My mom’s birthday is two days before Valentine’s Day. Every year, I make her a cake, and I try to make it exciting and different each year. Last, year, I did this one. This year, I decided to use these heart pans that my aunt gave me that I had yet to use, and was always hoping for a reason to use them. Well, what better reason than a birthday cake for my favorite lady, which also happens to be right around Valentine’s Day??
I went with an easy coconut cake, because that’s my mom’s favorite. I actually used Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water this time though, in both the cake and the icing – something I’d never done before, but it wound up working out fabulously.
I baked the cake in the heart-shaped pan, and it just looked so cute, cooling on the rack, in all it’s heart-shapey-ness.
Next, I frosted it with the coconut water frosting. It was very….white.
Next, I added fresh coconut to the sides.
Then, I started decorating. First the border and the main flowers, all in pink, in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Then, I added the birthday wish, in dark chocolate.
And finally, I added a few more minor embellishments.
Once the cake was complete, I brought it over to my mom’s house to surprise her. She in turn, made me take half of it back home, like she always does. :)
Happy birthday and Happy Valentine’s Day, Mom. Hope you liked your (half of) cake! :D