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

-Julie said...

WOW is all I can say!

February 3, 2009 03:46 AM
Anonymous said...

You inspire me! What an amazing mind you have! Kudos!

February 3, 2009 04:06 AM
Holly said...

That is amazing!

February 3, 2009 04:32 AM
Jenna Lewis Cox said...

so so so awesome! beautiful dahling!

February 3, 2009 04:46 AM
Bakerella said...

Wow, so many comments. I don’t know how I can keep up.
You guys always say the nicest things. I am so happy you liked this post. I had a huge smile when I was putting it together, so I’m glad you like it as much as I do.

Sweetlibertinecakes – Sure, I’ll be your judge.

Heidi – I have the best results with Kroger brand melts for the chocolate. But read the thread for the red velvet cake balls. I think I answered your questions in those comments.

Chrissy – I have thought about it. Actually, the Cook’s Warehouse invited me to teach a class last year, but I’m a little shy.

Ricki – It was difficult, but I thought you guys might want to see the inside.

Susie – Sre you can.

Renee – I don’t, but you can get a box of white fondant for about $7 and a big tub like in the pics for about $14.

kim – I wish!

Anonymous – By accident I guess. I was inspired by a cake decorating class.

bethasd – thanks for the heads up. I think I will.

Lindsey Poulos – Thanks Lindsey

Cheryl – yes

Anonymous – slowly.

Mike Steph Brooklyn and Carter – See the red velvet cake ball post comments. I believe there’s some answers in there.

Jennywenny – the brand in the photo is satin ice. But, I also use wilton.

Anonymous – well, how much would you pay :)

Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster – Thanks Nancy

Sara D. – You should turn the cake upside down, so the side that was cut is face down. That way, the bottom and sides will be a smooth surface to frost your crumb coat.

Do a thin layer first that covers the cake. It can have some crumbs in it. Put it in the fridge for a few minutes for the frosting to harden. Then go back over it with your decorative frosting. It will be easier.

greetingarts – thanks thanks thanks

Pink Sock Monkey – Bakerella thanks Pink Sock Monkey

PINK POPPY – the juices are always flowing. It’s the day job that gets in the way.

The Other Tiger – Dang… I could have made chocolate cups though. Maybe next time.

Julia – The cake balls will definitely last. You won’t even have to refrigerate them. I haven’t done too much testing with shelf life of fondant covered cakes, but I think it will be fine. If your worried, place it in the fridge.

Carla Queen – Awesome!

February 3, 2009 05:07 AM
jenn said...

that is so fabulous. i’ve never worked with fondant but after reading this post, i have the crazy idea that even i could do this! at least it’s inspired me enough to give it a try. if i mess it all up? the kids will enjoy helping me get rid of the yummy evidence. :O)

February 3, 2009 05:22 AM
Sue Sparks said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!

February 3, 2009 05:33 AM
Kristy Cefalo said...

I have to do this for V-Day. You are amazing.

February 3, 2009 06:25 AM
SugarBeaters said...

I have to agree and second every comment left so far! Bakerella I am envious of your talent and creativity. I just cannot seem to get my recreations of your bakings as clean as yours, and that makes all the difference!

February 3, 2009 06:27 AM
Anonymous said...

OMG, you’re just AMAZING!!!!!!

February 3, 2009 08:00 AM
Natalie... said...

Wow this is such a good idea!! You are one amazing baker!

February 3, 2009 10:28 AM
Elin said...

Oh WOW! Wow, wow, wow! I am so impressed. You are a true artist!

February 3, 2009 10:50 AM
Anonymous said...

What a wonderfully creative idea.

Can you share what font you used for the words on the graphic where it says ‘Sweet Heart?’

Thank you!

February 3, 2009 11:39 AM
Mathi said...



February 3, 2009 12:08 PM
Jen said...

Please move to Augusta and be my best friend!

February 3, 2009 02:02 PM
Anonymous said...

