Chocolate Hearts Cake for Valentine's Day
Hi everybody! I had the best time today working on this Valentine's Day cake tutorial with simple chocolate hearts! Lots of them!
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How to Make a Chocolate Hearts Cake
The idea for this cake is really very simple. I started with a "plain jane" cake...just a 6" round frosted in vanilla buttercream with a quick ball border (tip 12). Then, we are going to cover the top with loads of vertically placed candy coating hearts!
Melting the Candy Coating
The fun part came when it was time to melt the chocolate! For this project, I used chocolate candy coating . Here's a picture of my melted red candy melts, bright white merckens candy coating, and some chocolate "bark" coating.
Any variety of candy coating or melts would work with this cake. This is just what I had on hand.
Melt the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl, in small increments until the coating is almost melted. Then stir until smooth. This will help to prevent overheating the candy coating.
Tinting the Candy Melts
We did not need to tint our Candy Melts, since we used pre-colored. However, if you need to tint your candy coating, use an oil based candy color. This will prevent seizing. (There are several options out there, including Wilton and Americolor).
You may want to consider the shade of your candy coating vs. the shade of your buttercream.
For instance, if your candy coating is a bright white and your vanilla buttercream is off white (or vice versa) you may be happier with either chocolate frosting or pink frosting for a nicer contrast.
My candy coating and frosting were the same shade of white and so it worked well.
Piping the Hearts
Next, I spooned my melted chocolate into piping bags fitted with a tip 3. You could also just snip the end off of your parchment cones, but I feel like I have more control when using a piping tip. I piped many, many hearts with "stems" onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
I kept my bowls of melted chocolate in a warming drawer so that they wouldn't set before I had a chance to use them. You could also just melt one bowl at a time as needed.
You can put your cookie sheets (chocolate hearts and all) into a freezer for a few minutes to set. After doing this, I decided it would be fun to fill some of my open hearts with contrasting colors of chocolate. Then a put in the freezer for a few more minutes until they had set.
Time to Decorate!
After the hearts have set....the fun begins! I let the other hearts continue to chill as I pulled out a few at a time to place onto the cake.
More hearts, please....
Can you ever have too many hearts on a cake? I don't think so...... :0)
Hooray! It's a heart explosion! This cake makes me smile. We hope that you'll give it a try!
The little chocolate hearts would be adorable as cupcake toppers too! Make this cake for a few of your favorite people this Valentine's Day...or any day!
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