Kitty is very excited. Apparently, the day after the day after tomorrow is not any ordinary day. It’s not even just ballet class day. No, it’s Valentines’ Day. What is Valentines’ Day? Well she’s not exactly sure but she thinks it’s when we get roses. And hearts. I asked her who from but she’s not too sure about that, and when I asked who we were going to send valentines too she wasn’t sure about that either. What she has grasped is that is is a celebration that seems to revolve around pink and chocolate, and she’s wholly on board with both of those concepts.
And it’s had a cross over into our baking. We’ve been making fairy cakes (because I’m reliably informed that we haven’t made any in ages) and it was Kitty’s turn to choose the flavour; “strawberry!” she said, “and chocolate! And gamilla (vanilla)!”. Most of the time I’d smile and ask her to pick just one, or suggest that perhaps the perfect flavour might be lemon because we’ve got a couple of lemons in the bottom of the fridge that really need eating up before they go weird and squishy, but instead I thought we’d give it a whirl, and so chocolate, strawberry and vanilla it would be.
We started with a plain 2 egg sponge mix, then divided it into two and mixed mashed strawberries into one half and cocoa powder into the other, then dolloped a spoonful of each into fairy cake cases, chocolate on the bottom and strawberry over the top. We thought about adding a bit of pink food colouring to the strawberry batter and it would make it stand out better once it’s baked but my children and food colouring are not a great combination so we went for the more subtle approach.
And while our little cakes spent 20 minutes baking in the oven the girls engaged in the time honoured pursuit of licky-scrapers!
When the cakes were baked and cooled we covered them with vanilla glace icing and, in lieu of anything remotely appropriately valentine’s-esque being found in my box of cake decorating bits and bobs, the girls set to with a tub of leftover could-be-winter-probably-supposed-to-be-Christmas sprinkles. And the result?
Well it turns out Kitty was on to something. The chocolate and strawberry are delicious together. You might not necessarily be able to see the change between the two flavours as clearly as if we’d used food colouring but it’s there if you look for it, and it’s definitely there once you take a bite. It’s like a cake version of those Cadbury Roses strawberry creams in the pink foil wrapper. They always get eaten first in our house so it’s perhaps no surprise that the cake was a hit.
I think I need put Kitty in charge of the flavours more often.
And if you’d like to try them for yourself, the recipe is below: