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Lots of Love Cake- A Free Cake Tutorial

In this free cake video tutorial, we’re going to show you how to create a cute and easy love-themed cake with melted candy coating!

This “Lots of Love” cake design is perfect for Valentine’s Day and anniversary celebrations! Sometimes the simplest cake designs are my favorite.

We created a similar Valentine’s Day cake design in our blog years ago as a step by step photo tutorial. We thought it would be fun to recreate the design as a video tutorial- only this time we’ve added a really big and bold “LOVE” plaque to the front! I love this cake even more than the first- and it is surprisingly simple to create!



Lots of Love Cake- Tutorial


How to Make a Love-Themed Cake with Candy Coating

For this cake design, we decorated an 8 inch tier frosted with our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream frosting. Use whatever size cake you like- this design would also be very cute on top of a sheet cake!

To create the chocolate candy coating decorations, we lined a cookie sheet with wax paper. We slid the “Love” template beneath the wax paper on a cookie sheet and traced over the template using melted red candy coating.

We then piped lots of solid hearts, open hearts, and two-toned red and white hearts across the wax paper lined cookie sheet.

The decorations will set up at room temperature but you can also speed-set them in just a few minutes by placing them in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes.

After frosting the cake and texturing the buttercream with my small tapered offset spatula, I applied the candy coating decorations (using buttercream as my glue for the “Love” plaque). 


Lots of Love- Free Cake Video for Valentine's Day and Anniversaries!


Tips on Working with Candy Coating

Candy coating is one of my favorite mediums to work with! I love the dimension that candy coating designs can add to a cake, and unlike stand-up fondant or gum paste decorations, they can be made, chilled, and applied in minutes.

Melting the Candy Coating

We melt our candy coating in the microwave. Be careful not to overheat! We warm ours in the microwave in smallish increments (30 seconds or less), and once the candy melts or candy coating appear mostly melted, we give them a gentle stir and usually any remaining pieces melt away. (If not, heat just a few more seconds).

Tinting the Candy Coating

For today’s project we used Sweet Tooth Brand Pre-Colored Red Candy Coating (as well as for our White Coating). I’ve never used this brand before but loved how easily the coating melted. (Some brands melt much more easily than others) ;0) – I found them at Michael’s.

If you do not have pre-colored candy melts, you can also tint your melted white candy coating (such as Candiquik) using oil-based candy coloring. (Do not use regular coloring gel as it often causes the coating to thicken or seize).  

Chilling the Candy Coating Pieces

I always chill my candy coating pieces just before applying them to my cakes. I simply place the tray/cookie sheet with the piped candy coating designs into the freezer for about 5 minutes or just until the pieces have firmed up. You can also do this in the refrigerator.

Chilling the chocolate designs makes them much less fragile.

The Thicker the Candy Coating Decorations, the better

You can see that the “Love” plaque in this video is nice and thick. I like the chunky look, but also, it makes the piece less fragile! So along with chilling your candy coating pieces, it is a good idea when possible to make them a little thicker.

How to Create a Smooth/Flat Candy Coating Design

In the video I mentioned that my “Love” plaque has a textured surface from all of the piping. I like this raised and textured look, but if you prefer a smoother finish, you can achieve this as well. With many candy coating designs, you can simply pipe, chill, and use the reverse side which will be very smooth.

However, with letters, simply flipping over the “Love” plaque to reveal the smooth side won’t work because the writing will be backwards! The easiest fix for this is to outline my template in marker and flip it over before placing it beneath the wax paper so that the reverse image is visible for tracing. 


Candy Coating too Soft? Too Thick?

If your candy coating is super runny and it is flowing from the piping bag way too fast, you can let it rest for a minute or two and try again. It is likely a little too warm.

If your candy coating has been left out for too long and becomes too thick, you can reheat it in small increments in the microwave until it is fluid again.

It’s a good idea to melt your colored candy melts as you need them so that you don’t have a bowl of melted candy coating sitting around too long and cooling off. However if you happen to have a warming tray, heating pad, or other product to keep the bowls/piping bags of coating warm, that will make your candy coating projects even simpler!


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Lots of Love- Free Cake Video for Valentine's Day and Anniversaries!

Learn how to create this CUTE and festive love-themed cake with candy coating decorations in our free cake video tutorial! We love this cake for Valentine’s Day and anniversaries! You can use these techniques for all sorts of candy coating designs also!


  • We frosted an 8 inch cake tier for this tier but the design would work on cakes of any size- you can adjust the template as needed!
  • Candy Coating- We used 195 g (about a cup) Red Pre-colored Candy Coating (We used Sweet Tooth Fairy Brand) and about 100g White coating (about 2/3 cup)
  • Disposable Piping Bags
  • Template (linked above)
  • Cake Base or Pedestal of Choice
  • Cake Cardboard cut down to size of cake if you will be moving it from a turntable to the pedestal (as we did)


  1. Frost the cake however you like- we textured our frosted cake using a small tapered offset spatula.
  2. Place “Love” template on a cookie sheet beneath a sheet of wax paper.
  3. Melt red candy coating (careful not to overheat). Spoon into a disposable piping bag and snip the tip away. Pipe the melted candy melts onto the wax paper, following the template beneath. Pipe additional red and white hearts in varying sizes and designs.
  4. When it’s time to decorate the cake, chill the tray of decorations briefly to firm up the designs- maybe 5 minutes or so in the freezer…or a few minutes more in the refrigerator.
  5. Peel away/lift off the “Love” plaque and attach to the cake with a bit of buttercream. This plaque is heavy enough that the bottom should rest on the pedestal for added support.
  6. Lightly push the other chilled hearts into the top of the cake.


If you are not working with pre-colored candy coating, you can tint white candy coating using candy coloring gels. Candy colors are oil-based. Regular coloring gels will cause the melted chocolate to thicken or seize.


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Elvis Presley Cake | My Cake School

Have you ever tried Elvis Presley Cake? Legend has it that Elvis Presley’s favorite cake was an ultra moist and flavorful pineapple and pecan cake that Elvis’ grandmother used to make for him at his request whenever he came to visit.


Others say that this cake, now commonly known as Elvis Presley Cake, was made for Elvis by Mary Jenkins Langston, his beloved long-time cook at Graceland who also perfected the fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches that he loved so much ;0)

Whichever backstory you believe, it is safe to say that this popular Pineapple Pecan Cake with cream cheese frosting is fit for a King, and we are so glad to have our own version to share with you!

As Mom was researching different cakes to try out yesterday, Elvis Presley cake caught her eye (we do love pineapple cakes, and Elvis for that matter!) ;0) – But when she read that TODAY was his birthday, we knew that this would have to be this week’s recipe. What are the odds? Happy Birthday Elvis!




How to Make Elvis Presley Cake

This recipe has been bouncing around for a while, and there are several variations. Most consist of yellow cake, crushed pineapple filling/topping, cream cheese frosting, and crushed pecans. 

Many versions of Elvis Presley Cake are prepared as “poke cakes” using a single layer sheet cake, topped with crushed pineapple, cream cheese frosting and crushed pecans. 

We decided to change things up a little and make our version as a layer cake instead, so that we could sneak in additional cream cheese frosting and pineapple. We think that Elvis would most definitely approve! 


  • First, prepare your favorite yellow cake, whether cake mix or scratch. (We are using a doctored yellow cake mix for today’s recipe.)


  • Prepare the cooked crushed pineapple filling by heating the crushed pineapple, sugar, and corn starch over medium heat until thickened. We LOVE this pineapple filling and have also used it in our Piña Colada Cake- it has the best pineapple flavor!


  • Prepare the cream cheese frosting. 


Assembling the Elvis Presley Cake

Depending on the recipe that you use, you may divide your batter between two or three cake layers (or more if you are feeling fancy!) We prepared a two layer cake.

Place the first layer on the pedestal. Spread with cream cheese frosting.

Pipe a dam and add a layer of the pineapple filling. (I kept my layer of pineapple fairly thin but enough to get a nice pineapple flavor!)



Top with the second layer of cake, and add additional pineapple filling on top. Frost the sides of the cake with cream cheese frosting and finish with crushed pecans around the sides/border.



Helpful Hints

  • If your cream cheese frosting becomes too soft, chill it in the refrigerator to firm things up. You can do this with your piping bag also. 


  • I like to chill my cake after adding the first coat of frosting to firm things up before adding the final coat of frosting and decorations.


Love Pineapple Desserts? So Do we! Don’t miss these other favorites!

