HOW TO MAKE AN EASY VALENTINES DAY TREAT
For Valentines Day I decided to bake some heart shape cakes using a silicone mold and top with buttercream piping. I found the cake mold at Micheal’s which came with no instructions. This should be pretty interesting since I've never done this before! I guess you can say I like a challenge. The good thing is, I will go through the pains of experimentation so I can bring to you a easy peasy process. Talk about taking one for the team...lol
Ingredients for the mini cakes:
1 box cake mix - I chose chocolate
1 1/4 cups of water
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
silicone cake mold
So, how does one fill in the cake mold without making a complete mess? There are two ways to go. I chose to place a ziplock bag into a tall water glass folding the edges over the rim of the glass and then fill with the cake batter. Zip the bag closed and clip 2/8 inches from a corner of the bag. This is a little tricky because once you clip the bag cake batter will come oozing out so you’ll need to pull the tip upward or pinch it until you have it center over the mold. Another option is to fill a baking bag with a #5 tip.
Of course my first batch first batch rose to high and stuck to the mold so it's important to fill on 3/4 of the way and to spray the mold before filling.
Place the mold on a cookie sheet so it will be easier to remove from the oven.
Let the mold cool and the cakes will easily pop out.
Ingredients for the frosting:
(the recipe I used gave me more than I needed so I suggest using half the amount if your only going to do piping)
5 cups of confectioner sugar
2 Tbls of milk
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2 sticks of unsalted butter
Decorating with a bakers bag takes practice and you can see here which ones I started with first. I found when I used my left hand as a guide it gave me a steadier hand. I look forward to getting better with my technique and sharing with you my successes.
Happy Valentines Day!