Valentine Chocolate Cake

Easy decorated Valentine's Cake with marbled fondant hearts and a buttercream rope boarder. The cake does not only convince from the outside but it is filled with the softest chocolate cake and buttercream and homemade dulce de leche!

Easy marbled fondant heart decoration and Dulce de Leche filling for a beautiful Valentine's Cake inside and out!

Read here why this chocolate cake recipe is the best in my opinion!

How to make marbled Fondant?

For this fun decoration I made marbled fondant hearts. It is an easy method with a great look. You can use store bought fondant or you can make your own marshmallow fondant (recipe following soon). Simply kneed your fondant until it is soft and warm, spread it out on a with vegetable shortening covered surface and roll it into a thin layer. Smooth it with your fingers until it is shiny. Wash and dry your hands to make sure you do not have any food coloring on your hands that would dye the white fondant. Kneed the white fondant until soft and rip it in small pieces. Place the pieces on top of the red fondant and smooth it out. To cut the fondant hearts use a heart cookie cutter. Let them dry for a little bit.

Valentines Day Chocolate Cake

Ingredients for 3 6-inch cake layers

Chocolate cake:

2 1/4 cups (450 g) sugar

3 cups, 2 tbsp (330 g) flour

1 cup 2 tbsp (110 g) cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

2 1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp salt

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups (375 ml) butter milk

3/4 cup (185 ml) vegetable oil

3 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cup (375 ml) coffee, hot

Chocolate buttercream:

12 large egg whites

2 1/2 cups (500 g) sugar

2 cups (454 g) butter, softened

1 cup (200 g) shortening (or butter)

3 tsp vanilla extract

6 oz (170 g) melted chocolate

pink food coloring

1/2 cup (60 g) powdered sugar, for rope boarder

1 cup dulce de leche (see notes)

red fondant

white fondant


Step 1:

Start off with a large bowl. Combine the sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla. Add oil and butter milk. Mix it until fluffy. Sift in flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda and mix until everything is thoroughly incorporated. Stir in the hot coffee; the batter will be very thin.

Step 2: