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May 19th is World Baking Day. The theme is 'Bake brave' or, in other words, try something you haven't tried before.
To be honest, by the time I've baked the day's cupcakes for the café I don't exactly have a lot of time or energy left to make something that stretches me to my limits. Having said that, for some time now I've seen pictures circulating on the internet of cakes with a ‘surprise‘ inside.
I thought it would be kind of cool to give it a go since I haven't done it before. I'm always looking for recipes which are nice for encouraging the kids to get into baking, and something like this, which isn't really difficult but is exciting, is perfect.
Once your hearts are ready, prepare your cake tin. I used a ring-shaped tin, greased, but I think a loaf shape would also be really good. There are many such pictures on the net. Make your favourite white cake recipe and put about one third of the batter into the tin. Then place your hearts curvy side down into the pan and top up with the rest of the batter tapping the tin gently to make sure that the cake batter goes all around. Bake as directed.
When you turn it out onto your plate or cake stand and it's cool, cover with some lovely ganache!
1 cup of milk (room temperature)
6 egg whites (room temperature)
3 tsp vanilla extract
2¼ cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
250g Vitam or butter (soft but not melted)
Mix together the egg whites, milk and extracts until just combined. Set aside.
Mix together the dry ingredients in your mixer. Add the vitam or butter and again mix until just combined.
Slowly add the wet ingredients and mix on medium until nicely combined but don't over beat.
Bake at 160°C for 25 to 30 minutes or until springy to the touch.
Alternative ideas: You could just go the black-and-white route for contrast. Chocolate cake with white hearts or vice-versa. You could also use other cutters easily; I think that a ginger bread man shape would be quite cute, maybe stars, polka dots? If you fancied being more adventurous you could even make multi coloured polka dots...