If you like the idea of the heart cake, but want something a little less formal, a poundcake is just as impressive! The technique behind it is completely different, using a heart shaped cookie cutter to get your surprise heart design.
Polka Dot Cake This is where a cake pop pan really comes in handy! Use one to create colorful balls of cake, and then bake them inside of a white cake mix. use strawberry cake balls for a girl and blue velvet for a boy.