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Make heart-shaped cakes without buying special pan

With Valentine's Day coming, we all turn to making some-one we love feel special with a heart-shaped message. My favorites are Heart-Shaped Cup-cakes, a Heart Cake and Heart Shaped Edibles.Heart-Shaped Cupcakes

Cake batter

Paper baking cups

Marbles or aluminum foil

Line muffin pans with paper baking cups and fill 1/2 full with batter. Place a marble or small ball of aluminum foil in each cup between the paper liner and the pan to make the heart-shaped mold. If the cups aren't about 2/3 full, add a little more batter. Don't overfill the cups or you'll lose the heart shape. Bake as usual. Frost the cupcakes, pipe decorative frosting around the outside to further define the heart shape and decorate with Valentine candies.

Heart Cake

Make a heart-shaped cake without purchasing a special pan.

1 cake mix

1 9" round cake pan

1 9" square baking pan

1 recipe for white frosting

Cherry pie filling

Make cake batter according to package directions and pour into greased and floured cake pans. Bake as directed. Cool cake 10 minutes in pan on cooling rack. Remove from pans.

Place square cake diamond fash-ion on a serving dish. Cut the round cake in half and place each half with cut side next to a square side to form a heart. Frost with white icing and make a border around the outer edge to hold the filling. Top with cherry pie filling.

Heart-Shaped Edibles

Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts from foods such as biscuit dough or jelled gelatin. Pace an open-topped, heart-shaped cookie cutter on the griddle and pour pancake batter into the cutter (or you can just try to pour the batter in a heart shape). Trim slices of bread into hearts for special Valentine sandwiches.