Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova

Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova a delicious crisp outer shell, with a deep, brownie-like inner, topped with whipped cream and chocolate dipped strawberries. The perfect dessert to share with those you love.

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova perfect for sharing.

I adore pavlova. Both making and eating it! This chocolate heart pavlova is so pretty and also easy to make. Simply follow the recipe and instructions and you too can bake this beautiful dessert.

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova ideal for Afternoon Tea.

Last week Valentine’s Day was celebrated, I wanted to create something that would be perfect to share with those I love. That said, everything posted on Feasting is Fun, is designed to be shared! Since, hearts, strawberries, chocolates and flowers are all associated with February 14th, I wanted to incorporate as many of these as possible. Resulting in a beautiful and tasty dessert that should not be confined to one day of the year, in my opinion!

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova with added chopped strawberries for extra decoration and flavour.

For this pavlova the heart is piped, with swirls around the outside, defining the heart shape. It is not difficult to do and creates a different, yet pretty finish, once baked. Also, this heart pavlova contains only cocoa, not chunks of chocolate, making it possible to pipe. The resulting meringue mixture resembles a light, airy mousse. Which, once baked keeps its shape perfectly.

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova each layer distinct.

Lightly whipped double cream tops the chocolate pavlova, rather like a down duvet covers a bed. Moulding and fitting to the contours. Creating a soft, velvety contrast to the crisp and fudgey pavlova. Chocolate dipped strawberries add the final touch of decadence, crowning this dessert with their contrasting colours.

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova served on heart embellished china.

One mouthful of this delightful dessert and you are lost to the complimenting flavours and contrasting textures. Fortunately, one serving provides plenty of time to fully appreciate this beautiful pavlova. However, I wont tell if you go back for seconds!

Recipe: Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova serves 6-8

4 Large Free Range Egg Whites

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

1tsp Balsamic Vinegar

50g/2oz Cocoa – I use Callebaut

1tsp Corn Flour – I use Doves Farm

300mls/ 1/2 pint Double Cream

400g Fresh Strawberries

100g/4oz Milk Chocolate

50g White Chocolate

Method: Preheat the oven to 200/180C fan, gas mark 6

Prior to starting ensure the bowl used to mix the meringue is scrupulously clean. Wipe around the inside of the bowl with half a lemon to ensure no fat is present. The presence of fat, or oil will stop the egg whites from whipping up and incorporating air.

Also line a large baking tray with baking parchment. Draw a large heart on the reverse of the parchment with pencil, approximately 25cm wide by 27.5cm high, 10″w x 11″h.

  • Pour the egg whites into the large clean, prepared bowl.
  • Whisk until the egg whites hold a stiff peak.
  • Continue whisking on high, adding the sugar one tablespoon at a time until it is all incorporated. The meringue should be white and glossy, holding a stiff peak. Rub a little of the meringue between your finger and thumb, it should feel smooth. If at all gritty, continue whisking, as not all of the sugar is dissolved into the egg white. Continue until the mixture is smooth.
  • While the egg whites are whisking fit a large piping ba with a large, open star nozzle, I use Wilton  #1M.
  • Once the meringue has been whisked sift in the corn flour and cocoa. Then add the balsamic vinegar.
  • Using a large, clean, metal spoon fold all of the ingredients together carefully. Taking care not to knock out the air that has been whisked into the egg whites.
  • Place four dots of meringue in the corners of the baking tray, then place the baking parchment on top. This will hold the baking parchment in place.
  • Place a large spoonful of chocolate meringue into the centre of the heart. Spread the meringue with a palette knife, so that it fills the heart outline. There is no need to be too precise as it will be piped over.
  • Fill the piping bag with the remaining chocolate meringue.
  • Pipe swirls around the outline of the heart, leaving the bottom point and the top dip until last. Pipe a swirl at the bottom of the heart and then the top dip. Next pipe stars, inside the heart, on the base.
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Making and creating the chocolate heart pavlova.
  • Place the pavlova into the centre of the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 160C/140C gas mark 3. Do not open the oven door whilst baking!
  • Bake for 1 hour exactly. After the baking time has elapsed turn the oven off and open the oven door a fraction, so that the pavlova cools slowly. I place a wooden spoon between the door and the oven.
  • While the pavlova is cooling the strawberries can be prepared. Into separate, small heatproof, microwaveable bowls, break up and add the milk and white chocolate, separately. Heat for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate has melted. Spoon the melted white chocolate into a small piping bag.
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Preparing and decorating the strawberries.
  • Select 10 of the biggest strawberries and leave their tops on. Dip 5 of the large strawberries into the milk chocolate, using a teaspoons to help fully cover them. Place the dipped strawberries on to some baking parchment. Tip – if the strawberries are kept in the fridge until needed they will be chilled. This will help the chocolate set quickly.
  • Next pipe lines across the 5 chocolate covered strawberries and also the 5 un-dipped ones, this gluten free recipe also uses chocolate strawberries. Leave to set on the baking parchment. In warm weather place in the fridge for a couple of minutes.
  • When the pavlova has completely cooled it can be removed from the oven.
  • Pour the cream into a bowl and whisk until it has thickened but is not stiff.
  • Gently run a palette knife under the pavlova to loosen it from the baking parchment. Place the pavlova on to a flat plate, or stand from which it is to be served.
  • Spoon the cream inside the shell of the pavlova.
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Preparing the cream and filling the pavlova.
  • Arrange the chocolate dipped strawberries on the top of the cream, removing the tops if necessary.
  • If liked, chop the remaining strawberries into fairly small pieces and sprinkle around the whole strawberries.
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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova ready to be served.