I’m just speechless…temporarily.
This site is so much fun. I’m actually awake at night thinking of cake pops. I’ve not even tried them, yet, but create things out of them in my head.

February 3, 2009 03:49 PM
Maria said...

You are simply the best! My idol!
Gonna get some more courage and time soon to try your recipe:-)!
Best regards/ Maria

February 3, 2009 03:49 PM
Angie said...

You are simply amazing! You should have your own show on TV!

February 3, 2009 04:01 PM
sassypriscilla said...

You rule.

February 3, 2009 04:01 PM
Claudia said...

Congratulations, it seems wonderful.

February 3, 2009 04:09 PM
B36Kitchen said...

This is one of the most amazing cakes I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing how you made it.

February 3, 2009 04:15 PM
Pattty Treviño said...

Soooooo Cute :) !!!

February 3, 2009 04:37 PM

Please tell me what it would take for you to come live with me and provide me these goodies on a daily basis. Include with your details how I would apply to be a contestant on the Biggest Loser. My Lord! Back to my unsatisfying Diet Pepsi.

February 3, 2009 05:22 PM
Yummy in my tummy said...

What a great idea! I will now have to add a heart cake pan to my collection! I am going to add red coloring to my fondant. I hope it turns out nice and red as yours, but I suppose it would look just as cute if it were pink. Thanks for instructions=)

February 3, 2009 05:32 PM
Colleen said...

Gorgeous! How do you come up with these fantastic ideas?!

February 3, 2009 06:38 PM
Pam said...

You INSPIRE me!!! I tried the cake pops this weekend – I posted them on my blog. It was great fun. I need a little more practice, but my friends loved them. Thank you so much for your generosity – not too many people would share their secrets the way you do!

February 3, 2009 06:51 PM
Pam said...

How about teaching some classes! Come to Newnan!!!!

February 3, 2009 06:52 PM
Carlita said...

oh my goodness! that looks so difficult, but the result is amazing! absolutely well done.

February 3, 2009 07:00 PM
Manda said...

Wow, this is absolutely adorable!
I have never been so in the mood for Valentine’s Day.

Now to find a valentine…

February 3, 2009 07:40 PM
Jenny said...

I can’t even tell you how beautiful this is! You are such an inspiration!

By the way…I made your little footballs from the oreo truffle recipe…and they were such a hit! Everyone raved about them and they were gone in no time! What a fantastic idea…and so easy!

February 3, 2009 07:44 PM
Matin said...

genious or what?? You should have your own TV show by now:-)
Love it:-)


February 3, 2009 07:48 PM
Christie said...

Wow. That’s all I can say. I’m in awe. Wow!

February 3, 2009 07:55 PM
Ilina said...

Move over Chef Duff!

February 3, 2009 08:02 PM
mnheather said...

you are amazing!

February 3, 2009 08:51 PM
Marta (Dutrey) said...

Un saludo desde España, desde aquí ¡también te visitamos!

Seguiré estudiando inglés para poder leerte mejor…




February 3, 2009 09:05 PM
LolliCakes said...

WOW!!! That’s it, just WOW!!!

February 3, 2009 09:32 PM
Melissa said...

this is the most incredible cake I’ve ever seen. Oh my god…

February 3, 2009 09:57 PM
Angela said...

this is just fantastic, I especially love t he broken heart!

And as always, you are briliant!

February 3, 2009 10:13 PM
Tanya said...

You are so talented!

February 3, 2009 10:37 PM
Ski said...

OMG! You are amazing! I’m a new viewer of Bakerella and every time I come here I am speechless. The box is incredible. Now if someone at my house would just do it! :)

February 3, 2009 11:11 PM
Lien said...

This is so awesome! I wanna try it out once I get a chance. Have you thought of entering this for the Ace of Cakes contest? It would be wonderful if you could show this off. Thanks again for the great ideas! :3

February 4, 2009 12:54 AM
Susan (fivegreatkiddos) said...

