Strawberry Lamington Lovebites - Valentines day treats

Valentines day is just around the corner now, and each year I love making my hubby heart shaped muffins and the like.  Last night while laying awake in bed I was pondering how I was going to make miss almost three's strawberry birthday cake that she has requested, and while on that train of thought came up with Strawberry Lamington Lovebites, a mix between a strawberry swirl cake and lamingtons! First thing this morning I jumped out of bed and got creating.  Here's what happened.

I decided to make the cake in my slab tin, which is 30 cm x 20 cm, so it needed to be quite a big cake.

What you need for strawberry cake...
  • 250 gram butter
  • 2 cups caster suger
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 2 tsp strawberry essence
  • 300 mls milk
What you need for strawberry syrup (swirl)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • handful of fresh strawberries
What you need for chocolate icing
  • 4 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 20 grams butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • shredded coconut for covering in
How you do it...  Strawberry cake
  • Cream butter and caster sugar together, add eggs one at a time, while mixing
  • Add plain flour, salt, baking powder, vanilla and strawberry essence
  • Once mixed well, slowly pour in the milk, and let it mix well for a few minutes, stopping once to scrape down the edges.  I like to have a taste of the batter at this point to see if you want to add any extra strawberry of vanilla flavouring.
How you do it… Strawberry syrup
  • Take a nice handful of fresh strawberry, couldn't tell you exactly how many, and wizz them up in  a food processor making a fresh puree
  •  In a saucepan put the caster sugar and the water on a low heat for a minute then add the strawberry puree and let it simmer until the temperature reaches 105 degrees c. 
  • Let it cool.

Putting it together
  • In your large greased tin pour in one third of the cake batter
  • Place your strawberry syrup into a piping bag and pour some out over the top of the batter, it will be quite runny which it fine, take knife or skewer and marble it through the batter.
  • Pour another third of the batter on top and repeat the above process, keeping some syrup for later on.
  • Pour the last of the batter on top 
  • Place in a pre heated oven at 160 degrees.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until you get get a clean skewer when doing a prick test.
Covering the lovebites is just like covering lamingtons, just with two lots of dipping.
  • Once your slab cake is completely cooled cut it up into squares, little or big, it's up to you.
  • One at a time dip into the left over strawberry syrup you have, then straight into the chocolate icing, then straight into the coconut and generously cover them.  let them stand for a few hours to set before serving them.

Serve with some fresh strawberries and some yummy chocolates

Happy Valentines Day

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