Baking is love is baking. I remember the first cake I ever baked, with just a little help from my mama. It was a simple stir and ready cake, with lots of vanilla and dark chocolate chips inside. As a kid, that was my idea of a perfect cake.
Growing up, not much has changed. I still like my recipes simple and my cakes pretty basic.
When I got invited by my dear Betty Bossi to participate in their Betty’s Blogger Baking Challenge, I couldn’t really say no. I’m by no means a super savvy or skilled baker. I tend to stick to my trusted recipes (a handful), really, whenever I make cake. But the sweet 3D shaped hearts were just so tempting to try…!
But instead of trial and error and experimentation, I opted for my childhood favorite: the chocolate chip vanilla cake! So the result is really filled with meaning: a well loved cake form my chidlhood inside – and a cute (no such thing as too many sprinkles) decor on the outside!
So here’s my go to birthday / daycare / bring along / hostess gift chocolate chip cakes – in teh shape of fancy hearts this time.
Sweet Hearts – Basic Choc Chip Cake
Makes 12 hearts
200 g flour
200 g sugar
1 ½ tsp. baking power
1 pinch salt
150 g butter
1 vanilla bean, scraped
50 g dark chocolate chips (white is also delicious)
100 white chocolate or white candy melts
red food coloring (suitable for chocolate)
sprinkles of your choice
Preheat the oven to 180 C. Butter and flour the bottom and lid of the heart pan. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Melt butter and let cool. Add butter, eggs and vanille to the dry mix. Combine well. Add the chocolate chips. Divide into the pan and cover with the lid. Bake for 22-23 minutes. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
For the glaze and decoration, simply melt the chocolate or candy melts in a bain marie. Color to your liking into shades of pink and red. Dip the now cool cake hearts into the glaze from both sides. Sprinkle with decoration of your choice. Let set on a baking sheet or put in the fridge for 10 minutes to speed up process.