Friday, 10 February 2012

When the heart craves a cake...

Valentine´s day is just a couple of days away and I was wondering how and if my lovely readers plan on celebrating it? For us, it is usually not too big of a deal - just another ordinary day where my husband would be at work all day and I might cook him something nice in the evening and then he would take me out for a brownie afterwards. No romantic date, exclusive gift exchanges, exaggerated and unachieveable promises or what so ever (we save that all for our anniversary, ofcourse:p).

But just in case you are planning on paying a tribute to the great Saint Valentines on the coming 14th, I have a sweet idea for you to celebrate it with your loved ones.








Just came across this brilliant technique on "Butter Hearts Sugar" a few weeks ago and decided to try it. Instead of following the Orange Coconut Cake recipe that Kara has used for her cake, I went for a new lemon pound which was a total disaster, so much so that even my darling Valentine couldnt resist saying, "Why do you have to test everything on me first?", from which I concluded that it would be wise to not share it here and save you the disappointment, money and time that I endured.

But since the idea of hearts inside the cake itself is so cute and worth trying, here are two of my favourite recipes that you might like to use or you can make any of your favourite plain cakes, just make sure that the batter is enough to make the hearts and cover them later.






Prepare the cake mixture as usual. Take out 1/3 of the batter into a smaller bowl.





Add in red food colouring to the smaller portion. Pour this mixture into a square or rectangular pan, (greased and lined, ofcourse).






Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 15- 20 minutes or until the tooth pick comes out clean. Take out of the oven and allow to cool a bit in the pan. Then slide onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely.





Cut out hearts using a cookie cutter (I am using a piece of my sons puzzle:p. There is nothing wrong in using your imagination at times, will save you not only money but also some space in your kitchen cabinets).





Pour half of the remaining cake batter into a loaf tin and arrange the cake hearts in the centre. Tip: This part was a bit tricky, dont give up in case the hearts start falling in where you dont want them to:)





Pour over rest of the batter carefully. Tip: Dont worry if it doesnt cover all the hearts. The cake will rise while baking (hopefully!!!).




Bake in preheated oven as per recipe directions.




Remove the lining and allow to cool completely. This looks ugly, I know. But wait until you see how Im going to cover it with the magic dust.





Icing sugar is so sweet and helping, no???




Let your heart finds its way to those who need it most....




P.S. In case you dont know how to melt someone´s heart with a cheese cake, click here!


May the love you show to others return to you multiplied, have a great day you all!!!!

Love

24 comments:

  1. wowwww... This so so cute and awesome... loving ittt!!!

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  2. Awesome technique as well as delicious cake! So glad I popped in to see this. I am definitely saving it. Thanks so much for posting this! Your pictures are so stunning. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Thanks a lot for popping in Tina. Im glad that you liked the technique and images. It was indeed very simple and the result was far better than expected....:)

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  3. Beautiful cake and gorgeous photos! I was intrigued to see how you pulled this off. Very nice! As for Valentines Day, I'll make a nice dinner and give the hubs and the girl cards and some small gifts, but we are trying to stay away from the decedent desserts! This is very tempting though!

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    1. Thank you for visiting Margaret:) We dont really celebrate valentines day but the technique was so tempting that I had to give it a go:) Just heading to your blog now to catch up with your posts as well...

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  4. Such a cool technique....I have to try this, will let you know how it went :-)

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    1. Plz do that Suchi, its seriously a piece of cake;) Do share your experiences here...

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  5. u always come up with a unique concept…i always adore ur work…keep it up..xx

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    1. Thanks fareeha:) Will surely do that as long as readers like you keep coming back:)

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  6. Wow!!!amazing talent,speechless at ur talent.....I have a few questions regarding the making of chocolate leaves...where shall I post them,on your blog or on ur FB page..Thanks a lot.

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    1. Thanks saira...you can post the questions anywhere you like:)I am available on both but ofcourse, preferably on the blog...:)

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  7. It looks like it turned out fantastic!! I love the size of the hearts compared to the cake. My poor boyfriend gets everything tested on him first too, so far there have been very few complaints :)

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  8. Love Love It.. Super Cute Idea for the upcoming V-day... I know it needs some patience, but looks like it is worth while...

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  9. This is so cute! wow! Nice job! Looks so very pretty :-) I love pretty things! lol

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  10. Wow! This is such a lovely idea, I can't wait to try this.

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  11. shabnam' s cuisine15 February 2012 at 00:39

    woow good one will try..

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  12. can i use japanese cheesecake batter?

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  13. i love this cake.
    i had to try ist out.

    thanks for your tutorial!

    best wishes, doro K.

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  14. booooohat aalaa :)will try it inshallah :)

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  15. wow,,great idea..I will try that,just tell me v will bake heart portion twice am i rite..

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    1. yes, you have to bake it twice. Happy caking :)

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