Monday, February 14, 2011
Heart Inside Valentines Cake
This is my last valentines related post, and is also what I really made for valentines day. Boyfriend and I don't go crazy on the 14th of Feb, but we don't completely ignore it either. I came home to the lovely surprise of boyfriend making me a yummy dinner and he very much enjoyed his cake while we watched some Mad Men .
The inspiration for this cake came from some recent cupcakes on Bake It in a Cake , boyfriend isn't the biggest fan of cupcakes but I was in love with the idea so baked hearts into a cake instead. I used the recipe for the orange coconut cake I made a little while ago, but replaced the orange for equal parts of lemon and lime.
I wanted the cake to be a surprise, so I waited for boyfriend to go to sleep and made it late last night (sorry for the dark photos). I couldn't wait to see what the inside of the cake was like, I crossed my fingers when it was cut today and was very happy to see the hearts looked great. I cant wait to bake all kinds of things into my cakes now.
A very happy valentines day to you all.
To make the cake- Lightly grease a 8 inch square cake tin and a loaf tin. Preheat oven to 180 degrees c.
Prepare the cake batter as usual. Scoop 1/3 of the mixture into a smaller bowl and colour with red food dye.
Evenly spread the red cake mix into the square cake tin. Bake the red cake for about 20 minutes or until it springs back when poked in the centre.
Allow the red cake to half cool in the pan before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once the cake is cold cut out the heart shaped using a cookie cutter (next time I'll use the cutter a size larger).
Pour half of the remaining cake mixture into the loaf cake tin and smooth out. Press the hearts cutouts in a upright line down the middle of the pan.
Carefully pour over the last of the cake mix and smooth the surface.
Bake and ice the cake according to the recipe.