Friday, January 29, 2010

Valentine's Day Cake

I found a fabulous recipe for a Valentine's Day cake.  I gave it a try and it is moist, delicious and a gorgeous shade of pink - perfect for Valentine's Day!

Easy Valentine's Day Cake

1 box (18.25 ounces) white cake mix
1 package (3 ounces) red Jell-O powder (Strawberry, Raspberry, or Cherry flavor)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Buttercream Frosting (recipe below)  or you can use prepared frosting
Assorted candies for decorating (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease one round 9-inch cake pan and one square 9-inch cake pan and dust lightly with flour; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, Jell-O powder, milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for one minute. Increase mixer speed to medium and continue beating for another two minutes, until batter is smooth and well blended.

Divide batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool cakes on wire racks for about 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely.

When cakes have cooled, create a heart-shaped cake by turning the square cake so that it looks like a diamond. Cut the circle cake in half to make two semi-circles; place one half on each of the top two sides of the "diamond" to make a heart.


Buttercream Frosting


1/2 cup butter, softened
3 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
liquid food coloring (optional)

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds, or until light and airy. Add the sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat on low speed for one minute; turn the mixer to medium speed and continue beating until frosting is fluffy, about another minute. Add food coloring, a couple of drops at a time, and continue beating until desired shade is reached.
If frosting is too thin, add more confectioner's sugar (about a tablespoon at a time) until desired consistency is reached. If frosting is too thick, add milk using the same method. Use immediately.

3 comments:

  1. This sounds great! I was also thinking of Red Velvet cake for Valentines. :~D

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  2. Wow, that sounds good!! I have been out of the blog world for too long! I have missed reading your blog,but hopefully I am back for good!

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  3. oh, am going to make one for my kids, they will love this one, shape like a heart. visiting here and join me too.

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