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Swirl Valentine Cake

posted by Julie Evink on February 3, 2017

Swirl Valentine Cake ~ Super Easy Dessert Starts with a Boxed Cake Mix and Becomes the Perfect Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert!

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Can you believe Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us so fast? I bet you think I’m crazy for posting a Valentine’s recipe already, but seriously it’s right around the corner. Who are you going to treat this Valentine’s Day? Your hubby, wife, mom, children?

I obviously will treat the hubby, but I’m thinking the parents need a HUGE treat too and I might just to bake them a cake like this. You see they cleaned my house. It was a dire state of need. Sometimes I just can’t get it all done and it might have slipped.


Story goes like this. I was complaining to my mom about how dirty my house was and I didn’t know when I’d get to clean it again one morning. Later that morning she texted me to see if I would want her to swing by for a few hours and clean a little. UH HELLO?! Do I seriously need to answer that mom? Of course that would simply fantastic. So while I was slaving away at work my parents went to my house and cleaned. Spoiled? Nah just loved.

Now I didn’t tell my hubby because he would have said I was spoiled. Guess what? He didn’t even notice. Men. Well maybe it’s good because obviously he does not notice when I let things slip. The freshly vacuumed carpets lines, clean bathrooms etc just don’t matter to him obviously!

So if you need to make something sweet for you Valentine whip up this cute and festive cake that is super easy since it uses a box mix. GASP. I know. I won’t tell if you don’t!

P.S. This is a play off the super fun Firecracker Cake. Pin it. I know you want too. There is no shame in being ahead of the game and planning your food for a holiday that is 6 months away!

Valentine’s Swirl Cake

Serves 8 servings     adjust servings


  • 1 box white cake mix + Ingredients to prepare cake
  • 1 Tbsp strawberry jello
  • 1 container white frosting
  • Pink Gel Food Coloring


  1. Preheat oven to temperature on cake mix. Generously grease a fluted tube cake pan. Make cake batter according to directions on box.
  2. Pour 1/2 of the batter into a small bowl; stir 1 Tbsp strawberry jello into cake mix until well mixed.
  3. Pour 1/2 of the red cake batter into bottom of pan. Carefully pour remaining white batter over red batter. Top with the rest of the red batter. The red batter will not completely cover the white batter.
  4. Bake as directed on box. Cool cake 5 minutes. Flip out of pan onto cooling rack and cool cake completely.
  5. When cake is cooled, divide the frosting evenly into 2 microwaveable bowls. Microwave 1 bowl of frosting on high a few seconds until smooth enough to drizzle over cake. With spoon, drizzle all of the 1st bowl of microwaved frosting over the cake. Repeat microwaving second bowl. Stir in the pink gel food coloring. Drizzle over cake. *Note you do not need to use all the frosting!
  6. Let the cake stand until frosting is set. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 piece
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 521kcal Calories from fat 149
% Daily Value
Total Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 541mg23%
Carbohydrate 90g30%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 72g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

More Fun Valentine’s Day Recipes!

Valentine Snack Mix ~ Popcorn, Peanuts and M&M’s coated in White Almond Bark! An Easy Sweet Snack for Your Sweetie!

Puff Corn Valentines Snack Mix ~ Delicious, Festive Valentine’s Day Snack Mix!

Valentine Caramel Kiss Peanut Butter Blossoms ~ Soft Peanut Butter Cookies with a Caramel Filled Kiss Rolled in Pink Sugar!

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  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    What a fun cake for Valentine’s Day cake! Love the swirl!

  • April @ Angel's Homestead

    I found you from the Strut Your Stuff link up. Your cake looks delicious and perfect for Valentine’s. I just started a new Saturday Spotlight Linky Party on my blog this week, and would love to have you stop by and share!

  • Leigh Anne @Yourhomebasedmom

    Not only is this cake pretty but it looks delicious! I’d love for you to come over and share at my Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party.

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    This is SO pretty and Valentine’s Day recipes can never come too soon. I love all the pink and red, it makes me happy. 🙂

    • Julie

      I know it makes me happy…anything to get me through the rest of the winter!!

  • Ali

    So so so pretty. 🙂

    If you don’t mind I wanted to invite you to come link up at Recipe Sharing Monday and share your favorite recipes. Have a super week. 🙂

  • Sarah Auclair

    Such a pretty cake. I was going to make heart shaped cinnamon buns, but now this has me debating which would be better!

    • Julie

      Both! Cinnamon rolls for breakfast and this for dessert 🙂

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    What a gorgeous cake! I love that it starts with a mix!!! And planning ahead for holidays 6 months away? It’s normal right? 🙂

    • Julie

      Totally normal…I keep telling myself that 🙂 Bloggers problem right?!

  • Gina

    Totally drooling- that looks so good. I can never resist cake.

    • Julie

      Me neither…add some ice cream to it and I am definitely a goner.

  • val

    This is such a pretty cake.

    • Julie

      Thanks Val!

  • DeDe@DesignedDecor

    Julie, This cake looks so tasty! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday –

  • Marti

    Looks so good and is so pretty!!

    I’m hosting a Valentine Craft Party and would love for you to participate and link up to it!!!

    Just follow the link…….


  • Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    Stopping by from Mix it up Mondays! Your secret is safe with me:) Like I always say, they made cake mix for a reason, Right? Cake looks yummy and perfect for Valentines Day! Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    • Julie

      I LOVE your theory on cake mix…I’m going to go with that!

  • Dixie n Dottie

    Looks yummy and almost too pretty to eat! Great job! 🙂

  • Sisters Playing House

    Looks delicious and quick and easy – we have a great Valentine’s Dessert this week on our blog too

  • The Better Baker

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Weekend Potluck. In case you didn’t realize, this was one of our weekly features this past weekend. Please be sure to stop by and pick up your Featured Button. And please come back soon too!

    • Julie

      Thanks so much for the feature this week! It always makes my week when I log in on Friday mornings and I’m feature at the Weekend Potluck 🙂

  • Tonia

    I would happily bake treats for anyone who want to clean my house!

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    Your parents seriously went to your house and CLEANED?? You have got to be kidding me. I can’t relate. But the husband not noticing part? That I can definitely relate to 🙂 Love this pretty swirled cake, Julie!

    • Julie Evink

      I know…this was an old post and now I’ve been thinking how nice it would be if they magically did it again. To bad my house is now twice as big! Although Mom did drop me off Valentine’s Day Cupcakes when I was at work yesterday. Better than nothing!

  • Dianne Mills

    Julie, one question, the Valentine’s Swirl Cake, do you actually take a knife and swirl the batter or does it automatically swirl when it is cooked. Thanks.

    • Julie Evink

      I personally didn’t swirl mine with a knife. If you do make sure sure to do it lightly!

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