Feb 092018

Show your love with the German Valentine's Heart cake.  It is great for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day. All you need is a heart shaped form which we have seen at ALDI this year!
There is nothing better than a home made gift to express your love. Get your baking forms out and try this delicious heart shaped cake. For this cake you can use a heart shaped form or make a template out of paper and place it on the baked biscuit cake, then cut it out with a very sharp knife. Your Valentine will love this cake.

German Valentines Heart Shaped Cake

Ingredients German Valentine's Heart Shaped Cake

For the Biscuit Base
3 eggs
150 g sugar
1 dash salt
100 g flour
1 Tbsp baking powder (Dr Oetker, no baking soda)

For the Filling
6 sheets gelatin
400 g frozen raspberries
200 g creme fraîche
400 ml heavy cream
1 package cake glaze Dr. Oetker, red (see substitute below)
100 g roasted almond slices

Baking Instructions German Valentine's Heart Shaped Cake

Make the Biscuit Cake
- Pre-heat oven to 175 degrees C or
- Grease the bottom of a baking form (round or heart shaped).
- Separate eggs, beat the egg white until firm.
- Mix egg yolks with 90 g sugar and the salt; beat until foamy using the double boiler method.
- Carefully mix in the firm egg white. Mix baking powder with flour and powder it over the egg mix and mix it carefully.
- Fill the dough into the form and bake it for 30 minutes.
- Let biscuit cake cool off for 5 minutes, release from form, and place it on a cooling grid.
- Let cool off completely, then cut it horizontal in 2 halves.
NOTE: If you make it in a regular form place the heart template on top and cut out around the edges. Then cut horizontally!

Make the Filling
- Soak gelatin, defrost berries. Drain them if there is excess water.
- Puree 200 g of the berries and mix with 60 g sugar (press it through a sieve or use a stick mixer but the seeds will be still there, they will be only removed with the sieve method).
- Add creme fraiche and mix well.
- Press all water out of the gelatin and combine with the berries.
- Beat heavy cream until firm.
- Before the berry cream will be firm, add the whipped cream and mix with a spatula.
- Spread half of the whipped cream on the lower heart piece; place second part on top and spread remaining cream over it.
- Add remaining whole raspberries on top and keep an edge of 1 inch (2cm).
- Make the cake glaze per instructions and pour it over the berries.

- Beat remaining heavy cream until firm.
- Spread 2 third of the whipped cream around the outer edges of the cake where you would place the almond slices.
- Fill remaining cream into a frosting bag and squeeze little flowers within the 2cm wide edge around the raspberries.
- Decorate the edges around the cake with almond slices. Press them gently around the cake.

Make the Red Glaze

1 tbsp potato or corn starch
1-2 tbsp sugar or to taste)
250 ml red juice (no sugar added, if with sugar add no additional sugar)If you want a clear glaze use 250ml water.Mix all ingredients in a pan and whisk well.
Bring to a boil and see how it is thickening. It won't be clear at the beginning but will after it has been brought to  a boil.
Remove from heat and use directly on the cake.

Source: chefkoch.de


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