Monday, February 2, 2009

A Valentine’s Day Gift Box of…

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Cake… Yes, cake.

The truffles…

Red Velvet Cake Ball Cake

The box…all cake!

Don’t believe me? Well keep reading and I’ll show you how to make this little Sweet Heart Cake.

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Cake Box Cake 1

  • First, you’ll need to grease and flour at least one heart-shaped cake pan. I used one that’s about 8″ wide and used a round cake pan for the rest of the batter.
  • Now, mix your ingredients and pour in the pans. (The Red Velvet Cake recipe I used made a cake that was really too greasy, so I’m not going to post it. But you can just as easily use any cake recipe or cake mix for this.)
  • Bake the cakes and let cool.
  • When cool, take a pencil and trace the shape of your cake onto wax paper.

Cake Box Cake 2

  • After you’ve outlined your cake, draw a second outline about .25 inch around the outside of the first heart shape. You can eyeball it.
  • Go back to your cake or cakes and level them by cutting off the tops with a long serrated knife.
  • Keep the excess. You can use it later.
  • Okay, now you’ll need some red fondant. You can tint fondant red yourself or take the easy way and buy it already colored. (It’s a real pain to tint fondant red and get the color you want, so I’m buying this stuff anytime I can help it.)

Cake Box Cake 3

  • Work on a clean dry surface and sprinkle a little cornstarch before you begin working with the fondant. If you don’t, it will start to stick to the surface. Work with just the amount you need and keep all the rest wrapped up tightly with plastic wrap. It dries out quickly.
  • Now use a rolling pin or fondant roller and roll it flat. You’ll need to roll it larger than your heart shape template.
  • With scissors, cut the wax paper along the outer edge of your heart shape to make the template. Then, gently hold the template in place on your fondant and use a toothpick to trace the heart shape.
  • Remove the wax paper and carefully cut out the shape with a knife. Use the toothpick marks as your guide.

Cake Box Cake 4

  • This piece of fondant is going to be the bottom of your cake box. Lay it on a plate, cake board or cake stand. I used a round cake board and a few doilies to place the fondant on. Now use a little of your frosting to coat a layer on the inner section of your fondant heart shape.
  • Place the cake on the fondant and center it. The frosting helps hold it in place.
  • Now, frost the top and smooth it out.
  • Go back to your wax paper template and cut out the inside heart shape. Use this new template for the top of the cake box. Roll and cut out another piece of fondant to use to cut out the heart for the top of the cake the same way you did for the bottom.

Cake Box Cake 5

  • Place the fondant heart shape on top of the cake so that it’s centered with the bottom layer of fondant. Frost the sides carefully. Make it as smooth as possible. Use a paper towel and gently remove any excess frosting that may get on the bottom edge or the top of the cake.
  • Now roll out a long strip of fondant.
  • Using a straight edge, cut the sides off so you have a long even piece of fondant. You’ll want the width of this piece be at least .25″ wider than the height of your cake so that it forms the sides of the box to hold the truffles.
  • Carefully, wrap the sides of the cake with this strip of fondant. Again, the frosting will help hold the fondant in place. The smoother your frosting is, the smoother the sides of your box will be.

    And, voila… Sweet Heart Candy Cake Box!

Now, you just need to fill it with truffles.

You can use the other cake and excess trimmings to crumble and make red velvet cake balls.
Read the original how-to for the Red Velvet Cake Balls.
(Keep in mind that this recipe used the entire cake for cake balls, so you will want to cut down on the amount of frosting you use to make them work. Start small and add more as you need it until the consistency is moist enough to mold and still hold it’s shape. )

Box of Cake

I just decorated these different ways with candy writers, heart sprinkles, nuts and drizzled candy melts. You can take this a step further by really making it an assorted box of chocolate. Go all out and make the cake balls with different cake flavors.

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Assorted Box of Cake

Red Velvet Cake Box

Here’s a pic of the inside just in case you still weren’t convinced.

Things you”ll need for this Sweet Heart Cake:
Red Velvet Cake
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe I used here)
Heart-shape cake pan
and one other cake pan
Wax paper
Pencil or pen
serrated knife
White fondant and red icing color or red fondant
Fondant Roller or rolling pin
Small knife
Mini brown candy cup liners
Candy melts
Candy writers, heart sprinkles, nuts

Kristine said...

That’s adorable! Always the cutest ideas here…

February 2, 2009 05:29 AM
dddiva said...

Amazing, simply beautiful.

February 2, 2009 05:34 AM
Megan said...

Holy Moly! You have outdone yourself again. So cute.

February 2, 2009 05:37 AM
S'mee said...

Impressive. This one really takes the cake! Thanks SO much for sharing this idea.