Ace Of Cakes has got nothin’ on you girl.
I absolutely love your blog, but can I say that everytime I see all these amazing things you do I feel like I don’t have an ounce of talent because I could never do what you do.
Yes, we are all blessed in different ways and we all have our special talents, but God has been particularly good to you.
Hats off to you Miss Angie.

February 4, 2009 01:01 AM
Sabrina said...

So, stinkin’ cool. You are amazing.

February 4, 2009 01:01 AM
Jen said...

Wow! You have totally outdone yourself. I am just in awe of the fact that a) you thought of this, b) you actually did it and c) pulled it off exquisitely.

February 4, 2009 01:05 AM
creatureofcraft said...

Hi there, your ideas always make me want to see more! Beautiful, beautiful work… I posted on it in my new blog:

Keep up the great work,
Jenny (CreatureOfCraft)

February 4, 2009 02:25 AM
racheld said...

Perfectly lovely!!

Where do you begin/end the wrap of the long strip—top center or bottom point? Any tips for smoothing after?

This is just amazing. Of course.

February 4, 2009 03:04 AM
How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Bakerella is a cake genius :P

February 4, 2009 04:01 AM
Bakerella said...

Everyone … thanks so much again for your comments. I won’t be able to fit my head through the door.

jenn – Sure you can do it

Anonymous – Estilo Script from

Jen – funny

MAYBELLINE – funnier

Yummy in my tummy – red can be hard to color. But it will give your arms a good workout.

Colleen – My mom actually thought up this one.

Pam – I’m glad you appreciate it.

Pam – That could be fun

Jenny – I bet the boys were impressed

Ski – welcome to the blog

Lien – I think I’m going to

Susan (fivegreatkiddos) – that is so sweet of you

racheld – begin top center. wrap around left side all the way until it meets back at top center. I just used my hands to smooth.

February 4, 2009 05:23 AM
doreent88 said...

Thanks for such a original idea! I made mine tonight, check out at

Where do you find your inspirations? Thanks for inspiring me.

February 4, 2009 09:00 AM
Nikki said...

Wow what an excellent idea! Thanks bakerella!

February 4, 2009 12:36 PM
Hannah said...

wow! that’s really cute, i like how you make using fondant look really easy. i’m still too scared to try it out!

February 4, 2009 12:46 PM
Karen Cupcake said...

Aaaagh! Now I want to make the box!
And if you saw our thanksgiving turkey cake balls you would know that this would be a huge mistake on my part! hahahah!

So gorgeous! You are so clever!

February 4, 2009 01:17 PM
Tanya said...

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I am always so excited to see a new post. Lovely work!

February 4, 2009 01:21 PM
La Table De Nana said...

This is just gorgeous..Inside out!

February 4, 2009 02:47 PM
Janelle Anderson said...

Your patience is mind boggling! Beautiful work!!!

February 4, 2009 03:36 PM
Jen said...

Your creativity leaves me green with envy! I love it – I think I just got an awesome gift to send for valentines day, if that’s okay with you?!

February 4, 2009 04:26 PM
Abby said...

I’m going to leave a comment even though I know you’ll never find it waaaay down here: AMAZING.

February 4, 2009 04:41 PM
Cakespy said...

I think you know I’d take these any day over a box of Russell Stover! In fact, I’d even take these over Godiva. :-) Wonderful as usual!

February 4, 2009 04:56 PM
Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

sooo wonderful!!! thanks for sharing!! I hope you have a fabulous day!! hugs!! Britt :-)

February 4, 2009 05:02 PM
Talita said...

Gorgeous!! This looks so delicious and beautiful!

February 4, 2009 05:58 PM
Michelle said...

The advice you gave for how to dip the balls was fantastic. I made your football truffles and they werent so smooth but after reading your advice here, I found brilliant success! I plan on making lots of these for Valentines day packages. Thank you for being so hands on with your readers. That makes our lives a lot easier!

