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Since Valentine’s Day is almost here, I have a romantic treat you can start practicing to make in order to impress that special someone on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate ganache heart cake – it’s sweet, scrumptuous and romantic, just as you want your Valentine’s Day to be. mmmmmm…it’s finger linkin’ good!!!!!!!
This chocolate cake is sure to taste as good as it looks. Your partner will love you even more as soon as you showcase this adorable cake which is an also an ideal dessert for other occasions as well. So, let’s get started on the best homemade Valentine’s treat ever!
CHOCOLATE GANACHE HEART CAKE
1/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 16-ounce can Hershey’s chocolate syrup
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
FOR THE GANACHE:
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 ounces good semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
Easy Crème Anglaise (recipe follows)
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch heart-shaped cake pan, then line the bottom with parchment paper.
2. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Lower the speed and add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each egg. Mix in the chocolate syrup and vanilla. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Don’t overbeat, or the cake will be tough. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until just set in the middle. Don’t overbake! Let cool thoroughly in the pan.
3. For the ganache, heat the heavy cream, chocolate chips, and instant coffee in the top of a double boiler over simmering water just until the chocolate melts and the ganache is smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.
4. Place the cake upside down on a wire rack and pour the warm glaze evenly over the top, making sure to cover the entire cake and sides. You can tilt the rack to smooth the glaze. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with Easy Crème Anglaise. Do not refrigerate the cake after it’s glazed.
EASY CRÈME ANGLAISE
1 pint Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream
Place the ice cream in the refrigerator for several hours until completely melted. Serve as a cold sauce on the plate with a slice of cake on top.
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