I am not a crafty person.
I do not enjoy doing craft projects with my kids.
I did not have my kids make Valentine’s to pass out at school.
I bought them at the store.

So what was I to do with this holiday that to me seems so focused on making things and sharing them with people that you love?

I turned to the kitchen.
I gathered my kids and we made a Valentine’s heart cake to share as a family.

Here is what we did.
We made two cakes. These were cake mixes from a box.
Because, as I do like to cook, baking is not my strong suit.

The kids put all the ingredients according to the package into a bowl
and mixed them up.

We then poured one cake batter into a 9×13 cake pan and baked according to the package directions.

Next we made the second cake and put it into two 9 inch round pans and baked it according to the package directions.

Once the cakes were baked and cooled, Daddy stepped in.
He dumped the rectangle cake onto a cutting board and cut it into a 9 inch square.
(Please note, I don’t have a 9 inch square pan, hence using the 9×13 pan. If you do have this size pan then you only need to use one cake mix.)

We had a little boo boo happen to the cake, but never fear. We were able to ‘patch’ it and once the frosting was on, you never knew.

Then Daddy took one of the round cakes out of the pan and leveled it off.
By slicing the top dome part of the cake off.

Next he split the round cake into 2 even pieces.

Once that is done, place your square piece on a prepared board so that it looks like a diamond and then put the two half circle pieces at the top so that you get a heart.

Now it is time to frost and decorate the heart cake.
We took store bought white frosting and added some food coloring to get the colors we wanted.

Make sure you mix it up well to make those colors.

And make sure you taste the frosting after it is all mixed.

Now it is time to frost the cake.
With a little help from Mommy, of course.

Since we made 2 cake mixes, we had left over cake so we decided to make a small heart to go onto of our larger heart.

We made it the same way that we did the larger one, with a square and 2 half circles. We frosted this heart white.

Once all the frosting is done, its time for the kids favorite part,
the decorating!

We choose to use conversations hearts but you could use what ever you like best, even more frosting.

Daddy even showed off some of this mad piping skills and made a pretty border.

To finish off the cake, Daddy added a little love note.

And Tah Dah!

A Valentine we can be proud of and best of all eat.

This was a really fun family project. I hope that you will give it a try.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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