Saturday, February 14, 2009

Heart-shaped Chocolate Cake for V-day!!


Wishing all of you a very Happy Valentines Day!!

I think this is the first time that we,as a couple are celebrating V-day with wishing each other,cake cutting and all..no,we are not newly married and this is not our first v-day together.Its just that we didn’t think it quite mattered[not that we do now,but still].I think the prime reason I made a cake is to put it up on the blog;-).

Few weeks back,while talking to a friend casually[it was her first v-day,btw],she asked me to suggest something to surprise her hubby.She wanted me to try something out so that she can reproduce it.I had no clue and I asked her to try out the
easiest chocolate cake in the MW.That got me thinking,while the whole world is celebrating,why should I step behind.

I decided to bake something specially for V-day.Can a heart shaped cake be far behind when it came to the day of the cupid,day of the heart?Absolutely not,so heart-shaped chocolate cake it is!!

Cake making experience- Though I’ve baked many cakes before,some in the MW and some in the convection mode,this is the first time I am frosting it.I am scared and develop cold feet whenever it comes to frosting/icing and I still do.During one of our chats,a dear dear friend Purnima gave me the much required confidence boost and told me that I can do it if I try.She was sweet enough to send me a couple of helpful links so that I can bake and frost the cake smoothly.After a lot of Yes-No thoughts,I finally decided to bake this cake and frost it.I thought in case I feel scared in between,we can always relish the plain cake.The cake came out great!Chocolatey and super moist and tastes great with whipped cream frosting…yummmm!!!I followed VahChef’s recipe for frosting.


Heart shaped Chocolate Cake for Valentine’s Day
[Adapted from Deeba's Chocolate Yogurt Cake recipe]


Ingredients

For the Cake

Flour - 1 ½ cups
Wholewheat flour – ½ cup
Cocoa - 2/3 cup
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Pinch of salt
Butter – ½ cup,at room temperature
Sugar - 1 cup[I used half a cup of Demerara sugar too]-So altogether 1 ½ cups
Eggs - 2
Yogurt - 1 ½ cups
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp

Method

Grease well & line a heart-shaped pan, & preheat the oven to 180*C.
Sift both the flours,baking powder,baking soda,salt &cocoa. Keep aside.
Beat the butter & sugar. Add eggs & beat again. Add vanilla extract & beat.
Now alternatively add the flour mix & yogurt till well incorporated.
Turn into the cake pan, level out & bake for 45 minutes or until done.
Once done, cool in pan for 5 minutes, turn out on rack.

For the frosting

Whipped Cream – 300 ml[I used a pack and a half of Amul Fresh Cream]
Sugar – 5 tsps
Cherries – a few,chopped-reserve a few for top[I used Cherries in Sugar syrup]
Strawberry Crush – 2 tbsp mixed with 2 tbsp water[Can replace this with thin sugar syrup]
Chocolate shavings/flakes – as required for the topping

Assembling the cake

Whip the cream and sugar till soft peaks form.
Cut the cake horizontally into three or more layers.
Keep one layer on the serving plate and pour few drops of strawberry crush-syrup.
Spread 2/3 of the whipped cream on top.
Sprinkle few chopped cherries on top.
Repeat with the 2 layers.
For the final finish,sprinkle chocolate flakes on top and the sides.
Arrange few cherries on top.
Slice and serve it to your loved ones!!!



Sending this Heart to

Heart Shaped foods Event at Bindiya's blog,

Cook & Create with Luv for Luv at Priyanka's blog,

Just for you at Alka's blog.

18 comments :

  1. HeHe!! Rama sene people got arrested y'day!! Hurray for pink chaddies! :P

    Beautiful cake for V day, I am sure you will enjoy it today. Hugs to you! :))

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  2. The cake looks amazingly soft, must be delicious too, lovely post Divya

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  3. Wow Divya, first time frosting?? The result is excellent!! Happy V Day..I am yet to try this Choco-yogurt cake, seen at Deeba's too. Btw, wht is strawberry crush ?

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  4. thats sucha acute cake..love the frosting too with all those cherries..happy valentines day..

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  5. Looks yummy dear... I have bookmarked same recipe .. Hubby dear must have been very proud of you.. looks delicous

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  6. Wow ...yet another feather in the cap! The cake looks yum..didn't know abt baking tips at Sanjay THumma..tks for all the helpful links! And U r getting so better that its completely my pleasure to hv given u links.
    When such people exist to torture our own people..women to b specific, who needs outsiders? Disgusting act..yet..not to spoil any occassion for them! Wd try ur way of frosting soon! Tks!!

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  7. Ohh dear this cake is tempting me..I am drooling here..Great job :)

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  8. Hey this is sooo good.Adding Wheat flour and yogurt in cake..is new to me.I've never thot abt doing it....looks wonderful divya.I did bake a cake too.

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  9. Ur cake looks so cute. Nice and moist. YUM!

    Belated Valentine's Day wishes!!!

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  10. Wow... that's a lot... but it looks heavenly :) Just so you can put it on the blog... hahaha... I did that last year.

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  11. Superb cake. Very very tempting. Is perfect and spongy.

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  12. Wowo that cake looks so faulous and delicious and then you say you don't bake that much you are a natural born baker.

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  13. Your hubby must be so proud that you baked this cake for V'day.

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  14. Kudos girlie, that's a yummy looking cake! I envy all you bakers for I never seem to get it straight :-(

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  15. Lovely cake Divya. I wish I could get a piece of your yummy cake. I also made a cake but since I did not have a heart shaped pan i made a square cake and decorated it with a heart made with cherries.

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  16. Hi..I was blown up by looking @ your blog..it is very nice especially for baking!!

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  17. that's a yummy cake...I am gonna bookmark this recipe :) thx for sharing.

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Divya.

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