    I LOVE these!!! Just one question though…can you share the words you used in the puzzle???

  • Desiree says:

    SO making this for my grandfather (he’s a crossword nut). Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  • naomi says:

    Seriously, can you spare some creativity juices? Wow, Amanda, you have out done yourself. These are not only beautiful, but so creative!!!

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    Oh my goodness… These cookies are incredible!! I just love them.

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking says:

    so unique! I love it! How did it taste? 🙂

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food says:

    This is so cute! Love it!

  • Jennifer says:

    What a great idea! Box is soooo cool. Looks really real.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    So cute!! Would love to be your valentine lol 🙂

  • Mary C. says:

    Simply amazing! My mouth dropped open at this one; it is incredible!!!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    So much fun. And super WOW!!

  • Ashley E says:

    Too Pretty to eat! I want to thank you for your buttercream recipe. I used it on my Strawberries and Sprinkles cake, and sited your site as well. Turned out great! Thank you again!

  • meaghan (the decorated cookie) says:

    wow. As threatened, I had to post a link on because wow. That’s all I have to say. Wow.

  • Wenderly says:

    So stinkin cute. I would be in the loony bin if I tried to make those. The detail is perfect! Oh how I admire you so Amanda!

  • Jamie | My Baking Addiction says:

    SO incredibly adorable and creative! I’m just smitten!

  • Strawberry CAKE says:

    Amanda, my daughter and I are in awe! How do you do this with little pumpkins running all over. Amazing.