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Heart-Shaped Cake

This easy hack utilizes a square and round cake pan, as well as our absolute favorite red velvet cake recipe. If you're in a hurry, boxed cake mix works just as well! Don't sleep on the cream cheese frosting though, it makes everything 1000x better.

Rather not bake two cakes? Get a heart shaped cake pan instead!

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Yields: 16 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 25 mins
Total Time: 2 hours 0 mins
For the cake

Cooking spray

1 c.

(2 sticks) butter, softened

1 c.

granulated sugar


large eggs

1 tsp.

pure vanilla extract

2 1/2 c.

all-purpose flour

1/4 c.

Dutch-processed cocoa powder

1 tsp.

baking soda

1 tsp.

kosher salt

1 c.


2 tsp.

distilled white vinegar

2 tbsp.

red food coloring

For cream cheese frosting

(8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened

4 tbsp.

butter, softened

4 1/4 c.

powdered sugar

1 tsp.

pure vanilla extract

Pinch kosher salt

Colorful sprinkles, for serving (optional) 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line one 8" round cake pan and one 8" square cake pan with parchment paper. Grease both with cooking spray. In a large bowl using a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then add vanilla.
  2. In another large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add half the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, beating until just combined. Add buttermilk, vinegar, and red food coloring, beating to combine. Add remaining dry ingredients.
  3. Divide batter between prepared cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make frosting: In a large bowl using a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and salt and mix until combined.
  5. Cut round cake down the center, then place cut sides on 2 adjacent sides of the square cake. Frost entirely with cream cheese frosting. If using, garnish with sprinkles and serve.
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