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Homemade Abstract Heart 18th Birthday Cake

by Dixie the Okie
(OKC, OK)

Heart abstract cake and cupcakes

Heart abstract cake and cupcakes

Heart abstract cake and cupcakes
Red velvet cake and cupcakes
A view from the top.

This one was spur of the moment...no planning. Inspired by neighbor girl turning 18--she is artsy, with bright red hair sometimes and always in love..lol!

I baked 2 boxed of Red Velvet boxed cake mix--2 5" round cakes and about a dozen mini cupcakes.

I made 3 batches of MMF and colored 2, red/maroon and black with the wilton gel color.

I "dirty iced" the cake and cupcake tops (and used as a filling), once cooled, with marshmallow cream cheese buttercream icing.

Then I rolled out and covered the cake with the white MMF base layer. I have a 2" & 1" square cookie cutters and tiny heart cookie cutters. I rolled out the MMF, using lots of corn starch to keep it from sticking to the roller or me or the table. Then I used a pizza cutter to cut a strip of black for thebottom border of the cake.

Then I pressed the bigger square cutter into the MMF and peeled the square away and set aside. I repeated that for both colors. Then I took the smaller square cutter and pressed in into the first squares in order to get just the square "frame" shape. I used the tiny heart cutter on the inside of the "frames" left overs and set those aside.

The square frames were just abstractly placed on the white base cake with a bit of water, overlapping some and letting some get funky with their shapes...then I filled in the white spaces with the tiny hearts. You can see the side of the square that was left over after making the "frames", I liked how it looked so I kept one and put a red heart inside the black square. I topped the mini cupcakes with a pair of hearts and set it all on a dollar store christmas platter....looks good to me~

I used vodka to paint on the MMF to make it look shiny and to erase any bleeding of color onto the white MMF base from the red and black. You can really go over and over the area, it works just like an eraser.

It was a fun suprise and the family loved it!

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