Valentine's Day, love it or hate it. For me it's just another excuse to bake a cake. I have recently bought a heart-shaped baking tin and wanted to try it. My guys love the yogurt cake, and I have been baking this recipe with different yogurts to make it a bit different. This time I used a Chobani blood orange yogurt with a bit of a plain Greek style yogurt.
Valentine's day cake
200g granulated sugar
200ml of Greek style yogurt (Chobani in this recipe)
2 medium eggs
1 heaped tsp of baking powder
1/3 mug vegetable
1 tsp of vanilla paste
grated zest of 1 orange
a few drops of red colour food gel
juice of a blood orange
Queens icing pens
Grate the zest of an orange, add the sugar and vanilla
paste. Add the eggs and using the hand blender, mix well. Add the yogurt, oil,
flour and the baking powder and mix together.
Butter the cake tin and
pour the cake mix in.
As this heart-shaped tin is not very deep, I have also made 3 cupcakes with the remaining cake mix.
Put it in the oven preheated to 180C.
Bake for about
45-50 minutes, check with a wooden skewer if it is done. Once the skewer comes
out clean, the cake is ready. Let it cool completely before decorating.
Mix the icing sugar with the juice of the orange juice and a few drops of red colour food gel until you reach the right consistency, not too runny, not too thick. Spread on top of the cake.
Tip: for the smooth surface don't do as I did by trying to transfer the cake from one plate to another, as the surface acquired some wrinkles. I guess the best way would be to decorate the cake by using a cake stand and leaving it there. Once set, write your message with the Queens icing pens.
Was it a success? Taste-wise it was lush, moist and sweet, but my autie refused to eat it because it looked different, so next time I bake the yogurt cake, it will be back to an old familiar round cake tin.
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