Happy Valentine's Day !!
I made the spice cake and served it on a bed of chocolate sauce made with maple syrup, some vanilla ice cream on the side and chocolate handmade roses.
For the apple sauce
1/2 cup water
Combine apple and water in a sauce pan, bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 min. when apples are tender mash it with a potato masher - not too smooth, consistence of a chunky puree. Keep aside !!
For the chocolate sauce :
Heat the maple syrup over medium-low heat in a saucepan add some star anise, cloves, 1 tsp natural unsweetened coco, 1/2 tsp instant coffee stir and keep aside. It has a nice spicy chococofee aroma. I have tried different kinds of chocolate sauces and find this one of my favorites - my own creation and am very pleased that it turned out so well. A bit runny than store bought sauce, goes very well with this cake.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups oatmeal (uncooked)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup apple sauce - home made - recipe above
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup dried cranberries
In a bowl, mix flour, oatmeal, salt, cinnamon, cloves and baking powder.
In a large bowl, cream butter with sugar. Add eggs, apple sauce and milk, beat until blended. Add the dry ingredients and the raisin - cranberries. stir well and pour into prepared pans.
Bake for 30-35 mi, or until the cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it sit for 5-10 min, remove from pan and cool on wire racks.
Serve on a bed of warm chocolate sauce with some vanilla ice-cream.
For the chocolate roses
You need to make chocolate plastic. Will post the recipe soon :)
Hope you all have a great valentine's day !!
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