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Make a Valentine Cake Without a Heart Pan
Over the years, I have taken cake decorating classes, sampled cakes from numerous bake shops and friends and made my share of holiday cakes for the family.
I have dedicated my writings to recipes and reviews of commercial bake shops and their products. That's not to say that my writings and reviews are accurate for all because they are my personal opinions and have nothing to do with other people's preferences.
At a recent function, I was reminded by a neighbor from years past that my youngest son bragged to all his friends that I made the best decorated cakes. I thanked her for remembering my lost skill since I haven't decorated a cake in many years.
I have tried to give my audience a fair evaluation of the different shops in my area as well as a guide to finding specialty pastries and cakes.
Let's Bake the cake
Whether you use a boxed cake mix or a from scratch recipe, the whole secret to making a good cake is being sure to prepare the pans properly so that your cake doesn't come apart because it is sticking to the bottom of the pan.
You need to prepare the pans with a good layer of margarine or something like Pam. My mother didn't rely just on spreading the bottom of the pan with margarine. she cut pieces of wax paper to the size of the bottom of the pans. She then laid the wax paper in the pan making sure there were no creases.
Preparing Your Pans
You only coat the bottom of the pan so that the cake will rise eveniy in the pans.Once you have your cake mixed and the pans coated with margarine and lined with was paper, pour half of your batter into each of your pans.
Bake the cake at 350° for approximately 25-30 minutes. Use a cake tester to make sure that the cake is done and comes out clean.
Let the cake rest for about 5 minutes and then run a thin knife along the edges of each pan. You can then turn them out onto cake racks.
Peel the was paper from the bottom of each cake. Once the cake have cooled completely,
use a piece of dental floss to cut the round cake in half. Place the square cake on a piece of sturdy cardboard in a diamond pattern.
Place the round cake halves
Place each of the round cake halves along one of the upper sides of the square diamond.
If any of your layers are uneven you can also cut away the uneven portion with your dental floss.
Icing your cake
After your cake is completely cooled and you have the your icing ready, you start by icing the sides of your cake first. Then you drop mounds of icing on each of the pieces and smooth the icing over the top.
A warm glass of water can be used to get the icing tool ready to smooth out the icing. The heat will make the icing more pliable.
decorating with candies and colored sugar
use cinnamon candies
coat icing with sprinkled sugar over a cut out pattern