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Surprise Heart Pound Cake

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Surprise Heart Pound Cake

surprise heart pound cake

In honor of my anniversary, which is just a few days away, I wanted to share this Surprise Heart Pound Cake recipe with you. With Valentine’s Day just passing us by, this would have also been a great recipe then. But I think this pound cake could be made for several reasons. One, obviously would be for an anniversary. But I think this would also be much appreciated when someone isn’t feeling well, or just to let someone know that you are thinking of them. This Surprise Heart Pound Cake takes a little time to prepare, but the presentation is so worth it!

Surprise Heart Pound Cake

Prep Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 7 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert


  • CAKES:
  • 2 boxes of pound cake mix
  • 1/2 cup of butter softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups of milk
  • red food coloring
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • You will also need a heart shaped cookie cutter.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • Prepare your first pound cake following the box directions. Add the red food coloring to get a good pink color in the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes (about 10 less than box directions).
  • Let cool on a rack for about an hour.
  • Remove the cake from the pan and refrigerate for several hours.
  • Slice the cold cake into slices no thicker than your heart shaped cookie cutter.
  • Use the cookie cutter to cut heart shapes from each slice and stack to the side.
  • Prepare the other box of pound cake mix following the box directions.
  • Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour 1/4" of the batter in the bottom of the loaf pan.
  • Place your heart cut-outs down the middle, keeping them straight and together.
  • Pour the remaining batter over the heart cut-outs in the pan. Ensure it gets down the sides and covers the top. (There will be a lot of batter left!)
  • Bake according to box directions.
  • Let cool on a rack for an hour.
  • Remove from pan and place on a platter.
  • In a medium bowl, add powdered sugar and slowly add milk. Whisk together until desired consistency is reached.
  • Drizzle icing over cake and serve.

 surprise heart pound cake

Please do not let the prep time for this Surprise Heart Pound Cake worry you. A LOT of that time is when the cake is in the fridge or cooling on a rack. Se even though it does take some time, it really goes together pretty easily. Be sure to check out all of our yummy recipes HERE!

I always keep a lot of cookie cutters in the kitchen. You never know when or what you can use them for. This is a great set that comes in a container with a lid!


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