‘It’s a Piece of Cake’ with Alison!
Alison: Bakery Manager: With almost 30 years of cake decorating experience behind her, we think it’s fair to say Alison is a cake expert.
For Valentine’s Day, I love to make my kiddos and husband a personal, but delicious treat. Anyone can make this dessert at home, and it can be done as simple or as labor intensive as you want to make it.
All you need to make a super yummy Valentine cake is first of all, cake. Just bake up a box cake, in a 9×13 pan, Or, if you want to get really fancy, bake one from scratch. After the cake is cool, throw it in the freezer for a few minutes, to firm it up. It will cut much more neatly if it is more firm. After your cake is firm, take a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and cut your cake into cute heart shapes. Place the hearts cakes on a cake cooling rack that is on top of a cookie sheet(to catch the drips).
Now, take a food storage container and put a bag of chocolate chips in it. You can add a teaspoon of vegetable shortening to the chips to add a nice sheen and to help the chocolate set nice. Microwave the chocolate chips for just 20-30 seconds at a time, and stir at intervals, until the chips are nice and liquid.
Pour the melted chocolate onto the cakes, on the cooling racks, letting the chocolate run over the sides, to completely cover the little cakes. Let the cakes set, at room temp, until the chocolate is set.
Now, you can decorate the baby cakes however you want, to make them special for each person.
I like to put each person’s name, or decorate with conversation hearts, or you can melt some almond bark(chocolate or white), let it set up, and then use a vegetable peeler to make beautiful chocolate curls to place on top.
I hope this helps to make your Valentine’s Day a little sweeter!
Coborn’s Bakery Manager
Coborn’s St. Cloud, MN – Cooper, Ave.
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