If you want to bake a simple and delicious cake for someone’s special occasion, this Easy Heart Shaped Cake is the perfect option.
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Easy Heart Shaped Cake (gluten free)

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins


For the cake base:

  • 130 g starch, potato, corn or tapioca starch
  • 130 g brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 20 g cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 20 ml olive oil, or other vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting:

For the glaze:


Cake Base:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Line a 1,5 l heart shaped pan with a sheet of baking paper and grease well on top (if your pan is made of silicone, the paper is not necessary).
  • In a bowl combine starch, cocoa powder and baking powder and stir.
  • In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat sugar with 3 yolks and 1 white for 5-6 minutes, until thick and creamy. Add olive oil and vanilla and beat shortly again.
  • Wash and wipe the beaters of the mixer and beat separately the last egg white in another bowl until thick foam.
  • Using a rubber spatula gradually fold the dry ingredients into the eggs and sugar mixture. At the end fold in also the egg yolk.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let the cake cool until room temperature, then wrap it in cling film and transfer to the fridge for at least 2 hours.


  • In a large bowl beat all ingredients until thick and creamy.
  • To assemble the cake:
  • Cut the refrigerated cake base into three equal layers. Place one layer on top of a serving plate and generously cover it with the frosting. Continue the process until using all layers. Make sure you have enough frosting to fill all the holes between the layers and a bit for the top and the sides. Refrigerate the cake for 6-8 hours or overnight. Cover with the glaze shortly before serving.


  • Melt the chocolate on a double boiler and add food colouring and milk. Stir well until combined. Wait few minutes, until the glaze cools down a bit and spoon it on top of the cake.
  • Decorate with sprinkles and candies.


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