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How to Decorate a Heart-Shaped Cake

Learn how to decorate a heart-shaped cake from professional pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse in this Howcast cake decorating video.


Hi, I'm Katie, and I'm going to show you today how to decorate a very cute little chocolate heart shaped cake.

I'm starting with my cake that's already baked. I just have one layer. You could do multi-layered if you like. And I have some chocolate frosting. Depending on what occasion you're making this for you could definitely do vanilla. You could use fondant. Here I'm just going all the way with chocolate, and I'm going to cover my cake.

You can see I put a large dollop of frosting right on the top. I'm working with my small offset spatula. I really want to make sure that I'm following the shape especially when you're working with a cake that's a very specific kind of size and shape. You want to make sure that it's shown. I'm just working down the sides. You can see, now that I've spread the frosting all over, I'm just pushing down my sides to cover them. This little offset spatula is very handy.

When I get around to the back you can see I'm just making sure that I really go in and out to keep the shape of my heart. Now we can get into smoothing it out. Normally I would take a bench scraper just to clean up everything. Right now I'm just going to keep going with my offset. I'm just going to move around and very gently pull towards myself and take off a little bit of that frosting just to smooth things out a bit. Get to the other side and pull towards me.

I like to leave the top of my cake a little more rustic looking. You can even do a little bit of a swooshing design. It's kind of very cute, and, if you want to, go back around and just clean it up once more. Very easy way to cover your heart shaped cake.

Now, design wise, you can see how cute it is already. I'm going to keep it nice and simple. Here I have some little candy colored balls, and I'm just going to go around and do a little heart shape. Then we'll make it into a little Valentine. Maybe I'll write Be Mine right in the middle. Keep it really cute and simple, because on Valentine's Day you want to be spending it with the ones you love not necessarily decorating a cake all day.

Now that I have my little balls everywhere I'm just going to write a little Valentine right in the middle, maybe a little Love or Be Mine. I'm just letting my frosting fall.

A really cute and easy heart shaped cake for Valentine's Day.

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