Did you know that June is the 3rd most popular month for weddings?  Bet you will never guess what month is the most popular?  October takes number 1 spot!  That surprises me a lot – does it surprise you?  Are you wondering why I am chatting so much about weddings?  Well this month on the Virtual Book Club we read “Father of the Bride”.  If you haven’t read it or seen one of the three movies made about it, it is about Stanley Banks and his daughter, Kay is getting married.  Stanley believes weddings should be simple affairs but Kay and her mom have other plans.  Stanley nearly loses it when he hears that the wedding cake is going to cost $1200!  Well, Stanley I would be surprised too, so for my food inspiration for this novel I am making a pretty heart-shaped two-layer cake for two.  This cake definitely won’t break the bank either!

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The Virtual Book Club consists of myself and three other bloggers who once a month read a book and then we create a home decor piece inspiration and then a culinary inspiration.  For the decor inspo, I created a “Sweetheart table” – just click this link to view.  At the end of this post, I will share links to their posts and I hope you will check them out!

Sweetheart table with white linens, gold accent decor and large white chandelier with white wisteria hanging from it

So let’s get started.

INGREDIENTS FOR HEART-SHAPED CAKE

  • Cake box mix of your liking and whatever it calls for such as water/milk, eggs and oil
  • Butter, vegetable oil, cooking spray or other nonstick spray
  • Whipped cream or Cool Whip
  • Strawberries
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutters
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Heart-shaped pan
  • Hand mixer
Ingredients for heart shaped cake

​BAKING AND CUTTING THE CAKE

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Put the cake mix along with all other ingredients required by the cake mix in a large bowl.  Mix the cake batter with an electric mixer at a medium speed for 2 minutes.  Pour into a greased 9×13 rectangle pan.  You can use butter, vegetable oil or cooking spray to grease the pan.  I prefer butter.  Bake as instructed.  Let cool.

When the cake is cool, place the cookie cutter on the top left corner and gently push the cookie cutter down slightly.  Do not push the whole way down as you will cause the cake to crack.  Using a sharp knife, cut around the cookie cutter.  Slide a flipper underneath and gently slide out and place on a plate.  Move from left to right and then work your way down the cake to get as many heart shapes as you can out of the whole cake.  I did one upright heart, then one upside down tight to the previous heart to get as many as I could.

Heart shaped cookie cutter on top of cake
Heart shaped cakes on a plate

If you would prefer to have a larger cake, you could use a heart-shaped mold or a heart-shaped cake pan to bake the cake in.

ICING THE CAKE

On a small pretty plate, place one of the hearts.  Ice the top of the cake with whipped cream or Cool Whip.  Place another heart on top.  Push a bamboo skewer through the two cakes.  I found this necessary as the whipped cream is quite slippery so this kept them from sliding apart.  Now ice the top of the cake with whipped cream and then down the sides.  Set in the fridge.

Placing a bamboo skewer thru two layers of cakes to hold in place

PREPARING THE STRAWBERRIES

Wash the strawberries thoroughly with cold water.  Remove stems.

With a sharp knife, cut a V in the top of the strawberry so that the strawberry now resembles a heart from the side.

Place the strawberry on its tip on a cutting board, and cut thin slices so that the heart shape shows.

Cutting a strawberry into a heart shape
Strawberries cut into heart shapes
Strawberries cut into heart shapes

GARNISH THE CAKE

Place the heart-shaped strawberries around the base of the cake.  Then place two heart-shaped strawberries on top to represent the couple.

Heart shaped cake with strawberries as garnish

ENJOY!!!

Look how pretty it turned out and this has to be the most easy heart-shaped cake!

Heart shaped cake with strawberries as garnish

OTHER OPTIONS

You could always use a different cake mix such as decadent red velvet cake, pink velvet cake, white cake, strawberry cake, dark chocolate cake, or whatever flavor of cake you prefer.  Options for the icing are buttercream frosting, cream cheese frosting, or regular white or pink frosting.  It is really up to you and whatever works with your wedding color theme.  You could also get fancy and use a piping bag to frost the cake more intricately.

INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE-DIPPED STRAWBERRIES

  • Strawberries
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • Parchment paper
  • Bamboo skewers

Wash the strawberries thoroughly.  Remove stems.  Pat dry with paper towel.  

Place two cups of dark chocolate chips in a small bowl and microwave for approximately 1 minute.  Stir to make sure melted and all chips are creamy.

Cup with chocolate chips
Melted dark chocolate in cup
Dipping strawberry in dark chocolate

Insert bamboo skewer into the bottom of the strawberry and then dip the top of the heart of the strawberry 1/3 to 1/2 the depth of the strawberry into the dark chocolate.

Place parchment paper on a plate and then placed chocolate-dipped strawberries on top.  Place in fridge to cool.

Dark chocolate dipped strawberry on a bamboo skewer

Enjoy!

Mini heart shaped cake with heart shaped strawberries dipped in dark chocolate with lake in the background

LOOKING FOR SOME MORE IDEAS FOR A WEDDING?

Recently my daughter Jenna got engaged and we had a beautiful engagement party for her.  She has beautiful taste and her theme was white and airy.  The desserts she chose were strawberries dipped in white chocolate, simple vanilla wafer cookies dipped in white chocolate and heart-shaped rice crispy squares dipped partially in white chocolate.

Engagement party desserts all dipped in white chocolate

All of these desserts would be a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s day, anniversaries, or any other special occasion where you want to show your love.

Next let’s see what the rest of the ladies are cooking up!

Virtual book club bloggers

Click on the titles below the photos for a link to their post.

Cindy, Reinvented Delaware

Lynn, Living Large in a Small House

Erin, Erin Evolving

Rice and chicken dish by Reinvented Delaware
Hot dog with chips
Three cheese mac and cheese

Thank you!

As always, I appreciate your support and thank you for sticking around to the end.

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4 Comments
  • Erin
    July 1, 2023

    What a sweet idea for a wedding, engagement or Valentine’s Day. I love how you garnished the heart-shaped cake with heart-shaped strawberries. The desserts for Jenna’s engagement party are beautiful, too! So elegant!

    • Crystal
      July 1, 2023

      Thanks so much Erin!

  • Cindy
    July 18, 2023

    This is the sweetest cake! No pun intended 🙂 Seriously, I love the strawberries cut as hearts. Thanks for the inspiration, Crystal!

    • Crystal
      July 18, 2023

      Awww thanks Cindy – yes those heart strawberries really made the cake extra special.