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Queen of Hearts Cake

  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 3 hr 25 min
  • Servings 16

Swirls of vanilla frosting decorate this beautiful 3-layer cake, perfect for any celebration. A slice reveals a dramatic red layer inside -- sure to impress all. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

Cake

2
boxes Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ vanilla cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix boxes
1
teaspoon unsweetened baking cocoa
Red gel food color

Topping and Filling

5
containers (16 oz each) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Red heart-shaped candies

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 3 (8-inch) round cake pans with shortening, or spray with cooking spray.
  • 2
    Make cake batter as directed on boxes (both boxes can be made at one time).
  • 3
    Spread one-third of the batter in each of 2 cake pans (about 2 1/2 cups each). To remaining one-third of batter, beat in baking cocoa with whisk until well blended. Add food color to desired color. Pour batter into third pan.
  • 4
    Bake 24 to 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Trim off rounded tops of cake layers, if necessary.
  • 5
    Place small amount of frosting in center of plate to keep cake in position. Place 1 white cake layer, bottom side down, on plate; frost with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with red cake layer; frost with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with remaining white cake layer. Frost top and side of cake with thin layer of frosting to form a crumb coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 6
    Fit decorating bag with medium star tip. Fill bag with frosting. Starting about 1 1/2 inches from bottom edge of cake, pipe center of rosette flower, then apply steady pressure to bag while squeezing frosting, and pipe in tight circle to make flower about 2 inches in diameter. Tap tip to cake to complete flower, and lift off. Continue piping flowers to cover side of cake, staggering up and down sides so no empty spaces show. Refill piping bag as needed. Pipe rosette flowers on top of cake to cover.
  • 7
    Sprinkle top of cake with heart-shaped candies. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Not enough cake pans? Store batter covered in refrigerator while baking other layers. Cool pan completely before baking next layer.
  • To keep your serving plate clean while frosting the cake, place strips of waxed paper around edge of plate. Remove after frosting is complete.
  • Applying a thin layer of frosting to a cake and refrigerating helps to seal in the crumbs before the final decorating.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
810
Calories from Fat
330
% Daily Value
Total Fat
37g
57%
Saturated Fat
14g
68%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
70mg
23%
Sodium
500mg
21%
Potassium
100mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
116g
39%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
89g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 6 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 7 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
8
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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