Now all that is needed is someone to share this stunning dessert with!

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova served with a hot cup of tea.

Serve sliced, ensuring each portion has a chocolate strawberry.

This Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova is at its best eaten on the day assembled. The pavlova can be made the day before and left to cool, overnight in the oven. The strawberries can be prepared 4 hours ahead and left in a cool place. Likewise the cream can be prepared at the same time as the strawberries and left in the fridge, it may need a quick whisk to bring it back to the consistency required.

The Pavlova will last, covered in foil, in the fridge for 2 days after assembly.

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All of the pavlova recipes on this blog are gluten free. Making them a suitable dessert for more people. Ensure that the corn flour used in each recipe is certified gluten free.

Since it is in my nature to be as inclusive as possible, serving a naturally gluten free dessert to friends and family ensures that everyone feels special. Likewise, no one can feel that they have been ‘too much bother’ due to any dietary limitations they may have. Resulting in a relaxed, enjoyable meal and atmosphere.

Have fun creating, making, cooking and baking in your kitchens.

Sammie xx

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Lloyds Chocolatiers Product Review

Carrying out reviews is always a pleasure and sometimes a challenge here at Feasting is Fun. While taking great care to bring an honest, thorough review, creating new recipes can sometimes stretch me. Yet challenging myself to come up with new ideas, is, ultimately, what delivers the most satisfaction. With this in mind, I hope you enjoy my Lloyds Chocolatiers Product Review.

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The product selection I received from Lloyds Chocolatiers.

Receiving such a varied selection was a real treat. Allowing me to get creative with my recipes. Since Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, the chocolate hearts immediately grabbed my attention. A delicious variety of truffles, filled with ganache, whipped fruit fillings and the most incredible caramel. These chocolates became the inspiration behind my Chocolate Heart Topped Rose Bundt Cake . Perfectly complimenting the rose and vanilla flavoured cake, I highly recommend them.

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Chocolate Heart Topped Rose Bundt Cake

Included in the package were also some beautiful Rose and Violet chocolate fondants. The finish on these chocolates is outstanding and our daughter observed that they resembled marbles, such was the shine. These chocolate fondants would also work well with the Rose Bundt Cake. While the Rose fondants had a subtle flavour, similar to turkish delight, in comparison the Violet fondants were stronger. Reminiscent of years gone by, both flavours were enjoyable.

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Rose and Violet Chocolate Fondants.

Presentation of all the chocolates was outstanding. Great care had been taken to ensure that they arrived in perfect condition, always a consideration when ordering any product online, especially food items. Also, each individual product’s packaging was sleek, streamlined and designed to show the product off at its best. While it also protected the chocolates.

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Lloyds Chocolatiers Product Review bags of boozy truffles.

Chocolate truffles are a weakness of mine. Add in a splash of something boozy and I’m sold! Yet, occasionally I am disappointed. Too much alcohol and the truffle is ruined. Not so with these delicious beauties. The gold wrapped chocolate truffles contain just the right amount of whiskey and are finished with a dusting of cocoa. While the vermicelli covered chocolate rum truffles just edged past, in terms of my flavour preference. Both are delicious and highly recommended.

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Lloyds Chocolatiers Product Review the chocolate bars.

Finally, the chocolate bars. The milk chocolate was creamy, yet not too sweet. This is a great chocolate bar. When ordering chocolates as presents, one or two would also be added to the basket! The white chocolate bar is sublime. Most white chocolate is very sweet. Too sweet. Not Lloyds Chocolatier’s white chocolate bar. A great balance of creaminess and vanilla. This simple, yet excellent bar of chocolate could well be my undoing! While a little on the pricey side, the flavour is absolutely worth it, for both chocolate bars.

White Chocolate Valentine’s Bark

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White Chocolate Valentine’s Bark.

As part of the Lloyds Chocolatiers Product Review this White Chocolate Valentine’s Bark was made. The recipe is simple and requires only 2 ingredients.

1 x 110g White Chocolate Bar – from Llyods Chocolatier’s

Heart Sugar Sprinkles – available from most supermarkets.

