8 ounces chocolate8 ounces white chocolate
12 strawberries9-inch heart shaped cake


1. Melt your chocolate and white chocolate in separate bowls.
2. Start with the groom strawberries and create a tuxedo by taking a whole strawberry and dipping the “belly” into the white chocolate by tipping the strawberry upside down to create the shirt under the tuxedo.  Set on parchment paper to dry. Tip: angle your bowl if need be to create a pool of white chocolate and to be able to dip the front of your strawberry into the bowl. Tip: Sometimes when strawberries are dipped in chocolate and then placed on parchment paper to dry, a “platform” or “legs” is created. To avoid this, when you set the strawberry down on the parchment paper move it forward.
3. Make your bride strawberry by dipping a whole strawberry into white chocolate. Set on parchment paper and push forward.
4. Now that the shirt for under the tuxedo is dry, time to create the tuxedo. Angle the strawberry on the right side and dip it into the melted chocolate, make sure top to bottom is covered. Repeat on the left side and place on parchment paper.
5. Pipe a bow tie and buttons using a parchment bag filled with melted chocolate. For your bow tie, make two triangles with the tips pointing at each other. Pipe 3 small dots in the middle for buttons.
6. Back to decorate the bride strawberry with some lace and a pearl necklace using a parchment bag filled with melted white chocolate.
7. Make a crisscross pattern over the dried white chocolate (the dress) starting at the bottom of the strawberry. Pipe small white chocolate dots at the top of the strawberry, leaving spaces, to create the pearl necklace.

How To Finish Decorating your Heart Shaped Cake

1. Start with your tuxedo (groom) strawberries and arrange around the outside of the heart shaped cake. Arrange the bride strawberries around the other side. Put one tuxedo strawberry in the middle and one bride strawberry in the middle.
2. Using your parchment bag with chocolate, pipe a scroll border around the sides of the top of the cake. Make sideways “s” all around the top, go one way and then go the opposite.  Accent with small chocolate dots.

That was a piece of cake! Enjoy!

Instructions courtesy of Kelly Delaney, Cakes for Occasions, 2011.

A wedding or an engagement cake needs something extra special and this is what Kelly Delaney of Cakes for Occasions suggests for you to consider. Using the same batches of dark and white chocolate, Kelly shows you the trick to how to make a strawberry with a tuxedo and another with a wedding dress, complete with bow tie and a pearl necklace.

So for our Valentine's cake, or our engagement cake, why not make it a little extra special and make either a tuxedo strawberry or a bride strawberry?

So we're going to make the shirt of the tuxedo. I'm going to grab the roughage just like this. And I'm going to place the white chocolate on the belly of the strawberry. Upside down, we're going to dip the strawberry into the white chocolate. And we're going to pull it out. And we're going to place it on the mat to dry. I'm using a piece of parchment to place the strawberry on.

We're going to dip the bride's strawberry. So we need to make the dress. So I'm going to grab the roughage of the strawberry. I'm going to take my bowl of white chocolate and angle it so there's more of a pool of white chocolate so when I go to dip my strawberry, the whole strawberry gets covered at one time rather than making different dips. Just going to dip it right in and pull it out.

I'm going to give it a little shake in order to take the white chocolate off. And then when the white chocolate stops, we're going to place it onto the parchment. And we're going to push it forward.

So we've got our strawberry. And we've got this shirt that's actually dried onto the strawberry. We're going to take the strawberry, and now we're going to dip it into the chocolate like a V, in order to make a V shape. Holding the strawberry at an angle, we're going to dip the whole strawberry in, from the head to the toe of the strawberry, if you will.

So that's one side of the V, and then down the other side. And then we're going to place it onto the parchment. And as you can see, a little pool of chocolate, or the legs of chocolate, have appeared. So we're going to take it, and we're going to push it forward.

Now, the next thing we're going to do is we're going to pipe a bow tie and the buttons on it to finish the tuxedo strawberry. I have my parchment bag in order to make my cone. It's a triangle-shaped piece of parchment that I'm using to make a disposable bag. These are great to use. They're quick and easy and inexpensive.

Take my chocolate. I'm going to fill my bag up. Then I'm going to fold it over. So I'm going to seal it like this. Fold over one side, fold over the other side, and then seal it down. Then I'm going to take my scissors, and I'm going to slice just a little hole.

So a bow tie is two triangles with the tips pointing to each other. So we're going to pipe one triangle like that, and then one triangle out this way. And then we're going to fill it in with a little excess chocolate.

Now, we're going to pipe on our buttons. When decorating, you do things in odd numbers. So you're going to pipe three little dots, or three little buttons.

See how quick they get to be after you do them after a while? I'm going to fold them right up. I've melted my white chocolate, and I'm going to fill it right into my bag. Now this is for the bride's dress.

What we're going to need to do is pipe on some lace. And, of course, every bride needs a pearl necklace. Using our two brides that we have, we're going to just do crisscross patterns of white chocolate, starting at the base and going right over. So that makes our lace of our dress. Do another one. There's a little bit of chocolate on this one, so I'm going to go right over it just like that, so you don't see it.

Now, were going to pipe our pearl necklace. And all that is, much like the men's tuxedo, is just little dots of white chocolate. Not next to each other-- they're spaced in-between to give it the look of a pearl necklace.

Now, when you're doing chocolate-dipped strawberries you definitely do not want to wet the strawberry. You want to take a nice dry cloth, rub off any excess dirt that might be on that strawberry. Because the water, when you go to dip that strawberry into the chocolate, it's going to seep out. And then it's going to react and seize up against the chocolate.

Bride Groom Strawberries
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