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

orly said...

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April 27, 2011 02:12 PM
Dian said...

I was very impressed

May 13, 2011 09:47 PM
haini said...


June 6, 2011 11:26 PM
ariel said...

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June 10, 2011 01:48 AM
Dany said...

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June 13, 2011 10:02 PM
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June 28, 2011 03:01 PM
nadine said...

wow, these look so delicious! i think they would be a great present, i’ll try them as soon as i can :) thanks!

July 8, 2011 03:51 PM
Wild Irish Rose said...

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July 9, 2011 12:14 PM
Evelin said...

OMG! i love it , Good Job !

July 14, 2011 04:48 PM
Carol said...

Hi Absolutely love this – can I ask did you add anything to the fondant to make it firmer to enable it to stand up? Fantastic Job!!

August 2, 2011 04:39 PM
Katie's Mommy said...

Wow you are amazing I’m so in awwe of your work

August 9, 2011 04:48 AM
Alice95 said...

OMG u just gave me the best idea ever!!!! u r an angel <3

August 15, 2011 03:44 PM
Mr.Xie said...

These beautiful and delicious cake in the cheap to sell us some good if you can learn to make it really great

August 28, 2011 02:53 AM
Lysa said...

Trying to find a word – amazing, no awesome, no WOW, aw heck, I’m speechless !!!!

September 24, 2011 03:52 AM
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September 26, 2011 02:44 PM
Biscuitweddingfavours said...

I think its such a fab idea love the fact its all cake yummy!!!

September 28, 2011 05:02 PM
Anne said...

Heey ;-)
I’m 14, and i LOVE to bake, and you’re my inspiration! I would love it, if you would make a youtube channel, and film during the making-the-cake-procces and then upload it to youtube!! I really want to know how you make your cakes, since your cakes are the most beautiful once i’ve ever seen! You could also just upload the videoes to the blog :-)
Love from Denmark ;-)

October 14, 2011 12:10 PM
Jen said...

chiming in a little late =P this looks so awesome!!! you’re tutorials are the best and easy to follow!!


December 6, 2011 03:29 PM
Tabitha Basler said...

I did a cake similar to this one for my daughter’s b day, except I use a cardboard box to put the candy (cake) in. I never even thought to use an actual cake as the box. What a GREAT idea!

January 20, 2012 09:16 AM
ellie said...

these r adorable cant wait to try it out

January 23, 2012 02:26 PM
Betty said...

I lovet

January 25, 2012 12:21 PM
Kya said...

Could I do this with a circle shaped pan instead of a heart shaped one?

January 28, 2012 06:06 PM
ellie said...

omg i just luv this cant wait to try it!!

January 31, 2012 06:06 PM
Molly said...

I am new to Bakerella and i LOVE IT!!!! Your amazing!!
I’ve recently started a rather small baking business (it started out by one lady asking if I take orders and snowballed from there) and ive been looking for good recipes and cutsie ideas anand found this site today :)
My favorite things to make are cake pops! your work is really inspiring!

I just want to say that this valentines heart box is incredible!!!

February 1, 2012 11:11 AM
Kristin said...

Wish me luck! About to attempt this for my lovely friends this upcoming week. Gulp!

February 4, 2012 08:05 AM
Amy said...

I made the red velvet cake bites (and the oreo ones, too) for everyone for Valentine’s Day this year! What a hit! Thanks, Bakerella :)

February 15, 2012 08:38 AM
Maddie Mellark said...

This looks amazing! I’m even trying this for mother’s day!

April 1, 2012 12:49 PM
pscherri said...

super cool!

July 27, 2012 01:49 AM
softballchic said...

that is sooooooo adorable it looks just like a valentines day chocolate box

August 2, 2012 06:02 PM
oyinlolu said...

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August 24, 2012 09:48 AM
Keisha said...

I like that idea:) yOU ARE A GENIUS;)

September 14, 2012 03:50 PM
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October 12, 2012 09:13 PM

Only a person with your talent and creativity could think of something soooooo original and sweet. I know what I’m making for St. Valentino. Thanks for sharing.

January 16, 2013 06:29 PM
glutenfreegirl#1 said...

I’ll make this for my family this year!
they will love it!!!!!

January 18, 2013 10:34 PM
Valine said...

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January 22, 2013 02:47 PM
Kang said...

You are so So So Soooooo Amazing! :)

January 26, 2013 08:35 AM
Diana Azeneth said...

Such a great idea! I love it! I have never tried Fondant but this is a great idea!

January 26, 2013 07:02 PM
Melinda said...

Loved it so much I had to try it out. I donated he finished product to a bake sale to help raise funds for the Lupis Foundation. It was fun to make but the next time I will need to use a different fondant recipe. I tried a new one and it was too soft. Love your site.

February 15, 2013 09:47 AM
Kaitlyn said...

Hey there Bakerella!! When I first saw this I fell in love. I discovered it on pinterest and immediately thought challenge accepted!! I made this for my boyfriend for Valentine’s day. It turned out better than I could have ever imagined! I made mine with chocolate cake instead. I would love to send you pictures of it! Thank you for sharing and for being awesome!!

February 15, 2013 11:53 AM
Sara Hemenway said...

This just completely blew my mind. This is SUCH a beautiful cake and wonderful idea. I’m having way too much fun poking around on your website!

July 23, 2013 01:52 PM
arabicrecipes said...

i must try them on valentine

October 23, 2013 11:23 AM
Melondy said...

Truly is awesome.

November 10, 2013 07:31 PM
Sophie said...

I’ve been looking for an excuse to bake this for years now! Just wondering – would the cake balls still work if you used chocolate cake instead of red velvet? (probably a silly question!)

January 28, 2014 12:54 PM
Brittany said...

I made this and it turned out absolutely perfect!! Thanks so much for the step by step tutorial!! You do amazing work!!

February 18, 2014 12:35 PM
Lydia said...


March 28, 2014 03:45 PM
546 said...

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July 20, 2014 11:46 AM
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August 28, 2014 02:07 PM
Anonymous said...

that looks amazing and probably tastes even better

September 13, 2014 07:50 PM
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