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Red Velvet Heart Cakes

As this cake is rather indulgent, it’s the perfect Valentine’s day treat. The gorgeous red colour is perfect for the occasion, with the added heart cake decorations which give it a nice touch. With a hint of chocolate and a big hit of smooth and rich cream cheese frosting, this is a truly delicious recipe you need to try very soon. This recipe makes six mini sponge cakes in total so there will be a few leftovers too!

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Time to make

Skill Level

Easy

Serves

6 people

Baking ingredients

  • 100 g butter
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 125 g self-raising flour
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp red food colouring
  • 2 eggs

Decorating ingredients

  • 50 g butter
  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 300 g icing sugar
  • Half tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

MAKING THE SPONGE:

Step 1

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and lay out your heart shaped cases onto a large baking tray.

Step 2

Measure out 100g of softened butter, 150g of caster sugar, 125g of self-raising flour, 25g of sifted cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of milk, 2 tablespoons of red food colouring and crack two eggs into a bowl. Mix together until all of the ingredients have combined.

Step 3

Evenly spoon the cake mix into each case and then bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

Step 4

Once cooled, remove the cakes from their cases. If any of the cakes are uneven, carefully slice a layer off the top (making sure to put the slices to one side for later).

MAKING THE FROSTING:

Step 5

Now it's time to assemble, transform and decorate your cakes! To make the cream cheese frosting, simply mix 50g of butter, 200g of cream cheese, 300g of sifted icing sugar and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract until smooth and creamy in consistency.

Step 6

Next, spread a generous amount of icing onto half of your cakes and then carefully place the remaining cakes on the top of each one. Using a teaspoon, spread the icing on the top of each cake.

Step 7

Lastly, sprinkle some of the extra red velvet cake and mini love hearts onto each cake to create the most amazing cakes, perfect for Valentine's Day.

Step 8

You could also use Ready to Roll Icing to create the heart decorations. Knead your shade of icing until pliable and roll out to desired thickness on a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar. Use a small heart shaped plunger cutter to cut your shapes out.