Friday, February 14, 2014

Sweets for the Sweetie

5 random things I love about my husband for Random 5 Friday

1)  He gives more massages than he gets.

2)  He loves Downton Abbey!

3)  He warms up the car on cold days.

4)  He unloads the dishwasher.

5)  He lets me have the bigger slice of cake!

Happy Valentine's Day!  

Make this easy Vanilla Raspberry Lemon Curd Cake for your sweetie.  Yum!

The cake:

1 cup softened butter  (this is what makes it good!)
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour  (I premix the dry ingredients)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups sugar  (I use 1/2 splenda)
4 eggs
1-2 tbsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups whole milk

Beat the butter and sugar in an electric blender until fluffy.  Add the vanilla and eggs and mix.  Then alternately add the premixed flours, salt and soda with the milk.  Beat until combined.

Bake in two 9 inch round cake pans.  Be sure to oil and flour the pans so the cake won't stick.  Spread the batter between the pans and bake at 350 for around 30 minutes.  Just until set.

Cool 5-10 minutes on wire racks and then run a knife along the pan edges and invert to release the cake.

When the cakes are cooled spread a layer of purchased lemon curd and a good quality raspberry jam (I use homemade) on the bottom layer.  Add the second layer.

Frost with an easy ganache.  In a small sauce pan heat 1/2 cup half and half just until it simmers.  Then remove from the heat and add 1 1/4 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips.  (I use 1/2 semi and 1/2 bittersweet)  Pour over the cake. 

 Now for the important part.  Add a red sugar heart before it sets.  I cut a template out of paper.

Don't forget the love!  Everything tastes better with love.  


Nina Crittenden said...

Looks amazing! I'll be right over! ;)

lissa said...

he sounds amazing, now if only I can get a husband like that...

have a great day.

DJan said...

Oh, YUM! Just beautiful, too. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your Beloved. Sounds like he's a keeper, Sharon. :-)

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

looks yummy! i am wishing for a slice. i am a great taste tester. i believe in my book - your hubby is a keeper. enjoy! i hope the hubby will be home safe & sound. lately he has been having lots of long hours & the snow does not make it easier for him & his work. happy <3 day!! ( :

Buttons said...

Oh he is indeed a lucky man and you his lucky gal. I love that. Yummy enjoy. B

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sounds like you're all set for a great Valentine's Day. Enjoy. It looks delicious.

Nancy said...

Thanks for the recipe -- looks delicious!

Sarah Huizenga said...

My husband loves Downton Abbey too. Which totally shocked me when he started watching it with me.

Caren Gittleman said...

that looks to die for!

Lynn said...

I love Lemon curd and hadn't thought it for years, you've sparked a need. My Mom used to say the same things about my Dad, cute no! I was going to make simple no thrill vanilla muffins today but I've changed my mind, thanks for the recipe.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Well, if he lets you have the bigger piece of cake, then he is definitely a keeper! :-) That cake is beautiful, and it's so much my weakness.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Everything tastes better with love AND sugar :) Will definitely give this one a go Sharon, merci beaucouo!

Pat Tillett said...

Can you overnight the rest of that cake to me? you did save it for me, right?