|Chocolate Heart Cake|
I have had a passion for cake ever since I was a child - baking cakes is a fun activity and has always been high on my list of things I most enjoy, and best of all you get to eat a piece of the cake you have baked.
I never like my everyday cakes to look as though they have come off a production line and I like my cake to look homemade. I haven't spent hours and hours making the perfect bake but I've had a fun afternoon and I get to eat a wonderful slice of cake made in my own kitchen - it simply can't be beaten.
I think some people are put off baking cakes because they believe you need lots of fancy baking equipment, but you only need a bowl, a baking tin and a set of kitchen scales. Try using your hands to mix the cake batter, this method produces fabulous cakes and is fun and messy too, so trust me you don't even need to own a wooden spoon.
You will need: 2 x 18cm round shallow cake tins greased, base lined and coat the tins with a fine dusting of cocoa powder.
175g Stork tub
175g caster sugar
150g self-raising flour
25g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
Filling: Unsweetened apricot jam
Icing: 50g dark chocolate, 15g Stork packet, 2 tablespoons milk
Chocolate Hearts: Good quality white cooking chocolate.
Decoration: Edible gold leaf and edible gold glitter.
1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC.
2. Place the Stork, caster sugar and eggs into a mixing bowl. Sift over the self-raising flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. With an electric mixer beat everything together for 2 minutes or until smooth.
3. Divide the mixture equally between the two cake tins and spread out evenly.
4. Bake for 30 minutes.
5. Cool for 10 minutes before turning out on to a cooling tray.
6. Icing: Place all the icing ingredients into a bowl and place over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. Cool and spread over the top of the cake. This produces a matt icing.
7. Chocolate Hearts: Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place 75g broken chocolate into a bowl, place over a pan of simmering water. Allow the chocolate to melt without stirring. When the chocolate has melted stir until smooth. Place heaped teaspoons of melted chocolate onto the parchment paper and spread to make circles. Place in the fridge to set. When set take a small heart cutter and cut out heart shapes. Dab a small amount of leftover melted chocolate to the underside of the hearts and place onto the cake.
8. Decorate with gold leaf and edible glitter.
Thank you to Stork for the fabulous baking set.