Chocolate Lovers Cake

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so I thought it was appropriate to bring you a recipe for a heart-shaped dessert to share with your sweetheart. Don’t you just love the play on words for the name – get it, chocolate lovers, for those who love chocolate and lovers cake, for people in love. I know, clever right? 🙂

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Why chocolate? Well, maybe it was due to Richard Cadbury of Cadbury Chocolates who, back in 1861, created the first ever heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day and filled it with chocolate thus cementing the link between chocolate and Valentine’s Day or maybe it’s simply that chocolate is the #1 favorite food in the world. Whichever it is, I can’t think of a better dessert than a rich devil’s food cake (in the shape of a heart naturally) with an even richer chocolate ganache topping! Add to that a no-bake strawberry cheesecake filling and you have a winner!

Chocolate Lovers Cake heart

This cake has a few steps but none of them are very difficult. I think the hardest thing about this recipe will be finding the heart-shaped cookie cutter. The cake is sure to impress and, if the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, you’ll be feeling lots of love coming your way.

Chocolate Lovers Cake slice

Not only is this cake sensational but it leaves enough scraps to make cake pops too! But wait, these cake pops are just for adults – alright! The chocolate cake is already flavored with Grand Marnier, or your favorite liqueur, so I thought, why not flavor the chocolate coating too. Yum, what a great idea! And the pops are so good you just might want to keep them all to yourself. Oh wait, it’s Valentine’s Day so you should share – I’m just sayin’!

Have a sweet Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Lovers Cake Pops 1

Chocolate Lovers Cake

Chocolate Lovers Cake


  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-3/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder - I like to use Divine Chocolate Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/8 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 oz. strong coffee – Vanilla Crème Brulee K-cup adds a wonderful taste.
  • 1/8 cup Grand Marnier (or your favorite liqueur)
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling
  • 4-oz. cream cheese
  • 4 teaspoons confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon sour cream
  • 4 crushed strawberries + 3 chopped small
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 5.3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped - I like to use Divine Bittersweet Chocolate Bar
  • 4-oz. half & half or heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Grand Marnier (or your favorite liqueur)
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  • Cake Pops
  • Leftover devil’s food cake
  • 3 Tablespoons strawberry cheesecake filling
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening
  • 1-oz. Grand Marnier


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line one cookie sheet with sides with either a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Stir well and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla until well combined. Add to dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  4. Brew a 6-oz cup of coffee. I like to use my Keurig as it will brew a 6-oz cup with one K-cup. Add the brewed coffee and Grand Marnier to the cake batter and whisk til smooth.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes or until set. Cool on wire rack.
  6. Using a large heart cookie cutter or a template, cut the cake into 6 hearts. Lift away scraps and place in bowl for later use (cake pops). Carefully set remaining hearts on wire rack until ready to assemble.
  7. Strawberry Cheesecake Filling
  8. Cream together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla & sour cream and mix well. Stir in crushed strawberries then add finely chopped strawberries for that extra pop of flavor.
  9. Place bottom layers of heart chocolate cake on serving dish. Spread a nice layer of strawberry cheesecake filling over the top of the layers. You should be left with about 3 Tablespoons which will help make the cake pops. Place top layers on filling. They are now ready for the ganache.
  10. Chocolate Ganache
  11. Place chopped chocolate in microwave safe measuring cup. Place in microwave and heat in 30 second increments, stirring in-between, until chocolate is melted. Usually takes 1 to 1-1/2 minutes. Add half & half and Grand Marnier and stir well.
  12. Pour over cake, starting from middle, and let it drip down the sides. Let cakes sit while chocolate hardens. Store in refrigerator then remove and let sit out at room temperature about 20 minutes before serving.
  13. Makes 3 small heart shaped cakes.
  14. Cake Pops
  15. Crumble left over devil’s food cake in large bowl. Add cheesecake filling. Chill for an hour.
  16. Take out of refrigerator and form into balls. Place a popsicle stick, if desired, into each ball and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Place in freezer for about 2 hours.
  17. Prepare chocolate coating. Place chocolate and shortening in microwave safe measuring cup. Place in microwave and heat in 30-second increments, stirring in-between, until chocolate is melted. Add in Grand Marnier and stir well.
  18. Place chocolate in a tall thin container that will fit cake balls. Remove cake pops and dip immediately into warm chocolate. You can put sprinkles on them as soon as you have covered them with chocolate or leave as is. Place back on waxed paper to cool.
  19. I like to store mine in the refrigerator but they are fine in a covered container at room temperature.
  20. Makes between 6-10 cake pops depending on size of heart shaped cutter and size of cake balls.

What’s your favorite dessert to make for your special sweetheart?

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Linda is a wife, mom and grandmother with a background in marketing and exercise. She attributes her creativity and love of cooking to her mom and grandmother who were always willing to let her lend a hand in the kitchen. Linda currently resides in South Florida, where she raised two children with the help of her wonderful husband. She loves living in sunny Florida with its abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood that are available year round. She even has her own banana, mango, orange and key lime trees right in her backyard. Linda started her blog, 2 Cookin’ Mamas, with her daughter Christina after the birth of her first grandchild.When Linda is not happily cooking away in her kitchen she loves traveling, the perfect inspiration for new recipes, sipping wine, photography, reading, then working it all off walking, jogging or practicing yoga.

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