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Saturday, February 13, 2016

VALENTINES HIDDEN HEART CAKE | SURPRISE YOUR VALENTINE WITH THIS HIDDEN LOVE




VALENTINE'S DAY.....What more can I say about this day? It is always fun and exiting to enjoy the day with the love of your life. A special moment to share and be together. Mine is extra special because I will be spending time with my hubby. To me, Valentine's Day is all about being with my husband and making that one day extra extra special for both of us. Hopefully he does not forget to buy me a gift. I have never really celebrated Valentine's Day for just that day because what I have learned is to create and make the other person feel important and loved every single day.

What I have made in secret today is a cake full of hearts hidden inside. If you truly want to bring out the meaning of valentines day and surprise your loved one, then you should definitely make this cake. There are three steps to this wonderful cake. If you follow each of the steps with utter care then your cake will look and taste beautiful.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!
Don't forget to surprise you Valentine.



FOR THE RED HEART CAKE


METHOD OF PREPARATION 

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Grease the baking pan with butter. 
Blend the strawberries in a blender and strain it to get the smooth strawberry puree. Keep it aside. 

2.Sieve all purpose flour and baking powder. Keep it aside in a bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on low speed until its light and fluffy. 

3.Add strawberry jello powder and combine well.Beat egg one at a time for few minutes. Scrape the bowl after each addition. 

4.Stir in vanilla extract. Add strawberry puree and stir well. If you want you can add few drops of red coloring to this to make your cake look more reddish.

5.Add flour in three portions and add milk occasionally in between. Beat well on a medium speed for few minutes until smooth and creamy.If you want your heart cake really red,you can add few drops of red coloring and beat lightly until the color is blended evenly in the batter.

6.Pour the batter into the 13X9 inch  (larger pan)greased baking pan to get a thin sheet of cake. Bake it at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or if a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool it completely on a wire rack. Once the cake is completely cool, refrigerate it until we start to prepare the chocolate cake.

When you get everything ready to make the chocolate cake remove the red cake from the refrigerator and slice the cake evenly. Take the heart shaped mold and cut out gently from each slice of the cake. Keep it aside.(I got about 15 hearts)

FOR THE CHOCOLATE CAKE



METHOD OF PREPARATION 

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Grease the loaf pan. Swift the flour, baking powder, salt,  cocoa powder and coffee powder. 

2.In a bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on low speed until light and fluffy.

3.Add in eggs one at a time and beat well on medium speed after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.

4.Add the dry ingredients in three portions along with the milk and beat well on medium speed.

5.Pour 1/4 of the batter into the loaf pan. Smoother the surface with back of the spatula. Now place the heart shaped red cakes next to each other and pack them close. Leave 1 inch gap at both the corners for the chocolate batter to flow through and hide the red hearts. Pour the remaining chocolate batter slowly along the sides and over the red hearts.

6.Bake it at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 45-50 minutes or if a toothpick inserted at the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 15 minutes and remove to a wire rack.

FOR THE GANACHE


METHOD OF PREPARATION 
1.Heat the heavy whipping cream in a saucepan or microwave it (30 seconds) until you see tiny bubbles appearing around the edges. Remove from heat and pour it over the chopped chocolate. Let it stand for 5 minutes.

2.Mix it well. Add the butter. Keep mixing until it is turned to a smooth and silky mixture. 
3. Spread it over the cake. Refrigerate it for a minimum of 1 hour.

CUT INTO SMALL PIECES & FIND THE HIDDEN HEART
ENJOY!!!

Don't forget to surprise your Valentine
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Author: Pretty
Cooking style: Baking
Location: Amma's Kitchen

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