A Heart Shape Cake

Gluten-free, Nut-free
Keyword chocolate cake, gluten free chocolate cake, heart shape cake chocolate, valentine cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 582 kcal
Author Vicki Montague - The Free From Fairy


  • For the cake:
  • 140 g Free From Fairy plain gluten free flour blend
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 150 g margarine softened
  • 150 g granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs medium size - free range or organic
  • 30 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp flax seeds (finely ground)
  • For the sugar syrup:
  • 50 g granulated sugar
  • 35 ml water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the chocolate cream:
  • 200 ml double cream whipped until leaving trails
  • 100 g dark chocolate 70%, or milk if you like it sweeter, broken into small pieces
  • For the chocolate ganache:
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 60 g dark chocolate 70%, or milk if you like it sweeter, broken into small pieces
Metric - US Customary units


  1. Grease a heart-shaped tin (you could make this in round sandwich tins too!) that is approx. 20cm from top to bottom.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees (160 degrees for a fan oven).
  3. Cream the margarine or butter with the sugar, using an electric whisk for about 1 minute until pale in colour.
  4. Add the flax and mix again for a further 30 seconds or so.
  5. Add the eggs and whisk again for about 1 minute. Don't worry if it looks like the mixture is separating, it doesn't matter!
  6. Add the remaining dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
  7. Dollop the mixture into the tin and distribute evenly leaving the top flat.
  8. Place in the pre-heated oven for approx. 40 minutes (if you are using two sandwich tins, divide the mixture between the two and bake for approx. 20 minutes) until a skewer comes out clean and the top springs back when you touch it.
  9. While the cake is cooking make the chocolate cream and ganache for decorating.
  10. To make the chocolate cream:
  11. Whisk the cream with an electric whisk until thick trails are left (don't over whisk or it will be too hard).
  12. Melt the chocolate in the microwave. This will take between 1 minute and 11/2 minutes...stir frequently to prevent burning.
  13. Mix the melted chocolate into the whipped cream and put to one side.
  14. To make the ganache:
  15. Heat the unwhipped cream in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  16. Place the chocolate into the hot cream and stir.
  17. Set aside until ready to use. If it hardens then heat for a few seconds in the microwave until soft enough to spread.
  18. To make the sugar syrup:
  19. Combine the sugar, water and vanilla extract in a small saucepan and heat over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Turn up the heat and boil for 1 minute.
  20. To compile the cake:
  21. Remove the cake from the oven once cooked and spike it all over with a fork or skewer.
  22. Slowly pour the warm syrup over the cake allowing the liquid to absorb each time before adding more.
  23. Once cool, split the cake in the middle to create 2 heart-shaped cakes.
  24. Spread the chocolate cream on one cake then place the other cake on the top.
  25. Finish with the chocolate ganache on the top.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition data is as a guide only

Nutrition Facts
A Heart Shape Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 582 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 220mg10%
Potassium 391mg11%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1310IU26%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.