Strawberry Heart Cake to Make with the Kids

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Though Valentine’s Day often focuses on couples, it can be a fun time to share with the kids! A recipe my kids always request on the love-themed holiday is this Strawberry Heart Cake. It may look complicated, but it is so easy – beginning with a white cake mix and a few household ingredients – use two round cake pans to create the fun heart shape.

If you want to be really festive, combine Valentine’s with Mardi Gras season and make a pink and red King Cake, using food coloring to change the icing. Kids will love mixing the colors and drizzling it on! Turn decorations into art projects and make kid-friendly Valentine’s Day décor with all of that candy. Put a pillar candle in a vase and surround with layers of candy hearts and hot tamales.  Get the whole family involved and see how creative you and the kids can get!

Strawberry Heart Cake

This awesome cake is too good to save for only Valentine’s Day. Turn into a round layered cake year-round with 9-inch round pans. It begins with a cake mix and is easy to make.

Makes 16 servings


  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 (3-ounce) package strawberry gelatin
  • 1/2 (10-ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries (1/2 cup) (reserve extra for frosting)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • Strawberry Frosting (recipe follows)


  1. Preheat oven 350ºF. Coat one 9 x 9 x 2-inch square pan and one 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, oil, eggs, egg whites, strawberry gelatin, 1/2 cup strawberries, and milk. Mix until well blended. Divide batter and pour into prepared pans. Bake 25 – 30 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans, cool completely.
  3. To form heart: Place square cake on large platter. Cut round cake in half, place each half with cut side next to square side. You may need to trim corners. This now makes a heart. Turn cakes so square cake’s pointed end is down and round halves are at top. Frost heart cake with Strawberry Frosting (see recipe below).



  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (16-ounce) box confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 (10-ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries (1/2 cup)


In medium mixing bowl, mix together butter, confectioners’ sugar, and remaining strawberries until well blended.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 336, Protein (g) 3, Carbohydrate (g) 60, Fat (g) 9, Calories from Fat (%) 25, Saturated Fat (g) 2, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 27, Sodium (mg) 262 Diabetic Exchanges: 4 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

Written by: Holly Clegg, Culinary Expert & Cookbook Author


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With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy, healthy and practical recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more targeted health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Web MD and The Huffington Post.

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