Jan 17

Hearts A-flame Cake

by Hannah Holt »


This cake makes a dazzling impression at any children’s party.

What you’ll need:

  • chocolate cake
  • white butter frosting
  • orange butter frosting
  • red butter frosting
  • two Ziplock sandwich bags
  • 4-6 egg shell halves (saved from cake baking)
  • 4-6 Brach’s candy conversation hearts
  • lemon extract (pure, not imitation)

Step 1: If you need a recipe for chocolate cake, this links to my favorite. Also here is the recipe I use for butter frosting. Of course, ready-made frosting, and cake mix works as well.

Step 2: Frost the entire cake white.

Step 3: Spoon the orange and red frosting into two different sandwich bags. Snip a small corner off each bag (about 1/4 inch) and use the bags to pipe flames around the cake.

Let the kids get involved, and have fun with it.

Step 4: Carefully rinse and dry the egg shells. Arrange them on the top of the cake, like this…

Step 5: Place one candy heart in each egg shell and pour 1/4 tsp of lemon extract over each heart. It must be lemon extract (not vanilla or any other flavoring) because of the high alcohol content in lemon extract. (You won’t want to eat the hearts afterwards. It’s only for the effect.)

Step 6: Turn out the lights and have an adult light the hearts on fire. They will burn for a while. Blow them out when you are ready to eat cake.


Other Ideas:

For a dinosaur, dragon, or volcano themed birthday party when candy hearts might not be available, just substitute sugar cubes for the candy hearts.

  1. Tara Oliver

    This is amazing!

  2. Eric VanRaepenbusch

    This looks a lot of fun….and tasty! As you could probably guess — cake is one of my favorite desserts! I am now hungry….Thanks :)

  3. Hannah

    Thank you. :)