Heart Shaped Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Isn’t this strawberry upside down cake just the most darling yet sexy thing ever?  

heart shaped strawberry upside down cake

When I bought this super heart shaped cake pan from Sur La Table last month, I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for.  I love an upside down cake but one with heart shaped strawberries really tugs at my, well, heart strings.  And adding the arrow to the cake was a sweet touch too. Seriously I can’t stop staring at this adorable heart shaped strawberry upside down cake (mouth full I know!).

heart shaped strawberry upside down cake

With so many amazing recipes out there, I am seriously considering staying at home for Valentine’s Day this year to make a special menu for my hubby.  I am sure anyone would feel insanely loved after having a piece of this sexy cake (listening out there Shine Super Club?).

heart shaped strawberry upside down cake
Heart Shaped Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Heart Shaped Strawberry Upside Down Cake


  • 8 strawberries, tops removed and shaped into hearts
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar for berries
  • Half 8 ounce block of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup strawberry soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon strawberry flavor
  • Powdered sugar, to garnish
  • 2 Coffee stirers
  • 4 whole strawberries


  1. For the cake, Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray two heart shaped pans sized 6x2 with cooking spray.
  3. Arrange heart shaped sliced strawberries on the bottom of the pan in the shape of larger hearts (4 berries to each pan).
  4. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons on top of berries in each pan.
  5. Add cream cheese and granulated and brown sugars to the bowl of a mixer and beat until nice and smooth.
  6. Add in the eggs one at a time beating after each addition.
  7. Turn mixer to slow speed and add in flour and baking soda then add in buttermilk, strawberry soda and strawberry flavor until everything is well blended.
  8. Evenly pour the mixture into the greased heart pans over the strawberries.
  9. Bake for 28-34 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  10. Let the cakes cool for at least 5 minutes, then run a knife along the outside edge of each pan and turn the pans out onto serving plates.
  11. Optional: Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  12. For the arrows, Remove leafs from and hull out four strawberries.
  13. Push one coffee stirrer through the side of one of the cakes on an angle.
  14. On the lower end of each stirrer, push one strawberry facing up into the stirrer.
  15. On the higher end of the stirrer, place one strawberry facing down into the stirrer. Repeat on other cake.
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  1. OH MY GOODNESS, Jocelyn! This is absolutely stunning!!! Gorgeous!!!

  2. This is such a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. I would love to make this for the Mr on the 14th. xx. McKenna Lou

  3. So cute!!! I’m having some serious heart-shaped pan envy!

  4. This is adorable!!

  5. So beautiful I might be hesitant to eat it. For about a second. Yum!

  6. That is so cute and creative…I LOVE IT!!! Great post! I’m your newest follower! =)

  7. This is so pretty! I love heart shaped foods this time of year. They all make me grin.

  8. Hi Jocelyn–Adorable and so sweet! Does the yogurt have to be Greek yogurt?


    • You could definitely try another yogurt and see how it turns out. I would suggest sour cream as a replacement however. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet compliment!!

  9. Pictures look great. Can’t wait to makr this for my husband on Valentine’s Day. However, I was wondering if you put the two cakes on top of each other or just keep it as two separate cakes?

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Hi Stacey, do you mean you want to bake them together? That would change the baking time considerably. I can’t wait to see how it turns out for you!

  10. These are beautiful! Perfect for Valentine’s Day!


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