Pineapple and Cream Cake

Piña Colada Cake

Pineapple Coconut Cake

Hummingbird Cake

Carrot Cake

Banana Split Cake



Elvis Presley Cake

Elvis Presley Cake is a delicious combination of yellow cake layers, crushed pineapple filling, cream cheese frosting, and pecans! SO flavorful, moist, and delicious!


For the Yellow Cake

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix (We used Duncan Hines Classic Yellow)
  • Ingredients as listed on the box (water, eggs, and oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise (we use full-fat Hellmans)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Crushed Pineapple Filling/Topping

  • One 20 ounce can (567g) of crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (14g) cornstarch

For the Cream Cheese Frosting (For 3 layer cakes, you can double)

  • 1 stick (113g) unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese (total weight 226g) I use full fat cream cheese. Using reduced fat or the spreadable cream cheese will cause the frosting to be too soft. Soften very slightly.
  • 1 teaspoons (4 g) vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (1g) optional – it will cut the sweetness, popcorn salt is best to use because it is fine and dissolves faster
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups (345g to 373g) powdered sugar


  • Desired amount of chopped pecans.


For the Cake

Preheat oven to 325 and grease/flour two 8 inch cake pans.

Sift mix into bowl and add ingredients according to box instructions. Add vanilla and mayonnaise.

Mix all ingredients on medium speed for two minutes, scraping the bowl when necessary.

Bake at 325 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. When a toothpick is inserted in the center and comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached it is done.

This is optional but your cake will be more moist if you wrap your warm cakes in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for at least a few hours. If you are baking in advance the cake layers can be frozen for 3 months. Just make sure they are wrapped air tight. Thaw on the countertop when ready to use.

For the Pineapple Filling

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat.

When the mixture begins to boil, stir constantly until it begins to thicken, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

Keep in mind that it will thicken even more as it cools. Cool completely in refrigerator before using.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

Cut the butter into slices and add to the bowl of your mixer. Beat on low to medium speed until the butter is softened and smooth.

Cut the slightly softened cream cheese into pieces and add to the butter, beating at low to medium speed until incorporated. If you are using a hand mixer you may need to soften the cream cheese a bit more.

Add the vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar beating on low speed until blended.

Increase mixing speed and beat until fluffy. Don’t over beat or it will become too soft. If it becomes too soft, just refrigerate a short while to firm it up a bit.

This frosting will pipe best if used while still chilled. You can make it in advance, refrigerate and when ready to use let it soften slightly (do not microwave) and remix.

Assembling the Elvis Presley Cake

Place the first cake layer on your cake base or pedestal.

Spread with cream cheese frosting (stay within about 1/4-1/2 inch from edge of the cake layer.)

Pipe a dam of cream cheese frosting around the cake layer, about 1/4 -1/2 inch from edge and fill with pineapple filling. I kept my pineapple filling fairly thin.

Top with the second cake layer. Fill in any gaps between cake layers with cream cheese frosting. Frost around the sides of cake, and top with the crushed pineapple. (I poked small holes in the top of the cake before adding the pineapple so more juices would seep in.)

*If necessary, chill the cake in the freezer for 15 minutes before adding the final coat of frosting if the cake needs to be firmed up for easier decorating.

Add chopped pecans around the sides/border.







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Boozy Cake Recipes- A Roundup of our Favorites

Some occasions call for cakes with a little extra flair- this post features our favorite “boozy” cakes- from elegant cakes with a splash of champagne to fun and fruity cocktail-inspired recipes!

Boozy Cake Recipes- A Collection of our Favorites



These deliciously flavorful and unique cake recipes are sure to please- enjoy scrolling through! 

This collection of favorite boozy cakes consists of go-to recipes for celebrations of all kinds! Whether you’re searching for elegant champagne-infused cakes or fun and festive cocktail-inspired desserts, you are sure to find the perfect recipe for your special occasion in this roundup!

We hope that you enjoyed this collection of delicious alcohol-flavored cake recipes! If you give any of them a try, please leave a comment below! We would love to hear what you think.


Boozy Cake Recipes



Does the Alcohol used in cakes burn off? 

Alcohol does not completely evaporate when cakes or other dishes are baked. Cooking and baking will remove some of the alcohol, but not all. In addition, most of our fillings, frostings, and simple syrups that contain alcohol are not cooked.

  • A study by the USDA several years ago showed that 5 to 85 percent of alcohol will remain in a recipe depending on the baking time. It’s best to assume that there is alcohol remaining in y 




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