February 2, 2009 05:40 AM
bon-bon-bun said...

Aha! You are freaking brilliant, super, awesome! All three combined =]

Nice idea though, I could never have thought of that =| If only I had a valentine I could make one for. But I’ll give the red velvet cake balls a shot!

Have a good valentines =]

February 2, 2009 05:43 AM
Sara said...

pure genius!!

February 2, 2009 05:44 AM
Sara said...

Oh my goodness, that is the cutest thing EVER!

If I knew mine would turn out that cute I would try it. But I am completely confident that it would NOT turn out that cute, so I will stare and drool at yours!

February 2, 2009 05:45 AM
PaniniKathy said...

This has got to be the most impressive box of Valentine’s “chocolates” I’ve ever seen!

February 2, 2009 05:53 AM
Kristy said...

AHHH!! So cute! You are one incredible gal!

February 2, 2009 05:54 AM
LaDue & Crew said...

Oh that is gorgeous! Where do you get your ideas from?! I have been doing cakes for 24 years and am no where near 1/10th as creative as you! You never cease to amaze me!

February 2, 2009 05:57 AM
m?d?lina said...


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February 2, 2009 06:03 AM
m?d?lina said...


February 2, 2009 06:03 AM
m?d?lina said...


February 2, 2009 06:03 AM
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February 2, 2009 06:03 AM
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February 2, 2009 06:03 AM
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February 2, 2009 06:03 AM
Fernelius said...

I love your site you make things in the kitchen seem do-able Thanks

February 2, 2009 06:04 AM
Christina said...

you are amazing!!

February 2, 2009 06:08 AM
Bakerella said...

Kristine – That's sweet of you to say

dddiva – thanks

Megan – Hope I can keep it up

S'mee – you're welcome

bon-bon-bun – the cake balls are fun. I think you';; like them.

Sara – thanks!

Sara – don't knock yourself. I'm sure you could do a great job.

PaniniKathy – and homemade, too.

Kristy – thanks!

Blogger LaDue & Crew – thanks so much for the compliment. I wish I had your knowledge. 24 years … impressive.

madalina – :)

Fernelius – I'm glad you think so.

Christina – and you are sweet!

February 2, 2009 06:10 AM
Shawnee said...

Oh my gosh, Can I be your Valentine? I thought your most creative idea yet with the snowglobe but I think I’ve found a new favorite. WOW!

February 2, 2009 06:17 AM
madsonblueeyes said...

Totally sweet!

February 2, 2009 06:20 AM
Dianne said...


February 2, 2009 06:27 AM
apparentlyjessy said...

Oh Bakerella, you truly own my heart! Happy Valentines to you too!

February 2, 2009 06:42 AM
jordan said...

Oh… gosh. This has to be the prettiest, cutest food I have ever seen.

February 2, 2009 06:50 AM
Anthonette said...

Unbelievably SUPER idea! I love the way you think…edible candy box. We {heart} you, Bakerella!

Again…fantastic photograpy! We bought a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens a few months ago just because you said you used yours 99% of the time. Well worth such a tiny investment.

February 2, 2009 06:54 AM
Lisa Smiley said...

OMG! You are amazing! That is so beautiful and unbelievable. Great work. Stunning!

February 2, 2009 07:00 AM
janel said...

I could never eat those–what a work of art. But if I got started, I’m sure I’d have a hard time stopping!

February 2, 2009 07:17 AM
morgana said...

Mmmmmmm!!! So yummy.

And now I’m hungry again. I wonder why… ;-)

Thank you for all your amazing creations, you’re my inspiration.

February 2, 2009 07:52 AM
Kim said...

i’m absolutely speechless. this is such a great idea! and so unique! i LOVE it! i think i’ll have to do this for valentines day this year for my boyfriend. thanks bakerella!

February 2, 2009 08:28 AM
PokemonKrystal said...

why are you so creative? hahah
ahhh so many nice ideas
i feel inspired now

February 2, 2009 08:34 AM
Little Miss Cupcake said...

Once again, an inspired recipe! You are absolutely brilliant! This is a fantastic idea! Happy V Day!

February 2, 2009 08:50 AM
arundati said...

this is spectacular!!

February 2, 2009 09:03 AM
Gastrobask and Co. said...

You are awesom!!! how this ideas came up tou your mind! it is amazing! and so many thanks to be so generous to share this great idea with all of us.

February 2, 2009 09:04 AM
Sleepydumpling said...

Oh God, I think I am going to die from WANT!

February 2, 2009 09:06 AM
Bryt said...

how absolutely gorgeous!!! am loving it.

February 2, 2009 09:15 AM
Sweetlibertinecakes said...

