3 Valentine’s day cakes

One cake, 3 styles

threeI was sarcastically against Valentines day for quite some time. Considering that I was liberated and should not be trapped into such senseless, commercial gimmicks, I brushed aside the day with utmost contempt. But of late, age bringing wisdom, there is a sudden enlightenment, that the drama of life is short and we have to eat our fair share of chocolates before the curtain falls.

I have wasted a large chunk of days on mundane search for food, shelter and skimpy skirts. Sensibly, it’s time to slow down and get to share some unconditional love. A warm fire, comfy chair, sweet music and short sips watching the bubble and hiss in a pair of champagne flutes spell romance to me! Heart speaking gently in harmony of the thing it knows, forgetting defects and flaws, cherishing merits and triumphs is like a perfect way to celebrate. A simple dinner and a delicious dessert would add to its glory!

I watch cookery shows all the time with lovely ingredients spread out in cute little cups, demonstrated and executed with precision. In this bitter cold weather we have right now, I have to dress up in multiple layers, drag my butt out to go and buy the ingredients. Then come back, feel tired and drop the idea of cooking anything or turning the stove on. So excuse me, I am taking the easy road…just tearing open a cake mix from my pantry and adding eggs, water and oil and baking a cake. It is presentation and decoration taking the center stage!

Decoration

  • Pistachio nuts
  • Cashew nuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Tempered chocolate
  • Pink cream cheese icing

Pink cream cheese Icing

  • 1/2 cup Cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp confectioner’s sugar/icing sugar
  • beet root food colour

To make Beetroot food colour

2 large beetroots

  1. Wash and peel skin of beetroots and slice them on a mandoline.
  2. Grease two baking trays with oil and spread the slices and bake on two lower racks. Use lowest heat (100-170° F) until they dehydrate, dry and become crispy.
  3. Turn the slices to the other side in between and switch racks.
  4. When dried, powder it in a coffee grinder.

food colourCakes

Store bought white cake mix with confetti is what I used and baked with the addition of other required ingredients and following instructions. I decided to make 3 different flavoured cakes.

  1. Make a smooth velvety cake mix and divide it equally and pour into 3 bowls.
  2. Add chocolate to one and 2 tbsp red colour and a heaped teaspoon of chocolate to another and leave the third without any addition.
  3. Bake cakes in 3 square greased pans at 325° F until done (25-30 minutes).
  4. Cool it and place white cake on a wooden chopping board and cut the raised top to level the cake to 1 inch height.
  5. Cut heart shapes using cookie cutters and remove the small cakes to a tray.
  6. Repeat with the other cakes.

White cake with confetti

Mix sugar, cream cheese and colour for icing the cakes. Place one white cake piece and spread pink icing on it. Place another heart shaped piece on top and assemble it. Decorate the top with pink cream cheese icing and pistachio. Present it on chocolate chips.

White confetti cake Chocolate cake

Chocolate hearts

To temper chocolate, chop a rich chocolate bar into pieces. In a double broiler soften chocolate and stir well. Pour on wax paper or thick plastic sheet and level the top. After it cools a little, make heart shaped cuts using cookie cutter and leave it in the refrigerator to harden completely. Gently remove the heart shaped chocolate slices.

Assemble 2 layers of cake with pink icing between and on top, place a chocolate heart and cashews to garnish. Present it on cashew nuts!

Chocolate cakeRed Velvet cake

Decorate two heart shaped red velvet cakes with pink icing and silver balls. Present it on a bed of pistachio nuts. Oh no, it is not perfect, as the silver balls should have been in a heart shape…missed that!

Red velvet cakeThis red velvet cake has a unique taste and I have decided to make it again! The colour is not that red as produced by artificial colours. I understand that beetroot powder needs chocolate to retain its colour. Maybe I should try with less chocolate and more red colour next time.

3 Valentines cakesFor Valentine’s day the weather here is predicted to be very cold with wind chills plunging it down to -22°C which is -7° F, so it is good to cuddle up and not venture outside to test my mettle and get frustrated. Perhaps, watch a romantic movie at home! Happy Valentine’s day everyone!

I am linking this to Fiesta Friday #55

 

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28 Responses to 3 Valentine’s day cakes

  1. Malar says:

    Wow, beetroot food color is simply awesome!!!! Great cakes 🙂

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  2. Lili says:

    Yeah, I’m fascinated by the beetroot food colour too, and the very cute cakes! 🙂

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  3. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, Lili, I was surprised with the bright red, beet powder. I heard acidity will improve colour. I would love to test that! So I have to coat it with lemon juice next time. It is amazing that the cake did not have any beetroot taste.

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  5. apsara says:

    Awesome beet powder, Sridevi! I juice them and reduce the juice to achieve the same effect. But powder is a much better idea for longer storage.

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  6. Loretta says:

    Wow, great job on those beautiful minis, so decorative and festive. Like you, I tend to be against all the commercialism that goes with V-Day. But creating and working in the kitchen to produce love like you have has got to be amazing! Happy V-Day!

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  7. coconutcraze says:

    My daughter was teasing me about my change of opinion about Valentine’s day. But I have decided to celebrate every occasion. My husband made breakfast today and we had a nice lunch outside. If the day can offer so much, why sacrifice it? Happy V-day to you too!

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  8. Sue says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the powder tip. I really appreciate that you’ve gone to the trouble of creating 3 different versions of this adorable cake. I’m loving the one on a bed of cashews especially, because I love cashews!!!

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  9. Arl's World says:

    Very creative cakes! I love the use of the beetroot for food color. They look and sound amazing. ❤

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  10. Lovely decorations Sridevi! And love that you used beets for coloring. i have used it before but not as a powder so thanks for the recipe of making beetroot powder! And agree with you – life is too short so celebrate every darned festival and enjoy! 🙂

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Impressive is understated! The beetroot colour ..the intro writing (wow) and those cute cakes!!!

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  12. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, sweetheart! It so nice to hear from you, Bharathy! I was thinking about sending you a personal mail soon!

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  13. Hi Sreedevi,
    Hope u are doing good.Three pretty looking cakes tell me u are :)).
    Oh my ! I have cooked fruits to get natural color, thank u for the idea of dehydrating and powdering why did I never think of it.

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    • coconutcraze says:

      I know, I didn’t think about it until now. I was looking for beet powder in a bulk food store and when I did not get it, tried making my own. Thank you for these lovely words! I am doing good! Oh, I had an awesome day with these cakes!

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  14. Pistachio bed cake isy fav:-) of course all cakes looks gorgeous.. Grt idea one recipe three variation

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  15. coconutcraze says:

    Right choice, Vidya! I liked that cake the best as the taste was very special!

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  16. Balvinder says:

    These are lovely cakes! I love how you made the beetroot food color. Great idea!

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  17. coconutcraze says:

    Now, red colour is super easy without any guilt. Thank you, Bal!

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  18. Woooooow with beet red velvet it outstanding n grt. Combo all cke dear

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  19. Life is short…eat chocolate! Your cakes are adorable and I am sure delicious. They would make anyone feel special any day of the year. So pretty.

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