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Valentine’s Day Recipes: Peek-A-Boo Heart Cake

Valentine’s Day Recipes: Peek-A-Boo Heart Cake

I’m not much of a baker, but I love edible art projects for kids. And there’s something about Valentine’s Day that makes me pull out the frosting, food coloring, and sprinkles and let my daughter go wild with creativity. My “go to” is this simple Decorate a Cupcake project.

But when I saw this Peekaboo Pumpkin Pound Cake recipe on Pinterest I knew I had to adapt it for Valentine’s Day. It took longer than I typically like baking projects to take but it was well worth it! Don’t you agree? Here are the instructions for making one of my new favorite Valentine’s Day recipes: Peek-A-Boo Heart Cake.

Make a Peek-A-Boo Heart Cake

Step 1: Make pound cake batter following the package instructions (or use your fave recipe). Add food coloring to desired amount. Note: the brighter the better for contrast. Bake according to instructions less 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Peekaboo Heart Valentine Cake Step 1

Step 2: Remove from pan and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Peek-a-boo- Heart Cake Recipe - step 2

Step 3: Slice bread and cut heart shapes using a heart cookie cutter. I used a small one but you could go larger like in the pumpkin recipe.

Peek-a-boo Heart Cake Recipe Step 3

  Peek-a-boo Heart Cake Recipe Step 3

Step 4: Line hearts in a prepared bread pan.

Peek-a-boo Heart Cake Recipe Step 4

Step 5: Make 2nd pound cake batter mix according to package directions. Add food coloring if desired (in hindsight I would not have done this). Pour batter over hearts in pan being sure to completely cover them. Bake according to instructions.

Peek-a-boo Heart Cake Recipe Step 5

Step 6: Cool completely, remove from pan, frost and decorate.

Peek-a-boo Heart Cake Recipe Step 6

Step 7: Cut and enjoy!

Peek-a-boo Heart Cake Recipe Step 7


Looking for more Valentine’s Day Treats for kids? Check out this cupid cupcakes recipe, Valentine’s Day recipes for toddlers and these heart-shaped Valentine’s Day treats.

Cupid Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Recipes for Toddlers

Heart-shaped treats for Valentine's Day



  1. ProgressiveMom February 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    What did you do w/the first pound cake minus the cut out hearts??

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    Amy February 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Ate them! You could also cut them in pieces and make parfait cups with pudding, whipped cream and fruit (strawberries, blueberries, etc.). Delish.

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    Kate February 6, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Love this! I was thinking you could also use the leftover cake to make cake pops:

  4. Heather February 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    You could cut up the leftover cake and freeze it for ice cream toppings.

  5. Caty February 6, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I’m getting really hungry just reading this comment chain…

  6. MediaMom February 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    So cute!

  7. Amanda February 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Will this work with just regular cake?

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