Strawberry Sweetheart Cake

Strawberry Sweetheart Cake

This Strawberry Sweetheart Cake was baked for my wonderful Hubby, for Valentine’s Day. Vanilla flavoured sponge, split in two with a slathering of strawberry jam in the middle, sealed with buttercream roses.

Strawberry Sweetheart Cake.
Strawberry Sweetheart Cake – I Love You.

Is there a better way to say those three precious words ‘I Love You’ than with cake??

Having baked and created a few chocolate recipes for Valentine’s Day like Chocolate Heart Cookies, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites which are utterly delicious, for the day itself I wanted to bake a cake, with simple flavours. Sugar and Crumbs sell are range of naturally flavoured icing sugars and I choose Strawberry Milkshake to make the buttercream that decorates this cake. The taste is truly like strawberry milkshake and makes this cake absolutely sing on your tastebuds.

Strawberry Sweetheart Cake
Strawberry Sweetheart Cake swirled with roses and sprinkled with love.

I absolutely promise you that the piped roses are not difficult. If I, with my wobbly hands can pipe them, you can too. The effect of the roses gives this Strawberry Sweetheart Cake a very professional finish – only you and I will know how easy it really is.

Fit a large star tip (I used a Wilton 1M piping tip) to your piping bag and fill with the buttercream. Practice on a clean plate first. Imagine writing get the letter e, when you get to the end of the you contine round in a complete circle. It is that easy!! A few practices, keeping the pressure on your piping bag steady and you will have piped roses! This cake is only the second time I have piped these roses! The first time was these Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes.

Strawberry Sweetheart Cake
Strawberry Sweetheart Cake roses piped around the sides.

I will admit that piping the roses around the sides was a bit harder. So I piped either side of the heart first and once I’d got the hang of it piped the final rose on the point of the heart. Using the same tip, I piped little stars in between the roses to fill in any gaps and then defined the heart by piping stars all the way around the top edge.

Strawberry Milkshake Sweetheart Cake
Strawberry Sweetheart Cake a view of the side – using piped stars to fill in any gaps.

Glitter, shiny hearts and more heart sprinkles finished this cake off beautifully. At least that’s what my hubby thought and this cake was made especially for him!

Baking for my family, as I’ve mentioned before, is one way I like to show them my love. This past year has been very hard on us all, due to my seizures (see here). Especially my hubby, who has looked after not only me, but our three gorgeous children, as well as holding down a demanding, full time job. Wanting to show my love for him on this particular day was very important to me and as a family, we all get to eat the cake, my way of saying thank you and I Love You all.

Recipe: Makes One Strawberry Sweetheart Cake serves 20

250g/9oz Caster Sugar

250g/9oz Unsalted Butter – at room temp.

1/4tsp Salt

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or Vanilla Extract

250g/9oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

6 Large Eggs – I always use free range

200g/7oz Strawberry Jam

Assortment of sprinkles and edible glitter

For the buttercream

500g/1lb 2oz Strawberry Milkshake Icing Sugar – or alternatively use plain icing sugar and add your own flavouring to taste.

250/9oz Unsalted Butter very soft

2tbsp Boiling Water

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/145C fan – this cake is cooked low and slow.

  • Butter and line the base of a heart shaped tin. If your tins are shallow split the mixture, so that it comes half way up your cake tin.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter and sugar.
  • Whisk until pale and fluffy – 5 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla and whisk to combine.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into another bowl (dry ingredients).
  • Add one third of the dry ingredients and 3 eggs.
  • Whisk slowly until combined.
  • Repeat using one third of the dry mixture and 3 eggs.
  • Whilst whisking slowly add the final third of the dry mixture.
  • Remove the whisk and give the bowl a thorough mix using a soft spatula, ensuring all the ingredients are well combined.
Strawberry Sweetheart Cake
Fill the tin with cake batter and smooth the top.
  • Place the cake tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 1 hour 15 – 30 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden brown, springs back from a light finger press and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Strawberry Sweetheart Cake
Remove the cake from the oven.
  • Place the cake tin on a large trivet or cooling rack.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely in the tin.
  • Once the cake is completely cold, tip out of the cake tin and place on a cake stand or board, so that the flat bottom is uppermost.
Strawberry Sweetheart Cake
Very carefully slice the cake in half.
  • Lay the uppermost half on a spare board.
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Spread the strawberry jam over the bottom half so that it doesn’t quite reach the edge.
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Lay the top layer onto the jam covered bottom layer.