Making the White Chocolate Valentine’s Bark:

  • First of all, line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  • Next chop up the white chocolate until it is in small pieces. Less than 1cm in size.
  • Place approximately two thirds of the chopped white chocolate into a heatproof, microwaveable bowl.
  • Heat the chocolate for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between each heating.
  • As soon as the chocolate is melted add the remaining chopped chocolate to the bowl and stir until all of the chocolate is completely melted. If necessary, heat for a further 10 seconds at a time, in the microwave.
  • Once melted stir to ensure the melted chocolate is free from lumps.
  • Pour the melted chocolate on to the baking parchment.
  • Using either an off set spatula or the back of a spoon spread the chocolate out into a rectangular shape.
  • Ideally the chocolate should be about the thickness of a one pound coin, 3-4mm.
  • Scatter over sugar heart decorations, while the chocolate is still tacky.
  • Place the baking tray somewhere cool to allow the chocolate to set. During very hot weather it may have to be placed in the fridge for a few minutes.
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Making the White Chocolate Valentine’s Bark.
  • Once the chocolate has set it is ready to be cut.
  • Use a sharp, un-serrated knife to cut 4 lines, equally spaced, from top to bottom.
  • The chocolate will naturally crack into shards.
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Notice how the chocolate splits and cracks.
  • Place the heart studded chocolate shards in a pretty bowl to serve.
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Lloyds Chocolatiers Product Review with homemade White Chocolate Valentine’s Bark.

The White Chocolate Valentine’s Bark can also be placed into cellophane bags, tied with pretty ribbon and given as presents.

Considering that all of the chocolates are handmade by Lloyds Chocolatier’s, I was very impressed the the sharp snap of the chocolate bark. While tempering chocolate can be quite a procees. Certainly one I am happy to leave to the proffessionals. In comparision the easy tempering technique used here gave great results.

Whatever type of chocolate you enjoy, or wish to give as a gift, I highly recommend Lloyds Chocolatiers. From variety to beautiful packaging, they certainly make great chocolate.

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Chocolate Sunflower Cake.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day, or not, creating something delicious for loved ones is always fun. Either adorning a cake with beautiful chocolate hearts, or making chocolate bark with the children, a personal touch can add so much more, any day of the year. Such as remembering someone’s favourite chocolates.

Whatever you are baking, making and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing your feast and remember, food always tastes better when it is shared.

Sammie xx

Lloyds Chocolatiers provided me with the chocolates in this post, for the purposes of a review. All content, photography, opinions and views are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Chocolate Heart Topped Rose Bundt Cake

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and whether you subscribe to red hearts, roses and all things lovey-dovey, or not, walk down any high street and you can’t fail to avoid it. For me, each day is about expressing my love to those around me. Most importantly my hubby, our children and then my beautiful sister and her amazing family. Whether you celebrate February 14th as a specific day to show people your love, or choose other days, every single day, this Chocolate Heart Topped Rose Bundt Cake is sure to be well received.

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Chocolate Heart Topped Rose Bundt Cake shimmering in the sunlight.

Love, for me is about showing someone I’ve thought of them. It can be a small act of making a cup of tea and a kiss, or it can be a grander gesture, such as buying theatre or concert tickets. One way I like to show loved ones that I’ve thought of them is to bake or cook for them. Making their favourite meal, baking cookies such as these Chocolate Heart Cookies, all adds to the love in our home.

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Chocolate Heart Topped Rose Bundt Cake says “I love you”.

Something absolutely guaranteed to win most people round is chocolate. Having been sent a beautiful selection of chocolates from Lloyd’s Chocolatiers, I wanted to show them off. As the chocolate hearts are filled with delicate whipped creams, caramel, praline or divine caramel, they provide the perfect decoration to this lightly flavoured cake. Easily removed when served, they create a stunning addition to any plate.

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An elegant dessert plate accessorised with heart chocolates.

Made with love. Served with love. These beautiful and varied chocolate hearts create a stunning dessert plate. This definitely says “I love you”.

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Chocolate Heart Topped Rose Bundt Cake

While baking a chocolate cake may seem an obvious choice, I instead decided to choose a flavour to compliment the chocolates. Keeping the rose flavour subtle within the cake also stops it from overpowering the chocolates. Since the aim is, that each should compliment the other. Finishing with an un-flavoured glaze and dust of glitter, takes this cake from pretty to elegant.

Recipe: Chocolate Heart Topped Rose Bundt Cake serves 8-10

For the cake batter:

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter softened

275g/10oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon

2tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – or Vanilla Extract

6 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Rose Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

300g/11oz Plain White Four

2tsp Baking Powder

100g Full Fat Natural Yoghurt- I use Yeo Valley

For the icing and decoration:

450g/1lb White Unflavoured Icing Sugar

100mls Cold Tap Water

Edible Glitter – I use My Cake Decor gold glitter pump spray

Chocolate Hearts

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

First of all, ensure the Bundt pan is clean and dry. Shake the can or bottle well. Spray, or brush Wilton cake release thoroughly using a soft pastry brush. Note – if the weather is cold the liquid in the bottle may be difficult to squeeze out and brush. Stand the bottle in a jug of hot water for 10 minutes, shake well and use.

