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

valentine unique gifts said...

really you have great talent of making these cute valentine day gift. By seeing this I thought this one may for me..yummy.

January 20, 2010 09:39 AM
ines said...

oh, my God!!
I´ve never seen nothing like this… I’m amazed with your creativeness!! Really shocked…
Congratulations and keep the fantastic work**

January 26, 2010 06:59 AM
Christina said...

This is – amazing! wow wow wow – I never say that but WOW lol!

January 26, 2010 10:32 PM
elizabeth said...

I can not WAIT to try and make this. This is the most unique thing I have ever seen. This BLOWS away any flowers or candy people usually get on Vday. What a fabulous gift. I already ordered some red fondant so I can give this a go. Thanks for all the detailed instructions on this one!

January 27, 2010 10:23 PM
Anonymous said...

Yes it`s such a pretty thing…than you

January 29, 2010 06:00 AM
Grapefruit said...

Is there some way to do this without candy melts? I can’t get candy melts where I am located (or chocolate bark). What would be a good substitue?

January 29, 2010 10:51 AM
?naybanana said...

Thank You very much.

All Good……….

February 2, 2010 09:13 AM
Rachel Bailey said...

Wow!! I’m super-excited that I found this on your site… my husband and I are buying our first house as we speak and our budget is LIMITED! I always have tons of cake mix around so the only thing I’ll need to splurge on is the melting chocolate and fondant. What an affordable gift! Can’t wait to make it for him and not break the bank! :) :)

February 3, 2010 07:45 PM
Alice said...

Bakerella you’re fantastic! I’m from Poland and I’m fascinated about your work. I have one request. Can you write how to do a red velvet cake and cake wchich you used to do a hello kitty cake pops? I would be very grateful to you. I send greetings from overseas, and I look forward to a response. :)

February 4, 2010 08:32 PM
Bruna said...


February 5, 2010 10:08 AM
Crystal & Co said...

Holy smokes! Amazing!!!

February 6, 2010 10:47 PM
kris said...

I always get inspirations on your site…that’s why …I never skip a day without looking or dropping by your site everyday…I just hope someday I could be a great baker or pastry chef…

February 7, 2010 04:47 AM
Rubina said...

You r brilliant! Love your ‘pieces of art’.

February 8, 2010 10:12 AM
kerry said...

I can’t believe how cute these are!
But, I do have a question… I do not like cake (I know, I’m crazy) but I do have a soft spot for brownies (a HUGE soft spot.) Would I be able to make this with brownies or would the consistency be off by too much?
Just wondering! Thanks!

February 8, 2010 01:47 PM
diana said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 9, 2010 04:26 PM
Vivian Green said...

I love all of your creations, my sons (15) & (16) made cake balls for the Super Bowl on Sunday, they added sprinkles on top, they were a big hit. It’s fun to watch them learn and work together. Thanks for your great ideas. They were proud of themselves to be able to make dessert for the whole family.

February 9, 2010 05:28 PM
Leslie said...

I dont know what I like better; the recipes or the pictures!

February 9, 2010 05:46 PM
Pam said...

This is one of the most amazing uses of cake that I’ve ever seen! Bakerella is my hero!

February 10, 2010 08:29 PM
Anya said...

I made the cake and the cake balls today. The fondant will come tomorrow.

So far, looks delicious and I’m wondering whether it will last until my boyfriend comes to visit me on Friday. Or if I’ll eat it all.

February 11, 2010 04:03 AM
KathyT said...

Amazing. I have never heard of cake balls. I will have to make some of these soon. How utterly amazing!

February 11, 2010 03:32 PM
Brittany said...

We love cupcake pops in our house. we made these for our family and friends. They were so good and fun to make!

February 12, 2010 04:04 PM
Hope said...

I would like to make this cake but I have never used fondant and would like to make it myself. Do you have a recipe that I could use? I’m concerned about tinting it red and am unsure of how to aquire the color.

