February 14th is Valentine’s Day so, along with millions of others, I was looking for ways to celebrate. I was keen to bake a cake and it had to involve chocolate and something to do with love or hearts so I decided to experiment with a heart shaped silicone cake pan. I baked a chocolate sponge using a 5 egg mix but divided it into three and baked three layers separately – very time consuming I know but the pan was really shallow! (I’m not sure I liked the silicone pan and the sponge was slightly dry so I will probably invest in a better quality heart shaped cake tin in the future!)
Anyway, as a keen follower of all things cake, I’ve seen lots of ‘naked’ cakes smothered with flowers and fruits and thought this would be perfect for my Valentine’s special. (It’s much more virtuous too which means you can have an extra glass of wine!) I made a compote of blackcurrants – a cupful of blackcurrants, with half a cup of sugar, covered in water in a pan, boiled and stirred till the fruit is really soft and syrupy. I used this to brush on to the top of each sponge layer and used some to mix into buttercream to layer in between each. I then dusted the top with icing sugar and decorated liberally with fruit, flowers and little chocolates.
As a member of the Virtual Clandestine Cake Club I was very happy that this weekend we had the challenge to bake a love themed cake so I’m looking forward to see what other cakes have been baked in the name of love. The Virtual Cake Club is a way of meeting up with others online and sharing your baking when you can’t physically get to one of the Clandestine Cake Club meetings.