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From Pinterest to Real Life: Valentine's Day Heart Cake

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Wed & Thursday: Stress out about how complicated the cake looks and what if it turns out like crap? And I'm gonna have to write about it where the whole world can read it? And see the photos? And I don't even have 8-inch cake pans! (Which gave me a reason to finally buy the pans I've been wanting and needing forever AND making a trip to ABC Cake Decorating which is ALWAYS awesome.
Friday: Buy ingredients. Buy cake flour - don't try to use all-purpose. I like King Arthur's brand cause it's unbleached and I can pronounce all of the ingredients effortlessly. Not all cake flours are created alike.
Saturday: Make cakes! This isn't as crazy as it may seem. The white cakes come from a single recipe, so you're really only mixing things twice. Plus the frosting. I only had two 8 inch round pans so I baked them in two batches. It was fine. I used a plain 9x13 for the red velvet.
Sunday: Make the frosting and assemble/carve/photograph and EAT CAKE! You of course, should NOT eat this on Sunday, but save it for the big day next week.

Another tip: Definitely freeze the cakes before carving. It makes it so much easier to handle them. The original post suggests this. Also, it's ok if your cake isn't perfect. It's also ok if your heart looks more like a cat's head from certain angles. It's about the process, not the product. Or so I tell myself.

So there you have it. Valentine's Day Heart Cake. I hope you try it. And if you do, don't forget to add your best photo to your Pinterest board! Also, if you see something on Pinterest you dare not try, but want to see it in REAL LIFE, please let me know! Leave me a note in the comments section.

The full tutorial for the Heart Cake is here.

Here follows the white cake recipe I used. Adapted from 1-2-3-4 Cake by Alice Waters from The Art of Simple Food

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Laura Gill