You know those candy hearts you used to get for Valentine’s Day when you were a kid? The little sugary-sweet pastel candies that taste like glue and have sayings like, “Be Mine,” “2 Cool” and “Foxy Lady”? You can create the same vibe (minus the nasty aftertaste) with these Conversation Heart Mini Cakes.
Decorate these little cakes with any message you want, and let someone know exactly how you feel about them. Why stop with a Significant Other? Give them to friends, family, kids, people who put up with your kids, bosses, teachers and kind-looking strangers. Or make them for a Valentine’s party. And go crazy coming up with messages. Get cheesy. Quote “Family Guy.” Use your favorite Old-School slang or New-School texting abbreviations. Add their names or give everyone a heart that says “World’s Best Dad.” Let your freak flag fly, my friend.
TIP: Before we get started, if you don’t want to use fondant to decorate these cakes, feel free to cover them in buttercream or ganache and decorate them with royal icing. You could even use candy, like M&M’s®, to form the letters. Feeling more relaxed? OK, let’s do this!
Conversation Heart Mini Cakes
From Elisa Strauss’ “Confetti Cakes For Kids”
Makes 6 individual cakes
What You Need:
- 1 cake recipe, any flavor, enough for 1 half-sheet pan or three 9-inch round cakes
- 1 frosting recipe (8 cups)
- 2 1/4 pounds fondant
- Food coloring gels: rose pink, lemon yellow, leaf green, violet, electric pink
- Cornstarch (for rolling fondant)
- 1/2 ounce gum paste (for letters)
- Shortening (for rolling gum paste)
- 4 1/4 x 4 1/4-inch heart cutter or paper heart pattern
- X-acto knife
- Six 4 1/4 x 4 1/4-inch pieces heart-shaped cardboard or foam core
- Small offset spatula
- Small serrated knife
- Large rolling pin
- Scalpel or paring knife
- Plastic mat
- Small rolling pin (for gum paste)
- Letter cutters (optional)
- Small paintbrush (for attaching letters)
- Prepare your cake batter of choice, enough to fill a half-sheet pan or 3 round cake pans. Bake and let it cool for 20 minutes. Remove from pan, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for a least 1 hour. (This makes the cake easier to cut.)
- While the cake is chilling, make the frosting.
- Cut the cake, using your heart-shaped cookie cutter or a paper pattern, into 12 hearts.
- Each mini cake will consist of 2 layers of cake and 1 layer of filling. For each cake, place a dab of filling on each cardboard heart and then place one cake heart on top. With an offset spatula, coat the bottom layer with approximately 1/2 inch of filling and place another heart on top of that. After the top layer of cake is on, push down slightly to secure the layers. Place the hearts in the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour or until the frosting is firm.
- Use a small serrated knife to trim the cakes into the shape of a rounded heart, approximately 2 1/2 inches high. Round the point of the heart as well as the top and bottom edges for a softer look. Cut away any excess cardboard with a serrated knife or scissors. Crumb coat each cake with a thin layer of frosting.
- Divide the fondant into 6-ounce sections (you’ll need that much to cover each cake) and dye each section your desired color.
- On a smooth surface dusted with cornstarch, roll out the fondant to 1/8 inch thick. Cover each cake with rolled fondant and trim any excess fondant.
- To make the letters, dye approximately 1/2 ounce of gum paste hot pink. On a plastic mat greased with shortening, roll out the gum paste paper thin and cut out the letters using cutters. It’s easiest if you let the letters dry for a few hours so they have time to harden before placing them on the cakes. Once they are firm to the touch you can arrange them on the cakes, and attach them with a dab of water.
42 thoughts on “Conversation Heart Mini Cakes”
These are the cutest ever!
A lot of work but worth the effort for a special day. Could use green fondent and shamrocks for St. Pats
Fun!! Love how you matched the colours to the genuine candy colours. Great work! Can I have the ‘sexy mofo’ one.
I love the “Sexy Mofo” heart. It’s my nickname for my hubby!
I’ve been enjoying making conversation heart-themed moon pies at work. The mean messages are selling best (go figure). Favorites include, “It’s not me, it’s you,” “Let’s just be friends,” and “I don’t like you in that way.” I might have to add “Sexy MoFo” to our repertoire!
These are AWESOME!! The decoration might be too ambitious for me, but if I feel up to it I’m definitely going to try something like this. You rock!
LOL! Love the “Sexy MoFo”!! Can I have that one?
Super Cute! Martha did something like this last year, with buttercream, these looks really good!
SO cute!! Wish I was talented enough to pull this one off!
These are just toooo cute!!
LOL Sexy Mofo is KILLIN me!! This is adorable! (:
I am not sure which would be more fun… making these adorable little cakes or coming up with the messages! Too cute!
These are precious! My favorite has to be “Sexy MoFo”! Great idea!
These are perfect! You are so damn creative!
Cute, cute, cute. The “Sexy MoFo” is my favorite.
What a great idea! Thanks for sharing
How creative! I think I’d like the taste of these conversation hearts better than the candy! :)
This is ever so cute and absolutely timely for V Day!
These are super adorable! Wonderful idea!!!
They are adorable- really great job!
You’re a nut! Those look sooo fabulous!
We’d take this over those icky candy hearts any day. Much yummier!
These are adorable!!!!
ack–i love them! and the naughty little messages, too! haha!
Oh, I’m still a little intimidated. But the photo is gorgeous and your cakes look impossibly perfect.
Oh my, that’s really look like a fun cake to make.
These are gorgeous! And so cute!
Last year for Valentine’s I made red velvet mini hearts for a bunch of my friends. It was a fair amount of work to frost them but the reactions were great. Sadly my camera was broken…
I love these—so fun and colorful! Conversation Hearts, in any form, never go out of style (and fondant always looks so pretty)!
Those came out too cute. Tired of hearing cute, adorable? LOL!
I like how you said at the end of the first page okay, let’s do this! :-)
You are always so clever and have such a great eye. I love these. Is it hard to use fondant? I have never tried.
Those are so much better than the candies! Love them.
These are great! I might give it a whirl tonight!
I love these!! Just classic.
These look great! And lol at Sexy MoFo
Can’t handle the cuteness. For serious.
I’m loving how Sexy MOFO is the hands down winner.
You seriously crack me up! I don’t know if the other parents would go for these designs for A’s Kindergarten class, but I sure love them!! BTW, did you know that Confetti Cake’s has a blog – and I followed the link on said blog about someone making great V-Day treats with this recipe… and it was you! Small world! I love it! I’m late now, but I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!
What a fun and original idea. I love the colors! I have that book but haven’t cracked it open…that’s going to change, after seeing this :).
omg_ superrrrrr cuteeee<333
i loveee thiss !
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