Making the buttercream:

  • Place the very soft butter into a large bowl.
  • Sift in the flavoured, or plain, icing sugar into the bowl and add 2 tablespoons of boiling water (add 1 teaspoon of flavouring or vanilla extract if not using flavoured icing).
  • Starting slowly, whisk the ingredients together, increasing the speed as the icing sugar becomes fully incorporated.
  • Continue whisking for 5 minutes, this will ensure the icing is smooth and light.
  • Fit a large icing bag with a large star tip.

Icing the Strawberry Sweetheart Cake:

  • Start with the surface of the cake and pipe a rose swirl at the top, where the dip in the heart is.
  • Continue piping rose swirls symmetrically, either side, of the heart.
  • Finish with a rose swirl at the bottom point of the heart.
  • For the sides, start at the top of the heart bump, on one side and pipe rose swirls around one side and then the other, leaving the bottom point.
  • Go back to the top of the heart and pipe one rose in the heart dip and and additional rose to fill in between the two roses.
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Pipe a rose swirl on the bottom point of the heart.
  • Pipes stars wherever there are gaps and visible pieces of cake on the top and sides, trying to keep the pattern symmetrical – especially on the top of the cake.
  • Pipe stars on the top of the cake around the heart outline.
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A beautifully covered Strawberry Sweetheart Cake.

Now you can sprinkle away. I firstly gave this beautiful cake a good dusting of white edible glitter and then sprinkled two different styles of hearts over it.

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake shimmering and sparkling in the sunshine.

Place the cake somewhere cool to set for a couple of hours. This cake spent the night in our porch, as it was particularly chilly February evening.

Due to the addition of boiling water into the buttercream mixture, this buttercream will not develop a hard crust. This not only improves the texture whilst eating the cake, but also means that the buttercream is a dream to slice through!

Strawberry Sweetheart Cake
Strawberry Sweetheart Cake one delicious slice – that didn’t last long!!!

This Strawberry Sweetheart Cake will keep in an airtight container, for up to 5 days, if left somewhere cool – I would advise keeping it in the fridge during the summer. Although having just eaten a slice, I can’t imagine this cake hanging around for long, especially in our house!!

This cake is so beautifully easy, it would be perfect for birthdays, engagements, anniversaries and maybe even small weddings. You can easily tint the buttercream with food colouring. I used Sugarflair and Wilton edible food colouring gels. You really only need a tiny (tip of a cocktail stick) amount to produce a beautiful pastel shade.

Will you give the rose piping a go?

On Twitter there is a wonderful lady known as the Baking Nanna @kuskus1. She has a short video pinned to the top of her Twitter page showing how to pipe these roses. I thoroughly recommend watching it!

Whatever you are doing, whether alone or with others, I hope that you know you are loved, see Important Stuff.

If you have enjoyed this Strawberry Sweetheart Cake, then take a look at these other Valentine’s bakes:

Chocolate Heart Cake

Chocolate Heart Cake link
Chocolate Heart Cake

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites link
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites

Chocolate Heart Cookies

Chocolate Heart Cookies link
Chocolate Heart Cookies www.feastingisfun.com

Please send me a photo via Twitter or Instagram if you make this cake. I love seeing your creations. I can be found @sammiefeasting.

Sammie xxx

 

 

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Sammie

Hi, I’m Sammie, a young 40 something girl who loves life, Jesus, her family, cooking, gardening and photography. I have a passion for sharing and encouraging others to share. My way to show love is through food whilst having fun. Hence Feasting Is Fun!!

4 thoughts on “Strawberry Sweetheart Cake”

    1. Thank you Liz. Hubby and the kiddies loved it. I was so pleased with how it turned out. Piping the roses was easy. Just practiced a bit on a plate and then took on the cake! Sammie xx

  1. This is such a gorgeous cake for any occasion! I can’t wait to try it and hopefully my frosting skills are getting better. I love following your blog. The recipes make my heart beat extra fast 👏👏💜

    1. Ah Bea thank you so much for your wonderful comment. You have really lifted me with your words. I’m sure that you will pipe and decorate this cake beautifully. This was the first cake I had every fully Iced! If you need any support just tweet me. Large open star tip, start piping an e and keep going round.
      I cannot wait to see your version if you do make it. Xxx

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