Valentine's Day Cake with Chocolate Covered Strawberries

 
yield16 portions

Wrapped in whipped cream and chocolate covered strawberries, there’s no doubt—this is the ultimate Valentine’s Day Cake. No specialty shaped pan is required to create this adorable heart cake. All you’ll need is an 8-inch round cake pan and an 8-inch square cake pan to form the heart shape. Before you begin, you’ll also want to make sure you have a large, flat surface to assemble your cake on.

What you will need

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

3/4 cup (6 oz.) unsalted butter

2 1/4 cups (about 8 1/2 oz.) cake flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. table salt

3/4 cup half-and-half

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups finely chopped strawberries (from 1 qt.)

4 large egg whites

3/4 tsp. unflavored gelatin

1 Tbsp. water

2 1/2 cups whipping cream

3 Tbsp. powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Dark chocolate candy melts

Bright white candy melts

Fresh strawberries, with stems

Sweetened shredded coconut, toasted and untoasted

Toasted nuts, finely chopped

Gold sanding sugar

(Nutritional facts 331 calories, 17.48 g fat, 39.44 g carbohydrates, 5.74 g protein, 267 mg cholesterol, 161 mg sodium)

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