Friday, February 14, 2014

muah...kiss kiss kiss & cake(s)

Valentine's Cake(s)
For those of you who have just fallen in love, those who have loved their entire lives and those who are still searching, this cake is for you.  

Let's just say that it's good to slip in something sweet today.  

Happy Valentine's!
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1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
vanilla bean paste
1 1/2 cup plain yogurt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup hot water
3 eggs

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter (softened)
1 tsp beet puree (or red food coloring)

syrup candied cherries

Preheat oven to180°C.  Prepare several tiny cake pans with butter and dust with flour, tap out extra.

Shift and combine dry ingredients, cocoa, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar, into a bowl.  Beat in yogurt, vanilla bean paste, oil and eggs until smooth.  While beating, slowly pour in the hot water and continue beating for a couple of minutes.

Pour batter into the pans and bake for 40-45 mins, depending on the size of the pan.  The smaller the pan the less baking time is needed.  Check if the cake is ready by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake, if it comes out clean it is ready.  Any leftover batter can be used for making cupcakes.

Let the cake cool completely on a rack before frosting. Top with syrup candied cherries.


  1. Per me San Valentino è il pretesto per preparare un buon dolce:)) e, nonostante sia passato già da qualche giorno, mi sa tanto che provo lo stesso i tuoi cake! Mi piace la "tecnica" dell'acqua calda, da un bel colore scuro e cioccolatoso all'impasto...Un abbraccio Elvira

    1. Siamo proprio sulla stessa lunghezza d'onda! Quello che mi piace di piu' di questo dolce e' la sua morbidezza, credo sia dovuto proprio all'aggiunto dell'acqua bollente. Chissa'?! Fammi sapere si la provi. Un abbraccio a te!

  2. A fabulous cake. Love the fact that you used beet in the frosting.

    1. Thanks! I had some beet puree leftover from this cake and guess what else I made with it?! Pasta...beautiful - red - pasta :-)

  3. Cute cakes! I bet they taste heavenly.