Broken Heart Cake is an easy fruit layered mini Strawberry cake, with a Pink Lemonade glaze for that Special Someone!
Have you ever had your heart broken? I know that I have, and I don’t think I’m alone. You just don’t forget the first time it happens. I was dating the star football player in High School. He was two years older than me (scandalous), he was gorgeous, charming, came from money and my Mother loved him (and she didn’t like anyone I dated). Yep, with this guy, I hit the Bachelor Jackpot! But he was definitely a player and a heart breaker. I remember being out with my girlfriends one day, and I saw him at the mall taking another girl to lunch. Oh well, C’est la vie (That’s life)! But Valentine’s Day is coming up and Love is in the Air. So it is time to open up your heart to the possibilities of Love and make this Broken Heart Cake!
I saw this Duncan Hines Perfect Size cake mix in the grocery store and I just had to try it. I am not being compensated for trying this; I just happen to love Duncan Hines cake mixes. It is the cutest little cake and perfect for 2-3 people. The box includes the heart shaped cake pan, the cake mix and the glaze. All you need is an egg, water, oil and milk. But, I figured I would change it up a little and “get my cake on”.
The cake seemed too small to cut in half and put frosting in the middle. So, I decided to add a layer of macerated raspberries to the middle of the cake. Plus, I thought since there was glaze on the top, frosting felt a little weird in the middle. So a fruit layer sounded great and I had some raspberries on hand, so I tried it, and it was absolutely delicious! Instead of just a big chunk of cake, it broke it up a little, and felt like a mini wedding cake (where you can usually find fruit layers). You see that…things are looking up. We go from talking about broken hearts to wedding cakes! But I digress, the filling really did add a little sweet, tart goodness to the lovely strawberry lemonade cake, and I would suggest you give it a whirl!
The funny thing is I was expecting a pink colored glaze in the box because the glaze looks pinkish on the front of the box. The glaze is actually pure white in color and lemon tasting. Luckily I had some red food coloring, because a girl just has to have some Pink in her life, especially on Valentine’s Day. Other than that, I just added some red mini M&M’s to the top (because a girl has to have polka dots) and I think it turned out really cute. This Broken Heart Cake is definitely easygoing, yummy and thrifty (kind of like the guys I have been dating lately)! Have a fantastic Valentine’s Day my friends!
- ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- One Duncan Hines Perfect Size Strawberry Lemon Kiss Cake Mix
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons milk (for glaze)
- 3 drops red food coloring, if desired
- ⅛ cup mini red M&M’s
- Combine the raspberries (mashing them up a bit) and the sugar in a small bowl. Stir until well combined and set aside.
- Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
- Pour only half of the cake batter into the heart shaped pan.
- Strain the raspberries in a wire mesh food strainer and push out as much excess moisture as possible using the back of a spoon.
- Pour the raspberries over the cake mixture in the pan and spread out to the edges. Pour the remaining cake batter over the top of the raspberries and spread out to make sure you have covered the entire raspberry layer. Bake as instructed.
- After the cake has cooled completely, prepare the glaze mixture as instructed, adding in the red food coloring if desired. Pour over the cake as instructed and immediately place the red M&M’s on top. Let set for 15 minutes.
And for a GREAT breakfast on Valentine’s Day, try our Sweetheart Breakfast Scramble!