Keep it sweet and simple this Valentine’s Day with these adorable and delicious Mini Heart-Shaped Cakes! So easy and fun, have the kids join in the baking!
The Pillsbury™ Doughboy has inspired us once again to celebrate the little moments in life without the pressure of making everything from scratch. With a Pillsbury Devil’s Food cake mix, the new Pillsbury -Filled Pastry Bag and some festive sprinkles, the kids easily created these adorable Mini Heart-Shaped Cakes with so much pride and joy.
This Operation Celebration with our friends at Pillsbury certainly got us in the Valentine spirit!
With Operation Celebration, Pillsbury emails a newsletter each month featuring festive treats and delicious recipes to inspire you and your family to get in the kitchen and have fun making tasty memories together. We love it!
These mini heart-shaped cakes are so great for the kids to decorate and enjoy as a Valentine activity at home or at school. The cake mix is made according to package directions and spread in a 12 x 17-inch baking sheet to bake for just 10 minutes. My kids especially love cracking the eggs and I’m so thankful the box directions call for 4 eggs so each of my kids gets a turn. Whew, it’s the little things, right?! 😉
After the cake cooled, we cut it into 32 mini heart-shaped cakes. Such a quick and easy way to get several shaped cakes for serving a crowd or gifting to all your friends and family.
Then it was time to decorate! I let each kid have their own Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag to frost their cakes. The pre-filled bags make the whole frosting process so much easier for all. The kids have confidence and success using them and I have less overall stress and mess. Win! Win!
The new Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bags come in ready-to-go packaging and are available in three flavors: vanilla, chocolate fudge and cream cheese.
The results are just too cute! Moist little bite-sized cakes with creamy frosting and all the sprinkles…
It doesn’t get much simpler or sweeter than these mini heart-shaped cakes. Everyone is sure to fall in love with them!
I encourage you to get in the kitchen with your kids and bake up memories that will last a lifetime. Let Pillsbury inspire you in the months to come by signing up for Pillsbury Operation Celebration. Each month you will receive an email with a new theme featuring festive treats, recipes and inspiration to help you mix up something tasty with your family. I hope you and your crew join in on the fun! Be sure to tag @PillsburyBaking #DoughboySurprise and @TheBakerMama so we can see your creative creations!
We hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with love and lots of sweet treats!
Mini Heart-Shaped Cakes
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 32 1x
- Category: Dessert
Keep it sweet and simple this Valentine’s Day with these adorable and delicious mini heart-shaped cakes!
- 1 (15.25 ounce) box Pillsbury Devil’s Food cake mix
- water, oil & eggs called for on cake mix box
- 1 (16 ounce) box Pillsbury pre-filled pastry bag frosting (vanilla, cream cheese or chocolate fudge flavored)
- 1 (5.25 ounce) container Valentine festive sprinkles
- mini heart-shaped cookie cutter
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 12 x 17-inch baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, prepare cake mix as directed on the box using water, oil and eggs. Spread batter evenly into prepared baking pan. Bake for about 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating pan halfway through baking time. Let cake cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack, about 30 minutes.
- Once cake is cooled, use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut and remove about 32 mini hearts from the cake. Set heart cakes on a tray or board you can decorate them on.
- Decorate each mini cake with the pre-filled pastry bag of frosting. Immediately sprinkle with festive sprinkles.
Do you think you could do this with a brownie mix too?
Hi Deb! Absolutely!
Thanks! We made them yesterday (Valentine’s lasts all month, right?) with a gluten-free chocolate cake mix, and I was worried about cutting them out–but they cut out so easily and were ADORABLE. My boys loved frosting them, and they are the perfect-sized treat for preschoolers. Thanks for the fun holiday ideas!
What an adorable recipe to make! I love it, can’t wait to try it here too!
i love these recipes i can’t wait to try them myself
I think it is great that your children are so comfortable in the kitchen. I started to cook with my children when they were very young, like yours. Back then eggs seemed to land on the floor as often as they made it into the bowl. But those messes were totally worth it. They are both in their early 30s now and are very competent at cooking and baking. Now they cook our Thanksgiving dinner each year with just a tiny bit of help from me. I also love the way your children select foods from the boards you make which means they are trying and learning to appreciate a wide range of foods. Your book and the ideas you post on Facebook and on Instagram have triggered so many new creations for me to make for my family and friends. Thank you!
These mini heart cakes are adorable! I’d like to make them with my grandchildren.
Will you please share where you buy your valentine sprinkles?
Love all that you do and am enjoying Beautiful Boards that my daughter gave me for Christmas!
Hi, Susie! Target’s seasonal section has a great selection. I think you’ll find that most major grocery stores have a seasonal section where you can find some cute sprinkles. Thank you so much! I hope you continue to enjoy!