  • Making the cake batter: Into a large bowl add the softened butter, sugar and salt.
  • Whisk/beat together until well combined, pale and creamy.
  • Next, into a separate bowl, sieve the flour and baking powder together – dry ingredients.
  • Into the creamed butter bowl add the vanilla paste, rose extract and 2 eggs. Then add one third of the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  • Add a further 2 eggs, another third of the dry ingredients and mix as before.
  • Finally, add the last 2 eggs, yoghurt and the last third of the dry ingredients. Mix until thoroughly combined, however take care not to over mix.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan, pressing down as you do. Smooth the top of the batter with a spoon.
  • Place the Bundt pan in the centre of the oven and bake for 1hr – 1hr 15 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden in colour, shrinking away from the sides of the pan and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Once baked remove the cake from the oven.
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Preparing the Bundt pan, filling and baking the cake.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
  • Now turn out the Bundt cake on to a cooling rack.
  • Leave the cake to cool completely before icing.
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Beautiful definition from the Chiffon Bundt.
  • While the cake is cooling, make the glacé icing.
  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
  • Add the water and stir thoroughly, until a smooth consistency is achieved.
  • When cool, place the cake on the cooling rack, over a clean baking tray. This will catch any excess icing drips.
  • Start to spoon the icing over the top of the cake, working your way around the cake.
  • Continue to spoon icing through the central hole and around the outside until the cake is fully covered.
  • Leave the icing to naturally drip from the cake and finally set.
  • If using, dust the cake with edible glitter.
  • Move the cake on to a serving plate or stand.
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Covering the cake with icing and dusting with glitter.
  • Place the chocolate hearts on top of the cake, reserving some for serving alongside.
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Chocolate Heart Topped Rose Bundt Cake adorned with delightful chocolates.

Serve with love and a smile.

The cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If it lasts that long.

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Nordic Ware have a range of different shapes and styles of Bundt Pans. Since they are not cheap they are an investment worth looking after. Especially, if like me, cake decorating isn’t your strongest point. Yet, if looked after properly, the detailed Bundt Pans will last you a lifetime. Because each cake baked has love stirred into it, nothing else can compare with the taste. Ultimately they pay for themselves, with magnificent cakes that aren’t bought from a bakery.

On Valentine’s Day and everyday, I wish you love, health, peace and happiness.

Sammie xx

LLoyds Chocolatiers sent me the chocolate hearts to try. All content, photography, views and opinions are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

 

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake

This Strawberry Sweetheart Cake was baked for my wonderful Hubby, for Valentine’s Day. Vanilla flavoured sponge, split in two with a slathering of strawberry jam in the middle, sealed with buttercream roses.

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake – I Love You.

Is there a better way to say those three precious words ‘I Love You’ than with cake??

Having baked and created a few chocolate recipes for Valentine’s Day like Chocolate Heart Cookies, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites which are utterly delicious, for the day itself I wanted to bake a cake, with simple flavours. Sugar and Crumbs sell are range of naturally flavoured icing sugars and I choose Strawberry Milkshake to make the buttercream that decorates this cake. The taste is truly like strawberry milkshake and makes this cake absolutely sing on your tastebuds.

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake swirled with roses and sprinkled with love.

I absolutely promise you that the piped roses are not difficult. If I, with my wobbly hands can pipe them, you can too. The effect of the roses gives this Strawberry Sweetheart Cake a very professional finish – only you and I will know how easy it really is.

Fit a large star tip (I used a Wilton 1M piping tip) to your piping bag and fill with the buttercream. Practice on a clean plate first. Imagine writing get the letter e, when you get to the end of the you contine round in a complete circle. It is that easy!! A few practices, keeping the pressure on your piping bag steady and you will have piped roses! This cake is only the second time I have piped these roses! The first time was these Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes.

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake roses piped around the sides.

I will admit that piping the roses around the sides was a bit harder. So I piped either side of the heart first and once I’d got the hang of it piped the final rose on the point of the heart. Using the same tip, I piped little stars in between the roses to fill in any gaps and then defined the heart by piping stars all the way around the top edge.

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake a view of the side – using piped stars to fill in any gaps.

Glitter, shiny hearts and more heart sprinkles finished this cake off beautifully. At least that’s what my hubby thought and this cake was made especially for him!

Baking for my family, as I’ve mentioned before, is one way I like to show them my love. This past year has been very hard on us all, due to my seizures (see here). Especially my hubby, who has looked after not only me, but our three gorgeous children, as well as holding down a demanding, full time job. Wanting to show my love for him on this particular day was very important to me and as a family, we all get to eat the cake, my way of saying thank you and I Love You all.

Recipe: Makes One Strawberry Sweetheart Cake serves 20

250g/9oz Caster Sugar

250g/9oz Unsalted Butter – at room temp.

