As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be wondering how to impress your sweetheart with your undying devotion.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be wondering how to impress your sweetheart with your undying devotion. Why not make a heart-shaped brownie cake with all the trimmings? It is not as difficult as it sounds—our pastry chef Nedka and her team show you how. Begin by preparing a sheet of brownies with a mix or common recipe. Once it has cooled, cut the brownie sheet into a heart shape with a knife and then firm it with your hands. Sweeten the cake by coating it with a layer of jam (choose a flavour your loved one enjoys—perhaps strawberry or raspberry?). Next, sprinkle your counter with flour and roll out fondant into a half-inch thickness (fondant can be bought in a package at your local market). Next, cover the brownie with fondant and smooth it into place; trim off the excess fondant around the edges with a knife and set it aside. Place the cake on a serving platter—it’s time to decorate it! Start by drizzling liquid white chocolate on the surface to create a lacy pattern. Excess fondant can be used to make decorative flowers; a small oval can be rolled into a tube and then wrapped in another layer, forming a rosebud. Affix several of these to the cake. A mixture of fresh raspberries and raspberry sauce adds colour and flavour to the cake’s topping. Other decorations might include sliced strawberries, gold leaf, or a chocolate straw. Though Anassa is closed until 2 April, Nedka and her team couldn’t help sharing their tips. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!