Prep 50 minutes
Cook 50 minutes (plus cooling)
250g butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup self-raising flour
½ cup plain flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
¾ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons red gel food colouring
1½ cups icing sugar
2 Tablespoons water
Handful rose petals for decoration
½ cup peeled, chopped pistachio nuts
1 egg, white separated
¼ cup caster sugar
Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Grease a Pyrex Platinum Heart Springform Pan.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Combine flours and cocoa in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture. Stir to combine. Stir in colouring. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Level top. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Make icing. Combine icing sugar with water and stir, spread onto cooled cake. Take rose petals or edible flowers and gently coat with egg white and sprinkle caster sugar. Set aside to dry. Decorate cake with petals and add pistachios.
Nothing says "I love you" like a homemade cake. And now it's easier to impress your Valentine with the Pyrex® Platinum™ Heart Springform Pan – part of a premium bakeware range by the iconic baking brand.
One of the few heart-shaped springform cake pans available on the market, the 22cm pan (RRP $21.50) is superior non-stick for easy food release and effortless cleaning. The pan is engineered to precise densities for superior baking results and features a latch and removable base so you can easily unmould your baked foods.
The heart pan is ideal for making cheesecakes, charlotte cakes and mousse cakes, and is the perfect accompaniment for a Valentine's Day treat or as a loving gift itself.
This specially developed recipe by Pyrex Platinum is sure to amaze your Valentine this year.
Pyrex Platinum Heart Springform Pan is available from David Jones, Kitchen Warehouse, Victoria's Basement, Harris Scarfe and Peters of Kensington.