Chocolate Heart Cake

If you love someone and they love chocolate –  THIS is the cake to bake for them – Chocolate Heart Cake.

Chocolate Heart Cake the perfect way to show someone you love them www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Heart Cake the perfect way to show someone you love them www.feastingisfun.com

So my hubby’s birthday was at the start of the year AND I didn’t make him a birthday cake.

I Know!!!!

We still had nearly a whole Christmas cake left and we had chocolate, in all it’s delicious forms, everywhere. Hubby wanted a chocolate cake for his birthday, I was struggling with the remnants of Christmas past that were, increasingly, threatening to take over every cupboard and side table in the house.

Breath……in……..and…..out.

Phew I was in danger of being over dramatic there?

What a difference a week makes.

3 teenagers and hubby had made significant inroads, on the chocolate abundance. Time to bake cake. Chocolate cake!

It was late.   Delayed.   Belated.   Not on time.

There was no getting away from it, I needed to pull out all the stops and come up with an I Love You and I’m sorry it’s late, birthday cake.

Pretty sure I nailed it with this fudgy, moist, rich, Chocolate Heart Cake.

Chocolate Heart Cake an expression of true love in cake form. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Heart Cake an expression of true love in cake form. www.feastingisfun.com

Too near Christmas and this cake would have been too much. Deeply chocolatey and slathered in a smooth, yet decadent chocolate ganache, accented with little white chocolate hearts. This Chocolate Heart Cake is perfect for all true chocolate lovers.

Chocolate Heart Cake happiness was easy to find in a single bite of this cake! www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Heart Cake happiness was easy to find in a single bite of this cake! www.feastingisfun.com

Very fortunately for me, my wonderful husband was happy to wait for his cake. Not only is he the one and only true love of my life, he is the kindest, most patient, loving man I have ever known.

Girls don’t settle for second best, or never give proper attention to the man you are with – in the hope that someone better will rock up. When you find someone who loves you, for you, with all their heart, hold on tight and never let go.

Just sayin’.

Back to all matters cake. I was going to wait until Valentine’s Day to post this recipe, then I remembered my heart tin, which I bought very cheaply, in the January sales last year.

So if you like this cake, want to make it and see a heart tin in the sales, grab that bargain!

Chocolate Heart Cake candles, singing and merriment. The ingredients of a successful birthday cake www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Heart Cake candles, singing and merriment. The ingredients of a successful birthday cake www.feastingisfun.com

Recipe: Makes 1 Chocolate Heart Cake – serves 10-12

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature, plus a little extra to grease the tin

225g/8oz Light Soft Brown Sugar

4 Large Eggs – I use free range

150ml/5fl oz Sour Cream

1tsp Vanilla Extract

125g/5oz Plain White Flour

75g/3oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

2tsp Baking Powder

1/4tsp Salt

75g/3oz Dark Chocolate

75g/3oz Milk Chocolate

150ml/5fl oz Double Cream

50g/2oz White Chocolate

Method: Preheat oven to 175C/160C fan

Grease the pan and line the base with baking parchment.
Grease the pan and line the base with baking parchment.

Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

Crack the eggs into a jug, gently whisk to break up.

Add the sour cream and vanilla extract to the eggs and stir to combine – wet ingredients.

Place the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a sieve  – dry ingredients.

Sift one third of the dry ingredients into the creamed sugar and butter.

Add half of the wet mixture to the bowl.

Mix gently until combined.

Repeat the addition of dry and wet ingredients.

Mix until combined and then slowly mix in the last of the dry ingredients.

 

Spoon the chocolate cake batter into the heart tin.
Spoon the chocolate cake batter into the heart tin.

Place the cake into the oven and bake for approx. an hour.

The Chocolate Heart Cake is baked when it springs back after being lightly pressed. www.feastingisfun.com
The Chocolate Heart Cake is baked when it springs back after being lightly pressed. www.feastingisfun.com

Don’t worry if there is a slight jiggle to the cake, as long as it springs back when pressed.

Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Heart Cake turn the slightly cooled cake out, bottom side up, onto a cooling rack.
Chocolate Heart Cake turn the slightly cooled cake out, bottom side up, onto a cooling rack.

Take care when turning this cake out, as it is very moist, with an almost ‘brownie like’ texture.

Allow the cake to cool completely before decorating.

Place the double cream, milk and dark chocolate into a heat proof bowl set over a double boiler see here for detailed photos.

Stir constantly, removing the bowl from the heat when the chocolate is two thirds melted.  Keep stirring until all the chocolate is melted into the cream.

Set aside until slightly cooled and thickened.

Place the Chocolate Heart Cake onto a board or cake stand.

Pour the slightly cooled, thickened, chocolate ganache onto the cake.
Pour the slightly cooled, thickened, chocolate ganache onto the cake.
Smooth the ganache over the top of the cake, allowing it to just edge over the sides.
Smooth the ganache over the top of the cake, allowing it to just edge over the sides.

I used the back of a spoon, however, a palette knife would have given a smoother finish. Note to self!!

Melt the white chocolate, in a small heatproof bowl, in the microwave, set to medium. Nuke in 20 second bursts, stirring after each one, until the chocolate is two thirds melted.  Remove from the microwave and continuously stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Starting at the centre of the heart dip, drip, using a teaspoon, a small circle of white chocolate onto the cake. Approx. 1cm diameter.

Using a cocktail stick and starting just above the circle, drag the stick through the white chocolate to create a wispy heart accent.

Creating the wispy heart decoration.
Creating the wispy heart decoration.

Add as many heart accents as you like. The overall cake will look better if decorated in a symmetrical pattern.

Move the cake to a cool place to set.

Chocolate Heart Cake who will you make this cake for? www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Heart Cake who will you make this cake for? www.feastingisfun.com

My husband was thrilled with his birthday cake.

It not only looked fantastic, but tasted deeply chocolatey too!

Do you enjoy baking for loved ones and if so what do you like to bake?

If you like this Chocolate Heart Cake, here are some others you may enjoy:

Chocolate Sparkle Cake

Marbled Chocolate Bundt Cake

Malted Marbeled Chocolate Cake

I hope you have fun making and baking delicious cakes for all your loved ones.

Sammie xx

 

 

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