If you want to make this Valentine's Day genuinely romantic, then maybe you should consider baking a cake for your second half. Everyone loves delicious cakes, and if it also has a beautiful design, your girlfriend or boyfriend will be thrilled to share it with you. Below, we will share some of the best ideas for Valentine cakes with you, and their recipes from the most popular cake bakers of Instagram!
This Valentine's Day, you have a chance to create something unusual to make this day better for your beloved person. Everyone would be happy if they are surprised by the creative and tasty cake, so do not waste any time and check out our best Valentine cakes ideas!
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Whether it is Valentine's Day heart cake, or Valentine cake with name, or something else, we know for sure that it will capture the heart of the person that is special for you, especially if they are a known sweet tooth. You have an opportunity to spend your February 14th in a beautiful atmosphere with the person you love and a delicious cake. Does it sound romantic to you? Of course, it does!
Below, you will see the most fantastic Valentine cake designs. We hope that it will be easy for you to learn how to bake them!
1. Valentine's heart-shaped cake with candy
This cake will be a highlight of your significant other's Valentine's Day. It is so beautiful that some people would not even want to eat it. However, this is an utterly delicious sweet goodness, and we will tell you how to bake it.
It is undoubtedly a challenge, but it will not be as overwhelming as you probably think. You should be motivated by seeing your significant other and guests stunned when you pull out this card. So, the ingredients you need will be:
- White buttercream
- Large heart-shaped sprinkles
- Pink nonpareils
- Chocolate candy coating
- Vodka or the clear extract of it
- White, red and hot pink fondant
- Golden cake dust
For the tools, you will need the following:
- Heart-shaped pan of 6'' x 2'' measure (or whatever size you want it to be)
- Chocolate mould for assorted candy
- Stitching wheel
- Optional strip cutter
First of all, you have to start with the chocolate cake baking. So, you need to prepare two layers of it in your pan. When it cools down, you will have to put it in the fridge. You will also have to get your buttercream ready.
The creation of candy coating is relatively easy – you will need to put it in the microwave and heat it until it melts. You will have to put the melted coating in the chocolate mould openings. Then place the mould with the coating in the freezer for ten minutes. Once they are ready, you can decorate them as your heart desires. To make this step more comfortable, you could also buy assorted chocolates in the store and use them.
You can also make a bow, for which you will need loops. For this, you will have to make a few strips out of rolled white fondant using the strip cutter. Then, you need to cut them into short segments, fold them gently, and attach them to form a loop. To tape the loop, you can pinch it at the bottom. You will need a total of 16 loops for your bow: some of them will be extra, just in case. Then, create a magnificent bow out of them by attaching them to a watered piece of white fondant.
For making a cake, you will have to cover your chocolate base with the buttercream fully. Then, you need to roll out some red fondant and cut a strip, which you will be attaching to the sides of the cake. It has to be slightly higher than the cake itself because you need to create the effect of a chocolate box.
The next step would be rolling out more red fondant, shaping it like a heart and using it as a cap for your candy box. The stitching wheel will help you with drawing lines on your cap, though you should remember to do it lightly. Repeat the same thing with pink fondant, and draw a checkered pattern on it. Attach these two pieces and put the bow on top of them.
You will have to make another heart out of pink fondant to place it inside the 'candy box'. Then, put the candies on it. The final step would be beautifying the cap and the body of your dessert with some gold dust. We hope your guests and beloved person enjoy it!
2. Simple raspberry champagne cake
The design of this cake is simple and fancy at the same time. With it, you will be able to express your love for your boyfriend or girlfriend, as well as your appreciation for your best friends and guests. So, read all about how to make this delicious sweetness!
You will need such ingredients as:
- Cake flour (3 1/3 cups)
- Baking powder (2 1/2 teaspoons)
- Salt (1/2 teaspoons)
- Butter (1 1/4 cups)
- Granulated sugar (1 3/4 cups)
- Room temperature champagne (1 1/4 cup)
- 6 egg whites
For the buttercream part of the cake:
- Vanilla extract (2 teaspoons)
- Sugar (6 cups)
- One pinch of salt
- Fresh raspberries (3 ounces)
For champagne reduction:
- Champagne (3/4 cup)
- Fresh raspberries (9 ounces)
- Sugar (1 cup)
- Raspberry reduction (1/4 cup)
- Vanilla extract (1/4 teaspoons)
- Optional corn syrup
For assembly, you will need fresh raspberries and whipped cream.
Your first step is making a champagne cake. First of all, you need to preheat your oven up to 350°. Whisk the powder, flour, and salt together in a bowl. You will also have to beat up sugar and butter, and then add the egg whites and vanilla extract. Eventually, you need to add the dry ingredients one by one, including the champagne, and keep mixing them together. The batter has to be divided evenly between the three round pans, which you need to butter and flour slightly. Your cake needs to be baked for about 25 minutes and then cooled down for 5-10 minutes.
Now, we will move on to raspberry reduction. You have to purify all the raspberries and put them with champagne into the saucepan, preparing to heat them. Observe the mix and simmer it until you see that it is reduced in half. You will use it in glaze and buttercream.
