DIY: Valentines Day Smash Cake
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here it is in action using Vine video app. So fun right?
Hey! Whose finger is in there?? 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!