Valentines Day Cake

by Kristi De Seve
(Satellite Beach, FL)

Hearts and Flowers

Hearts and Flowers

Hearts and Flowers

My Valentines Day Cake inspiration was my mom. My mom could not boil pasta correctly, but she could sure bake a cake. One of the prettiest cakes I remember her making was a heart-shaped cake with pink frosting and fresh strawberries lining the heart. Pretty, and pretty tasty!


Cake Decorating Class


So, I had a class coming up around Valentines Day for tiered cakes. I needed an idea for colors, and decorations. Unbelievably, it wasn't so obvious at first what my theme should be. Eventually, the ideas started to build. I decided pink, with hearts and roses - Valentines Day cake! It just hit me - LOL! I started drawing and this cake is nearly exact to what I drew out.

Tip #1 Planning


Which brings me to my very first helpful tip: PLANNING. Drawing out what you would like your cake to look like helps you determine everything from the colors you will use, number of flowers needed, to the amount of frosting you'll need.

You also may need tools or a certain amount of sugar. For instance, the night before class I found out I didn't have enough powdered sugar; and who feels like running to the store when you're covered in frosting?? I volunteered my son! Luckily, he accepted the mission, so I didn't have to self-destruct all over him...
Tip #2 A Baking Tip
The top tier is (2) 6" rounds of dark chocolate cake, and the bottom is (2) 10" rounds of french vanilla cake. The 10" rounds baked unevenly, so I had to torte (slicing the rounds in 1/2, giving you four layers, versus two) them, and build the height up with the extra frosting. Let me inject a second helpful tip: when baking your cakes, use a lower temperature like 325 or even 300. My 6" rounds were baked at 325 and came out PERFECT! I baked the 10" rounds at the same temperature and they were lop-sided. Next time I will try the larger pans at 300.

Helpful Tip #3 Make Extra Flowers


I made the roses out of pink tinted royal icing. Is it just me, or are royal icing roses easier to make? Make extra - helpful tip #3: you can store them after they have completely dried in an airtight container for months and use them for another project. I like that tip a lot! The same for the drop flowers. I needed 50 for this cake. Make extra!

Candy Hearts


I made the candy hearts out of a mix of gumpaste and fondant, using a small heart cutter. For the messages I used an edible marker. Since I was making this cake for my mother and her neighbors (she is a resident in a nursing facility) I looked up messages that they could relate to. One of the favorites I found, "Bee's Knees".

Tip #4 and #5 Decorating The Sides


One of my last worries was all of the pink frosting, pink hearts, pink roses, pink drop flowers...! First off, I am not that good at smoothing out the sides of butter cream frosting (I usually work with fondant cakes), so I used an icing sculpting tool (helpful tip #4) to get the look on the side of the cake. To tone down all the pink I looked through a cake decorating book for ideas (helpful tip #5) and found sotas lace (overlapping loops of frosting).

Helpful Tip #6


I used white butter cream with (helpful tip #6) about a 1/2 teaspoon of piping gel mixed in, and a number 2 piping tip. Smooth. All I had to do was squeeze the bag where I wanted the curly frosting to go, and the frosting and tip did most of the work. And, putting it all together was a breeze with my drawing nearby.

I really enjoyed making this cake for my mom. And I am STILL bouncing around the idea of starting my own business - it's only been 2 years since I started decorating cakes. But if it's your passion, you just gotta do it, right? Right!

You are so right Kristi! Great story with GREAT tips along the way and a BEAUTIFUL cake. Thank you for entering the contest.

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Feb 12, 2012
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Beautiful Valentine's Cake
by: Anonymous

by Debbie
This is truly one of the most beautiful cakes I've ever seen! The details in the flowers, and the "lace" make this cake just incredible! It looks like it should be in a magazine!! Great job, Kristi!!


Feb 13, 2012
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Gorgeous cake!!
by: Joy

Well done! A beautiful treat for the eyes!

Feb 13, 2012
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Just beautiful
by: sue russell

Well done Kristi!! Just beautiful!! Regards, Sue Russell.

Feb 13, 2012
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Beautiful
by: Julie Boehlke

What a beautiful and stunning cake! Great work!

Feb 13, 2012
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Beautiful
by: Elizabeth Harden

I love the color choice. Pink is perfect! The flowers look so delicate and I love the detailing. Great job Kristie.

Feb 13, 2012
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Romantic Cake
by: Anonymous

by Craig Laforte
What a fantastic looking cake. The entire package looks so romantic and lovely. I'm sure it would be a great hit for anyone to bring home to their Valentine!!!

Feb 14, 2012
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Gorgeous!
by: Yvonne Henrie-Maxwell

You definitely have a wonderful gift for cake decorating! I think opening your own shop would be a good idea!

Feb 14, 2012
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wow!!!!
by: julie

what a beautiful cake. she made cakes for me before....she does very good work!!!!!!!!!!! 5******

Feb 16, 2012
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BEAUTIFUL!
by: Charles A. Estel

I'd almost forgot about the original. Your's is much more beautiful. You have eye and the touch.
Bien Hecha!

Mar 08, 2012
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MMMMDT
by: Kyle

Fantastic cake! I would have gone for a slightly less hue of pink, but the way the floral patterns sprawl across the layers is really organic

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