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

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550 comments on “A Valentine’s Day Gift Box of…”

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

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. Wow- that is impressive.

  8. I love this!

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

  10. Wow! Sweets for your sweets! :)

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

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

  13. 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!!!

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

  15. 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!

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

    lyzzie form monclova,coahuila.mexico

  17. WOW! WOW! and re-WOW!

  18. 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!

  19. 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 !! :)

  20. 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. ;-)

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

  22. Sorry, blogger malfunction. I said:

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

    to me!! :))

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

    to me!! :)

    This is WONDERFUL!!!

  24. That is incredible! What a great idea!!

  25. 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.

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

  27. WOW, this is just WOW!

  28. 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.

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

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

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

  32. 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.


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

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

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

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

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. This looks so delicious!!!

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

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

  43. that is gorgeous, you are amazing.

  44. 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!

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

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

  47. Never fail to impress!

  48. 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!

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

  50. That’s amazing! Wow!

  51. 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.

  52. Wow, those are so adorable and beautiful!

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

  54. Wow your talent never stops! I love the idea.

  55. 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??

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

  57. That is JUST gorgeous! You have such amazing talent.

  58. 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!).

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

  60. …… Wow.

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

  61. 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.

  62. 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!

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

  64. Wow! That’s all I have to say.

  65. 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.

  66. Wow… this is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!

  67. Whoooooa….

    I’m pretty much speechless.

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

    Looks Great!

  69. VERY creative! Love it. :)

  70. Cutest idea EVER! I love it.

  71. 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. :)

  72. Wow, that looks good.

  73. Fantastic, as always fantastic.

  74. You come up with the best ideas! Fabulous!

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

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

  77. I love you. lol

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

  79. HOLY COW!!!! I am so impressed!

  80. 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…

  81. 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!

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

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

  84. 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!

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

  86. Amazing,you do beautiful work!

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

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

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

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

  91. 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! :)

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

  93. Are there any houses for sale on your street?
    You are INCREDIBLE!

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

  95. 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!

  96. Wow, that is amazing!

  97. that is stunning !!!

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

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

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

  101. Amazing as usual!

  102. 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

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

  104. 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.

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

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

    xoxo from Venezuela

  107. You are AMAZING!

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

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

  110. So incredibly cute! I love it.

  111. That is gorgeous!

  112. 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.

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

  114. 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?

  115. Simply amazing!!!

  116. Martha Stewart eat your heart out.

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


  117. You always amaze me, Bakerella! Wow!

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


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

    Thanks for such a fun idea!

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

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

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

  124. 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!

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

  126. I love this idea! :)

  127. sick.

    are you being highly compensated for your abilities!?

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

  129. Super Duper cute! Bakerella you are brilliant!

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

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

  132. Oh Dear! That is so frikkin’ awesome.

  133. 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!

  134. 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.

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

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

  137. Absolutely amazing!

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

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

  140. 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!

  141. 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.

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

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

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

  145. 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

  146. 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!

  147. You are truly amazing and creative

  148. Wow! You are so fun!

  149. 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.

  150. You are amazing. Freaking amazing.

  151. 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!

  152. interest and diffucult. congrats!!

  153. 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

  154. so beautiful and amazing. You truly have a gift.

  155. WOW!! Talk about a labor of love!

  156. 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!!!!

  157. OMG! you’re a genius!!

  158. 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.

  159. 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.

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

    Valerie, Belgium

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

  162. 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

  163. how absolutely gorgeous!!! am loving it.

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

  165. 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.

  166. this is spectacular!!

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

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

  169. 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!

  170. Mmmmmmm!!! So yummy.

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

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

  171. 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!

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

  173. 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.

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

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

  176. Just….WOW!

  177. Totally sweet!

  178. 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!

  179. 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!

  180. you are amazing!!

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

  182. 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!

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

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

  185. 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!

  186. pure genius!!

  187. 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 =]

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

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

  190. Amazing, simply beautiful.

  191. That’s adorable! Always the cutest ideas here…

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