It was Valentine’s yesterday. No fancy romantic dinner, no flowers or cakes. It was a pizza evening and today it is time for the sweetest cake ever. My favourite girl’s favourite mud cake is good – this might be even better. The ingredients are mostly the same with an additional chunk of chocolate, raspberries and hazelnuts. Tons of calories!
I’m all right with no great Valentine’s and make do without romancing. Still, I have to say that anonymous cards and presents on my very first (and only) American Valentine’s were special. Our Valentine’s is much mellower than the American one and more of day to remember friends. We even call it friend day (ystävänpäivä in Finnish and vändag in Swedish). The Swedes are a bit more romantic as they have the Day of all hearts (alla hjärtans dag). We have the card sending tradition but we send cards to friends. According to the news the post services delivered 3 million cards. The population of Finland is 5 million, which gives you some perspective. We have the Hallmark cards with sweet text – some jingles and rhymes quite good – but nothing like my favourite line “lettuce be Valentines”.
I had in mind a cake with chocolate, nuts and berries and after googling for a bit I ended up in the Yummly.com. This recipe is Alexandra at Yummly.com and it originates with Donna Hay.
200 g dark chocolate
250 g butter
1,5 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups raspberries, 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
a handful of blueberries or raspberries, confectioner’s sugar
Melt the chocolate and butter. Mix in the eggs. Mix together the dry ingredients and mix in little by little with the chocolate-butter-egg mixture. Pour in the raspberries and hazelnuts. Bake in 180 C for 40 – 45 minutes.
Let the cake cool and cut it into small pieces. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and berries. I rolled frozen blueberries in the sugar to make them look frosty.