Happy Valentines Day 2012

Valentines Day 2012

I don’t make anything fancy for Valentines day because we celebrate our wedding anniversary two days before Valentines Day. Baking two cakes in a week always sounds too heavy. So last year I made this small cake for Valentines day that turned out great. It looked cute and tasted great.

I made two chocolate cupcakes in two 6 oz ramekins and covered them using a simple chocolate frosting.

I don’t have the exact measures for the chocolate frosting. You cannot go wrong with the frosting. Use heavy cream as required to dilute the chocolate ( helps to spread the frosting easily).

Ingredients for cake:

  • All purpose flour – 2 tbsps
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – 2 tbsps
  • Baking powder – 2 pinches
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Unsalted butter – 4 tbsps, at room temperature
  • Sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Egg – beat 1 egg and use just half of it
  • Vanilla extract – 1/4 tsp
  • Sour Cream – 1 tbsp

Ingredients for icing:

  • Semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Heavy cream

Method for cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Coat two 6 oz ramekins with butter.
  • Cut two circle parchment papers and place it at the bottom of the ramekins and coat the ramekins with butter again.
  • In a bowl, sift flour,cocoa and baking powder.
  • Add salt to it and mix well. Set it aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg and beat till well combined.
  • Add vanilla and sour cream. Mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared ramekins and bake until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Keep an eye on the cakes, they may cook in approximately 15 mins or less.
  • Let the cakes cool in the ramekins for 5 minutes.
  •  Remove the cake from the ramekins and let them cool on a wire rack.

Method for icing:

  • Melt chocolate chips in a microwave or double boiler.
  • Add little heavy cream to it and mix well.

Assembling the cake:

  • I used a margarita glass as a base.
  • Fill it with flowers or marbles.
  • Cut a circle using box cardboard a bit bigger than the width of the margarita glass and cover it with foil.
  • Place the first cake on it and cover it with frosting.
  • Place the second cake on it and cover the entire cake with frosting.
  • Place few maraschino cherries on top of it.
  • I have decorated the cake by using melted chocolate pipped using a ziplock bag.

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