February 12, 2013

Candy Heart Carrot Cake for Two

For the cake: 

4 eggs
2 cups of sugar
1 cup oil
2/3 of a cup applesauce
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp each: baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3 cups grated carrot.

Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on medium speed for one minute or until everything is combined.  Pour batter into to greased and floured eight-inch cake pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Trim the tops of the cakes to make them flat in the center.

Cut a heart out of construction paper and use it as a guide to cut your cakes into heart shapes.

Save the pieces you cut off and use them in place of bread in a baked french toast recipe or a bread pudding!  Or just feed them to the hoards of suddenly-famished children that have eagerly and curiously collected at your feet.

Slice each heart into two layers to make a total of four layers.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 8oz package of cream cheese
2 TBSP butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups icing sugar
 a dash of pink food colouring

Combine ingredients in a stand mixer and whip on high  for a couple minutes until smooth.

Construct cake with cream cheese icing between each layer. Place cake in the fridge for an hour so that the icing can firm up a little.

Print your candy heart sentiment from your computer and cut the letters out with a craft knife. Use a sans-serif font and all capitals to mimic the look of  a candy heart.

Place your stencil on the cake and press down softly.

Add some blue or teal food colouring to a small amount of pink icing and spread a thin layer of blue or purple icing over your stencil.

Carefully lift your stencil...

 Phew, it worked!

Place in the fridge to share with somebody you love on Valentine's Day!

Our super romantic Valentine's Day plan is to put the kids to bed, light candles, play Carcassonne, and eat cake.  What are you doing for Valentine's Day?


  1. Wow, this looks great! Lovely and yummy...

  2. It looks great! :)

  3. I love the idea of using a stencil for the frosted words.

    It's our first valentines day as a married couple and I have no idea what we're doing. >.<

  4. What a fun idea! We'll do this instead of buying a million candy hearts :-)

  5. I love your blog! I get so excited when i see a post from you in my facebook newsfeed. You should have a "pin it" button! :)

    1. Hi! Pinterest lets you install a "pin it" button to your browser so that you can pin from any blog. Also, I pin many of my own projects to a board called "my own projects" so you can follow me on pintrest and repin my projects that way :) Thanks! http://pinterest.com/kellyhomemaker/

    2. I just started following you!

  6. This is adorable! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Love it and your instructions : especially the bit about sharing the off-cuts with the hoard of children that seem to mysteriously congregate in the vicinity of cake baking. I had this issue many moons ago. I'd have to bake multiple batches of things because the first batch would mysteriously disappear from the cooling rack before the next batch was ready. Cupcakes invariably never were iced!
    Here's to a wonderful Valentine's Day for you and your beloved.

  8. Oooh! So cute! I love carrot cake! Here's my post on what I did with my cake scraps after making my mini heart cakes. (ok I let the kids have a FEW of them ;) )
    Thanks for sharing this! Claire

  9. So cute and simple! I love it!

  10. Oh dear. I hate valentines day, it's a dreadful invention.

  11. Wow, it is a nice cake. I should have to visit your blog before the Valentine’s Day. I missed it.

  12. Oh yum. It is too late to do for Vday, but I will def. be making that cake sometime!

  13. Will you be my mom?

  14. It is a mouth watering cake recipe. I am looking forward to try this cake for my son’s birthday. Also I can show how much I care for him by adding a heart touching quote.


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