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valentine's day heart-shaped cake.

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

bake + shape a valentine's/galentine's day heart cake using magnolia's bakery birthday cake recipe | by Meghan 2/09/23

You all know I love to bake - no holiday is complete without a celebratory cake from scratch!

For galentine's brunch w. my high school crew (NHS 2011 is our group chat name) I wanted to try out the trending heart-shaped cake.

I used our 9x9" square pan + a 9" circular cake pan.

I've been playing around with my own cake + frosting recipes but my go-to vanilla cake recipe at the moment is @magnoliabakery's vanilla birthday cake w. buttercream frosting.

It measured out perfectly for our heart-shaped cake. You can find the complete recipe here.

My tips:

  1. Don't be afraid to use your kitchen gadgets! I love using my hand mixer + different spatulas to craft the perfect consistency. I always say that I mix with love - and it's true.. the mixing impacts your consistency big time!

  2. Print the recipe out, turn the music up, put the phone down + be present in the moment. Baking is so rewarding this way.

  3. Invest in an oven thermometer - trust me this confirms that you're always baking at the proper temperature. Consistency is everything!

  4. Don't cheap out on bad vanilla - our go-to favorite that is reasonably priced is the @traderjoes pure bourbon vanilla extract.

  5. This particular cake recipe yields quite a lot of cake - so be prepared to share! If you're not feeling the heart shape - you'll need three cake pans as it's a three-layer cake recipe.

Be well + treat yo self, Meghan

Photos captured by: @lucid.ladybug

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