• Makes 1
  • 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty Medium
  • 17 Ingredients

Surprise your Valentine with this hidden heart cake. It looks like a normal chocolate cake until it's cut – revealing a perfect heart in the middle!

Ingredients (makes 1 Loaf size cake)

  • 1 Egg
  • 63g Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup SR flour, sifted
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
  • Pink food colouring
  • 2 Eggs
  • 125g Butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups SR flour, sifted
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 3 TBS Cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • Icing sugar do decorate the finished cake


  1. To make the heart part; combine the egg, butter, sugar, flour, milk, vanilla and food colouring (to your desired colour) together in a small bowl using an electric mixer on low. Once all combined, beat on high for 3 minutes.
  2. Line a small slice tin with baking paper and pour the cake into the tin to make a thin layer. Bake in a 180 degree oven for approximately 7-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. It wont take long to cook because it’s so thin, so keep an eye on it
  3. Once cooked, remove from oven and allow to cool down completely. When it’s cooled, using a small heart shaped cutter, cut enough hearts from it to reach the length of a loaf tin. Set aside.
  4. To make the chocolate part of the cake, mix all the remaining ingredients) together in a small bowl using an electric mixer on low. Once all combined, beat on high for 3 minutes.
  5. Pour 1/3 of the mix into a lined loaf tin, then carefully stand the hearts up in a line the length of the tin. This part is tricky, and while you can do it yourself, it helps if someone is around to help you put them in.
  6. Pour the remaining chocolate cake mix carefully over the top of the hearts covering them completely.
  7. Bake in a moderate oven for between 45-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. When cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack


Store in an air tight container for up to 4 days. Can be frozen if wrapped well

  • This is cute and sounds delicious


  • This is adorable! A very cute suprise when you cut it open


  • This is very cute and very clever. Hearts are my thing so I’d love this any day.


  • This is lovely.Perfect treat for valentines day.


  • That’s so cool! I never would have thought of that!


  • This is so cute!
    I wish our oven worked so I can get back into baking such yummy treats like this.


  • What a cute idea Kel !


  • So cute. Saved for next Valentine’s Day.


  • Such a pretty cake idea thanks for sharing


  • I love the finished result. Not sure mine would look quite this good though


  • It’s a nice idea to work love hearts in foods, not only for your husband/partner also for the kids


  • Wow, this is such a clever idea- I love it!


  • It looks cute but I know I would just as easily buy something similar.


  • Love the idea but my partner doesn’t eat cake and it’s the same day as my birthday so he should be making me a cake!


  • So cute…like the idea


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