Anniversary special: Romantic Chocolate and Strawberry “Hidden-Hearts” cake!

This Friday, hubby and I completed seven years of marriage! Days like these make you realize just how fast life passes you by. It seems like yesterday that we both met and it’s been so many years already? wow!

I came across a picture of this cake many months ago on the internet and had decided there and then, that I would try this on our anniversary. The recipe seemed simple but loooong, still it seemed worth the effort for this particular occasion.

The cake took me around three hours to finish and the results were everything that I expected. Hubby was extremely surprised and awed by the idea and the cake turned out to be tasty and sturdy and pretty..buttttttttt….there are few important points/tips, I swore to myself I will share on my blog. So, here we go…… *very important*

1. This recipe requires two cakes to be baked. First one to cut out the heart shapes and the second on for the main base cake. Sure, the process is long and tedious and you can make one of the cakes the day before etc etc…but more importantly, the thing that bothered me with this recipe was that there was a lot of wastage. Once you cut out the heart shapes from cake 1, there are a lot of scraps left. Combine it with the actual “hidden heart” cake 2 that you are aiming for, and you end up with a LOT OF CAKE on your hands. Now, you can use the left-overs in trifles or puddings but whichever way you go, that’s a lot of calories for you and your family. So here’s what you can do- Adjust the proportions of the ingredients to make smaller cakes and go for a smaller heart cookie-cutter as well. I made two huge cakes and ended up with a lot of left-overs. Thus, eventhough I have shared the recipe exactly as I made it, I will definitely adjust the measurements the next time I make this cake.

2. Do not substitute one of the cakes with the store-bought cake mix. This tip was pressed upon, on the site from where I got the basic recipe and it seems that this is a very essential advice. When I was baking this cake, many a times I too found myself wishing that I should have opted for a cake mix for the first cake, to avoid the double toiling. I don’t own an electric beater/blender and beating the batter twice with hand…urrrghhh! I probably would have, if not for this very advise in block letters on the site. I think difference in denseness/thickness of both the cakes will result in your cake-2 batter seeping into the other one and will ruin the presentation that you so desperately want. I used similar batters and still my pink hearts had some brown patches from the chocolate batter in them. So, use the same type of batters for better results and if possible, home-made ones made from scratch only.

This is an easy recipe but requires a lot of patience and time. All the hard-work is totally worth it in the end and the look on your partner’s face when they cut the first slice and see a little heart perched inside is, believe me, priceless! This is the perfect recipe for anniversaries or valentines day and there’s just a bit of clever technique involved really!

So, give this recipe a go guys, and enjoy!!

Ingredients:

2 x 1 cup flour

2 x 1 cup butter (room temperature)

2 x 3/4th cup sugar

2 x 4 eggs

Half bar of dark chocolate

2 tablespoon cocoa powder

2-3 drops of strawberry flavoring

3-4 drops of pink food color

2 x 2-3 drops of vanilla essence

2 x 1.5 teaspoon baking powder

Heart-shaped cookie cutter

A loaf baking tin

Method:

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-Put your oven to pre-heat.

-In a bowl, mix butter and sugar and beat till sugar dissolves and butter looks white and fluffy. Use a hand blender if u have one!

-In a separate bowl, beat the eggs very well. Set aside.

-Now mix some flour in the butter & sugar mixture- beat well! Then add some egg in the butter & sugar mixture -beat well! Continue this alternate cycle till u run out of flour and eggs.

-Color the batter pink with the food coloring (start with a small amount and then keep adding until you get the colour you want). After that, put 3-4 drops of vanilla essence and the strawberry flavoring each. Blend gently together.

– Add 1.5 teaspoon of baking powder in batter and give a final mix.

-Grease your baking tin with a thin layer of butter and also sprinkle some flour all over.

-Pour in the batter and bake for 30mins at 185degrees. Do not open the door to check before 20-25 minutes at all. After that, open and insert a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean then your cake is ready.

-Let the cake sit in warm oven for 10 mins but with its door open.

-Once completely cooled, cut your cake into thick slices. Cut heart shapes out of the middle of the cake slices, with the help of the heart-shaped cookie cutter. Set the hearts aside.

Prepare your second cake.

-Repeat the steps 1 -4 from cake 1.

-In the parallel, melt the chocolate bar in a microwave by heating it for around 20 seconds.

-Add the cocoa powder and melted dark chocolate to your batter and mix well. After that, put 3-4 drops of vanilla essence and 1.5 teaspoon of baking powder in batter and mix gently.

-Grease your baking tin with a thin layer of butter and also sprinkle some flour all over.

The assembling of your hidden heart cake. This is the most important part! Place a very thin layer of batter on the bottom of the loaf pan to cover the entire surface.

-Next, carefully stack the hearts upright, inside the pan, in a straight line. If you are going to flip the cake, stack them upside down like me. If you are not to flip your cake, stack them normally.  They should be able to stand firmly on the batter.  Gently press the hearts into the layer of batter on the bottom of the pan.

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-Fill your cake pan with the rest of the chocolate cake batter. Hearts should be entirely immersed in it. Use a rubber spatula to smooth the top surface.

-Bake for 40-50 mins at 185degrees. Do not open the door to check before 20-25 minutes at all. After that, open and insert a toothpick in the sides of where the heart row must be. If it comes out clean then your cake is ready. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool as before.

-Cut the cake into slices and see the magic. Ta-daaa!! Enjoy with your beloved!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. This is such a cute idea! Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

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