1/4tsp Salt

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or Vanilla Extract

250g/9oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

6 Large Eggs – I always use free range

200g/7oz Strawberry Jam

Assortment of sprinkles and edible glitter

For the buttercream

500g/1lb 2oz Strawberry Milkshake Icing Sugar – or alternatively use plain icing sugar and add your own flavouring to taste.

250/9oz Unsalted Butter very soft

2tbsp Boiling Water

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/145C fan – this cake is cooked low and slow.

  • Butter and line the base of a heart shaped tin. If your tins are shallow split the mixture, so that it comes half way up your cake tin.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter and sugar.
  • Whisk until pale and fluffy – 5 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla and whisk to combine.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into another bowl (dry ingredients).
  • Add one third of the dry ingredients and 3 eggs.
  • Whisk slowly until combined.
  • Repeat using one third of the dry mixture and 3 eggs.
  • Whilst whisking slowly add the final third of the dry mixture.
  • Remove the whisk and give the bowl a thorough mix using a soft spatula, ensuring all the ingredients are well combined.
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Fill the tin with cake batter and smooth the top.
  • Place the cake tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 1 hour 15 – 30 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden brown, springs back from a light finger press and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
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Remove the cake from the oven.
  • Place the cake tin on a large trivet or cooling rack.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely in the tin.
  • Once the cake is completely cold, tip out of the cake tin and place on a cake stand or board, so that the flat bottom is uppermost.
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Very carefully slice the cake in half.
  • Lay the uppermost half on a spare board.
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Spread the strawberry jam over the bottom half so that it doesn’t quite reach the edge.
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Lay the top layer onto the jam covered bottom layer.

Making the buttercream:

  • Place the very soft butter into a large bowl.
  • Sift in the flavoured, or plain, icing sugar into the bowl and add 2 tablespoons of boiling water (add 1 teaspoon of flavouring or vanilla extract if not using flavoured icing).
  • Starting slowly, whisk the ingredients together, increasing the speed as the icing sugar becomes fully incorporated.
  • Continue whisking for 5 minutes, this will ensure the icing is smooth and light.
  • Fit a large icing bag with a large star tip.

Icing the Strawberry Sweetheart Cake:

  • Start with the surface of the cake and pipe a rose swirl at the top, where the dip in the heart is.
  • Continue piping rose swirls symmetrically, either side, of the heart.
  • Finish with a rose swirl at the bottom point of the heart.
  • For the sides, start at the top of the heart bump, on one side and pipe rose swirls around one side and then the other, leaving the bottom point.
  • Go back to the top of the heart and pipe one rose in the heart dip and and additional rose to fill in between the two roses.
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Pipe a rose swirl on the bottom point of the heart.
  • Pipes stars wherever there are gaps and visible pieces of cake on the top and sides, trying to keep the pattern symmetrical – especially on the top of the cake.
  • Pipe stars on the top of the cake around the heart outline.
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A beautifully covered Strawberry Sweetheart Cake.

Now you can sprinkle away. I firstly gave this beautiful cake a good dusting of white edible glitter and then sprinkled two different styles of hearts over it.

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake shimmering and sparkling in the sunshine.

Place the cake somewhere cool to set for a couple of hours. This cake spent the night in our porch, as it was particularly chilly February evening.

Due to the addition of boiling water into the buttercream mixture, this buttercream will not develop a hard crust. This not only improves the texture whilst eating the cake, but also means that the buttercream is a dream to slice through!

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake one delicious slice – that didn’t last long!!!

This Strawberry Sweetheart Cake will keep in an airtight container, for up to 5 days, if left somewhere cool – I would advise keeping it in the fridge during the summer. Although having just eaten a slice, I can’t imagine this cake hanging around for long, especially in our house!!

This cake is so beautifully easy, it would be perfect for birthdays, engagements, anniversaries and maybe even small weddings. You can easily tint the buttercream with food colouring. I used Sugarflair and Wilton edible food colouring gels. You really only need a tiny (tip of a cocktail stick) amount to produce a beautiful pastel shade.

Will you give the rose piping a go?

On Twitter there is a wonderful lady known as the Baking Nanna @kuskus1. She has a short video pinned to the top of her Twitter page showing how to pipe these roses. I thoroughly recommend watching it!

Whatever you are doing, whether alone or with others, I hope that you know you are loved, see Important Stuff.

If you have enjoyed this Strawberry Sweetheart Cake, then take a look at these other Valentine’s bakes:

Chocolate Heart Cake

Chocolate Heart Cake link
Chocolate Heart Cake

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites

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Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites

Chocolate Heart Cookies

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Chocolate Heart Cookies www.feastingisfun.com

Please send me a photo via Twitter or Instagram if you make this cake. I love seeing your creations. I can be found @sammiefeasting.

Sammie xxx

 

 

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Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites

Do you like chocolate? I mean really, really love it? Yes! Then you will go crazy for these Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites.

