Chocolate Chiffon Valentine Cake

Everyone will be feeling the love this Valentine's Day with this rich and velvety chocolate chiffon cake!

Romantic heart-shaped cake with strawberries.
Photo by Helen (#2) C.
Romantic heart-shaped cake with strawberries.
Romantic heart-shaped cake with strawberries.

PREP TIME

30

minutes

TOTAL TIME

50

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

30

minutes

TOTAL TIME

50

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Ingredients

  • CAKE:

  • 4

    eggs, separated

  • 1/2

    cup baking cocoa

  • 1/2

    cup hot water

  • 3/4

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/4

    cups sugar, divided

  • 3/4

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2

    teaspoon salt

  • 1/4

    cup canola oil

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4

    teaspoon cream of tartar

  • FROSTING:

  • 1 1/2

    cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1/4

    cup confectioners' sugar

  • 15

    small fresh strawberries, halved

  • Fresh mint, optional

Directions

Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line two greased 9-in. heart-shaped pans with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside. In a small bowl, combine cocoa and water until smooth; cool. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, oil, vanilla and cocoa mixture. Add to dry ingredients; beat until well blended. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form; fold into chocolate mixture. Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350°F for 18 to 20 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely; carefully remove waxed paper. In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar until stiff peaks form; reserving 1 1/2 cups. Spread remaining frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Spoon reserved frosting into a pastry bag with a star tip. Pipe a decorative lattice design on cake top and sides. Garnish with strawberries and mint if desired. Refrigerate until serving.

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