No one is never admitting to be waiting for Valentine's Day but somehow everyone is always very happy and excited while receiving a lovely card or a sweet treat! My quote for this day is "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." :)
In this case I will treat you with this moist and fluffy vanilla hearts filled with vanilla pudding!!! YUM!
For the hearts:
- 4 eggs
- 200g butter, melted
- 250g sugar
- 250 flour
- 1cup of greek yoghurt
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 package of vanilla sugar (16g)
For the pudding:
- 500 ml of milk
- 1 spoon of butter
- 1 packages of vanilla sugar
- 2 spoons of potato flour
- 2 yolks
- 50g butter
- pink food coloring
Preheat the oven to 180°C . Prepare a baking tin 20cm x 20cm.
In a mixing bowl beat the yolks and the sugars together until pale. Add the butter, yogurt, flour, baking powder and whisk until combined.
In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form soft white foam peaks. Now take your dough mixture and start adding the white foam, fold together carefully – without beating the bubbles out of the egg white completely. The egg whites will give the cake this nice fluffy texture. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the preheated oven for around 45 minutes until there is a little gold color on the top of the cake. You can check to see that it's ready by sticking a cocktail stick into the centre of the cake. It should come out clean and not sticky, if it is still sticky just leave it in the oven for 5-10 minutes more.
For the pudding:
If you are using the instant pudding just follow the instruction on the package, after it cools down beat it together with butter and the food coloring.
If you are doing the pudding yourself first you need to boil 3/4 of your milk together with butter, sugar and vanilla sugar. The remained milk whisk together with the potato flour and egg yolks. Add the mixture to your boiling milk and mix it quickly. Cook it approximately one minute on a very low heat and leave to cool down. When the pudding is cool beat it together with butter and the food coloring, just like you would do using the instant pudding.
When your cake is totally cool then you can cut with a heart cutter, herts out of your cake. After each heart cut again in half and then from one of the heart parts cut out a smaller heart, in order to make some space to fill it with your pudding. With a piping bag fill it with the vanilla cream and swirl inside the hearts.
From your cake cut out the hearts:
Cut in half your hearts and cut out a smaller heart:
Now just decorate your Valentine Hearts as desired :)