If one of those sweet candy hearts with a soul-soaring proclamation like “Be Mine” or “Hug Me” does nothing to quell your appetite for a romantic Valentine’s Day indulgence, consider a similar such sugar high in the form of a conversation heart cake you can make with your loved ones in the comfort of your own kitchen.
It’s a DIY conversation heart cake kit, and it’s coming at you from Larchmont baker extraordinaire and founder of Confetti Cakes, Elisa Strauss.
A wife and mom of three sweethearts, Strauss says the kit comes with everything you need to make three heart-shaped cakes from start to finish. Plus, it includes heart pan liners and all the festive and colorful décor you’ll need.
Strauss calls this a great gift or activity for family time, and it helps the budding culinary artist achieve a fabulous result.
For first-time fondant handlers, Strauss has this advice: “Think of fondant just like Play-Doh, but better. It can be rolled smooth, so work on a surface that is flat, and make sure to either grease or dust the surface [Crisco or cornstarch] so the fondant won’t stick.”
As for the proper wine to pair with a conversation heart cake? Says Strauss: “I would always choose Champagne. Sadly, my husband would always choose milk!”
It’s no secret that she’s been asked for some saucy cakes this time of year, which she declines to identify. Instead, she simply calls them “unusual requests.” Oo-la-la! However, for Valentine’s Day, she says, “It is all sweet, delicious, and colorful.”
We’ll toast to that!