If the way to their heart is through the stomach, this is it

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Hello all lovers, it’s just 8-days until Valentine’s Day. How are you going to celebrate? Perhaps you’d like to bake a special treat for your lover. And thanks to Viking Cruises we have just the recipe. It’s the cruise line’s special chocolate cake.  Viking, a leader in shipboard cuisine,  is sharing six more divine chocolate recipes on its site in case you really feel like showing the love.

Viking's Valentine's Day cake

Here’s what you need

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (227 g) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3 T (21 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp (1 g) baking powder
  • ¼ tsp (1 g) salt
  • 6 T (86 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 C (192 g) sugar
  • 4 lg eggs
  • 1¼ tsp (6 ml) vanilla extract
  • ½ C (43 g) walnuts, ground
  • ¾ C (87 g) walnuts, chopped

Garnish

  • ¾ C (165 g) heavy cream, whipped
  • ¼ C (25 g) chocolate shavings
  • 1 C (125 g) raspberries or raspberry sauce

Here’s how to do it

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease an 8-inch springform pan with a small amount of butter. Melt chocolate in a microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is fully melted and smooth; set aside. Combine cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together butter and sugar; add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, and continue beating until mixture is pale and creamy, about 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Add chocolate; beat until just blended. Fold in ground walnuts, chopped walnuts and cocoa mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake until cooked through, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Run a small knife around edges of springform pan before releasing cake. Serve at room temperature, topping with one or more garnishes to taste.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes.
  • Cook time: 35 minutes.
  • Makes 8 servings.
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