Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine's Heart Box

Tell someone special that you love them this Valentine's Day with a delicious treat, a Valentine's Heart Box Cake.  It's remarkably easy to do.  Let me show you.
First, you're gonna need a heart cookie cutter.  Measure around the cutter to find the circumference.  As you can see in the photos, my cake was approximately 3" across.  The circumference was about 10 1/2 inches.  Roll out some modeling chocolate and cut a rectangle that is the length of your cutter's circumference and the height of your choice.  Mine was about 2 1/2 inches by 10 1/2 inches.

For the cake I used a vanilla cake that I cut horizontally into two 1/2 inch layers.  Use the heart cutter to cut out a heart of cake.  Place one layer of cake on the serving dish or cake board and wrap the chocolate rectangle around it.
Next I put in a layer of chocolate filling, a second layer of cake, and a second layer of chocolate filling. 
For the lid I used the same cutter but cut around the top of the cutter that is a little larger.  Depending on the thickness of your first rectangle, you might want to cut the lid heart even larger than the cutter, but you can still use the cutter as a guide.  I actually wanted my lid to sit askew so if it didn't fit perfectly that was just fine.
Make a long strip of modeling chocolate that is about 1/2 inch wide and about 12 inches long.
Carefully bend the long strip to fit the shape of the heart cut out.  Trim as necessary.  I used a little buttercream to "glue" the pieces together.  A matching color would be nice here but then you wouldn't be able to see it in the photo.  If you plan to open and close the box(like if you hid a little present inside!) then I would use a matching color of royal icing.  I didn't plan to move mine about so the buttercream was sufficient.
I topped mine off with a white chocolate rose.
Here's a look at the inside, yum!

Personal side note:  Now do you mind if I get nosy?  Do you have romantic plans for Valentine's Day?  Do you give fabulous gifts to your spouse, or plan a night on the town?  I'm terribly curious husband and I never do anything for Valentine's Day.  It's really kind of a mutual agreement.  I like to make Valentine's treats because they are fun and pretty, but my family eating said treats is really the extent of our hooplah.  Why did I have to tell you that?  I don't know.  I guess I just had to fess up so I didn't feel like a Valentine fraud.  I feel better now.

Happy Valentine's Day!