February 4, 2009 06:05 PM
veron said...

Oh my god, this the most amazing thing I have seen. You are so creative!

February 4, 2009 06:43 PM
Michelle said...

Wow. That is simply gorgeous. I am so in awe of your talent. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me.

February 4, 2009 09:23 PM
alice said...

so cute =) wow.

February 4, 2009 11:10 PM
Lilo said...

ohh you are mean, I want a cake like that, is soooo adorable!!!

February 5, 2009 12:26 AM
Meg said...

Did you use a heart shape cookie cutter to mold the heart “truffles” and are they still the cake balls?

February 5, 2009 12:58 AM
ccolopy said...

Wow, that is awesome!

February 5, 2009 02:38 AM
Bakerella said...

doreent88 – Wow… you’re fast. Great job.

Nikki – thanks

Hannah – it won’t bite

Karen Cupcake – don’t knock yourself

Tanya – thanks

La Table De Nana – glad you like it

Janelle Anderson – maybe I’m just crazy

Jen – you can send one to me

Abby – I found it and THANKS

Cakespy – You can have some anytime

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm – thanks, you too!

Talita – thanks

Michelle- glad to help

veron – thanks

Michelle s- you’re welcome

alice – thank you

Lilo – mean in a sweet way

Meg – all the truffles are cake balls. I hand-shaped all of them

ccolopy – thanks

February 5, 2009 02:50 AM
Carolina said...

This is One of the most original things I have seen to date!!!! I went on a Vacation to the Dominican republic and had these great truffles that sound pretty much like the ones you are describing here! I’ve been looking all over for a great recipe. Thank You!!!!!

February 5, 2009 03:08 AM
alyssa said...

OMG! i absolutely LOVE your work! i had plans to make valentine's day pops & bites for my mom and her friends so i thought i'd drop by your blog to see if you had any new ideas up. i'm determined to recreate this masterpiece! if only i were as creative as you.

February 5, 2009 04:08 AM
suzinoz said...

Astounding. Wow. I love it, but don’t think I have the patience to make it myself. I can’t believe you cut it in half. That must’ve killed you!

February 5, 2009 11:18 AM
Tina said...

That is BEAUTIFUL!! I am having a girlfriends Valentine’s dinner, and I think I’m going to have to make this! It would totally blow them away! LOVE IT!

February 5, 2009 01:20 PM
jc said...

You’re too much! Can’t allow my granddaughters to see this until I practice . . . . thanks so much

February 5, 2009 02:57 PM
Anonymous said...

I’m new to your blog and I’m just floored by every post. Just amazing and so creative.

February 5, 2009 03:30 PM
Laura said...

hii! i love your blog but i have a question. my boyfriend and i are doing long distance and i would love to mail him something in time for valentines day. do you have any suggestions for baked goods that are cute/can be mailed without falling apart?


February 5, 2009 04:02 PM
claudia said...

what a cute present for Valentine’s Day1
thank you so much!

February 5, 2009 04:23 PM
erin said...

i looove your blog. i am going to to make a couple different kinds of cake balls and the oreo truffles for valentines day. the cake box may be too ambitious for me…

i was wondering have you ever done a cake ball with chocolate frosting? i’ve been looking through the archives and it seems to you stick with cream cheese… does it turn out best for these?

my mouth is watering thinking of all the yummy combos i could try!

February 5, 2009 05:55 PM
Sandy said...

Your creativity astounds me! Bravo!

February 5, 2009 06:36 PM
apaintergirl said...

i love this!!! i may even get industrious and make it for the hubster!
thank you!!!

February 5, 2009 06:48 PM
Amanda said...

i love that. red velvet makes my whole mouth fill up with saliva. what a delicious gift!

February 5, 2009 07:20 PM
Stephanie said...

