Today I am baking a cake for Valentines Day as a treat for my family. I am making a heart shaped chocolate cake using my tins. I am covering it in a rich chocolate sauce and plenty of yummy sweets on the top. Just perfect for today and these cold days and nights we are having here at the moment. I used a 12oz cake mix as the heart shape tins make quite a large cake. I have tasted the sauce after it was made and it is very rich and chocolatey. It has been made just using cocoa and it has an excellent glossiness to it. I will be adding this recipe in my “soon to be” published recipe book. I decorated it quickly with the sweets which I had to hand but those mini eggs will soon disappear when the children get home. This cake is a chocolate overload as you can see but my family will love it. I can’t wait to see their faces tonight. hehehe 🙂

Valentine Chocolate Heart Cake
Valentine Chocolate Heart Cake

I am working on Pinterest and Yummly today but this involves adding my recipes to my blog and website first before creating any links to my other social sites. Quite a time consuming process but I know it will be worth the effort. I have already seen an increase in the traffic I have from Pinterest and I feel I haven’t been paying this site enough attention so today I have made this my task.

I am adding  recipes on here which will then be available on my website, Yummly and Pinterest. It seems that the more I share my recipes the more interest is created so I have to push my recipes out there onto these recipe sites for others to see.

This week I am going to making my sausage rolls using my version of flaky pastry. This recipe will be available in my recipe book. This were a big hit in my market days and my family have missed these. On the blog and website, I will be adding and sharing my French apple tart recipe and writing about the alternatives which can be used to making this recipe to suit all tastes.

Today I am sharing my recipe for  Mini cherry Bakewells . These are one of my yummiest treats and were a firm favourite with the regulars at the market.

[lt_recipe name=”Mini Cherry Bakewells” servings=”12″ prep_time=”40M” cook_time=”30M” total_time=”1H10M” difficulty=”Intermediate” print=”yes” summary=”Nutritionally, one portion contains 348 calories, 20.3g total fat (26% daily total fat), 38.2g total carbohydrate (14% daily total carbohydrate), 1.2g fibre (4% daily fibre) (based on a 2000 calorie diet).”  image=”” ingredients=”For the pastry:-;8oz plain flour;1.5oz icing sugar;5oz butter;For the cake batter:-;4oz self raising flour;4oz caster sugar;4oz soft spread;2 eggs;1tsp almond essence;2oz ground almonds;Raspberry jam for the filling.;Glace icing and glace cherries to decorate.;;” ]Preheat oven to gas 4.;Grease lightly 12 muffin bases/ 2 trays of six.;For the pastry:-;Rub together the flour, icing sugar and butter till a firm dough is formed.;Refrigerate for 30 minutes whilst the cake batter is prepared.;For the cake batter:-;Weigh all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together until a smooth batter is formed.;Roll out the pastry and cut the bases to fit the tins. Press down into the tins.;Add a small amount of jam to cover the base.;Fill the pastry case up to about 2cm from the top. Make sure to cover all the jam.;Bake for 30 minutes till well risen and golden brown.;Once cooled decorate with glace icing and a glace cherry.;;[/lt_recipe]

These tarts keep very well if kept in an airtight tin. They are delicious with a cup of tea and are a welcome addition to any tea party. I haven’t tried altering any of the ingredients in this recipe as I feel it is brilliant as it is but that is not to say that it could not be adapted to suit whatever dietary requirements. May be I should make that my next task.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. ♥♥