If you are a food blogger, as soon as the calendar turns to February, everything is clear – it’s time for Valentine’s day dessert! I have to admit that, in recent years, for me, sometimes it was a real nightmare! Usually, in days like that, you get hundreds of beautiful Valentine’s recipes! In the blink of an eye, my bookmark is full of sweet little things that complicate my life for days!
„Hmm, these cookies are really beautiful! That is it!“, I would think to myself, and as soon as I (almost) made the decision, here come the beautiful red velvet cupcakes! And while the fight between these two deserts was raging, suddenly I saw a beautiful photo of a third dessert and that got me back to the beginning. And so long and so forth…
But this year, “gods of baking” were on my side :). In the middle of January on Pinterest, I found a beautiful recipe for Cream Filled Chocolate Heart-Shaped Cakes and I knew that was “it”. These small chocolate hearts looked so sweet that there was simply no need for any further research. And when I saw that the whole recipe is a version of the “Ding Dong” cake that we all just love, things were crystal clear.
And so, a few days ago, I found my old cookie cutter in the shape of a heart and full of enthusiasm, started making my Valentines chocolate hearts. And everything started off just fine, until the moment I was supposed to pour chocolate icing on the small hearts. My “gods of sweets” turned their backs on me and even though I did everything as it was written in the recipe, the icing was so thick that there was no chance the hearts would be perfectly smooth and beautiful. On the contrary, they looked so unsmooth that I felt sad looking at them.
“Maybe you should make a sacrifice for your “baking gods” said my husband, obviously making fun of me. “OK, I will be the victim and I will eat some of your unsucessful hearts”, said Darko while laughing out loud and munching one of my cookies. I decided to try once more with icing, but to increase the temperature in which I will melt the chocolate! Bingo! The chocolate was now thinner and I was beginning to get perfect little hearts!
But, soon I had a new problem. I had one last bag with which I was supposed to make the word “love” with a 7 minute meringue frosting over the chocolate, and I cut it just a little thicker than I was supposed to. And so, the word “love”, which was supposed to be tiny but clear, was like a white stain over my perfect Valentines chocolate hearts!
“I told you I should have sacrificed a few more hearts, but you drove me out of the kitchen”, said my husband in his usual frivolous way, while I was desperate in my troubles. But, life goes on. There was no going back and in the end, I decided to make a few photos of my Valentine’s recipe for this year.
All in all, it was not as bad as it looked in the first moment. But, whatever the look of chocolate hearts was, the taste was great! Well, if you ever tried Ding Dong cake or Hostess Cupcakes, then you know what a treat this is.
And another problem was that my husband ate all of the hearts very quickly so I was out of Valentine dessert.
“Don’t worry”, he consoled me. “At least we have sacrificed so much cakes to your “baking gods” that your next recipe will definitely be absolutely perfect.”