Try this easy hack for a sweet ticker-shaped treat.

By Brandi Broxson
Updated January 12, 2018
Greg DuPree

February is the month we make extra efforts to show our loved ones just how much they are valued at Valentine’s Day. But we guarantee this easy-to-make treat will delight friends, family, and significant others long after the holiday has passed. Consider it a one-size-fits-all kind of gesture perfect for those times when you want to give someone a piece of your heart.

I know what you’re thinking—but I don’t have a heart-shaped pan. Good news! You don't need a special cake pan to bake up this Valentine's treat. Just fill a round pan and a square pan of similar widths with your favorite batter and bake. Once they're done, let the cakes cool completely, and then remove them from the pans. Cut the round cake in half, creating two semicircles. Position the square cake like a diamond, and then place the semicircular halves on adjacent sides of the square cake. Use frosting to "glue" the pieces together, forming a heart shape. Once the pieces are in place, frost the entire cake, using "S" motions for the irresistible swirls you see in the photo above. If sprinkles are your jam, add some or top with fresh fruit (raspberries would be lovely). Enjoy with a loved one.

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Need to transport the cake but don’t want to ruin your frosting handiwork? Stick a few toothpicks in the center and on the edges of the cake and then set plastic wrap on top of the toothpicks. Once you reach your destination, remove the toothpicks and plastic wrap and serve.