The frosting is our next step. You have to make a cream by beating salt and butter together, then add the raspberry reduction (half a cup). Then follows the gradual addition of sugar, and you need to mix it all until it becomes smooth. You will need to remove some mixture for the pink frosting. To the rest, you should add the 3 ounces of raspberries and mix it up. You will add this frosting between the layers of the cake.
It is quite easy to make the glaze. Just take a small bowl and mix some raspberry reduction, vanilla, and sugar until it is smooth. For better effect, you can also add corn syrup and water.
Now, you will need to assemble your cake. For this, you should place it onto a plate layer by layer, filling in-between parts with the raspberry filling. Then, the cake needs to be frosted by the raspberry-champagne frosting which was reserved beforehand. You will need to refrigerate the cake for 20 minutes. Then, the glaze should be drizzled over the top, and then again refrigerated for the same amount of time. Right before serving, you are recommended to garnish the cake with some fresh raspberries and whipped cream. Bon appetit!
3. Unique cake in shape of trendy girl's face
This baked masterpiece is truly something to surprise your significant other with. It will also be great to make if you celebrate your Valentine's Day with your best girlfriends. One special thing about this cake is that you can customize it to your liking. And now, you have a chance to learn how to create this sweet fashionable lady on your own!
You will need:
- The oval or round cake of whatever flavour you like, previously frosted with buttercream
- The matching cupcakes of the same flavour for making the buns
- Chocolate coating of the colour you enjoy
- Heart cooking cutter of 2 inch
- Paper cone or piping bag
- Matching taffy candies
- Colourful sprinkles
- Gummy cinnamon or chocolate lips
The first step will be making our sweet lady's sunglasses. For this, the chocolate coating needs to be melted, then poured on your working surface. The heart cutter has to be dropped on your melted chocolate and then put into a fridge for it to freeze. Do it again for making another heart. Then create a small bridge with the help of piping bag, and boom! You have sunglasses!
Then, you will have to add some sprinkles for the "hair" effect. Put them on your cake with a spoon, and play with them a little by creating a hairstyle that you want. Then, take the cupcakes and put the frosting on them to make the girl's buns. You can attach the buns to the main cake with buttercream or dabs. Put your heart sunglasses on the cake, and lift them up by once again using dabs or buttercream on their back.
The last steps will be cutting a strip from taffy and putting them into the place where the cupcake and the main cake join. Put the lips on the bottom, and maybe a little beauty mark out of sprinkles, if you want to. Voila, your sweet present is ready!
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4. Watercolour cake
A beautiful cake with a vibrant heart – this is definitely what your loved ones need for this Valentine's Day. And we will give you step-by-step instruction on how to make it with your own hands and some supplies!
For the endearing watercolour cake, you will need the following:
- The layer cake of your own preference
- 1 buttercream batch and two additional cups
- Soft gel paste of yellow and red colours
- Two offset spatulas: small and tapered head one
- Parchment paper
First of all, you will need to tint the buttercream and reach the light coral result. To achieve this effect, you will need to drop some red and yellow. Then, you will have to assemble your cake and put the mixture as icing on it. Put it into the fridge and keep it there until the frosting becomes firm.
The buttercream that is left should be divided into six bowls, and each one should have different shades of red and yellow, as in pink, orange, coral, etc. After that, cut out a heart shape out of the piece of parchment paper. Use the shades from each bowl to paint according to the heart shape. You are recommended to mix the tones as much as needed because it would look creative.
Using the spatula, smear the buttercream over the heart, and then lift up the parchment paper when you are finished. Now you have a cake with a beautiful watercolour heart, which will indicate how much you love people – or person – that you bake it for!
5. XOXO Cake for someone special to you
By "someone special" we do not only mean your significant other. It can be a person or group of people you love and want to show your appreciation to. Also, this cake does not have to be an "XOXO" cake – it is just an idea for what to write on it. In fact, you can choose to write something else, for example, the name of your beloved person or just 'Love'.
It is recommended to choose either red velvet or chocolate cake for a base. The supplies that will be needed are:
- Layer cake
- Red and pink candy coatings
- Pink gel paste
- Sucker moulds with the letters of your choice
- The small lips mould
- Heart sprinkles
- Sucker sticks
At the start, you will need to make some buttercream frosting of whatever colour you like, but we recommend white, dark pink and light pink for the most romantic day of the year. The cake has to be assembled by the layers, and the buttercream needs to be put between them. For making the sides flat, you should use a spatula.
When your cake's sides are smoothed, you should move on to the decorations, such as coating wavers. Make the melted cream out of them and use the chocolate mould to create different shapes, in this case, the shape of lips. If the coating has become tougher, you can put it in the microwave for a short amount of time. To make the letters, you will have to fill the letter shapes in the mould using the pipe. Put them into the freezer for about ten minutes. If you want to play, you can combine red and pink, by adding some red when you take pink out of the freezer.
Then, complete the cake with the moulded shapes and the letters on top of it. Does it not look beautiful and romantic? We are sure you will amaze your boyfriend, girlfriend, or other special people with this cake!
We hope you liked the best Valentine's cake ideas and decoration guides! We believe that people who you are baking for will appreciate your sweet and delicious gesture.