Once baby and I got Pops off to school…(actually, he drove the morning bus route, if I remember right, which meant he left the house early. Real early. He had a 60 mile route to make and that required early hours. You read that right…60 miles, including numerous pasture gates, most of which were locked.) we had a morning in which to change diapers, eat Apple Jacks, wash diapers (yes, you read that right…wash diapers, as in the washing machine and then dried in the dryer. Unless it was a nice day and then they were hung outside on the clothesline. This was the pre-disposable diaper era people. Ancient history.)
Usually, the Today show was on…we got one channel and NBC was it. Sad, but true. It was followed by the Dinah Shore show.
This particular day, a lady was Dinah’s guest who said you could make a heart shaped cake out of a sheet cake. That got my attention. And she gave her recipe for buttercream icing. Baby was happy in his highchair eating cereal so I grabbed a pencil and paper and took notes. From that point, I was hooked. Wilton owned me, body and soul.
By suppertime, I had a heart-shaped cake decorated and ready to serve to Big Boss. No, it didn’t take me all day to make the cake! Well, maybe it did. I had a baby to tend to so it very well could have taken an full day. Scary thought!
So here’s the cake. It’s simple. It’s quick. It’s cute. It’s versatile.
Get out your favorite cake recipe, whether it’s from scratch or a box cake. Mix according to directions.
Pour batter into a 9×12 cake pan that has been sprayed with baking spray (or apply shortening with a paper towel to the sides and bottom. Sprinkle flour over the shortening and shake the flour around to distribute evenly. Tap out the extra flour.) Cut out waxed paper or parchement paper to fit the bottom of the pan. Place over the shortening/flour. This will help the cake release in ONE PIECE!!
Bake according to directions.
Let it cool for about 15 mins. after removing from the oven.
Flip the cake pan and rack over, holding onto the cake pan.
Let cool. Peel off the wax or parchment paper slowly.
Set the cake in the freezer for one hour or so. Do NOT skip this part!!! Freezing the cake makes it much easier to handle and to frost.
You now have a 6″ square and 2-6″ half-circles.
Place the square on a cake plate or board diagonally. Place the straight edge of one half circle on one side of the square and the other half on the other side. And there you have it!! A heart!
To hold the half circles to the square, take some frosting and apply to the 2 straight edges. Push together and you’re ready to frost the cake with your favorite icing.
Don’t worry about getting the frosting smooth. You can take a piece of cardstock and cut one side with some pinking shears. Rack it around the edges of the cake to give it a “ribbed” effect, thus hiding imperfections.
I promise this is EASY. You can use your favorite frosting or use canned. Don’t overthink it. Don’t panic. YOU CAN DO THIS!! There’s no right or wrong way to decorate it. Use your imagination. Check out Pinterest for ideas. Go to Cake Central for inspiration.
Cake! We want CAKE!!