If your loved one has a sweet tooth and you are looking for a delicious Valentine’s Day treat, look no further because I have got a quick and simple baking idea for this year’s Valentine’s Day: My Valentine’s Brownie Cake. Technically, this is a brownie recipe but it made such a big amount of brownie mix that it didn’t fit into my brownie tray, so I decided to fill it into my spring form instead to create my most impressive brownie so far.
225g or 8oz of softened butter
75g or 3 oz of cocoa powder
325g or 11oz of caster sugar
4 tbsp of milk
100g or 4oz of self-raising flour plus 1 tbsp extra
75g or 3oz of full-fat cream cheese
1 tsp of vanilla essence
icing sugar for decoration
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Grease the base of 13x9in or 33x23cm tin or of a spring form to get the Valentine’s Cake look that I went fr. Whisk the butter, cocoa powder, 5 eggs, 300g/10.5oz of sugar, milk and flour to a smooth mix. Spoon into the tin and save about 4 tablespoons for later.
2. Mix the cream cheese, remaining sugar, egg, vanilla essence and the extra tablespoon of flour. Beat until you’ve got a smooth mix and pour it evenly over your brownie mix.
3. Drop spoonfuls of the spare mix over the top ad swirl with the tip of a knife or a tooth pick to create a marble look.
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the brownies are springy to the touch. Cool them on a wire rack, then cut them into square. If you went for the Valentines effect, use a heart shaped cookie cutter, stuff it with kitchen towel and place it in the middle of the cake before you dust your Valentine’s Brownie Cake with icing sugar, leaving a heart in the centre of the cake.