Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Miniature Chocolate Cakes For Valentine's Day

There are so many great chocolate cake recipes out there today. 

For some reason I keep coming back to the Hershey recipe on the cocoa container. You might get better quality cocoa but you won't get a more moist and delicious cake. I've used it in birthday cakes,  anniversary cakes and cakes for no reason at all. 



The reason for this cake is pretty obvious. There are so many great takes on desserts that you can do for Valentine's Day. There are cupcakes, cakes, tarts, cream puffs and so on. I'm here to tell you that if you make a really good chocolate cake, you won't go wrong. It's easy and delicious and you can put your Valentine's spin on it by baking it in a heart shaped pan or by cutting out heart shapes with cookie cutters. 

So what I did was bake a two later cake. I then made the chocolate frosting and frosted the cake. (don't assemble the layers) Let it chill in the refrigerator. Then I made this chocolate ganache recipe and poured it over the two layers. Put the cake in the refrigerator and let the ganache set. Then I cut the heart shapes out of the cake layers and added sprinkles. 

For Valentine's Day it's a perfect way to serve individual desserts.

Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING (recipe follows)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.

    VARIATIONS:
    ONE-PAN CAKE: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.

    THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.

    BUNDT CAKE: Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.

    CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.


    "Perfectly Chocolate"Chocolate Frosting
  4. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  5. 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  6. 3 cups powdered sugar
  7. 1/3 cup milk
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

10 comments:

  1. So cute!!! I love baking for holidays. There's just something about using sprinkles and cute shapes that makes it extra fun! These sound great too... There's nothing like the perfect cake!

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  2. I love Valentine's Day because of all the chocoalte goodies that start popping up :) I love these little cakes!

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  3. What a lovely little treat for Valentine's Day! Chocolate always speaks right to my heart. :)

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  4. Oh these are so sweet! Is it really almost February?

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  5. I love this recipe, too! Such a cute idea to cut the cake into heart shapes :)

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  6. Such cute cakes! Is it terrible to say they remind me of those Little Debbie snack cakes (which I love, I know, awful!)? Anyways, great idea!

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  7. Thanks so much everyone!

    Wilde in the Kitchen - you definitely have a valid point - they kinda do look like Little Debbies. I didn't realize it until your comment.

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  8. What a great excuse to start baking again - time to put away my christmas themed cookie cutters and bring out the heart shaped ones!

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  9. Chocolate cake and chocolate ganache? Sounds like Valentine's Day to me!

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  10. WOW!!!
    I really love your Ideas.
    Thank you.

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