Heart Shaped Chocolate Cakes with Strawberry Buttercream & Chocolate Ganache

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Valentines!!

I should call this my proposal cake as it is so good it will definitely win the heart of the one you love.

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Heart Shaped Chocolate Cakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Nothing tells someone you love them more than this beautiful heart shaped moist rich chocolate cake with a beautiful fresh strawberry buttercream and decadent chocolate ganache.
Servings 4 portions
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

For the chocolate cake:

  • 230 gr plain flour
  • 400 gr caster sugar
  • 85 gr cocoa powder sifted
  • tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 120 ml vegetable oil
  • 240 ml whole milk
  • tsp Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 150 ml hot water

For the chocolate ganache:

  • 225 gr semi sweet chocolate chopped finely
  • 240 ml heavy cream

For the strawberry buttercream:

(you may have buttercream left over depending on how many cakes you make, the quantity of buttercream used and the style of decor but it keeps in the fridge so can be used over several days)

    Instructions

    Chocolate Cake

    • Preheat the oven to 350f and grease and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. I used a 9¨ x 13¨
    • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
      Heart shaped chocolate cakes with strawberry buttercream and chocolate ganache recipe by home cooking with julie neville
    • In a separate bowl whisk together the vegetable oil, milk, vanilla and eggs then add these into the dry ingredients and mix until combined with a spatula.
    • Add in the hot water and whisk until you have a smooth mixture.
      Heart shaped chocolate cakes with strawberry buttercream and chocolate ganache recipe by home cooking with julie neville
    • Pour onto the baking sheet and place in the oven for around 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the centre.
      Heart shaped chocolate cakes with strawberry buttercream and chocolate ganache recipe by home cooking with julie neville
    • Allow to cool completed before cutting and assembling.
      Heart shaped chocolate cakes with strawberry buttercream and chocolate ganache recipe by home cooking with julie neville

    Chocolate ganache

    • Heat the cream until you just see bubbles starting to appear around the edges but do not allow to boil
    • Place the chocolate into a bowl and add the hot cream
    • Allow it to sit for a minute or two before you start to stir it
    • Stir with a spatula until you have a smooth and glossy ganache
    • Allow to cool at room temperature and it will thicken as it cools

    Strawberry buttercream

    • Place the freeze dried strawberries into a food processor and blitz until they are a fine powder
    • Place the butter in a mixer and mix until smooth
    • Add in half of the powdered sugar and mix again until smooth
    • Add in the powdered strawberries with around three tablespoons cream and mix until smooth again
    • Add in the vanilla extract then slowly add in the remaining powdered sugar until you have a lovely smooth buttercream

    To assemble

    • Using a heart shaped cutter, cut hearts out of the cooled chocolate cake
      Heart shaped chocolate cakes with strawberry buttercream and chocolate ganache recipe by home cooking with julie neville
    • Place one heart on the base of the plate
    • Using a star nozzle fitted on a piping bag, pipe the strawberry buttercream onto the cake base then top with another heart of cake

    Two options to finish:

    • Place the cake onto a cooling rack over a baking tin and pour over the chocolate ganache to coat the whole cake
    • Whisk the cooled ganache until light and fluffy and then pipe onto the top of the cake
      Heart shaped chocolate cakes with strawberry buttercream and chocolate ganache recipe by home cooking with julie neville
    • Pipe the rich ganache as it is once cooled and thickened sufficiently to pipe which is what i have done on these images
      Heart shaped chocolate cakes with strawberry buttercream and chocolate ganache recipe by home cooking with julie neville
    Course: Dessert, Sweet
    Keyword: Cake

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