Valentine’s Gateau

I just had to make one more Valentine’s themed treat this week. With a big hearty meal lined up for this evening, I wanted to make something light and pretty and delicate. However, considering the stormy weather out there, it also had to something comforting that would go down well with a hot cup of tea or coffee. I eventually decided on a simple sponge covered in fresh cream and finished off with some pretty touches. It’s not too heavy but still quite indulgent and satisfying.


Start with a vanilla sponge cake — make it in a heart-shaped tin for extra cuteness. When the cake has fully cooled, spread on a generous layer of your favourite jam.


Whip up 150ml of cream, adding a touch of icing sugar and vanilla extract for a deliciously sweet taste. Cover the cake completely.


Now decorate! The options are endless — fresh fruit, nuts, fondant flowers, marshmallows, candy hearts…I started off with a handful of pomegranate seeds and proceeded to carefully outline the cake with these vibrant jewel-like pieces…


Then I just covered the whole centre in chocolate sprinkles and declared the cake done!


Happy Valentine’s Day!


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