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Red Velvet Heart Cake

Whether it's Valentine's Day or "just another day," baking a Red Velvet Heart Cake for that special someone is the perfect way to show your love. One slice into the cake will reveal its velvety-rich red inside - quite a contrast to the fluffy white exterior! For an extra touch, top with strawberries dipped in white chocolate and colored sugars. May be baked as a 9-inch round for square cake also.

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Difficulty: Easy



Instructions:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray pan with vegetable pan spray.

Step 2

In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Step 3

Add eggs, icing color and vanilla; mix well. Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; add alternately with buttermilk to batter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir baking soda into vinegar; fold carefully into batter.

Step 4

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.

Step 5

While cake cools, wash and dry strawberries. Melt candy according to package directions. Holding strawberries by stem, dip into melted candy and gently tap to remove any excess; sprinkle or dip into desired sugar. Place on parchment or waxed paper covered cookie sheets; refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes. (May be made several hours in advance.)

Step 6

To decorate: Spatula ice cake fluffy with buttercream icing. Add candy dipped strawberries just before serving.