A choctastic Valentine’s Day
Is anyone else in need of a break from their healthy eating plan and looking for a good excuse to have a day off and over indulge for the first time since Christmas. Well what better way to cover up your moment of weakness than giving the yummy scrummy chocolate cake you have just baked to your other half as a valentine’s day gift, presented obviously with two forks as sharing is the key to happy a relationship! Very sneaky I hear you cry!
Our stunning and not to mention delicious chocolate heart ganache cake is perfect for creating the wow factor on Valentine’s Day and isn’t to tricky to master. Believe us, cake doesn’t get much more indulgent than this.
Heart chocolate ganache cake
To make the cake
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup milk
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
To make the ganache
6 oz. chocolate chips
¼ cup whipping cream
1½ Tbsp sugar
1½ Tbsp Golden syrup
To make the cake:
Preheat oven to 180°c and prepare an 8” cake tin.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Slowly add milk, oil and vanilla and continue to beat until well mixed. Add the egg and beat again.
Transfer your smooth mixture to your prepared cake tin and bake for around 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre of your cake.
Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the ganache
In a saucepan bring the cream, sugar and golden syrup to the boil.
Place the chocolate chips in a mixing bowl and pour the boiled mixture over the chocolate chips. Leave the mixture for a few minutes to melt the chocolate before you begin stirring.
Stir the mixture until smooth and glossy.
Your cake should still be on the wire rack, place a piece of parchment paper under the rack, pur the chocolate ganache over the cake allowing it to run down the sides of the cake until the entire cake is covered.
Allow the ganache to set before serving.
Fear not, if you aren’t feeling the baking vibe we have loads of great gifts perfect to show just how much you love that special someone. Here are my top five but you can find plenty more romantic treats on our gifts page (click here).