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Wednesday, 23 January 2008

L’Amour Valentine’s Heart(s)

I’m entering my L’Amour Valentine’s Heart(s) to A Heart For Your Valentine should you wish to submit your own entry of a homemade "edible heart" click on the link above.
For the round-up and to view many beautiful creations you will find the [link here] please do go and take a peek of all those wonderful "edible heart's".

L’Amour Valentine’s Heart(s)

I brought a mini heart shaped silicone 8 holed mould on my last visit to Lakeland Store. I had been contemplating what sort of sponge cake to make using this. Then I thought chocolate being the obvious for valentine hearts with a hidden center of chocolate for that little extra pleasure in life!! The topping could have been a chocolate ganache but I opted this time for buttercream with pretty sugar sprinkles and sugar dragees, must be the girly side in me *giggle*.

One bite my friends and you’ll be in raptures of sheer indulgence of wickedness do you dare to bake some for yourself I ask *grinning from ear to ear*!?!

L’Amour Valentine’s Heart(s)

Makes 10 heart shaped little cakes

For The Sponge
100g (4 oz) butter, softened
100g (4 oz) soft brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
2 large eggs
75g (3 oz) self –raising flour
25g (1 oz) cocoa powder, use a good quality one
10 squares of milk chocolate
For The Butter Icing
50g (2 oz) butter, softened
100g (4 oz) sieved icing sugar
Few drops of milk
For Decoration
Sugar sprinkles of choice like heart shapes, stars, pink & silver sugar balls

You will need a heart shaped mini cake tin or muffin cases if making them into cupcakes. Piping bag and star tip nozzle for the icing


Preheat oven to 180°C/Fan 160°/350°F/gas mark 4.

In a large mixing bowl add the butter and sugar and beat until pale and fluffy. Next add the soft brown sugar and beat until all combine. Add one egg at a time beating in well each time, then add the vanilla extract and beat in. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder and add this to the mixture folding in with a large metal spoon until all traces of flour have gone.

Place a teaspoonful of mixture into the bottom of each heart shape in the mini heart tin. Take a square of chocolate and place one on top of each heart mixture, then place another teaspoonful of the sponge mixture on top of each heart covering the square of chocolate. Making sure the mixture is no more than three-quarters full or the sponge will overflow when baking.

Place into the oven to bake for 20 –25 minutes or until firm to touch in the middle or a skewer inserted into the sponge comes out clean.

Leave to cool for 5 –10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to fully cool.

To make the buttercream, add the soft butter into a large mixing bowl with the sieved icing sugar, gradually work the butter through the icing sugar adding a few drops of milk until the buttercream is pale and creamy. Place into a piping bag and pipe little stars around the top of the heart cakes. Finally, sprinkle over your choice of sugar sprinkles.


Maria said...

Rosie this is first class, i love these chocolate hearts with the buttercream topping and sprinkles! Now pass me over a L'Amour Valentine Heart ;o)


Rosie said...

Hi Maria, of course you can have a L'Amour Valentine Heart- SO you DARE to be wicked like me then *giggle* Thanks for calling by and your lovely comment :D

Rosie x

nicisme said...

These are a great idea Rosie! I have one of those heart shaped moulds too and it doesn't get much use! You should enter this into A Heart For Your Valentine event.

Happy cook said...

Rosie in the weekend when i wend for shopping i did see these heart cake forms , but didnt buy it saying, how many times i would make use of them.
After seeing these Valentines hearts I am having second thoughts :-)
Maybe i should go back to the shop and buy them.

Margaret said...

I must look for this silicone mould next time I'm in Lakeland. The hearts look really pretty and what's more have chunks of chocolate hidden away in them!

Jeena said...

These are so cute Rosie, I am a big softy for anything with a love heart. :-)

These look such lovely treats I bet your hubby gets to eat delicious food on valentines day.

I have seen these cake moulds in the shops but I have not got round to buying one yet, maybe I will pick one up sometime after seeing how great your cakes turned out.

Picture looks wonderful Rosie, if you owned a bakers shop I would be in there everyday!

Jeena :-)

Dhanggit said...

oh with these cakes..i could feel that love is in the air...if i see them on valentines day..i wouldnt hesitate twice to buy them :-)

genius creations again from kitchen!!!

ps, im glad to be back

Rosie said...