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Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites perfect for sharing.

These Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites are C R A Z Y good, which shouldn’t be surprising when you consider how much chocolate is in these little edible, morsels of happiness!

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Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites – sharing the love.

I have a few brownie recipes already on this site, such as Nuts About Brownies and don’t get me wrong, they are all utterly delicious. However, I wanted to make a Brownie that stood alone on its own, deep, chocolatey merit. No nuts, no extra topping, apart from the optional white chocolate heart. Just pure chocolate fudge brownie bliss.

Oh boy do these deliver. Deep chocolate flavour, perfect amount of squidge, that leaves you wondering just how these Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites manage to hold together and a satisfying depth of sweetness, melting against your tongue.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites utterly delicious.

Yep if you want a straight up brownies, no faffing with nuts and the like, just one hundred per cent chocolatey goodness, this is the recipe you need.

Just one quick note, as these brownies contain A LOT of chocolate, it really is worth using the best quality chocolate that you can afford. It really does make a difference to the finished taste and texture.

Recipe: Makes 28 Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites

200g/7oz Plain Chocolate – minimum 70% Cocoa solids

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate – minimum 35% Cocoa solids

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter

4 Large Free Range Eggs

225g/8oz Dark Brown Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract

1/4tsp Salt

300g/11oz Chocolate Chips or Chunks

75g/3oz Plain White Flour

1/2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

100g/4oz White Chocolate – optional

Method: Preheat oven to 170C/155C fan.

  • Line a 22.5cm x 30cm (9″ x 12″) deep baking tin with aluminium foil.
  • Break up the chocolate (or chop) into individual squares, dice the butter and place both into a heat proof bowl.Place the bowl over a simering pan of water (a double boiler) ensuring the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
  • Stir continuously until both the chocolate and butter are two thirds melted.
  • Carefully remove the bowl from the pan and continue stirring until the contents are completely melted.
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites
Set the bowl to one side and allow to cool slightly.
  • Into another large bowl add the eggs, vanilla and sugar.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites

 

  • Mix together to combine.
  • Whilst still slowly mixing pour the cooled chocolate mixture into the larger bowl.
  • Mix until completely combined – try not to incorporate too much air whilst mixing.
  • Sift the flour, bicarb. and salt into the bowl.
  • Add the chocolate chunks.
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites
Ooh this bowl holds so much potential!
  • Using a large metal spoon, fold all the ingredients together.
  • Pour the brownie mixture into the foil lined tray.
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites.
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites ready for the oven.
  • Give the baking tin a good couple of sharp taps on the worktop. This will bring any air bubbles to the surface.
  • Place the baking tin into the oven and cook for 35 – 40 minutes.
  • Halfway through the cooking time remove the tin from the I’ve and give it another sharp tap against a heatproof surface.
  • The brownies are cooked when the outside edge has set and the top of the brownies has the familiar, sugar cracked look. There should still be a little wobble to the centre of the tin.
  • Once baked, remove the tin from the oven and allow the brownies to cool completely in the tin.
  • Once cooled turn the brownies out onto a board and removing the foil.
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites
Cut the huge slab into 28 pieces.

Now you have 28 delectable Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites! These truly are delicious as the are. Seeing as Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, I couldn’t resist piping some white chocolate hearts on them.

Simply pop some white chocolate, broken up, into a microwaveable bowl and melt using 20 second bursts, in the microwave until two thirds melted. Then stir continuously until the chocolate is a smooth liquid.

Spoon the melted chocolate into a small, disposable piping bag and cut the tip off, leaving a very small hole. I found it took a bit of practise, getting even hearts and that it was better if I piped the heart in one complete go.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites perfect for sharing with all those you love on Valentine’s Day.

However you pipe your hearts, your loved ones will enjoy these Chocolate Fudge Brownies Bites, not just because they taste so amazing, but more importantly because you have baked them with love, to show people they are loved.

Do you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with your significant other, or with all of your loved ones?

If you enjoyed baking these Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites For Valentine’s Day, you may like to try these:

Chocolate Heart Cake

Chocolate Heart Cookies

Raspberry Almond Cream Cake

I wish you all a very happy Valentine’s Day and sincerely hope you know that you are loved see Important Stuff.

Sammie xx

 

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Chocolate Heart Cookies

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. What better way to show our family and friends, how much they are loved and appreciated by baking a big batch of these Chocolate Heart Cookies.

Chocolate Heart Cookies
Imagine the joy and surprise on your loved one’s faces as you hand around these Chocolate Heart Cookies.

Although it is nice to take one day out of the year, such as Valentine’s Day, to let people know we love them, I think it is far more important to tell those we love every day. To ‘love’ is a verb, a doing word and so the act of loving people, should be part of our daily lives.

I love baking for my loved ones and seeing their faces as they bite into something delicious, that has been made by me, just for them. It shows them that they are important to me and loved very much.

