I cannot even explain to you how fun the girls thought it was to have a heart surprise in this lemon bread! It would be such a fun treat to bring to a Valentine's Day party, or like my 2.5 year old chef brought up, a baby shower. This same idea can be used for muffins or cupcakes too! If you're in a hurry, you could use pound cake mix.
The heart surprise cake was super cute... but it was also time consuming. It takes twice as long, as you are baking a cake twice - once to make the cut-outs, and once for the final cake. I made this recipe again to test the ingredients and filled it with blueberries. I have to admit I like this version better.
And then we made the same recipe a third time but used chocolate chips instead of blueberries and left the lemon juice and zest out. There is no picture because it was devoured immediately. The chocolate chip version without glaze was definitely the winner in our house.
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