Surprise your loved ones this Valentine’s Day or make any day a little extra special with this Hidden Heart Cake. Start with a box cake mix and end up with this loaf cake topped with a buttery, powdered sugar glaze.
Have you ever tried making a hidden heart cake? Today we’re taking a classic boxed cake mix, your favorite brand and traditional cake ingredients from the back of the box and we’re turning it into a loaf cake with a hidden surprise inside. This easy cake idea is fun for not only for Valentine’s Day, but for birthdays and making any day of the year just a little more special.
If you’re looking for a cute Valentine’s Day cake idea, this hidden heart cake is just the fun surprise.
To make this cake you’ll whip up the batter to a box cake mix, following the directions on the back of the box. (Can you use a from-scratch cake mix? Yes, just be sure it is a cake mix that would fill a 9×13 pan or two round 9″ cake pans.)
Separate out 1 ½ cups of batter and color it to the color you’d like. Pink, purple, blue, yellow…your choice! Then pour the colored batter into a greased and floured 8″ square cake pan. Bake the colored batter for about 12 minutes or until the center of the cake springs back when you touch it. Allow the cake to cool and then use a 2″ heart shaped cookie cutter to cut as many hearts as you can from the colored cake.
One of the fun parts of this cake? You can eat the scraps from that pink cake. My kids love it when they get a few cake bites during baking!
After you have the hearts baked, cut out and cooled, it’s time to put together the cake. Grease and flour a 9×5 loaf pan. This will help the cake come out cleanly. Pour half of the white batter into the loaf pan. Then stand the hearts side-by-side down the center of the pan. Pour the rest of the of the white cake batter over the hearts carefully. The white batter will bake around the pink hearts, hiding them inside.
And by the way…wouldn’t this make a cute gender reveal cake? You could make the hearts blue instead of pink and surprise people with the news of a baby boy!
You can eat the cake plain if you’d like, but why not frost it with a melt in your mouth, buttery, powdered sugar frosting? You can make half a recipe if you’d just like a little layer. Tint the frosting pink or whatever color your loved one likes. We like to just leave it plain white so the heart in the center stands out.