Liquer Infused Heart-Shaped Chocolate Cake


Love is in the air, and it's time to woo your loved ones with sweet delicacies, chocolate taking the center stage. Its traditional to present a heart to your valentine on v-day, and though until now I'd prefer that to be store-bought, now that I've proved myself to be a cook, I know my hubby would not accept anything but a home-made one! It also gives me a chance to practise my hand at a little culinary art, so I decided I'll make an edible heart this time. So this year, my romantic mantra is this: "Every Kiss begins with Cake", and I am counting on my dearest hubby taking a trip to Jared (yeah, I'm getting influenced by all those "He went to Jared" ads:)!) after tasting this delicious heart-shaped chocolate cake, infused with bourbon liquer and layered with dark chocolate sauce and some fresh strawberry sauce! You could even garnish these with some ice cream or whipped cream. These individual dessert cakes are perfect for a romantic evening, anniversary, engagement celebrations or simply to celebrate a bond of love!

The recipe below makes 5-6 mini cakes. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cakes.

Ingredients
1 cup Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake mix
1/2 tspn baking soda
1 tspn baking powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tspn vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp Bourbon Liquer (or any other flavored liquer)
1 cup brown sugar
1 extra-large egg
1 tspn orange zest (optional for flavor)
Hershey's Chocolate Sauce - for garnish
Strawberry Sauce - for garnish
Fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream (optional)

Method
Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. Spray a 9"x9" baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.

Sift the cake mix, baking powder and baking soda together into a bowl. Stir in the oil, milk and pure vanilla extract.

Combine the sugar and egg in a medium bowl and whisk together by hand. Slowly whisk into the flour mixture. Fold in the orange zest and the Bourbon Liquer and beat everything together to form a smooth cake batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 mins, or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Let it cool completely on a wire rack. Lightly grease a heart-shaped cookie cutter and use to cut the cake into individual servings. With a toothpick, gently outline a smaller heart-shape in the center of each cake and fill it with strawberry sauce. Drizzle Hershey's chocolate syrup on the cake's outline and serve by itself, or with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

I am hoping this heart-shaped cake can bring me the diamond ring!:) fingers-crossed!! Wish you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!

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36 comments :

Anita said...

mansi! that looks divine!! and thast's such an easy recipe too..thanks a bunch girl!:)

-Anita

Kate / Kajal said...

Mansi , your hubby is definitely going to be one happy man this valentine. That cake looks so moist and yummilicious.

Kalai said...

Looks delicious and sooooo sweet! Your husband is a lucky man, Mansi. :)

Rosehaven Cottage said...

How lovely! It's almost too beautiful to eat but the gooey chocolate-y goodness would prevent much delay. ;)

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Happy cook said...

The way you explained that the chocolate is infused with bourbon made me really drool.
Looks so good. I bet it too a lot of time to make these individual ones.
I am not showing this post to my hubby, he will say your hubby is lucky as you are making him these goodies :-)

Mansi Desai said...

Anita - do try it and lemme know how it goes!

kate - like your delicacies are any less!!:)

kalai, HC - thanks! will convey your thoughts to my hubby:D

Cindy - go ahead and grab a bite!

Angel said...

boy! these look delicious, and I'm drooling over the pictures! who'd go for anything ready-made when you can make something so divine at home!!:)

-Angel

Jason said...

Devil's Food cake!! I love it, I can eat just the batter, and your cute cakes look so inviting!

wish my GF would make something like these!:D btw, your post on aphrodisiacs looks great too!

-Jason

Bellini Valli said...

I love these easy recipes that won't have me slaving in the kitchen on Valentine's Day..there are other "fish to fry" :D

Asha said...

I love Duncan Hines cake boxes too, my son bakes with those all by himself and slathers it with more chocolate frosting!:D
Heart looks yummy!:)

Superchef said...

love is defenitely in the air!! eith all heartshaped cookies and chocolate...complete aphrodisiacs!! :)

foodierachel said...

That looks both beautiful and wonderful

Uma said...

Your blog looks so colorful. The chaocolate cake is making me to eat it right from the picture. Nice post.

DK said...

v cute luking heart..Hope ur 'hubby going to jared' dream comes true :)

Kevin said...

Nice looking chocolaty heart shaped cake! Strawberries and chocolate...mmm...

vimmi said...

present this to ur hubby the day before and i am sure u will find him in JARED'S on valentine's day.

Mansi Desai said...

Hahhaa, it's funny how all of you are so sure he'll go to jared after this:) anyways, I am keeping my fingers crossed:D but I enjoy baking and cooking, so this will be as much a treat for myself as for my hubby!

KayKat said...

Haa haa haa! Maybe you convince Jared to use your cake in their ads :)

Delicious!

SweetDesigns said...

man does that look amazing and can't even imagine the flavor. Thanks for the great comment! and again fantastic cake!!

Meera said...

Wonderful cake, Mansi! Enjoy Valentines'day!!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Rachel said...

Heavenly cake for your valentine..

Reeta Skeeter said...

Lovelyyyyyy... I just feel like digging in!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Seriuosly indulgent Mansi...DH must be one pampered man!!!

Padmaja said...

ooohh Thats choco cake is just heavenly and I bet your hubby will be thrilled to taste a cake with so much love gone into it!!

zorra said...

Just one word: Divine!

Thank you for your participation.

nicisme said...

I am licking my lips and my screen here Mansi, looks so delicious!
Hope you enjoy your valentine's day.

SUGARCRAFT INDIA said...

Beautiful cake Mansi!!

Seema said...

I wish i could get a bite! It looks so awesome & chocolately.. love it!

Shradha said...

you have the answer for my chocolate cake quest .. thanks a LOT dear .. and I am sure he makes that trip to Jared ;)

Rosie said...

Mansi you have me drooling away here viewing this decedent delight!! :D What a wonderful Valentines treat !! :D YUM.....

Rosie x

NĂºria said...

This heart is beautiful Mansi! Looks so good... but I will take the salty side to seduce my man tomorrow, he,he,he! ;-)

Pooja said...

lovely Mansi, just read your email,
cake is really looking yummy :), a lovely treat for your huny :)
dear , would you mind mentioning here that it is your entry for the theme of week, i cant see it mentioned anywhere.
thanks a lot.

Dwiana P said...

Happy Valentine!!!

Pooja said...

Thank you Mansi :) , round up is tomorrow. See you then , Happy vday to you too :) . Enjoy Kiss with cake ;)

AndreaLea said...

Cute post. :)

And that cake looks delicious!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi Mansi
Pooja has a beautiful way of tying all food bloggers. Liked your liquer infused heart-shaped chocolate cake. It must have tasted much romantic and dreamy, eh !