Little Chocolate Heart Cakes

Personalised little cakes

What could be better than a delicious cake? Personalised cakes for each guest! :)

I have ​wanted to make this kind of little heart cakes for such a long time already and I must say they were so much fun to make. Since they have only piped frosting as decoration, they also don't take much time to put together. But the best part is that you can make each of these little cakes different, you can fill them with different kind of berries, with some jam or chocolate spread, or fill the with crushed nuts or chocolate. That way you can accommodate everyones needs by making them a little cake, especially made for them :) I know I would feel pretty special! :)

I wanted to keep this recipe/tutorial really simple. So we have a easy to make, delicious chocolate sponge (which of course, you can substitute for a vanilla one, I have a recipe for that here) and a very quick and easy to make cream cheese frosting. I personally love cream cheese frosting especially along some fresh berries, but you can also take any other frosting that you love. Then as I really like fresh berries in my cakes I filled them with raspberries and blueberries and also used them to decorate along with a little fresh mint. However, again there are really many options to use for filling these cakes and also for decorating them. Get creative and make them your way! :)

I hope you will like this idea of making personalised little cakes instead of one big cake for your guests and I would love to see your little cakes when you make them :) Please send me a photo or write a comment below and attach it to the comment :)

Happy Baking Lovelies!

Step by Step Video

RECIPE

Little Chocolate Heart Cakes

Personalised little cakes

​INGREDIENTS

(makes 6 little heart cakes)

  • 100g (about ½ cup) soft butter

  • 200g (1 cup) brown sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 160g (1 ¼ cup) all-purpose flour

  • 50g (½ cup) cocoa unsweetened

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp baking soda

  • 150ml (5/8 cup) kefir/buttermilk/milk

  • 1tsp vanilla paste/extract

  • 350g (1 ½ cup) natural flavoured cream cheese

  • 100g (about 1 cup) powder sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla paste/extract

  • a little pink food colour (optional)

  • 200-300g (about 2-3 cups) raspberries, strawberries, blueberries

  • some fresh mint (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. To make the cake layers, beat the soft butter with the sugar in a standing mixer for 5 minutes (or with a hand mixer about 7 minutes) or until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat for about half a minute in between additions.

  2. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add vanilla to kefir.

  3. Add dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mix in three additions alternating with kefir. End with dry ingredients.

  4. Transfer the batter into a buttered 20cm x 35cm (8 inch x 13 inch) cake tin and bake the cake in 175°C (347°F) in the middle shelf of the oven for about 20-30 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for about 10 minutes before removing the cake from the cake tin and then cooling completely on a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before proceeding with making the cakes. I would suggest to cool the cake, wrap it in some cling film and chill in the fridge over night before using. This will allow the sponge to absorb more flavour and also make it a little hard (for the time it is cold) which makes it easier to stack and decorate.

  5. To make the frosting, beat the cold cream cheese, powder sugar and vanilla with a hand mixer until smooth. Then add a little food colour and beat again just until combined. Fill the frosting into a piping bag with a piping tip.

  6. Cut pieces from the cake with a heart cookie cutter, with a round cutter or a glass or just divide the cake evenly with a knife making square cakes. Each cake should have two cake layers. Pipe around the edge of the first layer and fill the middle with berries of your choice. Add the second layer on top and pipe to cover the whole second layer. Decorate with berries and mint. See recipe photo for decoration suggestion.

  7. Enjoy!


 

TIP. You can make each little cake different to fit the taste of each guest. You can also use jam, nutella or anything that you can think of that would taste great in these little cakes to use as a filling.

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