We don’t really do Valentine’s Day here, at least not in the traditional, romantic sense. Clara loves all the pink and red and hearts, so it’s usually more fun to celebrate with her than to get a sitter and fight crowded restaurants. We usually cook something nicer for dinner (like these gorgeous steaks), but I’d be equally happy getting takeout sushi and splurging on a dessert like this after dinner.
In all fairness, I did not make this cake for Valentine’s Day, though I do think it would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day dessert. I actually made it for a neighbor’s going away party. She only moved two miles away, but everyone in our neighborhood was sad to see her go, possibly me most of all. She was my first friend here after we moved in and brought snickerdoodles to our house to welcome us to the neighborhood. And even though she didn’t know us well at the time, she also tied balloons to our mailbox after Clara was born. When we had lunch with her and one of her daughters recently, Clara, who is usually very calm, had to be carried out of Panera while sobbing, “They don’t live on our street anymore!” I may have teared up some at her going away party, too.
I wanted to make something that truly showed my friend how special she is, and this show-stopping cake certainly did the trick. It’s visually stunning, the way the chocolate drips down the sides and contrasts with the whipped cream frosting. The chocolate dipped strawberries on top don’t hurt, either. If you want to impress someone, this cake will definitely do that. Also, it tastes amazing, but you guys know I wouldn’t be blogging about it if it didn’t. The moist chocolate cake is layered with fluffy whipped cream, making the inside just as beautiful as the outside.
If you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas, I updated the menu pages with some of my favorites.