I won’t be winning a cake-decorating contest anytime soon.

Happy “Day Before Valentine’s Day!!!” Red heartRed heart

I’m not someone who wants or expects a lot on Valentine’s Day.  But I do enjoy the idea of having a day set aside to help you remember to show love to those around you!

This year, I decided to get a little creative while showing my love for Brandon.


The problem is, I’m not the most creative of human beings. Thinking smile

I do, however, like to bake.  So I decided to make him a heart-shaped cake! Thumbs up


His favorite cake flavor is red velvet, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day.  But for some reason, baking a red velvet cake from scratch makes me nervous.  I’ve looked at about 5,000,000 recipes (yes, that’s an accurate count) for red velvet cake, and it seems like they always have mixed reviews.  So I decided to play it safe, and use a mix.

Don’t judge me.


I found these foil heart-shaped baking pans at Walmart (for about $1.50 … can’t beat that!).  I sprayed them with cooking spray and then coated them with a light layer of flour, to prevent the cakes from sticking …


… or so I thought. Annoyed

(Thank goodness for frosting.  It covers a multitude of mistakes! Winking smile)

Anyways, I prepared the batter according to the instructions on the box …


… and poured the batter into the baking pans.


When the toothpick came out clean, I let them sit on the stovetop for about 30 minutes to cool …


… before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely!

Then I placed the first layer flat side up and iced it.


The next layer when on rounded side up, followed by a plethora of frosting.

Finally, I made a mess of decorated the cake.


Hello, my name is Kristen, and I have the artistic-ability of a 6-year-old.


Fortunately, it’s the thought (and the flavor) that counts … so Brandon gave it two thumbs up! Thumbs upThumbs up


On a completely unrelated note, remember how I talked about getting new running shoes to try to help with my shin splints?

I felt great for the first 3 runs after purchasing my new shoes.  Then my shins starting hurting again. Annoyed

So I met with my trainer friend again to get his opinion.  He gave me a bunch of stretches to do, told me to ice before and after runs, and he gave me these:


calf sleeves.

No, you aren’t going crazy.  Those really are two different colors, sizes, and brands.  He gave them to me for free, so I wasn’t going to nitpick. Winking smile

He said to wear them after runs to help with recovery.  I did a little online searching to try to find research regarding the effectiveness of calf sleeves and other compression gear, and here’s just one example of what I found:

“Rest, Ice, and elevation is simple. But what about compression? To achieve the compression in R.I.C.E. a Calf Sleeve is the perfect addition. A one piece calf sleeve provides support and compression to the calf muscle to aid recovery. A calf sleeve made with compression increases blood flow to your calf, allowing for faster recovery after long runs. You will be able to run longer, run father, and take your running to the next level. A Calf Sleeve is ideal for reducing the risk of shin splints and calf tear.” (Source)

The past few days, I’ve been wearing the sleeves around the house for a couple of hours at a time.  I’ve also worn them to bed on a few occasions (as if my mouthguard and earplugs weren’t sexy enough for Brandon … ).  Fingers crossed that they help!

Question for ya …

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

Do you consider yourself “crafty?”

Do you have a good red velvet cake recipe that you’re willing to share??

Ever used calf sleeves or other compression gear?  Thoughts?


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26 Responses to I won’t be winning a cake-decorating contest anytime soon.

  1. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    awww love the cake. so cute :)
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  2. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    I think your cake looks lovely!
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  3. Michelle @ Our Dream, Made Out of Real Things

    That cake is fantastic :) I like that you even went the extra step and got molds; I would most likely try to cut a coke into a heart which would just end up in a mutilated mess!

    The only arena that I’m actually “crafty” in is my ability to decorate a room. I have visions of what I want and try my best to see it through…although a majority of the stuff just ends up coming from Marshalls, Ross, and TJ Maxx, but who cares!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I think it’s awesome you can find things from stores like Ross … I’m all about saving money where I can! :)

  4. Kat

    yay for love day!! being someone who was BORN on love day, I of course adore everything about it :) Ninja and I have dinner plans, then since its my bday and its typically CRAZY out on valentine’s day, we are going to come home and watch a movie :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww Happy (early) Birthday, Kat!!! I hope it’s a great one!

  5. Pamela

    I’m actually watching Rachael Ray right now, and she is making Red Velvet cake. She mentioned how she is also putting a homemade recipe on her website if you don’t want to use boxed cake mix! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Pamela! I’ll have to check that out!

  6. amy @ fearless homemaker

    i think your cake is adorable + i’m glad it tasted delicious. hope you + your husband have a wonderful valentine’s day!
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  7. Lauren

    I couldn’t stop laughing at this line “Hello, my name is Kristen, and I have the artistic-ability of a 6-year-old.” The cake looks nice :-) I read recently if you want to make a heart shaped cake, but don’t have a heart shaped mold, to make a circle cake and a square cake. Cut the circle in half down the center, put one half on each side of the square and voila a heart!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Well now that’s a very cool idea!!

  8. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Aww your cake is so cute!! Your decorating skills and mine are pretty much the same :) . Sadly, Chris and I won’t be together this Valentine’s day so some of my friends and I might be doing a girl’s date!! Hope you have an awesome Monday!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Brandon won’t be home on Valentine’s Day, either, so I’m right there with you! ;) Have a great week!

  9. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    I think your cake is precious! The taste (and the thought) is definitely the most important thing.

    I’m not crafty at all, but I am creative. I can think of all kinds of great ideas, but I cannot draw or anything like that.
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  10. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    Ok this post made me laugh out loud more than once. I love your cake! I think home made (regardless of it is mix or not) are ALWAYS the best! Red Velvet is the best ever and now I want to request that for my b-day party this weekend. Keep us updated on those sleeves!! I am interested to know what you think about them, b/c after a run my calves pretty much feel like rocks and I was wondering if something like this might help!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I bet the compression sleeves might help … I would also do lots of calf stretches throughout the day. My calves get super tight, and the stretches really help.

  11. JJ

    Love your cake! P.S. Don’t let it cool in the pan so long and it should come out easily. Wait about 10-15 min. then flip it out. The extra time gives it a chance to adhere to the pan again.

    Or, just cut a piece of wax paper to fit the pan (trace around pan) and line with that, plus spray.

    • notsodomesticated

      Hey thanks so much for that tip!! I knew about the wax paper, but I just didn’t have any. But I like your other idea about not waiting so long!! :)

  12. Karen

    Yes, your artistic ability is right up there with mine. But the taste of the cake is all that matters to those husbands!!

    For the past 6 years, I have given my husband the same valentine card which I made during my scrapbooking period. I just keep adding pages to it. It is a great keepsake. Every year I write why I love him. Now I have the kids write in it also.
    Have a wonderful day!

    • notsodomesticated

      Karen, I LOVE that idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Becky @ Fit Chick on the FLy

    Interested to hear how your sleeves work out… I’ve heard lots of good things in the blogging world about compression sleeves.

    I think your cake looks AWESOME! Waaaay better joy than I would ever do!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Well I ran 7 miles yesterday and felt pretty good, so I’m hoping that they are helping. I’ll keep you guys updated!

  14. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    ohh i think the cake turned out cute! it’s the thought and effort behind it anyways. ;) great job! i am doing a little creative poster thing for cody and then buying him a dozen of his favorite chocolate chip cookies from paradise bakery. we just do little things for valentine’s day – nothing too major!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Ooh feel free to send some of those cookies my way haha! ;) Have a great night, Ashley!

  15. Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart

    Your cake turned out great! I am not the greatest baker..(I blame the oven)Have a great valentine’s day and enough your sweetie :)
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