Amarena Cherry and Chocolate Marbled Heart Bundt Cake

Amarena Cherry and Chocolate Marbled Heart Bundt Cake

Happy Valentine's Day! I made a cake for you! (Is it ok if I eat it for you, too?)

Amarena Cherry and Chocolate Marbled Heart Bundt Cake

My friend Flavia (she has an incredible blog full of Italian eats called Flavia's Flavors) introduced me to Amarena cherries. I found them at Trader Joe's. THEY ARE INCREDIBLE.

Amarena Cherries from Trader Joe's

Amarena cherries are like Maraschino's very sophisticated aunt who lives on the Amalfi Coast, wears red lipstick, a scarf, and big sunglasses. These cherries are rich, they are decadent; they are the best cherries you'll ever eat. They come in a jar of thick, luxurious, sweet cherry syrup. I guarantee, you'll never go back to maraschinos! Plus, they don't have all of the colorings...the cherries from Trader Joe's are colored with carrot and hibiscus extracts. (Before you mention natural maraschinos, I've tried them and was not impressed.)

Amazon has several brands of Amarena cherries available, all with good reviews. See here, here, and here for a few.

Amarena Cherries

As soon as I tried them, I knew that not only were they going in every cocktail and on every ice cream sundae I make from now on...they were going to flavor the inaugural cake made in my new heart-shaped Bundt pan.

Deep Lilac and Rose Gold Hearts + Chocolate Hazelnut Cut-Out Cookies

Deep Lilac and Rose Gold Hearts + Chocolate Hazelnut Cut-Out Cookies

I can't get enough of heart-shaped cookies. Any size, any color - I'm here for them.

For the color of these, I was going for the color of Beautyberry. Have you seen that shrub? It grows wild here all over the walking paths, and the color is GORGEOUS. Well, I didn't quite get there, although once the icing dried, it came pretty close.

Chocolate Hazelnut Nutella Cut-Out Cookies

Oh! Before we start decorating, I should mention that these cookies are Chocolate Hazelnut Cut-Out Cookies. As in, NUTELLA CUT-OUT COOKIES! Hello, my love.

The recipe is in my first book, Decorating Cookies. It's (sadly) now out-of-print, so I'm sharing it with you here. Also, my publisher has let me know that they're down to their last copies of Decorating Cookies Party, so if you ever wanted one, now's your time.

Chocolate Praline Roulade

Chocolate Praline Roulade ♥ A swiss roll cake to make Paul Hollywood proud!

Paul Hollywood is going to be so proud of us. We all get to be Star Baker with this chocolate praline roulade. "You are Star Baker! And YOU are Star Baker! And YOU are Star Baker!" (Please say that in Oprah-esque fashion.)

Chocolate Praline Roulade ♥ A swiss roll cake to make Paul Hollywood proud!

Let me tell you a little (a lot) about this cake. The cake itself is a flourless chocolate cake made airy and light from whipped eggs. The center is a vanilla cream cheese topped studded with bits of pecan praline. The entire cake is enrobed in the richest chocolate ganache ever and is adorned with piped chocolate decorations.

*this recipe is sponsored by Imperial Sugar

Chocolate Praline Roulade ♥ A swiss roll cake to make Paul Hollywood proud!

To answer your first question: YES. It is delicious.
To answer your second question: YES. It is time-consuming, BUT you make this cake ahead of time...it gets better as it sits. When you eat it, you'll have forgotten all of the time and dirty dishes that went into making it. Promise.

pecan praline

You'll start by making the pecan praline. It's simple enough...just toasted pecans, water, sugar, and corn syrup. Pour it onto a cookie sheet and let it cool.

Why won't my royal icing dry? Why is it tacky? Sticky? Bubbly?

Why won't my royal icing dry? Why is it tacky? Sticky? Bubbly?

Is your royal icing still wet after drying overnight? It is sticky or tacky to the touch? Does it look foamy and is it covered in little bubbles?

The problem is...WATER.

I addressed this in my TROUBLESHOOTING post. (There are a lot of Royal Icing Q and A's there.)

How to fix royal icing

(See more of the finished St. Nicholas Day cookies here.)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Oh boy. This is decadence right here. A chocolate cake with a melty peanut butter center. This is the good stuff.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

If you or your Valentine...or your mom or your neighbor or your mail lady...is a fan of peanut butter and chocolate, put these cakes on your must-make list immediately.

Lava cakes seem like they're complicated to make. (Pssst...they're not.)


You'll make the cake batter as well as peanut butter centers.