Ria's Collection: HEARTS & ROSES CAKE... as we turn 2!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

HEARTS & ROSES CAKE... as we turn 2!

Hearts & Roses

Time sure flies! We both observe a moment of silence when we think of how fast the time flew by! It's just because we both still cannot believe it's been 2 full years! I am sure every single one of you, who are happily married,feels the same.It's been a year since I found out a way of doing that checkerboard cake without adding another set of baking tins into my already bursting drawer.It's been a year since we went for a ride on a dog sleigh! Life's is beautiful!


Whenever I bake a cake for any personal occasions, I look forward to having a twist in it.If it was a checkerboard cake last time, it's something else this time. I am just loving how my brain can think and my heart wanting to do it even if I lose my sleep over such petty issues :-) Really! I go to sleep thinking of colours,combinations or even what platter I should place the cake on! Aren't these supposed to be the little things that we shouldn't be worrying upon? Actually, I always feel, life is all about tackling the small issues that come by us and not waiting for that big one,which we think is the most important.

Heart & Roses

Anyway, why waste this good day on such thoughts! Let's move on! So, I got this idea from my fellow Minneostan food blogger, Amanda.  Somehow, being the lazy self that I am, I didn't want to bake another cake for the centre part instead wanted to get away with a filling. I was just hoping that my idea wouldn't break my heart when we cut into the cake on this BIG day! I asked Amanda what she thought about it and got a green signal with a 'chill it well' advice.

Hearts & Roses

Now, this is how it looks like :-) What do you guys think about it? We felt it was really cool! I enjoyed piping the roses over the cake and filling with a girly pink frosting. I wondered if Jobin would pass a comment on the colour but he didn't!

Hearts & Roses cake

Recipe source for the cake: Hersheys
Recipe source for the frosting & filling: Alice

Ingredients :
1 3/4 c flour
2 c sugar
3/4 c cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 c oil
1 c buttermilk
1 c strong black coffee
1 tsp vanilla

Method: Pre-heat the oven to 350C and line two 9 inch baking tins.
In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients to it and beat well for 2 minutes. Pour into your baking tins (halfway) and bake for 35-40 mins or till done. I used three 6 inch baking tins but used just 2 cakes for the final assembly.

1 c /2 sticks unsalted butter,softened
3 c powdered sugar,sifted
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla
upto 4 tbsp milk

Method:In a large mixing bowl on high, beat butter for a minute until it's soft and fluffy.Add the sugar and beat on low till well combined. Add salt, vanilla and 2 tbsp milk and beat on medium for 3 minutes.Add colour if needed and beat for a minute. I needed a stiff frosting for the centre filling and a soft frosting for the roses, so after I filled the cake, I added another tablespoon of milk to the frosting and beat  it for a minute.

Assembly: Cut the cakes as shown below and fill it with buttercream.
Heart cake

Sandwich the two edges using melted chocolate.The cake with the pyramid goes on top. Give it a crumb coating with the buttercream and then pipe roses with 1M tip from Wilton. 

Our celebration cakes are always meant to be a surprise for Jobin. Therefore he was banned from using or even touching the refrigerator starting from last evening. Indeed that had it's effects when he saw the cake this morning !
OUR day!

This cake is super moist and the buttercream perfectly sweet.It compliments each other very well!


Carrots and cherries said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY !!!to you guys :)

The cake looks FAB ! (love the heart effect on the cut cake slices :)

May I say it is a conincidence that my husband n myself got engaged on the valentine's day to be married the next day :)
It is 3 years of unbelievably wonderful togetherness !

As I comment on this popst I am waiting for the cake I made to cool :P


Abhilasha Venkatesh

Unknown said...

Happy Anniversary Ria and Jobin!!

Ria, you picked an amazing winner, I must say. Love that Jobin accepted the color without question :)

Archana said...

Happy anniversary to both of you.

Love the cake and the heart shaped slice.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Awesome looking cake. Never seen such a beautiful cake.

Hamaree Rasoi

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy Anniversary! That cake is marvelous.



Faseela said...

Happy Anniversary Ria.....wonderful cake....superb

divya said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY !!!to you guys :)Cake looks awesome!!!!!!!!!

Nisha said...

Nice attempt for the heart inside; beautiful roses outside!

Dolly Sharma said...

Wishing you both a very Happy Anniversary!!! What a cake !!! Absolutely Beautiful and still mesmerised by the buttercream roses..So perfect for this special occasion.