February 13, 2010 11:43 AM
Hannah said...

This is so awesome! I don’t know how you get your truffles to look so pretty. I could not figure it out, mine looked like a big mess, tasted great but I could figure it out.

February 13, 2010 12:21 PM
Carol said...

WOW. I came across your site quite by accident and am so glad I did. Inspirational !
Carol from Edinburgh,Scotland

February 13, 2010 01:22 PM
shayla said...

I have made cakeballs for a long time but, no mattter how hard I try I cannot make them as pretty? How do you get your chocolate so smooth?

February 13, 2010 02:26 PM
Jeni said...

This is a great idea! My four year old daughter and I made it today. She had a blast helping me decorate the cake ball truffles.

February 13, 2010 07:06 PM
elizabeth said...

You totally and completely ROCK!!!

February 14, 2010 03:01 PM
Ecmc said...

I love your site!! You r truly talented!! I tried this idea for my husband, and while it wasn’t as beautiful as what you have here, it was wonderful! Thank you for all your wonderful posts and please keep them coming!

February 14, 2010 04:01 PM
Pamela said...

I made 2 of these today… mini ones… I’m going to assume putting the edge on is more simple on the large one than the mini ones – they’re awfully cute though :)

February 14, 2010 11:45 PM
Rachel said...

Hey there! I love your site! You are so incredibly creative! I figured I would send my attempt at your creation and say thank you for the idea! It definitely wow’d my boyfriend for valentines day =) Not as professional looking as yours, but it’s definitely adorable! Thanks so much! Keep the ideas coming, because they’re brilliant!

February 15, 2010 02:48 AM
Rachel said...

February 15, 2010 02:55 AM
Newlywed said...

My best friend and I decided this was too cute to bear and that we HAD to make one. 12 hours later we were exhausted, full of cake balls, and had a (not-so-perfect) cake in hand to give to my mom for her Valentine’s day birthday! She LOVED it! Thanks for the adorable idea, Bakerella!

February 15, 2010 02:32 PM
Courtney said...

My friend and I each made one of these this weekend and they came out adorable!! I’ve read the site for awhile but haven’t ever made anything yet and the cake balls were DELICIOUS. Gone in less than a day and already I’ve had requests to make more! :) :) I love your site, thank you for such amazing ideas!

February 15, 2010 04:15 PM
Angel said...

Truly amazing! This is absolutely gorgeous, clever, genius, yummy, and about 70 other adjectives. Well done you!

February 16, 2010 01:18 PM
Sam said...

I just made this for a valentine’s party, making everything from scratch (cake, frosting) except the fondant. It was my first time using fondant (and I could only find white, so I tinted it pink) and my first time making cake balls, but it still came out pretty good! Thanks for the amazing idea!

February 20, 2010 11:50 AM
Celine said...

I’ve just discovered your website and it is awesome!! I’m an amateur baker and I love this idea. I’m going to have to try this. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me!!


February 25, 2010 01:57 PM
Ivy said...

i think youre pretty much just bakery royalty. i bookmarked your site and youve inspire dme so much to do so many things with bakery, and youre just absolutely amazing and talented ! do you have a bakery shop ? sorry ill see if there any info about you so ill know later and not bother you with pointless questions. YOURE AMAZINGGG

March 6, 2010 12:50 AM
439 said...

Just wonderful ideas!!!!

March 10, 2010 09:21 AM
Chouquinette said...

I’ve just discovered your site and… wouah !!! I can’t believe it ! What you do is just amazing ! I’m really impressed and I just want to try everything…

March 13, 2010 01:30 PM
Sandy said...

Oh my!! I’m totally giving this a try! :) thnxs for sharing :) Love u!

March 15, 2010 04:33 AM
Slinki said...

I just want to say thank you Bakerella, for sharing this gorgeous cake.

