Hi everyone;

Sharing the recipe for an old- fashioned chocolate cake that is delicious and so fast to make, and perfects to make for your love,  for Valentine’s day! 

I kept this cake very simple, I just filled and cover the entire cake with a delicious mascarpone whipped cream made with real vanilla seeds.  
This cake just melts in your mouth.
For Valentine theme cake, I just added a heart with pink sugar on top, very simple and still cute!


Old-fashioned chocolate cake 

  • 2 cups ( 220 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cup ( 285 grams) sugar
  • 1/2 cup ( 60 gram) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup ( 150 gram) mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ( 120 ml) buttermilk or kefir 
  • 1/2 cup ( 120 ml) hot water or brewed coffee

Whipped mascarpone frosting;

  • 2 cups ( 500 ml) heavy cream, cold
  •  7 oz. (250 gram) mascarpone, cold
  • 3/4 cup ( 100 grams) powdered sugar
  • Seeds scraped out from one vanilla bean

Pink sugar;

  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • a tiny touch of pink food color
  • ziplock bag

Directions for the cake layers; 

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉ (180℃). Grease the bottoms of two 8 x 2-inch round cake pans and line with parchment.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add the mayonnaise, brewed coffee, buttermilk, and  1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • With a whisk combine until smooth and pour into two 8 -inch greased and parchment paper lined baking pans or one 9 inch ( 24 cm) baking pan.
  • Bake the cakes in the center of the oven for 30-40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs,
  • Let the cake layers cool in their pans on wire racks for 20 minutes. Using a knife, loosen the sides of the cakes and carefully turn them out onto wire racks. Peel off the paper liners and let cool completely. 
  • The cake layers will keep wrapped tightly in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days.

whipped mascarpone frosting

  • In a bowl add mascarpone, heavy cream, powdered sugar, and seeds from one vanilla bean.
  • Whisk until the mixture is fluffy. 

How to assemble; 

  • Place one of the cake layers on a cake plate that you are going to serve the cake on.
  • Place dollops of frosting on top, using a palette knife, spread the frosting on top of the first layer.
  • Place the next cake layer on top and frost the entire cake ( using a palette knife) with the rest of the whipped frosting.
  • Place a heart cookie cutter on top in the center of the cake
  • For the pink sugar, add sugar into a ziplock bag add a tiny touch of pink food color
  • Shake the bag and work the color into the sugar
  • Drizzle pink sugar into the cookie cutter, remove the cutter.
  • Enjoy the cake.

Have a beautiful weekend you all, love Manuela xoxo