Don’t go breakin’ my heart – unless it’s filled with yummy candies and treats! Made of Candy Melts candy and filled with plenty of sweets for your sweetie, this smashable chocolate heart cake is a fun dessert you can share with those you love.
Get ready for a smashing good time with this breakable chocolate heart cake! Made using Candy Melts candy and a heart-shaped pan, this dessert is sure to impress loved ones of all ages.
The great thing about this dessert is that you can fill it with anything you’d like! Try chocolate covered strawberries, conversation hearts, even chocolate candies or candy-coated pretzels.
As an extra Valentine’s Day treat, we’ll even show you how to make these cute chocolate-covered strawberries using Candy Melts candy. They add great color and flavor to your smash cake!
How to Make a Chocolate Breakable Heart
- Cake board
- Silicone Spatula
- Other Helpful Tools: mixing bowls, a spouted measuring cup, toothpicks for adding candy color, scissors, spoons, fork
- 3 Bags Bright White Candy Melts Candy (12 oz. Each)
- Primary Candy Color Set
- Garden Candy Color Set
- 1 Pint Fresh Strawberries Washed and Dried
- White Nonpareils
- Pink Sanding Sugar
- Lavender Sanding Sugar
- Blue Sanding Sugar
- Silver Pearlized Sugar
- White Sparkling Sugar
- Silver Star Sprinkles
- White Cake Sprinkles
- White Decorator Preferred Fondant 4.4 oz. Pouch
Step 1: Melt and Tint the Candy
- Using the microwave or a double boiler, melt 3 bags of Bright White Candy Melts candy. Set aside 4 oz. (about ½ cup) of melted Bright White candy, we’ll use this later.
- Divide the rest of the melted candy evenly among 6 small mixing bowls. Using the Primary and Garden Candy Color Sets, tint the candy as follows:· 1 portion light purple (combine Purple and Pink candy colors)· 1 portion medium purple (combine Purple and Pink candy colors)· 1 portion pink (combine Pink and Purple candy colors)· 1 portion peach (combine Yellow and Orange candy colors)· 1 portion blue (combine Blue and Green candy colors)· 1 portion green (combine Green and Blue candy colors)
Step 2: How to Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries with Candy Melts Candy
- Dip your strawberries in the colored candy, then transfer to a parchment paper-lined cake board or plate. We did 3 strawberries of each color for a total of 18. Place them in the refrigerator until the candy has set, about 20 minutes.
- Reserve any remaining tinted candy. We’ll use that in a minute!
- Once set, drizzle your strawberries with some of the reserved melted Bright White candy, (you can drizzle the candy using a decorating bag or a fork) then sprinkle with white nonpareils. Place them back in the fridge to set, about 5 minutes. Hang onto the remaining Bright White candy, too.
- Note: You should be able to fit about 12 or so strawberries in your candy heart cake, depending on the size. Serve the remaining berries alongside for added decoration!
Step 3: Make the Large Candy Heart
- Before pouring your candy, make sure your heart pan is clean and completely dry. Any moisture may cause your candy to seize and render it unusable.
- Spoon most of the remaining colored candy into a spouted measuring cup, reserving about a tablespoon of each color. Pour the candy into the heart pan. Let those colors swirl and mix as they cover the bottom of the pan!
- Lightly tap the pan on the counter to help settle the candy, then pour the remaining candy around the sides. Use a silicone spatula to help guide the candy up the sides of the pan.
- Once coated, place the pan in the refrigerator until the candy has set, about 30 minutes.
- Finally, use the silicone spatula to add some of the remaining melted Bright White candy around the sides of the cake to help reinforce it. Place it back in the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Decorate the Candy Heart
- As your candy sets, make your sprinkle mix. In a medium bowl, combine the pink, lavender, blue, silver pearlized and white sparkling sugars, the silver star sprinkles, some of the white nonpareils, and the white cake sprinkles. Mix to combine.
- Once the candy has completely set, carefully remove the shell from the pan. Place it on a parchment paper-covered cake board or plate.
- Prepare a decorating bag with the remaining melted Bright White candy. Cut a small hole, about ¼ in., off the tip of the bag.
- Pipe a line of white candy around the entire base of the heart, then immediately cover it with the sprinkles mix. If needed, use a spoon to help pour the sprinkles on the candy border.
- Use the tip of a 9 in. angled spatula to swipe the remaining colored candy colors on top of the candy shell (one swipe for each letter).
- Drizzle the remaining white candy from the decorating bag on one side of the heart, then sprinkle with remaining white nonpareils.
- Chill the candy shell until set, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Step 5: Make Fondant Letters
- Using the 9 in. fondant roller with the pink guide rings, roll out the white fondant to about 1/16 in. thickness.
- Use the fondant letters to cut out your “BE MINE” letters, then attach the letters to the candy swipes.
Step 6: Assemble Your Breakable Heart Cake
- Arrange your candy-coated strawberries, candies and other treats on a plate in a heart shape. Use the pan as a guide to make sure the top fits.
- Place the shell on top of your treats.
- Finally, use the fondant roller to break into your candy heart!
- For tips and tricks regarding melting Candy Melts candy, check out our post on How to Melt Candy Melts Candy.
- When it comes to tinting candy, make sure you are using oil-based food coloring. Wilton Candy Colors are great for tinting Candy Melts, but if you can’t find them, any oil-based edible food coloring will work. Avoid using water-based food coloring, such as Color Right food coloring or gel-based icing colors, as these can cause your candy to seize.
- Another alternative to tinting Candy Melts is to use Candy Melts that are already colored. They may not be available in these exact colors, but you can reference our How to Color Candy Melts Candy post for suggestions and tips on how to easily combine colors.
- You can replace the Candy Melts candy for any melting chocolate in this chocolate-covered strawberries recipe! Try milk chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate instead.