My cousin recently asked me to make a cake for her wedding anniversary, and all she asked was that it be heart shaped. Well…I knew just where to come for my inspiration! I had a go at making your amazing candy box cake, though I must say, mine certainly didn’t turn out as perfect as yours. But thats ok, I’m just new at this stuff :). You can find my attempt of it here

Thanks again for the great idea and tips! Take care :)

Slinki xx

March 16, 2010 06:07 AM
jane said...

LOVE LOVE this idea….have another idea for you…make the wrappers in chocolate so that the Whloe thing is edible. too bad Valentines day is so far away now, I may have to try this….

April 13, 2010 11:33 AM
Maggie said...

This is my favorite post. I found out about your blog in late february so I’s still waiting till next feb!!!

April 23, 2010 09:14 PM
Angel Germanotta said...

omigod this is so cute u always come up with these amazing ideas!! perfect for the upcoming birthday prez i wanna give to my crush!! he’ll luuuuuuuuuuuuurve it!!! thanx bakerella!!
Angel xxxxx

April 29, 2010 06:04 AM
Jessica said...

Love your cake idea! I’m going to use it as my cake for Food and Hospitality this year. I was wondering if I could use jam instead of cream cheese frosting as I have to create this over 8 hours.

June 5, 2010 08:33 PM
Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes said...

Clearly you’re amazing!

June 22, 2010 01:37 PM
Josephine said...

Oh my G-d. U r crazy!

July 5, 2010 08:33 PM
Staice said...

This is absolutely adorable. How did you shape the miniature hearts for the box?

July 7, 2010 11:14 PM
nick said...

THIS IS GREAT! I stumbled upon your website while googling something along the lines of “red velvet cake balls”. Ive just been browsing but will definitely try making some of the things here.
When my dreams of pastry/culinary school was crushed by my parents making me go to college, I continued with my hobby anyway. I hope my girlfriend will be impressed :-)

July 11, 2010 04:31 PM
Dammi said...

what a great idea..and it looks so awesome..but can i also use marzipan paste instead of fondant?

July 28, 2010 09:47 AM
shannon said...

Sweet !! You could use chocolate fondant for the fluted cups and it would be 100% edible !! I want to make this so bad but i don’t think i have enough counter space for the mess i would make !

September 23, 2010 07:42 PM
melissa said...

haha I would love for my boyfriend to make me one of those for v day even though he doesnt like the holiday.But our first v day he gave me a chocolate box and filled it with my favourite chocolates.It completely made my day for him to do this would be a great memory and a great suprise :]

October 6, 2010 10:30 PM
fran gindy said...

Need receipe for the truffles and could not find it on your web. HELP and Thanks

October 19, 2010 10:23 PM
gel said...

this is so nice! Simple amazing. ^_^

October 27, 2010 02:18 PM
Delicia said...

Overall how long did that cake that you to make?

October 29, 2010 04:06 PM
Anna said...

How do you make fondant? It looks so perfect!

November 19, 2010 10:21 PM
Manuele Dely Hermes said...

It is a wonderful recipe!
Here, my family and I love chocolate.
Kisses, Thank you!

November 20, 2010 04:42 AM
ise said...

tradus par o portugues

November 24, 2010 04:22 PM
kayla rhodes said...

this is probably the cutest thing ive ever seen! YEAH PROBABLY!

December 6, 2010 11:43 PM
Alysa H said...

Wow, your posts are all really amazing! I am 14 and super interested in baking and I make the cake balls/ pops for my friends all the time and they loveee them! I really wish that I had half the talent you do for this, because I really hope someday I can be really successful in this like you are! (:

December 8, 2010 06:02 PM
Brittany said...

So I have seriously spent 7 hours going through your site and looking all the super cute recipes. I have so much stuff bookmarked so I can have holiday treats for everyone. I love this one the most. It is so creative! When I first saw that the box itself was a cake I was like, “Noooo there is no way! It look like a box!” Sure enough you are amazing and you did it. I love baking, making sweets of any kind, and you are my inspiration! Love it!

