Valentine’s Day Cake

PUBLISHED: 16:56 13 February 2020

HeartValentine cake

HeartValentine cake

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Impress your loved ones with this easy-to-make chocolate cake. The recipe comes from Le Cordon Bleu Chocolate Bible which is one of the world’s leading network of institutes for culinary arts.

Ingredients

Serves 8-10

Chocolate Cake

- 140g unsalted butter

- 225g dark chocolate, chopped

- 4 egg yolks

- 150g caster sugar

- 4 egg whites

- 50g flour, sifted

Ganache

- 250g dark chocolate

- 250ml whipping cream

Decoration

- Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Butter and dust with flour a heart-shaped cake tin (or a 24cm round cake tin).

2. Chocolate cake: Melt the chocolate and the butter over a bain-marie; stir until smooth. Beat the egg yolks and 75g of the sugar until they are pale and thick. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites, gradually adding the remaining sugar until they are smooth, shiny and stiff peaks form. Fold the sifted flour into the egg yolk/sugar mixture and combine with the melted chocolate/butter mixture. Whisk a third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it; carefully fold in the remainder in two separate batches. Rest the batter for five minutes before pouring it into the prepared cake tin. Bake for 40 minutes. Cool on a rack before turning the cake out; refrigerate for 20 minutes.

3. Ganache: Coarsely chop the chocolate and place in a bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until simmering and pour over the chocolate; stir until smooth. Set the ganache aside for about 10 minutes at room temperature, until it can be spread easily.

4. When the chocolate cake is cold and fairly hard, cut a thin slice from the top to level it; use a serrated knife and cut in a sawing motion. Spread the ganache evenly over the entire surface of the cake; refrigerate for 30 minutes until firm. Decorate with berries.

CHEF'S TIP: The cake can be kept refrigerated for two to three days. It can also be served with a Crème Anglaise or whipped cream.

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