Valentine’s Day is almost here and what’s sweeter than surprising someone you love with dessert with hidden hearts inside as they slice into it? This surprise cake can be a bit time consuming since you need to bake two cakes separately, but it is totally worth the effort!
For my cake, I made a fudgy chocolate poundcake for the outside, and a vanilla poundcake with red food coloring to make the heart part. But really, you can make your cake any flavor, color, or shape you wish.
Here are some tips:
1) Begin with baking a cake in the color/flavor you want for the “inside” part of your surprise cake. I recommend using a square pan over a round pan since you end up with less edges. But if you don’t mind having a lot of left over scraps or plan on making cakepop or something after. By all means!
2) Before you start cutting the shapes, see if the cookie cutter fits well inside of the loaf pan that you plan on baking the second cake with. If the cookie cutter is a lot smaller, your “hidden pieces” may move around the batter too much and may end up with inconsistent slices. If the cookie cutter is too big for the loaf pan, they it won’t look too good.
3) Its so important to grease your pan well!
4) Arrange the cut out pieces neatly in a row in your greased and floured pan and make sure you have enough pieces. If you have too little pieces, you’ll likely cut into a slice that has no surprise!
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1⅓ cup sugar
- 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Sift together flour and salt. Set aside.
- Put cocoa powder in a heatproof bowl and add boiling water to it. Whisk thoroughly until it is smooth and well mixed in. Set aside and let it cool.
- In a mixing bowl, beat softened butter and sugar until fluffy and creamy. About 3 minutes.
- Add vanilla extract to cocoa & water mixture. With a mixer, add 1 egg at a time and mix well in between each addition.
- On slow speed, carefully add in half of the sifted flour and salt mixture. Mix. Add the other half of flour mixture. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure everything is incorporated.
- Grease and flour a loaf pan. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 40-45minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.