THB #13 Dark-Chocolate Almond Cake as a Valentine Treat

be my sweet Valentine

It’s The Home Bakers 13th bake – a delicious chocolaty dark-chocolate almond cake. The Home Bakers is a monthly bake is organised by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours where all members bake through the recipe book Coffee Cakes by Lou Seibert Pappas.

bitter sweet hearts

Sadly I missed the last two bakes but I am glad I was able to bake this wonderful recipe selected and hosted by the lovely Jocelyn from Riceballs Eats. Only the host of the bake may state the recipe so please be sure to visit Jocelyn’s site, trust me you will not be disappointed.

dark-chocolate almond cupcakes

Lou Seibert Pappas  states ‘This elegant chocolate cake is my favourite for a special occasion’.

So what better occasion than Valentine’s Day to bake these scrumptious hearts for your loved one/s. Not only is this recipe simple but it is also impressive.

crumbly top

I only baked half the recipe and it gave me 15 lovely cupcakes. Lou said it was important not to over bake them, so I did as I was told and I was greatly rewarded. The tops were light and crusty but the center was gentle and soft.

sweet kisses

Lou also goes on to say that this recipe does not need frosting, only a scoop or two of homemade raspberry sorbet or a Grand Marnier or vanilla bean ice cream. She was right with that.

This cake is so deliciously rich with bitter-sweet chocolate (I used 75% cacao) that it is simply beautiful in all it’s nakedness.

be mine

However I did give them a sublime warmth with a coating of freshly whipped cream accessorised with red currants just to make them extra special.

Your loved one/s deserves that extra something on Valentine’s Day.

i'm yours

A bite of the Heart

One bite of these orgasmic bitter-sweet dark chocolate-almond hearts and you’ll have them begging for more.

hearts on ice

Then again these are so sinfully unforgivingly addicting that you might not want to share them after all  😉

sweet hearts

Happy Valentines

Don’t forget the recipe can be found on Jocelyn’s site Riceball Eats and be sure to visit The Home Bakers to see how the other members went this bake.


I am entering this into February’s Valentine theme Calendar Cakes challenge  hosted each month by Dolly Bakes and Laura Love Cakes.