Chocolate Heart Cookies
Chocolate Heart a Cookies packaged up ready for collection.

These Chocolate Heart Cookies can be made for a fraction of the cost of buying Valentine’s Day gifts and they are so personal. When they are made you make them with love. There is also this added bonus, you can make these all year round and believe me, these cookies are so utterly delicious, your loved ones will keep coming back for more!!

The reason for the outstandingly, melt in the mouth flavour of these cookies, is, because they contain cream cheese.

Didn’t see that one coming – hey? 😉

Yep, good old Philly makes a real difference to the soft, almost, truffle like, texture of the cookies and they taste amazing too!

Chocolate Heart Cookies
Chocolate Heart Cookies– who will you share these with?

If you are going to make these cookies, it’s worth using a good quality cocoa powder, as that directly affects the chocolate flavour of these hearts. You only use 50g per batch, so it works out pretty cost effective, overall. Food Thoughts Cocoa is a great quality fair trade, organic cocoa powder.

I used a fluted heart cutter and was happily surprised that each cookie kept the definition during baking.

Chocolate Heart Cookies
These Chocolate Heart Cookies look so pretty, packaged up and tied with ribbon.

Recipe: Makes 20-30 Chocolate Heart Cookies, depending on cutter size.

150g/5oz Soft Light Brown Sugar

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter at room temp.

100g/4oz Full Fat Soft Cheese – I used Philadelphia

1/4tsp Salt

1 Large Egg Yolk

1/2tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – alternatively 1tsp Vanilla Extract

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder

225g/8oz Plain White Flour – plus extra for dusting the worktop

100g/4oz White Chocolate

Method:

  • Add the softened cream cheese, butter, salt and sugar to a large bowl.
  • Whisk together until fully combined.
  • Now add the egg yolk, vanilla and whisk in.
  • Sift the flour and cocoa into the bowl.
  • Mix together until uniform in colour and texture.
  • Wipe the work surface with a clean, damp cloth.
  • Lay cling film over the damp worktop, it will stick and not move.
  • Place the cookie dough onto the cling film, form into a disc a wrap tightly.
  • Place the wrapped cookie dough into the fridge to chill for one hour.

When you are ready to bake the Chocolate Heart Cookies preheat the oven to 170C/155C fan.

  • Line 2-3 large baking trays with baking parchment.
Chocolate Heart Cookies
Remove the dough from the fridge.
  • If the cookie dough has been in the fridge for more than a few hours (I made the dough on Sunday and baked on Monday), remove and leave to warm slightly for 30 minutes. This will prevent the dough from cracking.
  • Divide the dough in two and wrap one half in the cling film.
  • Lightly dust the worktop with flour.
  • Roll the dough out to approx 1/4 inch thickness (6mm).
  • Ensure you are constantly moving the dough and lightly dusting the worktop with flour – as this dough can get quite sticky.
Chocolate Heart Cookies
Don’t worry about a very light dusting of flour on top of the dough.
  • Using a 2 inch (10cm) heart cutter, cut out the cookies.
  • Re-rolling the cookie dough so you can get the maximum number of cookies from it.
  • Roll the second half of cookie dough and continue as before.
  • I cut out 27 cookies.
Chocolate Heart Cookies
Place the cut out cookies onto the baking tray.
  • Place the baking trays into the oven and bake for exactly 10 minutes.
  • The cookies will have a slightly matt appearance when baked.
  • Once baked remove the trays from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the tray.

Decorating the Chocolate Heart Cookies.

Chocolate Heart Cookies
When the cookies are completely cooled move them and the baking parchment to the worktop.
  • Lay your cookies out in a uniform manner. This will make it easier to pipe the melted chocolate on.
  • Into a heatproof and microwaveable bowl add the chopped up white chocolate.
  • Heat on 20 second bursts – remembering that white chocolate keeps its shape when melted.
  • Stir after ever 20 seconds and remove just before all the white chocolate has completely melted.
  • Continue stirring until all the chocolate has melted.
  • Spoon the warm, melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag – alternatively, using a fork you can drizzle the chocolate over the cookies.
  • Snip the very end off of the piping bag so that there is only a small hole.
  • Pipe a squiggle pattern over the heart cookies, I found it easier to pipe them in vertical lines without stopping, just lift the bag tip upwards, after the last heart in each line is drizzled.
Chocolate Heart Cookies
Pipe squiggles of white chocolate across the hearts.
  • Allow to cool completely. This can take a little while and during hotter weather (it is Winter here now) they may need to go into the fridge to set completely.
Chocolate Heart Cookies
Chocolate Heart Cookies ready to be shared with your loved ones.

These are the perfect ‘I Love You’ gift anytime of the year!

Do you like to bake as a way of expressing love?

If you enjoyed making these Chocolate Heart Cookies, then you might like to try this:

Chocolate Heart Cake

Cookies Chocolate Heart Cake
Chocolate Heart Cake

Super Light Scones just cut them out with a heart cutter!

