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.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray pan with vegetable pan spray.
In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
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.
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.
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.)
To decorate: Spatula ice cake fluffy with buttercream icing. Add candy dipped strawberries just before serving.