Saturday, February 12, 2011


I love making a cake for Valentine's Day; its pretty much the only time of the year when everything can be red, pink and heart-shaped with a huge dose of lovey-doveyness. Last year's rose petal cake was so delicious and romantic that I actually thought about making it again this year. In the end though, I decided to not even make one big cake, but rather little cakes with lots of chocolate and some cute decorating.

The red cakes ganache is made with white chocolate and red food coloring and the others have a dark chocolate ganache.

Heart shaped chocolate cupcakes:

(makes 18-24)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons pure coconut oil 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Ganache icing:
  • 200g good dark chocolate or white chocolate
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Pre-heat oven to 350F.

Sift together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Whisk in the eggs, lukewarm water, buttermilk, oil and vanilla until smooth.

Fill heart shaped cupcake liners 3/4 full with the batter (I used heart shaped silicone molds).

Bake for approx 20 minutes at 350F.

Allow to cool completely and then remove them from the liners and refrigerate while you make the ganache.

Chop all the chocolate up into very small pieces and put in a large bowl.

In a pot heat the heavy cream and butter until boiling.

Quickly pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth.

Put the cakes on a cooling rack with a baking pan underneath.

Immediately pour the ganache over the cakes and allow to drip down on a cooling rack.

Decorate as you like :)

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  1. These are gorgeous! I feel so inspired to make these for Valentine's Day. Thanks for the treat!

  2. What a perfect little treat for Valentine's Day.

  3. I like to try to take advantage of any holiday that calls for baking...and it doesn't hurt that Valentine's treats look so cute and delicious! Love these cakes!

  4. adorable cakes as ever have a great valentines Mrs newly wed

  5. these are officially adorable :)
    thanks for sharing, happy valentines!!

  6. Awww - these are sooooo precious and perfect for VDay :)

  7. I love how these cakes look so fancy but they aren't too hard to make at all. I'm definitely going to try these next year for valentine's day!

  8. How cute are these? I would love to have had these for Vday! Love the chocolate ganache! :)

  9. Nicely done! They look so pretty.

  10. Very cute! Love the decorations and the shape of the cakes :) Great photos, too!

  11. What adorable cakes! I hope you had a fabulous valentines day!

  12. These look so darn adorable! Love it!

  13. So glad to have found your blog - your decorations are gorgeous!

  14. My mouth is watering a little. LOVE chocolate ganache.


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