Impress the one that you love with a homemade and hand decorated Valentine’s Day Cake. Forget about spending your hard earned cash at the grocery store or bakery, make it by yourself!
Of course you’ll want the cake in the shape of a heart. There are three ways to accomplish this. Number 1 is to bake the cake in a heart shaped pan. For those who do not have such a pan, you can carve the heart from a round cake. Merely, place a heart template onto the cake and cut out the shape with a serrated bread knife. The third way is to just draw a large heart shape on the top of a round cake. You’ll need a pastry bag to accomplish this.
The grocery stores will sell a cake batter mix. The mixes that they advertise are of pretty good quality. A box of mix which can make one medium sized cake will cost you about $1.50. I know for a fact that many bakeries use the same mix that you just purchased off the supermarket shelf, in their own bakeries. They just happen to buy in bulk, usually in 25 to 50 pound bags. The bakers might also doctor the mix up a bit, by adding together a touch of flavor, using more eggs, or oil, and so on. Bakers commonly buy their ingredients from bulk food service distributors although they buy the cake decorations from specialty companies.
Follow the instructions off of the box when baking your masterpiece. Let the cake cool down. Now the fun begins, time to decorate it!
You do not need to be an artist to make the cake look grand. Ice the cake with your sweetheart’s preferred frosting. I do not particularly enjoy the frosting that the supermarkets advertise. It does not taste good and is too stiff to work with. So here’s another great suggestion. Buy the icing from a Cake decorating supply company. These companies buy professional grade frosting. They are packed in small containers and can be sold to do-it-yourself-ers.
It is up to your own resourcefulness to do the rest. If you think you can use a pastry bag, buy a small one, and put some tinted icing (hopefully you will use red or pink) in it. Then write something on the cake that has meaning to your sweetheart. Rather then just use the old “Happy Valentine’s Day” wording, be creative. Here are some hints: “Be My Valentine” “Be Mine” “Hot Stuff” “Te Amo” “Hugs and Kisses” “You’re so Sweet” and so on. I’ve also seen people put a favorite candy onto the cake. Candy Making Supply stores also sell candy molds. Go ahead make your own candy too, its easy!