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

Stephanie said...

That is one of the cutest cakes I’ve ever seen! Absolutely adorable!!!

February 2, 2009 02:41 PM
Suzyhomemaker said...

You never cease to amaze me with your talent! This is amazing!

February 2, 2009 02:42 PM
Feener said...

that is stunning !!!

February 2, 2009 02:46 PM
Nanette said...

Wow, that is amazing!

February 2, 2009 02:46 PM
Lindsey Poulos said...

That is adorable! I don’t know if I will ever get around to actually making it, but it did try the cupcake pops this week. And I have to say…you have made me a rock star! Everyone loves them! I made sure to give credit where credit is due, so you may see a lot more hits on your blog! Thanks so much for sharing!

February 2, 2009 02:55 PM
AmyG said...

Wow… you are so amazing! I love this idea.

February 2, 2009 02:55 PM
Cheryl said...

Are there any houses for sale on your street?

February 2, 2009 02:57 PM
Shephalli said...

OMG! You have the greatest imagination! I love this!

February 2, 2009 03:15 PM
Jill said...

This is such a great idea and so cute! After all that work though, I don’t know if I’d want anyone to touch it! :)

February 2, 2009 03:16 PM
Nicoleigh said...

That is awesome! What a great idea. Now to get a heart shaped pan…

February 2, 2009 03:17 PM
Anonymous said...

When are you are coming out with your book? Or when are you going to teach classes?

February 2, 2009 03:22 PM
Claire said...

Wow, you crazy talented girl…awesome as usual!!

February 2, 2009 03:26 PM
Erin Cookmeyer said...

I love this cake!!! I wish I didn’t have such a problem with using fondant. I just love how it looks.

February 2, 2009 03:28 PM
Peggy said...

Amazing,you do beautiful work!

February 2, 2009 03:33 PM
Susie said...

You are so creative! That is so adorable not to mention delish. But then again it looks too pretty to eat!

February 2, 2009 03:43 PM
Mike Steph Brooklyn and Carter said...

Oh my goodness have you got some talent, that is awesome! How do you get your chocolate so smooth on the cake balls? Mine never looks that smooth!

February 2, 2009 04:01 PM
Alicia said...

I am absolutely, continually amazed with your creations. Wonderful!

February 2, 2009 04:06 PM
Cake Thoughts said...

Wow! You are full of great ideas Bakerella! Thanks for sharing this great idea and Happy Valentines :)
Sandee – Cake THoughts

February 2, 2009 04:09 PM
Christina Coghill said...

WOWZEE!!!!! You are the Greatest!! Now to get over to the store and get some red fondant, I must make one of these for my family this Valentines day!

February 2, 2009 04:11 PM
Bea said...

You never cease to amaze me!! This is beautiful… hope you are thinking of writing a book, in the meantime, thank you for sharing your beautiful work…

February 2, 2009 04:12 PM
L said...

HOLY COW!!!! I am so impressed!

February 2, 2009 04:17 PM
Jennywenny said...

That is just adorable! What kind of fondant do you use?

February 2, 2009 04:22 PM
Ashley M said...

I love you. lol

February 2, 2009 04:26 PM
Dionne said...

Oh my goodness! This looks delicious and adorable. I don’t know if I should eat it of frame it!

February 2, 2009 04:30 PM
Anonymous said...

hey hey… why aren’t you raffling THIS off?!!!
yummmm yummmm!!!

February 2, 2009 04:36 PM
My Sweet & Saucy said...

You come up with the best ideas! Fabulous!

February 2, 2009 04:42 PM
The Gomes Family said...

Fantastic, as always fantastic.

February 2, 2009 05:17 PM
danceNknit said...

Wow, that looks good.

February 2, 2009 05:21 PM
Grace said...

absolutely phenomenal. not only would this never have occurred to me to do, but neither am i convinced that i’m capable of doing it. bravo, and bravo. :)

February 2, 2009 05:28 PM
Kristen said...

Cutest idea EVER! I love it.

February 2, 2009 05:31 PM
Megan said...

VERY creative! Love it. :)

February 2, 2009 05:43 PM
Anonymous said...

I am disappointed…I thought the truffle paper would be edible. tee hee hee

Looks Great!

February 2, 2009 05:45 PM
Capree said...


I’m pretty much speechless.

February 2, 2009 05:59 PM
Pattie said...

Wow… this is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!

February 2, 2009 06:02 PM
Anonymous said...

I love all of your ideas! I’d planned on making “cake truffles” myself for Valentines, but I’m cheating, I’m using candy molds.

February 2, 2009 06:04 PM
joyceandnorm said...

Wow! That’s all I have to say.

February 2, 2009 06:10 PM
Karen said...

Wow, that is just beautiful! You’d never know it wasn’t a box of truffles!

February 2, 2009 06:12 PM
Tehmi said...

That is the greatest thing ever! The red velvet cake balls are the biggest hit, every where I take them they are gone within moments! I love the heart shaped box! Thanks for all the terrific ideas yet again!