Hi nicisme, Ooooh thank you for the heads up on a Heart for your Valentine, I will get this done asap!! I hope you try out my recipe with your heart mould :)

Hi Happy, I have a few ideas I am toying with at the moment to use my heart moulds. If you don’t want to buy a heart mould you can use paper muffin cases and squeeze the top in to shape as a heart ;)

Hi Margaret, I think the heart mould cost just under £12 but it is a really good silicone one which bakes the sponge perfectly. Oh yes the chocoholic in me couldn’t resist a hidden square of chocolate heehee…

Hi Jeena, that would be a dream come true to own a Bakers shop or little Tea shop :) I have some ideas I am toying with for Valentine dessert and bakes at the moment so hubby will be reaping the rewards lol The heart mould is very good to use and a thick silicone robust, would be nice to have one Jeena :)

Hi Dhanggit, welcome back sweetie into the blogging world again :) I am SO glad to hear your father is recovering now and I send you my very best wishes and healing thoughts your way.

Many thanks to you all you are all SO very kind with your comments, puts a spring in my step to read them :D

Rosie x

Cakelaw said...

Rosie, once again these are impossibly gorgeous! I admire your decorating skills - this is one department where I have a lot to learn.

zorra said...

Lovely hearts! I like the "girly" decoration. :-)

Rosie said...

Hi cakelaw, thank you! I adore your little Jaffa cakes too and your skills to me look excellent in the decorating dept!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi zorra, thank you for posting my entry! What a great event "A Heart For Your Valentine"!

Rosie x

James said...

Have you heard about the new series of radio plays on Friday afternoons? All about baking. Thought you'd be interested:

Mansi Desai said...

oh wow Rosie!! those look amazing..if that's what you made practising for V day, I wonder what you'll come up with on Feb 14th??!!:D

I loved the icing..I'm not too good at to give a few tips?:)

Cakespy said...

I am definitely feeling the love here! Lovely work!

Rosie said...

Hi James, thanks for the heads up I'll have to tune into to this :D

Hi mansi, awe thanks I hope to be making a large cake for V Day, can't wait!

Icing is tricky I agree! My dream would be to go on a sugarcraft course. I'm sure your skills are A1 but I found using a small piping bag helped me control the flow of icing much better.

Hi cakespy, Thank you! You really had me drooling over your wonderful pizza tart - yum :D

Thank you so much for calling by everyone and your lovely comments!

Rosie x

Donna said...

I would Not be able to enter those cupcakes...I would have eaten them!!! LOL Beautiful!!

Schnuppschnuess said...

"I'll have what she's having."

What a lovely idea - I love them!

Rosie said...

Hi Donna, my hubby is making a very good job of ploughing his way through the rest of these little cakes *giggle* it must be L’Amour heehee!!

Hi Schnuppschnuess, great to *see* you here in my little corner of the net!! Pleased you liked them and I'll try to make sure "you can have what shes having" *giggle*

Thank you both for your lovely comments as always I do appreciate it :D

Rosie x

Pixie said...

aww rosie, these are just so adorable and sound soooooooo incredibly YUMMY!

Rosie said...

Thank you Pixie :D Hubby says they pass the taste test lol

I can't wait to see what you make with your heart shaped tins!

Thanks for calling by and your lovely comment!

Rosie x

Bellini Valli said...

These are beautiful little hearts...perfect for the event!!I will have to think about what I could make???

Sorina said...

You have a very nice blog, good post...keep up the good job

Rosie said...

Hi Valli, thanks you’re such a sweetie! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this event, Its bound to be a showstopper whatever you make :D Lovely to *see* you here as always and thanks for stopping by!

Hi Sorina, welcome, its really great to *see* you here and thank you for calling by with your very kind comment too, I really do value feed back :D

Rosie x

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Beautiful cakes Rosie!!
I will be sending something for this event as well... but I did not decide what.
Have a great weekend, Margot

Rosie said...

Hi margot, thank you! This is going to be really lovely viewing everyones beautifull creations!! I can't wait to see what you come up with, really looking forward to viewing your entry :D

Rosie x

Kathryn said...

These are gorgeous!

Rosie said...

Hi Kathryn, welcome and thank you! It's really nice to *see* you here :) You have a lovely looking blog too!

Rosie x

Jerri said...

i love these cakes. i wish i had one right now!

Rosie said...

HI Jerri, thank you, I wish I could pass you one over too!

Thanks for popping by lovely to *see* you :D

Rosie x