Unknown said...

That is one pretty and amazing cake Ria! Wishing you both many more years of togetherness.

PrathibhaSreejith said...

Happy Anniversary Wishes to both you both. Lovely cake to celebrate with, pretty roses outside and a 'sweet heart' inside ;)

Coffee Beans said...

Wishing you guys a Very Happy Anniversary... The cake looks yummy :)

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Happy anniversary wishes to both..:)Cake looks awesome with the cute buttercream rose and filling..

ramya said...

Lovely cake and a lovely couple!Stay blessed always!

suchi said...


Happy Anniversary!! Beautiful cake! I am sure it tasted awesome too :) (drool)


My Kitchen Antics said...

hey ria...the cake looks fab..oh i had no idea it was the hersheys cake. Somehow urs looks much more delectable..the colour of the cake is fabulous. And of course the frosting too :)
thanks a lot for those words..hugs :)

Kanchan said...

Happy Anniversary ! and the Roses Cake is totally awesome !

Rekha shoban said...

hi ria, superb and wonderful click! happy vday!

Divya Kudua said...

Absolutely love the cake Ria.I've seen it at Amanda's place and marveled at its beauty.You've seemed to nailed it perfectly for your BIG day.Congrats and wishing you two a very happy wedding anniversary!!

Sarah said...

what a gorgeous cake! Many happy returns of the day !!!

beingFab said...

Congratulations!! That cake is.....amazing!!!! You are so talented, Ria!!! Wish the two of you a wonderful day with that beautiful cake!!

Unknown said...

This cake looks amazing! Congrats! And thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cake Ria..!! the roses are pretty..so is the pink heart on the cut slice..:) Anniversary wishes to both of you..!! Enjoy every moment of your life..:)

Rose from Magpies Recipes said...

Happy anniversary again Ria & Jobin!
Sooo pretty the pink roses look against the dark cake.

Swapna said...

Already you know how much I loved your cake...once again telling you it's a super super cake Ria!!! God bless you both!

Anna said...

As the cake and the butter cream compliments each other very well, for sure you both compliment each other very well...Happy Anniversary Ria & Jobin...Wishing you loads of happiness together!

Tia said...

Gosh Ria you're such a pro! You make me soooooo proud!!

Priti said...

Ria, That cake is one of the most beautiful and stunning cakes I have ever seen!!! Inside and out...

- Priti

Sumi said...

Fabulous cake...love it:)

Arc said...

I had also bookmarked this cake from Amanda's blog..I love the roses and hope to perfect this cake some day.. yours looks good..

Priyanka said...

Beautiful Cake! Absolutely love it :)

Cassia Bark said...

This cake looks amazing Ria!!! I've never seen such a pretty cake EVER before! my hgands are itching to make one right now but i'm scared I might not do it justice :(....

one question if that's ok...how to cut the pyramid? i mean did u use any tool, cutter etc?

Happy Anniversary...love all your posts! :)

Sohini xx

Yummy Mummy said...

Cake is super. Can't define in words how beautiful it looks.

notyet100 said...

Congrats :)

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

Happy Anniversary! The cake looks fantastic, too pretty to eat :)

Deepa said...

HAppy Anniversary Ria and Jobin. May God bless you both and may you have many many years of love,happiness and beautiful cakes ahead!!!

Aparnaa said...

Hiya Ria,

Wanted to check if the baking temp is 350C or 350 F...
BTW, I am a big fan of uar cooking.. have tried out quite a few things from here and they turned out to be really nice..

Ria Mathew said...

Aparnaa, I'm so glad you asked! It's 350F which is 180C.

Very happy to hear that my recipes work for you :)

DhivyaH said...

Hi Ria,

Love your blog!! Your recipes & photos look yum..
I am going to try this cake for our anniversary :)
Did I mention that we share a similar passion?... Yes I love cooking & photography ...but still an amateur ... there's lots & lots to be learned and you sure are an inspiration!

Keep up your good work & Best wishes

Dhivya :)

DhivyaH said...

Hi Ria,

Love your blog!! Your recipes & photos look yum..
I am going to try this cake for our anniversary :)
Did I mention that we share a similar passion?... Yes I love cooking & photography ...but still an amateur ... there's lots & lots to be learned and you sure are an inspiration!

Keep up your good work & Best wishes

Dhivya :)

Unknown said...

Hi Ria,

Planning to bake this cake tomm. Is there any other substitute for buttermilk to bake this cake?

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