Cookies Super Light Scones
Super Light Scones

I hope that you know you are loved, see Important Stuff.

Sammie x

 

 

 

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Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes. Just look at these beauties. Moist almond cupcakes, with a swirl of raspberry ripple buttercream on top. These may be my favourite cupcakes ever. I love them.

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes these are so pretty.

Could you resist one or two of these delicious cupcakes?

I couldn’t! As soon as these photographs had been taken I ate two of these. I just didn’t want the flavour sensation to stop after the first one!

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes the perfect way to say I Love You.

Instead of giving roses for Valentine’s Day, why not bake up a batch of these delicious cupcakes? There are certain advantages; they can be shared, they are less of a dramatic statement than red roses – therefore more inclusive to groups of people that you love. Unfortunately though, I can pretty much guarantee these Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes won’t last as long as flowers!!

Valentine’ Day is about love, whether that be your significant other, your family, your girl or guy friends. Show some love this Valentine’s Day, especially to those who may feel unloved.

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Beautiful Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes as beautiful as they are delicious.

You may have seen there are a few raspberry and almond recipes on this site. Such as this Raspberry Almond Cream Cake. That’s because they go soooo well together. As much as I love creating new recipes and flavour combinations, there are a few classics that I could never mess with.

These Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes bring these two classic flavours harmoniously together. Your taste buds will sing as you bite into one of these beautiful creations.

Recipe: Makes 18 Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

175g/6oz Plain White Flour

1.5tsp BakingPowder

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter – soft

175g/6oz Caster Sugar

30ml/2tbsp Milk

1/4tsp Salt

1tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2tsp Almond Extract

For the buttercream

250g Raspberry Ripple flavour icing sugar – available from Sugar and Crumbs

125g/5oz Unsalted Butter – very soft

2-3tbsp Boiling Water

Pink Gel Food Colouring

Method: Preheat the oven to 165C/150C fan.

  • Line a cupcake tin with the prettiest wrappers you can find.
  • In a bowl whisk together the butter and sugar until light and get and creamy.
  • Add in the eggs, milk, almond extract, salt and sifted flour and baking powder.
  • Whisk on a low speed until all the ingredients are just combined, stopping halfway through to scrape down the bowl.
  • Add 1 dessert spoonful of cake batter to each cupcake case.
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Feel free to lick out the bowl once you’ve finished filling the cupcake cases!
  • Bake the cupcakes in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes.
  • The cupcakes are baked when they are golden brown and spring back when lightly pressed.
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Remove from the oven once the Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes are baked.
  • Decant the cupcakes onto a cooling rack.
  • Leave to cool completely.

To make the buttercream frosting:

  • Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.
  • Add the softened butter and 2tbsp of boiling water.
  • Whisk until light, fluffy and creamy, adding up to 1 extra tablespoon of boiling water to obtain the desired consistency.
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Raspberry Ripple buttercream, soft, smooth and utterly delicious.
  • Fit a large piping bag (I use disposable ones for coloured icing) with a large, open star piping nozzle.
  • Fold the bag back on itself, opening up the inside.
  • Using a small brush, paint two lines of food colouring gel, in a line, from the tip, to approximately half way up the bag.
  • The second line should be opposite the first.
  • Place the bag in a stable container, I use a large jug.
  • Fill the piping bag with the buttercream.
  • When the cupcakes are cooled, they are ready to be iced.
  • Holding a cupcake with one hand and starting 1/3 down from the edge, pipe a letter e, keeping the pressure constant. As you get to the end of the e continue piping around the cupcake in one complete circle.

These Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes were my first attempt at piping buttercream roses and I’m really proud of how they turned out.

Obviously practice makes perfect and if you are unsure of how to pipe these look on Pinterest or YouTube, there are plenty of short tutorials showing you what to do.

In fact out of the vast array of piping tips available, if you want a professional, bakery style finish to your cupcake Wilton’s Large Stae 1M is a great nozzle to start with.

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
The same cupcake with a different style of frosting, using the same piping tip.

With the cupcake above, keeping steady pressure on the piping bag, I started in the centre of the cake and piped in circles, building layers to create the classic cupcake swirl.

It is worth making up a bag of plain icing and practicing different methods, so that you feel confident icing your cupcakes.

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

These Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes are utterly delicious and the icing is very light. I enjoy using the natural flavoured icing sugars from Sugar and Crumbs however, you can easily use plain icing sugar and add a few drops of natural flavour extract.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If so, do you keep the celebrations between you and your partner, or spread the love further afield?

However you spend February 14th, I hope you know that you are loved (see Important Stuff).

If you enjoyed these Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes you are sure to love these:

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

RR Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcakes

RR Black Forest Cupcakes
Black Forest Cupcakes

Don’t forget I’m over on Twitter @sammiefeasting if you need any advice, or leave your question in the comments box and I’ll answer as soon as I can.

Have fun baking and making your very own creations!

Sammie xx

 

 

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