Chocolate Valentine Surprise Cake

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Show someone a little love this year with this delicious and moist Chocolate Valentine Surprise Cake. It has a hidden heart inside! This chocolate loaf cake is so fun and easy to make for Valentine’s Day and everyone will just love it.

Valentine Surprise Cake...using a chocolate loaf cake! Such a fun & easy idea for Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day Surprise Cake

This is a sweet dessert that is perfect for a loved one, for who you want to show appreciation this year. It is so fluffy and tasty that one bite will have them hooked. Once you cut into it, it has a wonderful strawberry icing and sprinkles surprise. It will surely put a smile on anyone’s face.

Key Ingredients You’ll Need

Cake Mix: You will need chocolate and strawberry cake mix for this recipe. You can make your own homemade recipe or use a store-bought mix.

Strawberry Icing: You can use this or make regular white icing with food coloring. I also use heart sprinkles to add on top.

How To Make Chocolate Valentine Surprise Cake

Step 1. Set the oven to 350 degrees. Use the directions on the strawberry cake mix to prepare and add to a greased loaf pan. Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick is placed in the middle and comes out clean. Take it out of the pan and wrap it with a layer of plastic wrap. Store in the freezer for 30 minutes. Measure the slices using a heart cookie cutter. Use the cutter to cut out heart shapes.

Step 2. Use the directions on the chocolate cake mix to prepare and pour just enough into a greased loaf pan to cover the base of the pan. Arrange the heart cake cutouts into the middle making sure they are pressed together tightly. Add the remaining chocolate batter on top. Place in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick is placed in the middle and comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool thoroughly before frosting.

Step 3. Place sprinkles on top and on the sides of the frosting before cutting it into slices to reveal the strawberry cake heart. Serve and enjoy!

Valentine Surprise Cake...using a chocolate loaf cake! Such a fun & easy idea for Valentine's Day!

Variations For Chocolate Valentine Surprise Cake:

I love this cake because you can change it up to your liking or if your favorite person has a favorite color.

  • You can use white cake/frosting and color it how you desire.
  • I love using red or pink for Valentine’s theme, but if your loved one has a favorite color, you can make this blue, purple, green, etc.
  • Try a different type of sprinkles!

Tips & Tricks

  • You can make these into cupcakes if you desire.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for the best storage method.
  • If you want to freeze the cake, you can wrap it in plastic wrap, then a layer of foil, and place in a freezer-safe bag.
Valentine Surprise Cake...using a chocolate loaf cake! Such a fun & easy idea for Valentine's Day!

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Chocolate Valentine Surprise Cake

Show someone a little love this year with this delicious and moist Chocolate Valentine's Surprise Cake. It has a hidden heart inside! This chocolate loaf cake is so fun and easy to make for Valentine's Day and everyone will just love it.
Servings: 8 slices
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 15 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your strawberry cake mix according to the package directions and pour it into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center. Cool completely. Remove the cake from the pan and wrap it with plastic wrap.
  • Place the cake in the fridge for 30 minutes. Take a heart cookie cutter to measure your slices. Then cut out heart shapes from the slices using your heart cookie cutter.
  • Prepare your chocolate cake according to the package directions. The grease you pan and pour enough batter on the bottom just to cover it. Then add your heart cake cutouts like this making sure they are pressed together tightly. Pour the rest of the batter on top to cover.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean in the center. Cool completely then frost the top using your strawberry frosting.
  • We also added a heart to the sides using our frosting. Add heart sprinkles on top of the frosting. Cut slices and find a delicious strawberry cake slice inside!

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Nutrition

Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 810mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 3mg

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10 comments on “Chocolate Valentine Surprise Cake”

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    Lori Altenhof

    If the strawberry cake is baking twice, (before cutting and in the chocolate cake) how is it not drying out?

  2. Do you use the entire cake mix or just half? I’m just wondering it will overflow if I use too much. Excited to try this! Thanks!

    1. It did overflow. I think it needs to be stated not to use all the chocolate cake mix or use a bigger baking pan for the final cake.

  3. HELlo!
    The Valentine’s Day cake with the heart in the center, when it’s time to pour the chocolate batter do I pour it all or just enough to cover the bottom of the pan?
    Thanks!

    1. I just store the scraps and my boys eat them…but I have also made cake pops several times with leftover cake.