Mini Candy Heart Cakes (Dairy-Free)

Mini Candy Heart Cakes Valentines Dairy-Free

Aren't these little cakes the cutest?! Even though I wish they would have turned out slightly less sloppy (I really tried my best), I'm hoping you can see passed that and see the adorableness potential!

Mini Candy Heart Cakes Valentines Dairy-Free

I follow a dairy-free diet, so I made these with a dairy-free vanilla cake.  You can of course make them with any white or yellow cake you prefer, but I have to say you might be surprised by how good this dairy-free vanilla cake is! 

Mini Candy Heart Cakes Valentines Dairy-Free

The icing is also dairy-free and made with confectioners' sugar, almond milk, margarine and a little bit of food coloring. You can also substitute the almond milk for soy or coconut milk if you prefer the recipe to be nut-free. I cheated and used Betty Crocker Cookie Icing to pipe the letters and it was surprisingly easy. 

Mini Candy Heart Cakes Valentines Dairy-Free

Mini Candy Heart Cakes (Dairy Free)  (inspired by Leelebean Bakes


Cake- (for two 9" x 2" cake pans)

2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 large room temperature eggs
1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup room temperature almond milk (you can substitute soy milk for a nut-free version)
3/4 cup canola oil


2 cups confectioners' sugar 
1/6 cup almond milk (or substitute)
1/4 cup melted margarine 
Food coloring


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl whisk flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. Using your stand mixer with paddle attached, mix eggs, vanilla extract and almond milk until well combined.
4. With setting on low, slowly add the dry ingredients until completely added and well combined. 
5. Add canola oil and continue mixing until you achieve a smooth batter. 
6. Add batter to parchment paper-lined and greased cake pans and bake for 28-30 minutes or until toothpick test comes out clean.
7. Allow cakes to cool and slice off any unevenness on top. Then use a 4" heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out your hearts. 
8. To make icing mix confectioners' sugar, almond milk and margarine with your stand mixer fit with paddle (add more confectioners' sugar if needs to be thicker or almond milk if it needs to be thinned). Add food coloring 1/2 tsp at a time until you achieve desired color.
9. Ice the cake and allow to set for at least an hour then pipe your letters.

Enjoy and I hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. The imperfections are what make you so relatable. 😊 Must give these a try.

  2. Thank you so much!! Let me know what you think!


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