Chocolate heart cake

Jill Dupleix
Jill Dupleix's chocolate heart cakes.
Jill Dupleix's chocolate heart cakes. Photo: Marina Oliphant

This mixture makes enough for two small heart-shaped cakes. Share one and freeze one or make one 20-centimetre diameter cake and serve it in slices. If you make it ahead, don't put it in the fridge, it doesn't like it.


100g butter, chopped, plus 1 tsp for pan

100ml boiling water

1 tbsp instant coffee

100g dark chocolate, chopped

150g castor sugar

2 medium eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

100g self-raising flour

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp icing sugar

50g dark chocolate, chopped


Heat the oven to 160C. Butter two heart-shaped cake tins (12 centimetres diameter at widest point) or a round 20-centimetre diameter cake tin, and line with baking paper.

Pour boiling water over coffee and stir to dissolve. Heat butter, chocolate, sugar and coffee in a heatproof pan set over a pan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes.

Beat in eggs and vanilla, then fold in sifted flour and cocoa powder until smooth. Pour into the cake tins and bake for 35 minutes (small) and 45 minutes (large) or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave for 20 minutes before removing from tin.

Dust with icing sugar and put on serving plate. Melt chocolate in a heatproof pan over simmering water, stirring until smooth, and use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the cake.

Serve one heart-shaped cake or a big slice of the larger cake to share.