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Chocolate Valentine's Day Cakes! ♥

Hey everyone! Happy Valentine's Day! :) I hope everyone has/had something super fun planned for the day! For today's Post, I actually have a really yummy chocolate recipe that will knock anyone's socks off. The recipe did come Food Network's The Kitchen, but I just love it s much that I had to share! Enjoy!

Total Time:1 hr 45 min
Prep:25 min
Cook:40 min

What You'll Need:

For Cake -
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 large eggs

For Icing- 
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1/2 cup sour cream (I used plain Greek yogurt instead)


For the cake
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and go ahead and spray your pans with non-stick spray. I used a round cake pan as well as a square one to make my shapes. Another trick to ensure cake doesn't stick to the pan is to just line the bottom with parchment paper. Works like a charm! 

Next, combine the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt until it all becomes a uniform color. Then begin adding the milk, boiling water, vegetable oil, vanilla and eggs. Once added, mix thoroughly until air bubbles begin to form in your batter. Divide your batter into the two pans and allow them to cook until you can stick a knife/toothpick in it and it comes out clean. Ideally, that's 40 minutes! Make sure to let it cool completely before icing it.

For the icing:
 When ready, combine the powdered sugar and butter in a food processor and pulse until well combined. Add the chocolate and continue to pulse. Lastly, add in the sour cream or Greek yogurt and process until the icing is very smooth.

To create the heart shape, you could just go ahead, cut down the middle of the round cake, place the pieces on two adjacent sides of the square cake, then ice. However with the pans I used, that would create a giant cake, so I decided to cut four smaller circles as well as squares - doing the same process as I would with the larger cake. Also, to keep the pieces together, you could ice in between, but I choose to stick toothpicks inside (just be sure to warn your guests beforehand!).

Now you just ice, decorate, and your done! Hope you enjoy, and have an amazing Valentine's day!

♥ always,

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