Those chocolate truffle cake balls are fantastic! I’m not big on V-Day, but I’ll definitely have to try those. (I really need to try cake balls, period.)

By the way, Bakerella, I don’t suppose you’d share your secret for getting the pink background on your comments???

February 5, 2009 08:48 PM
Lynds said...

Those are absolutely wicked!!! I can’t believe they are cake!

February 5, 2009 08:55 PM
Legi said...

These look so beautiful!
I’m going to make some of them for my boyfriend for Valentines Day, thank you for the inspiration!!

February 5, 2009 09:44 PM
Ilena said...

that is one incredible box of chocolates! I really couldn’t believe it was a cake until I saw the very last photo. beautifully delicious!

February 5, 2009 09:53 PM
kristenly said...

wow. this is quite impressive. you are so creative! thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas.

February 6, 2009 12:30 AM
Jaina said...

Those look absolutely delicious!

February 6, 2009 12:43 AM
Josephine Milkweed said...

That is so (Curse word of choice) cute. I can’t believe the box is cake. I really wish I was your neighbor. Or better…your valentine!

February 6, 2009 03:20 AM
puglyfeet said...

You are brilliant!

February 6, 2009 03:57 AM
Bakerella said...

Carolina – glad to help

alyssa – you can do it.

suzinoz – it was a little painful

Tina – definitely

jc – or let them help you

Anonymous – thanks very much

Laura – Sure. the cake balls. See the link in this post.

claudia – you’re welcome

erin – yes and they are yummy

Sandy – thanks

apaintergirl – Wow him!

Amanda – me too

Stephanie – I would if I could, but someone amended the template for me.

Lynds – believe it

Legi – you’re welcome

Ilena – That’s why I had to cut it open.

kristenly – glad you like them

Jaina – yummy in my tummy

Josephine Milkweed – You can be my valentine.

Puglyfeet – and you are sweet

February 6, 2009 04:02 AM
Kaila said...

You are amazing!! I just discovered your blog & cake balls and I fell in love. There are sooo many things that I want to make off of your site, so much for losing weight :P. I am going to try my hand at the cupcake balls this weekend. I hope that they turn out half as cute as yours. Thanks for the wonderful ideas, and for sharing your talent!!!

February 6, 2009 04:07 AM
Vera said...

Where are all these ideas coming from? Brilliant! :)

February 6, 2009 08:03 AM
*You Lite Up My Life* said...

Wow, you are definately very creative & genius… I love it! Fantastic work Bakerella!!!

Btw, can you help me? I always have problem keeping my cupcakes to the next day, it will get very hard, do you know why?? Can you teach me? Thanks in advance :)

February 6, 2009 08:17 AM
fabcakelady said...

I discovered your site through Flickr about a month ago and turned instantly into a fan. Your photography is superb and very creative. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

February 6, 2009 11:41 AM
Erin said...

You are freaking amazing!!!

February 6, 2009 02:34 PM
leslierose said...

Wow! I just found your blog and this is the first thing I see. It is absolutely adorable, and creative! I can’t wait to read the rest of your blog!

February 6, 2009 03:41 PM
sugarlens said...

hehe, I was not convinced until I saw the last pic! You are awesome.

February 6, 2009 07:49 PM
fortsmithmomma said...

OMG- I think I may have to ask you to marry me. Don’t know how my hubby will feel about that. This is so “sweet”, I just adore it.
Happy V-day to U!

February 6, 2009 09:32 PM
Queen B. said...

well, I for sure have ZERO self esteem left. You are
A M A Z I N G !!!!!!!!!

February 7, 2009 12:08 AM
Leslie said...

Amazing! Brilliant! Beautiful!

February 7, 2009 02:05 AM
Junie said...

This is exquisite…but I’m not sure I love anyone that much! :P What a great imagination to come up with this, and then to have the talent to execute it — wow!

February 7, 2009 08:00 AM
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