February 2, 2009 06:19 PM
Lisa said...

unbelievable! i was totally shocked when I realized it was actually a cake and fondant box…wow!

just when i thought i had seen it all.

February 2, 2009 06:21 PM
Aphrodine said...

…… Wow.

There’s good, and then there’s “I could never possibly achieve that level of perfection” good.

February 2, 2009 06:22 PM
Lisa said...


February 2, 2009 06:43 PM
cancer mommy said...

Good Lord! That is amazing!! I don’t think I could eat it after all that work.

February 2, 2009 06:44 PM
Seanna Lea said...

That’s a really great idea! I might have to work on that and pre-make the truffle portion (I work at a chocolate shop during Valentine’s week, so I will definitely not have time to do it all at once!).

February 2, 2009 06:45 PM
Mama Bear (Angie) said...

That is JUST gorgeous! You have such amazing talent.

February 2, 2009 06:46 PM
Meg said...

What an unique idea! I love it!!! Thanks!

February 2, 2009 06:46 PM
mommaof4wife2r said...

seriously adorable…and i want to get this as a gift so i can eat it up. any chance hubs will make the cake for me??

February 2, 2009 06:51 PM
Candes said...

Wow your talent never stops! I love the idea.

February 2, 2009 06:53 PM
Anonymous said...

I just recently discovered your site. This is beautiful! I am inspired!

February 2, 2009 06:54 PM
Sharon said...

Wow, those are so adorable and beautiful!

February 2, 2009 06:54 PM
Lindsey said...

I love, love, love it! While I am not ambitious enough to make the cake box, I might have to make cake balls for valentine’s day.

February 2, 2009 07:29 PM
Anonymous said...

That’s amazing! Wow!

February 2, 2009 07:38 PM
152 said...

WOW this is AMAZING! So, so creative, I just love it. I’ll be lining.

February 2, 2009 07:39 PM
karmiclaw said...

Oh my gosh — you are amazing! You just keep outdoing yourself with each new creation! You are so creative and such an inspiration!!!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

February 2, 2009 07:44 PM
duodishes said...

Never fail to impress!

February 2, 2009 07:46 PM
..Karen.. said...

That is awesome! I was waiting to see what you’d come up with for Valentine’s Day, and you’ve outdone yourself!

February 2, 2009 07:57 PM
Tiffany said...

You are incredible. Who would have thought to make a “box” out of cake?

February 2, 2009 08:11 PM
Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

I seriously LOVE your blog and I check it every day to see if you have put anything new up each day. I don’t know if your into this fun stuff, but I’ve awarded you with the Kreativ Blogger Award. Please visit my blog for the details.
Hugs and keep up the great work!

February 2, 2009 08:23 PM
Michelle said...

that is gorgeous, you are amazing.

February 2, 2009 08:25 PM
JenLen said...

Ya know, I am begining to think there isn’t anything that you CAN’T do!!! :-) As always……beautiful and inventive! Thanks for sharing!

February 2, 2009 08:37 PM
Tuulia said...

Omg. :D You have to be some sort of a cake genious to come up with an idea like this. It looks absolutely adorable. ^^

February 2, 2009 08:45 PM
Miss Muffin said...

This looks so delicious!!!

February 2, 2009 08:48 PM
Rena said...

This is such a cute idea. I was looking for a way to spice up the heart shaped cake I was already going to make for my boyfriend. This looks like such a fun project to do! Thanks!! =D

February 2, 2009 08:55 PM
bettyagnes said...

How in the world do you keep topping yourself?! Simply amazing. You need your own TV show or magazine or network or SOMETHING. :) LOVE IT.

February 2, 2009 09:01 PM
Sara D. said...

Bakerella, you are my hero. So cute. I am just beginning to play with fondant and have a question for you…so, the first cake I made was small and I leveled it with a serrated knife. However, when I then applied my frosting (not the fondant, but the buttercream layer), the cake began to crumble into it, leaving my icing layer really bumpy. What am I doing wrong? Is it the cake, the type of icing, or an icing technique I’m unfamiliar with? Any insight would be appreciated!

February 2, 2009 09:10 PM
Misha said...

Wow, that is beautiful!
I have to try making the cake balls. They look so good.

February 2, 2009 09:25 PM
Laura said...

I am always stunned by the things you come up with…as always, Bravo — it looks amazing.

February 2, 2009 09:27 PM
Lisa said...

OMG! I love it! So original and cute. I will try this for Valentines

February 2, 2009 09:59 PM
greetingarts said...

You are just so amazing. And generous to post this how-to. And you’re a stupendous photographer, to boot! Thanks for such gorgeousness.

February 2, 2009 10:01 PM
Pink Sock Monkey said...

Dear Bakerella,

Pink Monkey is amazed at your skill and can’t decide between wanting to keep your cakes forever because they’re so pretty or eat them right away because they look so delicious.

She thinks it’s best to get two of every one of your creations. That way she can keep one forever and eat the other one right away.


February 2, 2009 10:48 PM
Erin said...

What a beautiful cake! I definitely want to make it!

