31st January 2017

Simple reveal loaf cake perfect for Valentines

Yesterday I spent the day just loafing around… get it? Ha-ha – sorry! No really, I was having a bit of a chill day and really fancied a slice of cake. Loaf cakes are so simple and easy to do and as Valentines is just around the corner I thought I’d include a little twist.

Just because I love to bake and create fabulous detailed designed cakes doesn’t mean I don’t love a simply but yummy loaf-cake every now and again.

loaf cake with secret image

This cake is a chance to show off your baking skills and I promise you, it’ll taste delicious! The little hearts are such a nice surprise too. Loaf cakes are super easy to prepare and perfect for slicing and sharing with those you love.  This cake is simple enough for everyday baking yet perfectly lovely for special occasions – like Valentines!

Now, I say it’s simple – it is – but you do need to bake two cakes altogether so you will need to have a little patience – not something I’m great at either sometimes.


Cake 1 – Chocolate sponge


  1. 120g unsalted butter
  2. 120g light brown sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 30ml buttermilk
  5. 55g plain flour
  6. 55g self raising flour
  7. 100g dark chocolate
  8. 30g cocoa powder
  9. 3tsp vegetable oil


Cake 2 – Vanilla sponge

  1. 200g butter
  2. 200g caster sugar
  3. 3 large eggs
  4. 50ml buttermilk
  5. 1tsp vanilla bean paste – extract is also fine
  6. 200g self raising flour


Personally we didn’t think it needed any buttercream or icing as the cake is super-moist and totally lovely on it’s own.

Other ideas:

Instead of a chocolate sponge colour pink maybe?

Flavour it up – chocolate orange or hazelnut would be lovely.

Use any cutter – doesn’t have to be just hearts – you could even use somebody’s initials.

Enjoy! And Happy Valentines

5 responses to “Simple reveal loaf cake perfect for Valentines”

  1. What a great idea and it turned out perfectly! 🙂

  2. NancyC says:

    Love this fun idea!

  3. Wow! Super clever but I’m not sure I’d have the patience. What does that say about me? Thanks for sharing such a great idea though.

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