Bakerella, once again you have inspired me! I posted this on Twitter and within no time had inspired someone else and before we knew it we were challenging each other to a cakeoff!

Would it be too much to ask for you to be the judge? All credit to go to your original design of course!

Sweet Libertine aka Tish

February 2, 2009 09:17 AM
AMIT said...

Good idea here.

BPO work from home

February 2, 2009 09:20 AM
Destini said...

This is the cutest V-day cake ever!!!

February 2, 2009 09:31 AM
Valerie said...

It is just amazing I can’t believe it !
CONGRATS ! It is so beautiful !

Valerie, Belgium

February 2, 2009 09:46 AM
Heidi said...

Awesome cake! It does look real. Just had a question about candy melts on cake balls. I tried making cake balls for the first time and my chocolate wasn’t smooth at all, just gunky. I’m not sure what I did wrong. Any suggestions for melting and dipping? Thanks.

February 2, 2009 09:46 AM
Nadja said...

Fantastic! Too bad that I can’t get all the stuff you have in the USA here in Sweden. I would have tried to bake you cake.

February 2, 2009 10:15 AM
Sleepless said...

OMG! you’re a genius!!

February 2, 2009 10:35 AM
Bianca said...

i think it might be less effort to give my man some loving on valentines! but credit where credit’s due, your cake looks amazing. you’re very talented!!!!

February 2, 2009 10:36 AM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

WOW!! Talk about a labor of love!

February 2, 2009 10:49 AM
Rhea - Experiencing Motherhood said...

so beautiful and amazing. You truly have a gift.

February 2, 2009 10:50 AM
Varun Gupta said...

Oh great!!! what a nice post on love. Thanks for providing such a nice article. Wish u Happy Valentine’s Day. It would be great if you elaborate it more. Your comment at my will also be appreciated

February 2, 2009 11:08 AM
karamelam said...

interest and diffucult. congrats!!

February 2, 2009 11:15 AM
Cindy said...

This is pure genius. I am in awe of your talent!
At first glance I thought, “Ok a box of chocolates.” Then I read on-I should have known it was so much more!
Thank you for the inspiration!

February 2, 2009 11:35 AM
Andrew's Mom said...

You are amazing. Freaking amazing.

February 2, 2009 11:44 AM
Sugar Diva said...

What a super awesome idea!!! I love it, as every single other thing you do!!! How do you come up with all these ideas?? You’re so creative.

February 2, 2009 11:54 AM
Anonymous said...

Wow! You are so fun!

February 2, 2009 11:57 AM
Gayle Rogers said...

You are truly amazing and creative

February 2, 2009 12:13 PM
hareandtortoise said...

Hi Bakerella,
I am new to your blog and have only scrolled through a few pages – I need more time to look carefully at all your great ideas! So far, everything has been so creative! Wow – can’t wait to keep reading!

February 2, 2009 12:22 PM
Chrissy said...

Wow this is great. I always look forward to Mondays to see what you have come up with over the weekend.

Have you ever thought of teaching a class? I live in Atlanta too. I have a group of moms that would love to have you come and teach us a technique as a fun evening out. For a fee of course!! ~Chrissy

February 2, 2009 12:24 PM
Us 4 said...

You are truly amazing and creative!! What will you think of next?! Love it!!

February 2, 2009 12:25 PM
Vanessa said...

Sesational, inspired, fabulous… words do not suffice to describe your talent!

February 2, 2009 12:26 PM
Jessica said...

What a GREAT idea!! How do you think of these things?!

February 2, 2009 12:30 PM
Jenna said...

Your creativity really blows me away. I haven’t yet attempted ANY of your creations, but someday I hope to get to this point. I actually hope someday I can take pictures as pretty as yours that are of desserts as pretty as yours. We will see.

February 2, 2009 12:33 PM
Ricki said...

I’m amazed you could bring yourself to cut into it. . . I’m sure I couldn’t do it, it’s so perfect! Stunning, gorgeous, exquisite. . . I’m out of superlatives!

February 2, 2009 12:34 PM
Missy said...

You are a cooking/baking creating genius! Beautiful!!!!

February 2, 2009 12:39 PM
Pieceful Bits said...

That’s so much better than a box of chocolates!

February 2, 2009 12:39 PM
Meg said...

Absolutely amazing!

February 2, 2009 12:40 PM
Susie said...

I love your instructions!! I feel like I could do this!

February 2, 2009 12:41 PM
Jenn said...

Amazing job. I am so impressed. What a great gift!

February 2, 2009 12:42 PM
Laurie said...

That is insanely gorgeous. I didn’t think it could get more creative then the Christmas snowglobe cupcakes, but it did.

You always bring a smile to my face.

February 2, 2009 12:42 PM
Renee said...

