February 3, 2016

Don’t let your eyes fool you. This Valentine’s Day project might look like a box of candies. And…well, it does contain candies. But it isn’t a box.

The heart shaped box itself is a RED VELVET CAKE. (Take a look at the photo below for a revealing view of the cake inside.) And the edge of the box is crafted from Fruit by the Foot. In fact, the entire project is edible! Even the paper wrappers are made out of chocolate!!

Heart Valentines Day Cake-sliced

How did we do it?

Divide the batter for a red velvet cake between a 9 inch square baking pan and a 9 inch round baking pan. Bake according to the recipe and let cool completely.

To create the heart shape:

Place the square cake on the lower portion of a large serving platter, positioned like a diamond. Next, cut the round cake in half, crosswise. Place one half of the round cake flat against each of the upper sides of the diamond, cut side against the diamond, using vanilla frosting to secure. Give the entire cake a crumb coating of frosting and place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes to firm up.

To create the chocolate paper wrappers:

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place chocolate melting wafers in a microwaveable bowl and heat for 10 seconds. Stop to stir. Heat for another 10 seconds and stir. Continue until all of the lumps are melted and the chocolate candy is smooth, about 30 to 40 seconds total. Using mini muffin liners as a mold, coat the inside of about 36 liners with chocolate to cover completely (you may want to make extra in case of breakage). Place each coated liner on the prepared baking sheet. Pinch about a dozen of the coated liners together to create the crumpled paper wrappers. Place the chocolate coated wrappers in the refrigerator to set, about 5 minutes.

To create the red edging around the heart:

Using red Fruit by the Foot, unroll one entire roll and bring the two ends together and fold it in half crosswise. Press the two side together to make a thicker strip of candy that is half the original length (if your candy is not sticky enough to hold, use a drop of water or two to make the two sides adhere). Repeat with three more rolls of Fruit by the Foot. (You may have a bit more than you need but you can trim it to fit later.)

Once chilled, frost the top of the heart with vanilla frosting, and smooth. Starting at the top of the heart shape in the center, press one strip of the red fruit roll against the side of the cake, pressing it into the frosting to secure, and work your way around the upper curve of the heart. At the end of the first strip, continue adding the next strip of fruit roll to the side. Repeat with the remaining fruit rolls to create the band around the heart shaped box. Trim the end of the last strip to meet where you started the first piece. Add a row of red Starburst Mini Chews all around the outside of the band.

To add the finishing touches:

Carefully remove the chilled chocolate wrappers from the paper liners, and place them in the heart shaped box and to the side of the box. Fill the chocolate wrappers with an assortment of red and pink candies.

And there you have it.  Of course, don’t forget to add lots of loving care.

Happy Valentine’s Day,

Alan and Karen

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