Tomorrow is my husbands 35th birthday. I always get happy when his birthdays get close because for that one month that separates us our birth dates, I have to hear about how I am “two years” older than him. No matter how much “younger” he is then I am (which my daughter finds weird), he is the light of my life and I love him dearly. So hot off the heels of the July 4th “Star Inside” cupcakes that everyone loved, I wanted to make a cake with a little “love inside” just for him.
Of course he will be out of town for his birthday so this one was just a trial run.
After I was done making this cake I put a picture on my personal Facebook account and had a friend remark that it would make a great “Gender Reveal” cake, so I am throwing that out here as well. You could make the heart any color you wish and reveal to your family which sex you are having! Either way, its a fun cake that is sure to surprise everyone that cuts it open!
This cake does require a bit of prep. You will need to make a cake ahead of time for your “inside” portion. I like to cut to the chase and use boxed cake but in reality you could use any recipe you had. The cake also needs to be 100% completely cooled since you will need to cut shapes out, so you cannot make this last minute. I made my strawberry cake for the heart the day before actually. If its not cooled, it could fall apart when you cut it up.
Before you ask- nope, the cake wasn’t the slightest bit dry before or after baking a second a time. I use one of the super moist cake box mixes and not sure if that makes all the difference but the consistency in the heart and the rest of the newly baked cake was identical.
“A Little Love Inside” DIY Gender Reveal Cake
(or birthday or whatever you are celebrating cake)
You will need
- 2 boxes of cake (more if the pan you are using is larger than average!)
- bundt cake pan
- heart cookie cutter
- parchment paper
First make your “love inside” cake and let cool completely. This is the cake you will be cutting up. The darker the color the better. I let Charlotte bake mine (It’s a strawberry cake) the day before I wanted to bake the final cake.
Once the cake is cooled, I took my sheet cake and cut it in half leaving me with two shorter cakes and laid them on parchment paper. This doubles the amount of cake you will have for the inside. Now you cut your cake with a heart cookie cutter.
TIP: Originally I used a larger cookie cutter than the sides of my bundt cake pan and had to go back and re-cut hearts, so make sure you check the sizing by placing your cookie cutter inside the pan and making sure the walls do not touch.
Now mix your second cake and pour just a bit around the inside of the bundt cake pan. Place your hearts upside down back to back around the entire cake. You place them upside down because a bundt cake is upside down so when its baked and right side up, your hearts will face the right way.
Bake! Once cooled, frost, cut and REVEAL!
You may be wondering what the other colors are in the cake- I made a confetti cake to go around the heart because it was for a birthday. In the future to make the heart stand out more, I would probably test a chocolate cake or stark white one.
The best part is you look like a pro when in fact its really super easy. Do not forget to pin me for later!