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Cupid Cakes

These delicious cupid cakes, courtesy of chef Sebastien Rouxel from Bouchon Bakery, will charm your special someone this Valentine's Day.

  • Yield: Makes 12
Cupid Cakes

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, February Winter 2009


  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla paste
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Passion-Caramel Filling
  • Marshmallow Filling
  • Chocolate Icing
  • 5 cups prepared fondant
  • Pastel-pink gel food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a 17-by-12-inch rimmed baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat and set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together eggs and sugar until pale and thick (the whisk should hold a ribbon-like train on the surface when raised). Add mayonnaise and vanilla paste and whisk until fully incorporated.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Transfer flour mixture to a fine-mesh sieve and sift ingredients into a medium bowl. With the mixer on low, add flour mixture to egg mixture in three additions, alternating with 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon water, mixing well after each addition.

  4. Transfer batter to prepared baking sheet. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in baking sheet on a wire rack. Using a 3 1/2-inch heart-shaped cutter, cut out 12 hearts. Using a 1-inch heart-shaped cutter, cut out the center of each of the larger hearts, taking care not to cut all the way through; discard centers. Transfer each cake to a plate.

  5. Fill the center sections of each heart with 1 tablespoon passion-caramel filling and top each with 1 tablespoon marshmallow filling. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 3/4-inch round tip (Wilton No. 809) with chocolate icing; pipe icing over filling.

  6. Place fondant on a nonstick baking mat; press your thumb into the center of the fondant to make a well. Add 5 drops of food coloring in the well and knead fondant until color is well blended. Working with about 6 tablespoons fondant at a time, roll out into a 14-inch circle about 1/8-inch-thick. Cut out a 13-by-13-by-13-inch triangle from the circle.

  7. Drape fondant triangle over one of the heart-shaped cakes with the 4-inch side draped over the widest part of the heart. Using your fingers, press fondant to adhere; trim edges. Repeat process with remaining fondant and cakes.

  8. Gather scraps of fondant and place on a nonstick baking mat; press your thumb into the center of the fondant to make a well. Add 5 drops of food coloring in the well and knead until color is well blended. Roll out fondant 1/8-inch thick; using a 1/2-inch heart-shaped cutter, cut out 12 hearts. Place a heart on each cake and tie a brown ribbon around the bottom edge of each cake, if desired. Serve immediately.

Reviews (6)

  • pram55 10 Feb, 2013

    Doesn't anyone at MSL proof-read these recipes before being posted? "Cut out a 13-by-13-inch triangle from the circle." Then "with the 4-inch side draped over the widest part of the heart." What??? What am I missing? What instructions is the recipe missing? How do you go from 13-inch to 4-inch without leaving out some not understand these "instructions".

  • potatoechipeater 13 Feb, 2010

    this cake tasts like seaweed! no ofence to the chef.

  • zohor 19 Feb, 2009

    thank you

  • hellz 17 Feb, 2009

    Chefette- You can get passionfruit puree from l'epicerie-

  • vabaker 13 Feb, 2009

    This recipe seems to be off with the dry to wet ratio. 1 12/ cups water seems to be too much for only 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/4 cup cocoa. The batter did not look this runny on the tv demonstration.

  • chefette86 13 Feb, 2009

    These look so pretty! I would love to try these as I have leftover ivory fondant from another project that I could tint pink. Now to find the passionfruit puree.

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