This is adorable! Out of curiosity, would you know how much this cake (and fondant) cost you to make? You don’t have to share, just wondering if I could afford to make more than one if I screwed them all up!

February 2, 2009 12:43 PM
landa said...

Oh Dear! That is so frikkin’ awesome.

February 2, 2009 12:45 PM
Aimée said...

Really original idea! The box is as impressive as the ‘truffles’.

February 2, 2009 12:45 PM
HomeBizLiz said...

Amazing!!! You are so unbelievably talented!!! I love your work!

February 2, 2009 12:47 PM
Helana said...

Super Duper cute! Bakerella you are brilliant!

February 2, 2009 12:51 PM
Heather said...

Amazing! Truly a labor of love for your sweetie. Thanks for posting this adorable cake!

February 2, 2009 01:07 PM
kim said...


are you being highly compensated for your abilities!?

February 2, 2009 01:07 PM
Darla said...

I love this idea! :)

February 2, 2009 01:11 PM
Leslie &amp; Erik said...

This is really such a cute idea!!! The ideas are endless with those cake balls!!! Thanks for sharing!!

February 2, 2009 01:11 PM
Knitnut,Karen said...

Hi, I’m Karen and I’m new to your blog,to which I’m completely in awh of the heart cake box!!! Thank-you so much for creating this blog! The cake box is very clever and looks delicious!

February 2, 2009 01:13 PM
Brenda said...

Oh my goodness! That is the coolest thing ever! What a fun idea!

February 2, 2009 01:13 PM
shelby said...

This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!!!

February 2, 2009 01:20 PM
Libby said...

Oh Bakerella – this is just too much. But in the best possible way. You are amazing!

February 2, 2009 01:20 PM
WishTrish said...

Oh, I want to try… I really think I might!

Thanks for such a fun idea!

February 2, 2009 01:23 PM
VeggieGirl said...


February 2, 2009 01:25 PM
Jennifer said...

I’ve always wondered how gourmet shops make these kinds of things? Just gorgeous!

February 2, 2009 01:37 PM
Nicole ( said...

You always amaze me, Bakerella! Wow!

February 2, 2009 01:42 PM
Anonymous said...

Martha Stewart eat your heart out.

I wish I had an IOTA of your talent. Good grief you are good!


February 2, 2009 01:48 PM
Baker's Cakes said...

Simply amazing!!!

February 2, 2009 01:55 PM
angelabarton said...

Oh heavens…what a delicious treat to make! YUMMY!!! Thanks for an adorable idea, I know mine, may not look quite as good as yours, but neato! Whose the lucky who gets to eat that cake?

February 2, 2009 01:57 PM
Tammy said...

This is the cutest idea ever. You are so creative! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas with us.

February 2, 2009 01:57 PM
Kate said...

Geez….you are such a showoff! ;) That’s so cute!!! Great job as usual, but you’ve sent me {the non-baker} into a deep depression over my lame-ness.

February 2, 2009 01:58 PM
sweetalmond said...

That is gorgeous!

February 2, 2009 02:00 PM
Marisa said...

So incredibly cute! I love it.

February 2, 2009 02:01 PM
Anonymous said...

You are absolutely amazing! Did you discover this talent by accident or did you just know?

February 2, 2009 02:11 PM
Isadora Herzog said...

Oh My God!! That’s gorgeous!!
A great idea. I just loved it!

February 2, 2009 02:11 PM
Loydene said...

You are AMAZING!

February 2, 2009 02:18 PM
Shaindel said...

OMG you’re amazing :D I thought it was a box..!!!!

xoxo from Venezuela

February 2, 2009 02:19 PM
The Chic Cakery said...

Shut up, Bakerella! You have outdone even your own cute-itude. Why do I always have an overwhelming urge to hug everything you make?

February 2, 2009 02:21 PM
bethasd said...

Truly inspirational! I am going to surprise my family with this one. You should piece together your photos with some video and put it on youtube to enter the Foodnetwork Valentine’s Day contest.

February 2, 2009 02:26 PM
Liesl said...

That is so adorable!!! And I love the cake balls!! I just made football ones this weekend for the Superbowl!

February 2, 2009 02:32 PM
Anonymous said...

Wow! What a wonderful Monday morning suprize! That is the most creative Valentines Day cake I have EVER SEEN! Whoever said to enter it in a contest is RIGHT!
Did you just use regular heart shaped cookie cutters for the cake balls?
Thanks again! I LOVE IT

February 2, 2009 02:35 PM
AmberW said...

Amazing as usual!

February 2, 2009 02:37 PM
sparkle said...

This is incredible. Wow. Looking at the cake and reading the recipe is almost as good as eating it.

February 2, 2009 02:37 PM
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