Vanilla Strawberry Loaf Heart Cake Recipe: Perfect For Valentine’s Day

If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day dessert, then this Vanilla Strawberry Loaf Heart Cake Recipe is perfect for you.  I just love the hidden heart that is hidden inside of this loaf cake!

Valentine's Day Heart Loaf Cake

What a special way to show someone that you care – without having to spend a lot of money. The best gifts are the ones that you make from the heart and with a lot of thought and love, right?

If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day dessert to wow your loved ones, this Valentine’s Day Heart Loaf is IT! 

Vanilla Strawberry Loaf Heart Cake Recipe: Perfect For Valentine’s Day

Vanilla Strawberry Loaf Heart Cake

Vanilla Strawberry Loaf Heart Cake Ingredients

Hidden  Strawberry Heart  Ingredients:

  • 1 C unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 4  eggs, room temp
  • 2 tsp strawberry extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pink gel food coloring
  • heart cookie cutter

Vanilla loaf Ingredients:

  • 1 C unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 4  eggs, room temp
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Royal Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 C powder sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pink gel food coloring
Valentine's Day Loaf

Hidden Strawberry Heart Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a loaf pan with baking spray. On high speed with an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat after adding each of the eggs, one at a time. Add strawberry extract and salt.

Gradually add the flour beating on low until all ingredients are combined. Add several drops of the pink gel food coloring. Pour the pink batter into the loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes ( loaf will not be completely baked). Cool in pan 15 minutes. Flip the loaf onto a wire rack to cool. Turn upright to cool completely.

Valentine's Day Loaf


With the cookie cutter in hand measure for the width of each slice. Cut each slice according to the above measurement. Using the cookie cutter, cut out the hearts.  Set aside.

Valentine's Day Loaf With Heart Inside

Valentine’s Heart Loaf Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a loaf pan with baking spray. Set each heart slice into the loaf pan (these should reach from one end of the loaf pan to the other end of the loaf pan).

On high speed with an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beating after adding each of the eggs into the bowl, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla and salt.

Gradually add the flour beating on low until all ingredients are combined. Begin by filling in the batter on both sides and in between the heart slices and lastly cover the top of the heart as well with the batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Flip the loaf onto a wire rack to cool. Turn upright to cool completely.

Valentine's Day Dessert

Valentine’s Day Dessert Royal Icing Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring) If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.

Divide the icing evenly into two bowls. In the first bowl of icing add several drops of pink gel food coloring.  Mix well.

Scoop the pink icing into a piping bag with a #2 tip. In the second bowl this icing remains white. Scoop the white icing into a piping bag with a #2 tip. Drizzle the pink and white icing on the top of the loaf cake.

Vanilla Strawberry Loaf Heart Cake Recipe: Perfect For Valentine's Day

Vanilla Strawberry Loaf Heart Cake Recipe: Perfect For Valentine's Day

Vanilla Strawberry Loaf Heart Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • Hidden  Strawberry Heart  Ingredients:
  • * 1 C unsalted butter, room temp
  • * 2 C flour
  • * 1 C sugar
  • * 4  eggs, room temp
  • * 2 tsp strawberry extract
  • * 1/2 tsp salt
  • * pink gel food coloring
  • * heart cookie cutter
  • Vanilla loaf Ingredients:
  • * 1 C unsalted butter, room temp
  • * 2 C flour
  • * 1 C sugar
  • * 4  eggs, room temp
  • * 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • * 1/2 tsp salt
  • Royal Icing Ingredients:
  • * 2 egg whites
  • * 1 C powder sugar
  • * 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • * 1 tsp vanilla
  • * Pink gel food coloring

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a loaf pan with baking spray. On high speed with an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat after adding each of the eggs, one at a time. Add strawberry extract and salt.

Gradually add the flour beating on low until all ingredients are combined. Add several drops of the pink gel food coloring. Pour the pink batter into the loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes ( loaf will not be completely baked) . Cool in pan 15 minutes. Flip the loaf onto a wire rack to cool.

Turn upright to cool completely.

With the cookie cutter in hand measure for the width of each slice. Cut each slice according to the above measurement. Using the cookie cutter, cut out the hearts. Set aside.

Valentine's Heart Loaf Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a loaf pan with baking spray. Set each heart slice into the loaf pan (these should reach from one end of the loaf pan to the other end of the loaf pan).

On high speed with an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beating after adding each of the eggs into the bowl, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla and salt.

Gradually add the flour beating on low until all ingredients are combined. Begin by filling in the batter on both sides and in between the heart slices and lastly cover the top of the heart as well with the batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes.

Flip the loaf onto a wire rack to cool. Turn upright to cool completely.

Valentine's Day Dessert Royal Icing Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring) If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.

Divide the icing evenly into two bowls. In the first bowl of icing add several drops of pink gel food coloring. Mix well.

Scoop the pink icing into a piping bag with a #2 tip. In the second bowl this icing remains white.

Scoop the white icing into a piping bag with a #2 tip. Drizzle the pink and white icing on the top of the loaf cake.

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