Recipe: Sweetheart Butter Cake

For my little daughter’s recent 3rd birthday I decided to make a cake that suited her personality – a cute little sweetheart. Also, it’s easy to make and decorate when you’ve got kids running amok.

This is a basic buttercake recipe with buttercream icing. I used a heart shaped cake tin, but you can easily double the recipe to make 2 cakes – 1 square cake and one round cake –  then create your own larger heart shaped cake by cutting the shapes out. Click here to see how to do this.


Heat the oven  to 180 degrees

  • 1 c butter
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 c milk (this can vary depending on you)

In a bowl beat the butter until it’s nice and light and smooth. Add the sugar and cream it with the butter. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after you add each.

Sift the flour and baking powder together and add to the mixture, folding it in. The mix will be a little stiff, so add enough milk to make it the perfect consistency (I generally use around 1/3 c as listed above), but don’t overmix.

Bake for around 40 mins.

Take it out and cool.


Make the buttercream icing using a cup of butter and around 2 c of icing sugar with a little milk to mix.

Once it’s at consistency you’re happy with, ice the whole cake.

Putting it all together

  • 1 heart shaped caked tin
  • 1 heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Sugar flowers (I bought mine from the supermarket)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Shredded Coconut

Before the icing sets, you will need to take the heart shaped cookie cutter and place on top in the centre.

Take the shredded coconut and pack it onto the icing, making sure that the sides are well covered.

Take your mini mallowpuffs and placce them face up, along the outer edges of the cookie cutter. Keep going and gradually fill in the whole space.

Remove the cookie cutter carefully, then take the sugar flowers and add around the edges of the marshmallow, covering up the gap in icing that was created by the cookie cutter.

Allow to set and you’re all done!

I know you’re asking whether she liked it?

Here are some pics – forgive the candle overload. My son bought her a candle and I’d already bought some other ones. It’s a little mis-matched, but all done with love 🙂

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