February 2, 2009 11:09 PM
Carol said...

This is absolutely a work of art! Too pretty to eat! Thanks so much for sharing.

February 2, 2009 11:19 PM
PINK POPPY said...

Wondering when the creative juices were going to hit again….sooooo adorable…..yet another amazing creation by you…and so perfect…….
Happy Valentines Day~

February 2, 2009 11:21 PM
christy said...

love. it! Awesome.

I made my first red velvet cake (mix) this weekend & it was a HUGE hit! My lil' dude ate 5 or 6 cupcakes himself.

February 2, 2009 11:27 PM
vaneblu said...

WOW, this is just WOW!

February 2, 2009 11:29 PM
Jen said...

I cannot think of a word to describe your brilliance! YOu deserve every award in my book!

February 2, 2009 11:46 PM
Cathy said...

That’s awesome! I almost missed your post because your full posts don’t show up on in google reader. Luckily someone posted it on the nest.

February 2, 2009 11:50 PM
Michelle M. said...

That is incredible! What a great idea!!

February 2, 2009 11:56 PM
Anonymous said...

Will you PLEASE give these away??!!??!!

to me!! :)

This is WONDERFUL!!!

February 3, 2009 12:39 AM
Sarah said...

Sorry, blogger malfunction. I said:

Will you PLEASE give these away??!!??!!

to me!! :))

February 3, 2009 12:40 AM
suzy said...

You are just so clever!!!!!
Keep it Sweet,

February 3, 2009 12:43 AM
The Other Tiger said...

Wow, that’s so cool and clever! Too bad they don’t make candy cups out of rice wafer paper or something…then you could eat the whole thing. ;-)

February 3, 2009 12:43 AM
echo , said...

oh my goodness, that is the cutest thing !
its better than the martha stewart box thats hand made, haha :D
well ihope you post more blogs cause ihave no idea what to do for valentines day! keep up with the good ideas bakerella !! :)

February 3, 2009 12:47 AM
Aimee said...

I think im going to have to make this for my husband for valentines! Red Velvet is his Favorite and he LOVED the red velvet cake balls. You come up with the most wonderful ideas!

February 3, 2009 01:00 AM
Nathalie said...

WOW! WOW! and re-WOW!

February 3, 2009 01:01 AM
lyzzie said...

Hi. that´s adorable your work is wonderful thanks for your mns

lyzzie form monclova,coahuila.mexico

February 3, 2009 01:08 AM
StuffCooksWant said...

When I first saw this post, and read that it was all cake, I thought “There is no way.”, but yes, you did it. So amazing. I’m already planning how I can make this for Val. Day for the family…the kids would totally freak…and that is, after all, my main goal! GREAT inspiration! Thank you!

February 3, 2009 01:24 AM
Scale Junkie said...

WOW I’m glad I didn’t stroll in here hungry! That looks amazing

February 3, 2009 01:28 AM
Mary Duffek said...

I stumbled upon your blog…and fell in love!!! I am so going to make the cupcake pops…you are an amazing talented woman! Thanks for sharing your awesome talent! Many Blessings!!!

February 3, 2009 01:36 AM
vanessa said...

this looks so amazing and delicious! once I pick my jaw up off the floor, I’m going to give this a try!

February 3, 2009 01:40 AM
the b-line said...

Oh, so yummy! This is a wonderful idea. Love how you sliced the “box” in the last shot!

February 3, 2009 01:55 AM
MommyAmy said...

Wow! Sweets for your sweets! :)

February 3, 2009 02:00 AM
kae said...

i so love it!! oh my gosh you are so creative. :)

February 3, 2009 02:11 AM
Cassandra said...

I love this!

February 3, 2009 02:17 AM
rissaroe said...

Wow- that is impressive.

February 3, 2009 02:32 AM
Calm In The Kitchen said...

This is A-FREAKIN-AMAZING! You blew me away with the snowglobe, and now this? Seriously, this is a gift. You ROCK.

Thank you for sharing your steps. Once agai, I am inspired to try it out!

;) amy

February 3, 2009 02:33 AM
Julia said...

I’m hoping to make this as a valentine’s day gift for my significant other since it is just too perfect! However, I only have time to make it on Tuesday the 10th, but won’t see him until Friday the 13th (I’ll give it to him early, who cares!). Will the cake box and balls be able to last 3 days? Should I refrigerate them? If I do refrigerate them, will they not be as good? Sorry for all of the questions, I’m just super excited to start making this!

February 3, 2009 02:46 AM
The Golf Widow said...

That’s crazy! I was impressed with just the truffles the box is amazing.

February 3, 2009 03:12 AM
Carla Queen said...

This is my go-to site for yummies for all holidays! (And.. tuesdays.. and fridays…)

February 3, 2009 03:15 AM
baked in alaska said...

well i have been trying to think of an idea of what to give the kids school teachers…how great will those be…thank you for not only inspiring be willing to let us copy.

February 3, 2009 03:30 AM
cookienurse said...

You have a great talent!!
Please consider a book soon!!

February 3, 2009 03:35 AM
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