SRC: Chocolate Cheesecake Swirled Hearts & Roses Cake with Whipped Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Cheesecake Swirled Hearts & Roses Cake

by Holly on February 6, 2012

Well, well, well.

Secret Recipe ClubHere we meet again in 2012 for this year’s first Secret Recipe Club. What do I go and make… another cake! I seem to be making my own little trend of decorative cakes inspired by SRC assignments. First that pumpkin and chocolate cake, and now another chocolate cake – this time inspired by my bloggy assignment for February – Crystal at Mrs. Happy Homemaker. She has such a cute blog and is cranking out all kinds of great ideas pretty much on a daily basis it seems!

I actually had every intention of making something else this month since her pepperoni pizza with the pepperoni pieces cut into the shapes of hearts was too cute to resist, but then just a few days ago I decided to take another look and see what Crystal had been up to recently. I’ll still be making that pizza, but now I’ll just wait until Valentine’s Day to do it.

When I saw her cake inspired by fudge ripple ice cream, I just couldn’t resist. I have to admit though, in my mind, fudge ripple would be a vanilla cake with a fudge stripe, but that’s just me. Either way, am I going to quibble about having a cake with a lovely strip of cheesecake in it? Not in this lifetime!

The decision was an easy one since I still had a fair amount of candy clay in my fridge from a cupcake job I did a few weeks ago (pictures of the cupcakes are below as well as instructions on how simple, fun and easy these cut little roses are to make!).

I resized and tweaked the cake recipe just a bit – mainly because of what ingredients I had on hand since I went straight into the kitchen to make this, and the size of cake I wanted to make so I could use my heart shaped pan. The basic recipe is pretty close though (most changes were to the cream cheese swirl and the frosting to make them slightly lighter in texture). I’m sure the original cake is amazing all on it’s own – it’s a double decker 9-inch round! – or else mine wouldn’t have turned out so nicely!

I thought this would make a great Valentine’s Day dessert that anyone would feel comfortable putting together and would feel like a rock star when they showed it off – especially with that gorgeous stripe of cheesecake inside! Or you could make cupcakes and decorate them with the roses too – seriously cute! As for the frosting on the heart cake, it was light, chocolatey and so easy to make. The cake itself isn’t too sweet, so once you have the frosting it was the perfect balance.

So, a few weeks ago a friend of mine (Gina over at Eat Your Veggies, Peas.) asked if I would be willing to make cupcakes for her sweet baby girl’s 1st birthday party. Since it was a good reason for me to play around some more with the candy clay, and since I adore Gina, I couldn’t say no! I was REALLY happy with how the cupcakes and the decorations turned out and unless Gina was just being kind I think they were all really happy with them too. The birthday party was a vintage roses theme and used pink roses as well as red and yellow ones.

I ended up making her 18 vanilla cupcakes and 18 chocolate ones, then frosting them with vanilla buttercream. I’ll post those recipes soon, but any good cake and frosting recipe could easily by elevated by a little decoration. Also, the roses taste just like candy melts since that is what they are made from, so they are a completely edible and delicious decoration!

I used one of each color of rose on each cupcake – 3 dozen cupcakes! That is 108 roses (and I made extras so actually around 120 roses) that I was able make in about a day and a half of shaping (really only about 4 hours total and that was probably with a lot of little distractions too!). That was A LOT of practice and I loved how they turned out. I’ve shared the recipe as well as a little picture tutorial at the bottom of this post. If you try it out, I’d love to know what you think, and if you get stumped you could always tweet me for some tips or troubleshooting. If you do make something, I’d love to see it, especially if you pin it so I can add it to my pinboards on Pinterest!

Thank you to _______ for this month’s SRC recipe inspiration and for a cake recipe that my boys went bonkers over!

Candy Clay Rose DIY Tutorial


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sara February 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Wow, this looks so delicious – and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Totally beautiful! 🙂

Veronica February 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

WOW!!! What a BEAUTIFUL cake! I’m so impressed! And I LOVE that cheesecake layer in the middle. FABULOUS! This is going my “to try” folder. 🙂

Crystal February 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

This cake is my husband’s new favorite, and I just love that you chose it! You did a beautiful job 🙂

Lisa~~ February 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I would love to have your beautiful cake on my Valentine’s table, great job!

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

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Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies February 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Those roses are absolutely gorgeous. And that cake, oh my gosh, words fail me.

susie February 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

those roses rock! I am going to have to try my hand at those for sure! That cake is similar to one I make, and I think it is great, and thankfully tastes nothing like cheesecake! You are one talented girl….

cooking rookie February 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

mmm.. looks great! And the roses look so real. Love that step-by-step collage!

Jodie February 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Cute roses! I want that cheesecake!!

Noelle (@singerinkitchen) February 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

WOW! How decadent and how great you showed us a nice tutorial! Thanks!

Dana B February 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm

The cake looks great and I love the roses!!

Si February 7, 2012 at 7:09 am

Holly, loved the tutorial. You have inspired me. I’m trying the roses on cupcakes. Love the way they look on the little cakes! I’m also tempted to try the cake, canola oil and buttermilk mean less fat, but should be moist, right? Yummy. Thanks!

Adelina Priddis February 7, 2012 at 7:50 am

Those are gorgeous, and oh my goodness, cheesecake in the middle?! I’ll be trying this soon I’m sure. The Roses will be going on some cupcakes for my dd’s birthday.

Katherine Martinelli February 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

This looks absolutely amazing!!!! I am so impressed with the decoration – great tutorial on those flowers! And the flavor combination is to die for. Just perfect for vday!

Kim Bee February 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

This looks so good. Such a wonderful choice you made. The instruction on how to do the roses is fantastic. I always wondered how to do it. Now I know.

Avanika {Yumsilicious Bakes} February 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

This looks delicious. Love the roses, thanks for the tutorial!

Margaret February 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Holly! Your cake is gorgeous. Love your roses. Mine never come out that pretty!!!

kamaile February 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

this cake sounds right up my alley. It looks so lovely as well. I love your roses. I probably would have much more success with these than piping buttercream roses.

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