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.
Here’s what you need
- 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
- 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.