DIY: Valentines Day Smash Cake

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Valentines Day is almost here and you still have no idea what to do. Right? How about a Valentines Day smash cake? You’ve probably heard of smash cakes before. Usually for 1st birthday parties where it’s ok to get cake all over your face and up your nose. But this cake is a version made for bigger kids, and adults alike. And I am going to show you how it’s done!

smash-cake-2 Start out making a round mold out of chocolate. I’ve had the most success with Wilton candy melts. Use a glass or metal bowl. Something that will fit the shape of the size cake you are planning to make. For this cake, I used a 9″ cake pan and a metal bowl that had a circumference of 8″.

Melt your candy melts following the directions on the bag. I use a whole bag because I’d rather have too much than not enough. I also melted some hot pink candy melt discs in a small bowl to paint the hearts. If you’d like to do the same, start with that layer first. Paint the hearts (I used the end of a pop stick and dabbed dots to make a heart shape), and put the bowl in the fridge for about 10 mins. This will allow time for the hearts to set so the next layer won’t mess them up.

After 10 mins, take the bowl out of the fridge and pour your melted candy melts into it and tilt the bowl until the entire inside is covered. It will immediately start to set. I try and make the edges of the bowl opening a little thicker. Then set in the fridge until ready to unmold.

Next up, make the cake. For my cake, I choose my vanilla cake recipe and I mixed in some Wilton Colorburst Batter Bits in red for some fun. Use whatever cake you prefer. This is is a 9″ round cake. unfrosted-cake

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Take your cooled cake and take a knife and cut at an angle at the center to create an inverted dome. I do this so the inside can hold more candy. :) Then frost the sides to hold in crumbs and pipe around the inside of the cake. See pic above. This will help hold in the candy and give the chocolate dome a place to stick.

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Now pour in your candy, or add your little present and put the dome on top. And pipe a little design around the edges. And sprinkle on a little edible glitter, if you have it.

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Now comes the fun part! Give your valentine a small toy hammer or spoon, something with a nice whack to it. I used the handle of a butter knife.

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Here it is in action using Vine video app. So fun right?

 

smashed-cake-4 smash-cake-with-finger   Hey! Whose finger is in there??   M-eating-cake-2 It’s Cupcakes and Cutlery’s adorable son. Huge thanks to her for taking all these great pictures. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll answer them as quickly as I can. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  1. Do you have any suggestions for how I can make the mold vegan? My daughter would love this but has severe milk allergies. Please advise. Love your blog!

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    • Hi Kim, I’ve done a vegan version before using Enjoy chocolate chips. You’ll just be limited in the color. I’d also recommend keeping the cake in the fridge until whacking. I found the vegan chocolate to get softer more quickly than the other chocolates I’ve used. Here is the vegan version I did: http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/lego-dance-party-kids-birthday/

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  2. the top of chocolate…
    will last intact eight-hour trip?

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    • As long as it is kept cool and secure, I don’t see why not. I haven’t tried it though.

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  3. Loved this idea.Ali am going to give it a go.always looking for new ideas.xxx

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  4. LOVE! I’m following all of your pins now! Thank you for sharing this ;)

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    • thank you for the love Julie!

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  5. I love this cake so cute! One question what’s the best way to get the chocolate mold out of the bowl?

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    • Hi Amy!
      I use a papertowel and rub a light layer of oil in the bowl before pouring the candy melts in it. then i let it sit in the fridge for a bit to harden and then invert the bowl and give it a light tap and it should pop right out! i do this over a soft so it has a soft landing.

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  6. This is seriously the coolest baked good I’ve ever seen. Fantastic post. Now I’m drying to break some cake too :)

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    • Thanks Erin! It is SO FUN! That’s me smashing it in the video and I just wanted to smash another one! :D

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  7. Such a creative idea!!! Great photos too ;)

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  8. I thought you called this a “Whacky Cake” – what gives? Regardless, I want one. YUM!

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  9. Love this idea. Great tutorial!

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  10. OMG… this is so easy! I can’t believe that I hadn’t thought of something like this before! I think I’m going to give it a shot!

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  11. Gorgeous and fun!!!

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  12. Beautiful and fun!! Just pinned it!

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  13. How do you get the chocolate out of the bowl? Will it just pop out with no problem?

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    • Yep! You can tap the bowl lightly on a hard surface and it should pop out. If you use candy melts. A light brushing of oil can help too. VERY light.

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