Valentine’s day Cake

February 3, 2014By 24 Comments

Hey everyone! Kristina here. My honey is a big fan of all things Japanese and always mentiones how in Japan the women make fancy chocolate cakes for their men at Valentines and the men don’t have to do anything till March (doesn’t work, he still has to do something for me for Valentine’s day). This year I thought I’d humor him a little bit and found: 

Great looking cake, great recipe, one problem… I’ve never made a cake from scratch!

Can you believe it? So here I went:

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Step 1: grease the pan and the parchment paper. 2 Problems, I didn’t have a cake pan and I didn’t have parchment paper! So I went and got both. Honey grabbed the pan for me, we will discover the issue with that later. 

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Chocolate I had, chopped it up no problem. I had no sifter for the cocoa powder! A fork and some careful mixing made it okay. Next problem was the unsalted butter. Butter is butter, right? Well actually it turns out I use margarine and it is not unsalted! So…. the melted chocolate was a little salty, but don’t worry, it balanced out in the end. 

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Next issue (you see what I went through, this baking is hard!) I don’t own a whisk…… What?! No whisk? You see I never use one. I owned one, my son thought it would be fun to take it apart (I guess it was) and I never needed one so I didn’t repurchase. I tried beating the egg whites for the meringue with just one beater, in theory it was like the whisk attachment, but that didn’t work. I ended up using two beaters, it  worked but it took forever! 










Here is the cake, finally done! It seemed a little flat. I was actually quite upset! I complained to my honey that I did it right and it was too thin. Turns out he had bought a 10″ pan! Worst part was that I didn’t even notice. Well if you don’t follow the directions it doesn’t turn out the same. The cake is still good, just thin. 

Valentine's cake







Turns out I did have powdered sugar on hand but the raspberries didn’t work out for me. Instead I took some conversation hearts and placed them around the outside. Like it?
Slice Valentines Cake







All in all the cake was good. It wasn’t as sweet as I am used to but it was very good dipped in coffee! Honey agrees too. Of course since it is so early I guess I will have to do something else for his actual Valentine’s present, pooh.

Thanks for hanging out with me while I tried out this baking thing. Maybe next time it won’t be so hard!  


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  1. I think your cake cam rout perfect. Can’t believe you don’t have a whisk and think it was one of the first things I got at my bridal shower years back. But still looks perfect and I know can’t believe we are almost at Valentine’s Day!! 🙂

    • Thanks, Janine! I might go invest in a whisk now that my son is old enough to not destroy it, in theory anyway. I can’t believe it is almost Valentine’s day either, this year is flying by! Before we know it Christmas will be around again!

  2. Ally says:

    Hi there, I came from the Share The Love linky and I’m a new facebook follower… I Hope you’ll come to visit and return the favour.

  3. Mityn says:

    For some reason my homemade cakes never turn out perfectly either… at least yours was edible!

  4. aprila says:

    the cake looks great. I am sure he loved the cake especially the fact that you made it from scratch. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

  5. Ann Harrison says:

    That is adorable! I am very proud of you for pushing through and creating a sweet treat. My husband enjoys cooking but baking he leaves for me. It’s a completely difference science and, after my own trials, I’ve found out that the correct tools make a huge difference.

    So happy to connect with you through Turn It Up Tuesdays :-> (Just the other day I was telling my girls about a little crochet Yoda I saw on Pinterest and how I should learn to crochet. And here you are!)

    • Thanks Ann for stopping by 🙂 Or as Yoda would say: Welcome here you are! Glad to connect with you and hope we can get you to try a bit of crochet – it’s fun, relaxing and as close to a nothing box as us girls can get!

  6. K – Oh goodness you have me rolling with your story telling about baking your first cake. Trust me, I have those kind of experiences all of the time. At least yours turned out perfectly for you and you get to enjoy it! Thank you for linking up at the Peace, Love, and Chocolate party and for your support. Hugs, Holly

  7. The more you do it, the easier it gets. And I don’t sift the cocoa powder. It always seems to be fine. I found you from MaMade’s Diary linkup.

  8. Gina says:

    You are too funny! I do not actually own a ‘real’ whisk either. I’ve been married almost 15 years and all I’ve ever used is the attachment to my mixer. It works really well! Thanks for sharing your 1st cake making experience at Tips and Tricks! 🙂 Can’t wait for the next one!
    Gina @ Gina’s Craft corner

  9. Michell says:

    Haha Kristina! I’m with you on that one! In my 25 years of marriage, I’ve never been a baker…IKR! My friends always laugh at me because I have a drawer full of baking utensils that I hardly EVER use, lol! Your cake looks delicious and you did a GREAT job! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up!

  10. Ha, the men don’t have to do anything till March!!! The cake looks divine!

  11. Jann Olson says:

    Hubby is going to love you for this! Maybe he can give you a whisk for Valentines. lol! Of course, flowers and chocolates would be nice too. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. Kathi says:

    You did good for your first from-scratch cake. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

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