December 15, 2010 11:37 AM
Melissa B said...

Amazing! I may just have to try this. I think I would make the truffle papers edible too though by painting the chocolate inside the wrappers and then peeling the paper off. Cannot wait to try it!

December 31, 2010 02:30 PM
NovemberBlue said...

This is truly adorable! I always try to make cake balls if I can help it, but going through your blog has definitely made me more confident about the dipping process. I made some for my husband’s battalion Christmas party and they were just UGLY! They were still yummy though! I’m going to be brave and make a lot of the Toy Story-themed cake pops, cupcakes and cookies shown on Disney Family’s website (and thanks for your contribution, I think Mr. Potato Head is the best!) for my son’s 2nd birthday party on the 15th. Wish me luck!

I guess my real question is, how well do you think this cake box would travel? Are there any suggestions you can give on how to package it, or is it worth it? My husband is in Afghanistan and I would love to attempt this and send it to him for Valentine’s Day, but I’m afraid of it drying out in transit. It usually takes 10-14 days for him to receive packages, so if you have any suggestions on preparation or packaging, they would be greatly appreciated! Thanks and Happy New Year!

January 1, 2011 06:52 PM
michelle said...

I am so trying this! I think I’ll do mini ones, too! Fabulous ideas you have! :o)

January 7, 2011 04:02 PM
michelle said...

I’m sure it would cost a small fortune, but you could overnight it to him. Or maybe 2-day it. I’m sending my best friend some cake pops (she’s only in Florida and I’m in New Jersey) and that’s what I’m going to do.

January 7, 2011 04:07 PM
valerie said...

hi bakerella,
i tried making this cake and it was ddddddeeellliiiccciiiooooooouuuuuuuussssss!!!!!!111

January 11, 2011 05:41 PM
yssa said...

can i use the red velvet cake recipe on this website?
which you made a not to use less frosting or less oil?

January 17, 2011 02:10 AM
Helena said...

Thanks for this amazing idea.
With it I hope to raise alot of money for my cause!

January 23, 2011 08:57 AM
Julianne said...

Wow this is sooo awesome, I am so going to make this for valentines day thank you for the instructions.

January 25, 2011 11:44 AM
mum said...


January 25, 2011 07:27 PM
AW said...

Yes. . . .genuis. *sitting here in awe*

January 26, 2011 07:40 PM
Cheyenne Renard said...

You are so talented its amazing, I love love love you blog if i could eat through the screen i would . You do the most beautiful work i have ever seen . Your true tallent is with this endevor. I would love to get your book and i will when i can , i would love to try to make some thing beautiful. My hubby broke his back so for a while not books boo hoo . Again Thank you for all the work you put in to make this such a beautiful place to sight see love and blessings Cheyenne from Henderson Nevada Happy Valentines Day your so special

January 29, 2011 12:47 AM
roxcii said...

im doing this for my hunni on v-day <3

January 29, 2011 02:04 PM
Lyssa said...

Omg adoreable! I’m deff making these this year! Too cute!

February 2, 2011 04:39 PM
Raechel said...

I am VERY excited to make this for valentine’s day for my boyfriend! I have never used fondant of any type before, but I am going to be brave and make my own! I am using Wilton’s recipe for marshmellow fondant and I purchased their “no taste red dye”. I also plan to fill the box with chocolate covered “strawberries”- cake balls. I am using your idea from the book “cake pops” but I am going to dip them in chocolate after red and drizzle them with white chocolate! With little green fondant leaves cut from my cupcake pop flowers cutter ofcourse :) I get amazing inspiration from you, and PLEASE don’t ever stop blogging<3. And if everything fails, it will still taste good! (Which is why baked goods is my favorite medium for "art")

February 3, 2011 03:02 AM
catarina said...

Muito divertido com uma vasta variedade de doces parabéns por esta belíssima ideia e também muito obrigado.

Obrigado !!!!!!!!
Catarina Santros

February 3, 2011 07:28 AM
Amber said...

