Valentine’s Day: 3-in-1 Cake Surprise

For a special Valentine’s Day treat, a nice homemade dessert is filled with love!

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take all day.  All it takes is a cake mix, a few little ingredients you probably have on hand, and a lot of love.

Whether it’s for your sweetie, a friend, or your kids, you can create a triple surprise on a shoestring budget.  I made these little surprises for my sweetheart (my husband), and my children and grandson.  I had a red velvet cake mix which I thought would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's heart-shaped cupcakes

Valentine’s heart-shaped cupcakes

Valentine’s 3-in-1 Cake Surprise

1 Red Velvet Cake Mix (or your favorite or what you have in the pantry) – bake as directed

Ingredients as directed (3 eggs, 1 c. water, 1/3 c. oil)

1 container of prepared frosting (or homemade if you have the time!)


Prepare 3 different pans for baking.  I used 1 8″ heart-shaped pan, 1 miniature bundt pan and a silicone heart-shaped cupcake pan.

Heart-shaped cupcake and mini-bundt pans

Heart-shaped cupcake and mini-bundt pans

Spray each pan with cooking spray and add a little flour to prevent sticking.

Mix cake batter as directed and pour some batter into each pan.  Fill up to 1/3 or 1/2 of the pan or cupcake section with batter.  If you overfill, the cakes will be rounded when you turn them over to frost.  If that does happen, just trim the excess and frost anyway!

After cooling each cake or cupcake, frost with your choice of frosting.

For my Red Velvet cakes and cupcakes, any of these flavors would work well.

——White Cream Cheese Frosting (leave white or add red food coloring)

——White Vanilla Frosting (leave white or add food coloring)

——Any kind of Chocolate frosting (after all, the Red Velvet cake is chocolate!)

1 – Frost a large heart-shaped cake and decorate as desired.  I used the chocolate fudge frosting. and added a white heart and “Luv U”.  I then sprinkled the heart with a little powdered sugar.

Heart-shaped Cake

Heart-shaped Cake

2 – Frost the heart-shaped cupcakes with small frosting hearts and red sprinkles.  I added “I-L-U” on one for my sweetie.

Valentine's Cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles

Valentine’s Cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles

3 – Frost the remaining mini-bundt cake with a drizzle of chocolate frosting.  I softened the frosting for 5-10 seconds in the microwave, added to a disposable piping bag, and drizzled the thinner frosting back and forth over the top of the little bundt cake.

Mini-bundt red velvet cake

Mini-bundt red velvet cake


I used one cake mix for all three surprises, but the amount of batter from just this one cake mix could be further divided to make:

—-6 more cupcakes, or

—-1-2 more mini-bundt cakes, or

—-1 more heart-shaped cake layer to make a 2-layer cake (with slightly thinner layers)

This was a treat for Valentine’s Day, but you can use the same idea to make multiple treats for any occasion, birthday, or family gatherings.  Use any cake mix or frosting, and use your favorite pans!  An ordinary cake mix can create several special treats!


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