How to Decorate a Heart-Shaped Cake

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How to Decorate a Heart-Shaped Cake
Fresh fruit is a decoration option for heart-shaped cakes. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A heart-shaped cake can add an extra touch of sweetness to a special occasion such as an anniversary, Valentine's Day or an engagement party. A heart-shaped cake is more suitable to have during these events instead of your average round, rectangular or square cake. After you have allowed a heart-shaped cake to cool after baking, there are several ways to transform it into a cake that you will be proud to show off.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Icing
  • Cake spatula
  • Decorating tips
  • Piping bag
  • Toothpick
  • Cake decorations (Colored sanding sugar, edible pearls, tiny heart shaped candy sprinkles or edible glitter)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Icing sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Flaked coconut
  • Fondant

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    Frost the cake with typical Valentine colours such as pink, red, white or lavender. Frost the cake by placing a large dollop of icing on top of the cake. Use a narrow cake spatula to spread the frosting evenly on the top, then move down toward the sides.

  2. 2

    Use a round decorating tip and icing to create a border of beads around the shape of the heart. Or, use the tip to create a small heart in the centre of the heart shape and make several other hearts around the small heart so they get larger as you work your way out. Or, make a border of small hearts around the heart shape.

  3. 3

    Decorate the cake with cake decorations such as coloured sanding sugar, edible pearls, tiny heart-shaped candy sprinkles or edible glitter. A border of chocolate candies can also work. Another option is to use two chocolate candy hearts and place them on one side of the heart or stick two heart-shaped lollipops into the top of the heart.

  4. 4

    Top the cake with fresh fruit such as strawberries, kiwi slices, blueberries or raspberries if the recipient loves fresh fruit. Some options include a border of fruit around the heart, fruit at the top of the heart, or some pieces of fruit in a cluster in the centre of the heart.

  5. 5

    Sprinkle icing sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon or flaked coconut on the cake.

  6. 6

    Use fondant to make decorations. Fondant bows, roses and flowers on the top and bottom of the heart are suitable. Two medium-sized fondant hearts paired together in the centre of the cake is another option.

  7. 7

    Write a message on the top of the cake with icing, using a small piping bag and the round decorating tip. If you're nervous about writing the message in icing, write the message with a toothpick so the lines serve as a guide as you pipe the icing. Some possible messages include "I Love You," "Happy Anniversary," "Happy Valentine's Day," "Love" or "Be Mine."

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