Dessert / Holidays



This Valentine’s Day, you’re going to fall madly in love… with this pretty pink cake idea by our exclusive contributor, Tessa of Style Sweet The little ombre hearts make neat decorations that your friends (or just that special someone) will eat up! Here’s what Tessa has to say about her heart cake:

“Not everything for Valentine’s Day needs to be all pink and hearts, but sometimes it’s just the perfect look!  And when it’s designed with a modern twist, why not? This cake was created with mini ombre pink hearts and a chic cake topper. Using either a clean buttercream or fondant iced cake, this design is fairly simple to put together. This Valentine’s Day cake is perfect for children or to celebrate with friends.”




–1 iced cake
–Gel pink food color
–Mini heat cutter
–White fondant
–Rolling pin
–Corn starch for dusting
–Craft or pairing knife
–Fine paint brush
–1 bamboo skewer
–Wire cutters or serrated knife



1. Starting with a ping-pong ball-sized piece of white fondant, color fondant to the darkest shade of pink you’d like to use.

2. Roll out fondant to about 1/4″ – 1/8″ thick.

3. Cut out about 22-25 mini hearts.

4. Gather scrap fondant, and add white to make the next lightest color.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you have about 22-25 mini hearts of each shade of pink.

6. Using a bit of water, gum glue, or sticking straight on the cake (if using buttercream), carefully align hearts vertically in an ombre effect.

7. For even spacing, start by placing one heart on the bottom, then top, middle, and then in between.

8. Continue around, starting with the next darkest color each time, and so on.

NOTE: The key to this design is just to keep clean and straight.  Try lining up points and dips of the hearts to create the vertical lines.



1. For the cake topper, rolled out desired shade of pink to about 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick.

2. Using a cookie cutter or template, cut out a medium heart.

3. Dip bamboo skewer in water or gum glue, and carefully insert into the base of the heart.  Gently wiggle the skewer up, making sure not to wrinkle the front surface of the heart.

4. Roll out a strip of white fondant for the banner.  Trim edges to make sure they are straight.

5. With a very fine paint brush, paint on message with gel food color.

6. Trim edges after the message is complete to make sure it is centered.

7. Adhere to the heart and let dry 4 hours or overnight.

8. Once dry, trim skewer with a wire cutter or serrated knife before inserting into the cake.


What treats will you be making for your favorite valentines this year?

Design inspired by Wild Orchid Baking Co.


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