Oh my word you are amazing! I couldn’t believe that it was ALL cake even the box! You are spectacular, you know that?
Thanks for showing me how to make these.

February 3, 2011 02:31 PM
daisy said...

hi! your cake balls are amazing! i’m just wondering how to make the heart shape cake balls (truffles)? thinking of doing it for valentines. looking forward to your reply! thanks!

February 7, 2011 03:53 AM
Lily's Treasures said...

OH my god, what a lovely idea, and how sweet it is ! Great, great.

February 9, 2011 12:54 PM
May said...

Supper love it <3

February 9, 2011 04:49 PM
MrsAB said...

Bakerella this is simple incredible! How ingenious! I will definitely put this on my list of things to try. You are simply amazing! Thank you!

February 11, 2011 01:39 AM
Emily Karmy said...

This is a really awesome idea, but you could make it even better, you could make the wrappers out of chocolate. Turn the wrapper over and then drizzle the chocolate over it, then let dry.

February 11, 2011 04:07 PM
Lynn said...

I made this cake this afternoon, what a great idea! It was top on my Valentine’s baking list.
It doesn’t look as perfect as yours though Bakerella!

Also, I have to say great work with Cake Pops, I live in the UK and it’s in so many book shops here, you must be so proud of your achievements :)

February 11, 2011 04:37 PM
Christy said...

Hi Bakerella. As always, I come to your site for inspiration and find it. Great job on the valentine box cake. Awesome! I tried to click on the link for the Red Velvet Cake Balls, but the link seems to be broken. It keeps bringing me back to the Sweet Treats for the Fourteenth post. Just wanted to let you know. Have a great weekend!

February 11, 2011 10:05 PM
Kim said...

Oh my gosh! SOOO cute! I hope I can find the time to do this next year for my kids’ teachers!

February 12, 2011 09:29 AM
Anny said...

Inspiring delectables! Thank you!

February 12, 2011 09:39 PM
Laura said...

You know, you could make it completely edible by taking silicon baking cups, coating them with chocolate and placing the cake ball chocolates in those. You know, just to make it all the more sinful

February 13, 2011 10:12 AM
RayRay110 said...

wow thats amazing looks yummy.

February 13, 2011 05:43 PM
RayRay110 said...


February 13, 2011 05:52 PM
ugly princess i am said...

wow wow wow wowie wow wow

February 13, 2011 05:53 PM
ugly princess i am said...


February 13, 2011 05:54 PM
Laura Elorza said...

I LOVE your cake box idea! I wish I would of found this a few days ago, I sure would of given it a try. I think I could do it from your directions, you made it look very easy.
This is my first time here at your site, I love to bake so I think I’ll be visiting you often. Also I am hoping to find something like this for graduation. I’ll look around and see if you have anything. Thanks for sharing.
It very beautiful, Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2011 07:02 AM
Patti Brown said...

Wow, this is really impressive. I am another who has been doing cakes for a long time, but I would have never thought of this. I started decorating cakes in 1978. Yeah…

February 15, 2011 01:00 PM
Sprinkle said...

I made this for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. He loved it! I made my own Marshmallow Fondant and it turned out very well. Thanks for this great idea!

February 15, 2011 06:29 PM
Terra said...

You are so talented!!

February 23, 2011 09:33 PM
LaJuana said...

You know you can give candy on days other than valentines day! I am actually thinking about making this for mother’s day. I got your book for Christmas and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. You are awesome.

March 14, 2011 03:55 PM
Hana R said...

Oh wow, this is truly amazing. I don’t think I could ever eat such a wonderful cake. It looks soooo pretty. ABSOLUTLY LOVE IT!!!!

April 5, 2011 01:45 PM
Sayei Metcalfe said...

Genius! Best idea ever! Love it! I have to make this.

April 8, 2011 07:19 PM
Anonymous said...

tah bom zikaa da balada

April 12, 2011 02:27 PM
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