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How to Make a Heart-Shaped Cake
without a Heart-Shaped Pan

Posted by Denise on February 12, 2012

heart shaped cake finished

Look at how easy it is to make a heart cake. Please don't judge the poor frosting job, I only wanted to show the shape and I ran out of time and the lighting is terrible. Sorry!


So, you want to make a heart-shaped cake, but you don’t have a heart-shaped pan. Not to worry. Today I’m going to show you a trick my mom showed me when I was 9 or 10. I have used this method many times since.

Other than your cake batter, the only thing you will need are one square pan and one round pan with the same dimension. For example, an 8” square pan and an 8” diameter round pan. Don’t make my mistake and use 9” pans without checking to see if you have a platter or plate large enough for the finished cake. I used the 9” pans and oh my, was it a big finished cake!

Prepare your cake batter, either from a mix or from scratch. Make sure to use parchment paper or spray in your pans to make getting the cake out of the pan easier. Bake your cakes according to the recipe.

If you want your final cake to have several layers, you may need to bake more than one of each cake shape, then cut each cake into layers and stack them with a filling between layers.

Once the cakes are cooled, you will cut the round cake in half right down the middle so that you have two half-moon shaped cake halves. Turn the square cake so that one of the corner points is facing towards you. Place a half-moon round cake on one of the square cake flat sides with the cut side along the flat of the square cake. Place the second half-moon on the adjacent flat side of the square cake. Voila! A heart. Add layers and frost to make it beautiful.



How to Make a Heart Shaped Cake


Makes 1 heart cake 








6”, 8”, or 9” square cake pan


6”, 8”, or 9” round cake pan , size to match size of square cake pan


Enough cake batter for both pans







1.     Preheat oven to temperature required by cake recipe. Grease cake pans or prepare parchment paper for pans. Make sure you are using the same size pans, one each of the circle and square shapes.


2.     Pour batter into each of the pans to the same level so the cakes will have the same thickness when done baking.

3.    When cakes are baked and have cooled, carefully remove them from the pans by inverting onto a sheet of parchment or waxed paper. 

4.     Place the square cake on your final surface that you will be serving from. Make sure it is large enough to fit the whole finished cake on it. Cut the circle cake into two equal halves vertically so you end of with two half-moon shapes. Place the cut side of one of the half circles against one of the flat sides of the square cake, matching up the corners. Place the second half circle cake, cut side to flat side of the square cake, on a side right next to the first one. If should now look like a heart. Frost and admire!


         square cake on diagonal     



adding half circles to square cake



heart cake


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