Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Normally, I hate the idea of Valentine’s Day. It feels like a whole lot of pressure to PROVE you love someone, when I’d rather just show it in little ways every day. But now the day is here, and I’m just filled with so much love for everyone! I’m bad with presents, but if you’re reading this, I got you something really good: this recipe for the chocolate cake to end all chocolate cakes.
The last time I made this cake, we got hit with a Snowpocalypse that ended up shutting me, my boyfriend, and our friends inside. We had a big three-day long sleepover, in which we played too much Mario Kart and ate way too much of this cake. Sometimes I wonder how I got to be the shape that I am, and then I remember times like that…
Yeah, I really shouldn’t be surprised.
BUT, the great thing about Valentine’s Day (as with all holidays) is that calories don’t matter! Your body looks at Valentine’s candy and desserts and says “Wow I’m so filled with love right now, I’m not even going to count this one against you.” Or something like that. So take full advantage of this window of opportunity, and bake yourself and your loved ones this cake immediately! Just make sure you have someone to pass the leftovers on to, because I’m pretty sure the whole “no calories” thing is restricted to Feb. 14th. Don’t quote me on it, I’m just theorizing here.
Last time I made this cake, I made it from scratch because that’s what the recipe called for. This time, I meant to make this cake a month ago and bought devil’s food cake mix, because for some reason I thought that the recipe called for it. After looking at the recipe last night and realizing it was actually from scratch, I said screw it and used the mix anyways. I mean what else was I going to do with it, make ANOTHER cake? (Probably yes, which is why it had to go.) So yeah, I’m no Martha Stewart, but the cake tastes pretty dang good anyways.
The real star of this cake is the chocolate ganache on top. I’ve made ganache before in the past, and it always ended up taking 10 minutes and being super messy. I was hesitant to try it in the microwave this time, but I’m pleased to say that it worked like a charm without burning the chocolate one bit! Basically what I’m trying to say is, between the cake mix and the microwaveable ganache, I’ve tried to make this cake as simple for you as possible. You’re welcome.
I hope you have lots of love in your life and enjoy all the sweets you want this V-Day – you deserve it!