Isn’t this Sweetheart Surprise Valentines Day cake fun? It’s not nearly as difficult as I expected, either! My daughters and I had a blast putting it together. Make it for your office or that class party and I’m sure everyone will love the “surprise” inside! Once you do this the first time you’ll be dreaming up all kinds of fun things to put inside!
I saw this idea for the first time in the book, Peek-a-boo Cakes: 28 fun cakes with a surprise inside! You can pick it up at Amazon for under $10, and the photos will show you exactly what you’re making.
Joanna makes everything from scratch, and I can’t wait to try her recipes, but this time I used a mix. No judging. We’re all busy!
Sweetheart Surprise Valentines Day Cake
4 standard Strawberry or Red Velvet round cakes (If using a mix, you’ll need 2 boxes)
White Icing for 4 round cakes (If using canned, you’ll need 3)
Large bag of Valentine conversation hearts
Make cakes and let cool. If possible, bake cakes the day before as they are less crumbly when the texture has firmed up.
Cut out the centers of two of the cake layers using a 3 ½ inch round metal cutter, or place a small bowl or coffee cup about that size upside down and cut around it. Be sure to keep the knife vertical.
Carefully lift out the centers of the cakes. (Make a mini cake with these for dessert or freeze for another time. (Cakes freeze really well.)
Place one of the whole cakes on a platter and spread the top and edges with icing.
Place one of the ring cakes on top.
Spread the top and edges of this cake with icing.
Place the second ring cake on top.
Completely fill the center of the cakes with conversation hearts.
Spread the top and edges with icing.
Place the remaining cake on top.
Spread icing on the top and sides of the cake, filling in any areas between cakes.
That wasn’t too difficult, was it? My daughter wants me to make a Sweetheart Surprise Valentines Day cake for her one of her college classes! I’m so excited about all the other possibilities, too. What would you fill the cake with? Share in the comments below!