The Sweetest Valentine’s Day

07 February 2019
The Sweetest Valentine’s Day

Ingredients:

For the cake:

3 eggs, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

½ cup vegetable oil

1 and ½ cup strained yogurt

2 and ¼ cups all purpose flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla powder or extract


For the chocolate ganache: 

160 ml heavy cream

160g chopped dark chocolate


For the filling and topping: 

1 and ½ cups fresh strawberries

Fresh mint sprigs and some whipping cream
 

Method:

Lightly oil two 15cm round spring form cake pans, line their bottoms with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat oven to 180C. Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add in oil and yogurt and mix well. Gradually sift the flour directly into the mixing bowl and mix just until combined. Add in cocoa powder, baking powder and vanilla powder. Stir well. Don’t overmix the batter, just until everything combines. Share the batter into two pans and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove them from oven and let them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then remove them from pans carefully. Allow them to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Meanwhile prepare the chocolate ganache. Put the dark chocolate pieces in a bowl and heat the heavy cream just until it boils and pour it over the chocolate chips. Wait for 2 minutes and stir until smooth. Let it reach to room temperature. Spread ¼ of your chocolate ganache on the first cake. Wait for about 10 minutes so that the ganache sets a bit. Slice ½ cup of strawberries lengthwise and place them on the chocolate ganache you spread on the first cake. Carefully place the second cake on the strawberries, gently press on it just to help it set. Pour the rest of the ganache over it. Wait about 10 minutes and then place the rest of the strawberries as they are on the top. You can also decorate with fresh mint sprigs and a dollop of whipping cream.