The perfect cake for Valentine's Day weddings, this Queen of Hearts Valentine's Day Cake is simply glamourous. A large striped layer offers a sturdy base, then a middle layer is embellished with glittering hearts that poke through a curtain of fondant. Top the cake with a pristine white layer and a beautiful heart cake topper and you have one Valentine's Day treat that is sure to impress the Queen of Hearts herself! Featuring bold red, black and white cake decorations, this elegant wedding cake is sure to turn (but not take off!) heads!
Bake and cool cakes: 2-layer 7.75 x 5.5 in. oval (4 in. high), 3-layer 10.75 x 7.8 in. oval (6 in. high) and 1-layer 16.5 x 12.38 in. oval (2 in. high). Place on cut-to-fit Cake Circles and cover with white fondant. Prepare for Stacked Construction.
Using Rising Scallops pattern, mark left half of scallop on front of middle cake; reverse pattern and mark right half. Roll out light red fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut a 6 x 18 in. rectangle. Use pattern to mark left half of scallop; flip pattern and mark right half. Cut as single piece. Roll ends toward center, lift and unroll as you insert in position.
Roll out dark red 1/16 in. thick. Cut hearts using medium cutter; brush with damp brush and sprinkle with red sugar. Starting at top center, attach to insert, about 3/4 in. apart in staggered rows.
Stack cakes on prepared base board. Shape and attach drapes.
Roll out black fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut 3/4 x 5 in. strips. Brush backs with damp brush and attach to bottom layer, about 1 in. apart; trim ends to fit.
Make ribbon roses. Make 1 large using 4 x 14 in. strip; make 4 small using 2 x 8 in. strips. Attach with thinned fondant adhesive. At reception: Insert heart.
*Combine Red-Red with Christmas Red and Orange for red shown.
A timeless and versatile technique, the ribbon rose can elevate the look of any cake or treat. Ribbon roses can be made in many sizes for variation. They can be used as simple cake decorations and also to dress up cupcakes.
The luxurious folds of a fondant drape add richness as a side garland or as skirt accents. Make a larger, more dramatic drape by cutting a larger rectangle. Be sure not to roll out fondant too thick before gathering?the weight of the drape may tear the ends.