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Tiny Love Cakes

Yield 18 cakes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag M&M'S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies for Valentine's Day
  • 1 16-oz. can prepared vanilla frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 tube chocolate decorating frosting, with plain tip
  • 1 16-oz. frozen pound cake(s), thawed
  • Wire cooling rack
  • Waxed paper
  • 1 2- to 2 1/4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Glass measuring cup

How to Make It

  1. Prep time: 40 min.
    Decoration time: 30 min.

  2. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and top with a wire cooling rack; set aside. Cut pound cake lengthwise into 9 slices, each about 1 inch thick. Using the heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 2 heart shapes per cake slice. (Save trimmings for another use, such as trifles, rum balls, or snacking.) Place the heart-shaped cake pieces on top of the wire cooling rack.

  3. Spoon 1/4 cup of the vanilla frosting into a resealable plastic bag and set aside. Using the red food coloring, tint the remaining frosting a light pink, and spoon it into a glass measuring cup. Heat the pink frosting in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds, or until pourable. DO NOT OVERHEAT. Pour the pink frosting over the heart-shaped cake pieces, to cover both the tops and the sides, reusing the drippings and reheating if necessary. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.

  4. Using scissors, snip a small corner from the resealable plastic bag filled with the white frosting, and use it to pipe designs on the tops and sides of the heart-shaped cake pieces. Attach M&M'S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies for Valentine's Day in different designs, then pipe messages on the tops with the decorative chocolate frosting.