I would appear I’m turning all romantic. I had an urge to bake Mr C a chocolate cake earlier in the week and thought I may as well make it into a Valentine’s cake while I was there. I’ve been having a potter through my cake tins and discovered loads that I had forgotten about. I’ve got every size of heart and hexagon cake tins that you could ever wish for.
There really are no secrets about this cake – Its a good quality chocolate cake that is rich and very versatile. If you are looking for a chocolate recipe cake suitable for carving or stacking, this is ideal. Not too light that it will crumble instantly but not too heavy either.
I use really good quality chocolate and about an even mix of dark and milk chocolate – Its completely up to you though, if only adults are going to eat this, then you might want to opt for more dark chocolate.
I went simple, yet rich with the decoration – I covered the cake in a thin layer of marzipan to cover any cracks (completely optional but it will make the cake neater and easier to cover in the ganache). While I was trying to treat Mr C, I made him a fresh cream chocolate ganache – Oh my! I had forgotten how immense this is. I didn’t bother slicing the cake in 2 to put jam throughout it – I figured we would be eating it with copious amounts of strawberries and ice-cream. I had just enough marzipan left to make some marzipan roses. If you are not sure how to make Marzipan roses, my video on chocolate roses will show you just how to (Its only a few seconds long!)
Here are the results: