Heart-Shaped Checkerboard Cake

8-10 mins Cook
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Cute mini heart-shaped cakes, coated in white chocolate buttercream, perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day or any special day!

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Heart-Shaped Checkerboard Cake

Heart-Shaped Checkerboard Cake

prep time
20 mins
cooking time
8-10 mins
total time
30 mins


  • 2 8x8" baking tins

  • bowl of a stand mixer

  • wire rack

  • medium heatproof bowl and a pan over it

  • heart-shaped cutter or a stencil (one bigger and one smaller)


  • For the cake:

  • 90g Gem Caster Sugar

  • 90 Room Temp Butter

  • 2 Large Eggs

  • 100g Plain Flour

  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • Pink Food Colouring

  • For the Buttercream:

  • 115g Butter, softened

  • 110g Icing Sugar

  • 100g Gem White Chocolate Chips

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • Red Food Colouring


Preheat the oven to 160°C.
Grease and line 2 8x8" baking tins.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add in the cake ingredients, minus the food colouring. Beat the mix until smooth. Pour half the mix into 1 of the lined tins. Add a few drops of pink colouring to the remaining half and mix again until there is none of the original colour left.
Pour the pink mix into the remaining tin and bake the two for approximately 8-10 minutes in the middle of the oven or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.
In a mixing bowl, add in the butter and icing sugar, cream together for about 10 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water and melt the white chocolate chips. When slightly cooled, add into the buttercream mix along with the red food colouring and beat until consistent.
When the cakes are cooled, use a heart-shaped cutter or a stencil to cut out 4 hearts from each cake. If you want to create the checkerboard effect, cut smaller hearts out from the middle of each cake and swap them into the other colours, e.g. golden small heart into big red heart.
Add a light layer of buttercream on top of each of the hearts. Stack alternating colours for a 4 layered cake.
Add buttercream to the sides of the cake until completely covered.


Serve this treat to that special someone! Not only on V-day!

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