I'll include a few tips to help you avoid a potential fail in this "do as I say, not as I did" post.
Check out this cute cake...
Isn't that cute? Red velvet cake hearts that are revealed when you slice into a white cake.
Here's what you need: (NOTE: I'm not a "from scratch" baker, so I used all box mixes and premade frostings, feel free to make your own if you'd like)
* box of white cake mix
* box of red velvet cake mix
* eggs, water, oil, etc. to make cakes
* loaf pan
* heart cookie cutters
* frosting (not pictured)
Here's what to do:
1. Check the size of your heart cookie cutter and make sure it's small enough to fit into your pan. (This was my first potential problem when I realized my cutter was too big and I had to run to Target to get a set with a smaller heart.)
2. Bake your red velvet cakes in the loaf pan. I made two of them because I had plenty of batter. Allow your cakes to cool.
NOTE: After re-reading the initial recipe (after I was done), I realized they recommended refrigerating the cakes for a little while. I think this will help the cake hold it's shape better when cut.
3. Cut your cake into slices and then use the cookie cutter to cut out the heart shape.
NOTE: I think thicker slices held their shape better than the thinner ones I did in this photo. Make your slices about the same thickness as the cookie cutter.
4. Put a little bit of your white cake batter in the loaf pan, then arrange the heart slices down the center. Pour the remaining batter along the sides and top of the row of hearts.
NOTE: Here's where things got a little tricky and I thought the whole thing would be a fail. Because I was trying to balance the hearts on their points (versus the wider base of the pumpkin in the inspiration recipe), they tended to tip over and the thinner slices started to split down the center. Then, I had enough white cake batter to cover the hearts in one loaf pan but not the second. Therefore, I'd definitely recommend making thicker slices of the red velvet and refrigerating them to firm them up. I'd also either use two boxes of white cake mix or make only one hidden heart cake and use the extra batter to make a smaller cake.
However, I forged ahead and baked the lumpy, half-covered cakes and hoped for the best.
As you can see, they're lumpy because I didn't have quite enough white cake batter for two, but it was nothing a little frosting couldn't cover.
Make your slices with a sharp knife and check out the fun little heart in the middle...
With the changes I made above in the notes, I'd definitely do this again. You could do all sorts of different variations with shapes and colors using different cookie cutters and/or food coloring.
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