Back in my time, St. Valentine was just a saint on the long list of Catholic martyrs, and February 14th, just a regular late-summer day in Argentina.
Nowadays, when red hearts and balloons, chocolates, pink flowers and sweet treats saturate the air with romanticism (sometimes too much, for my taste), Valentine’s Day rules the world every year, as soon as February shows up on the calendar.
Cheesy things or not, romanticism or just another excuse to sell more chocolates and flowers, Valentine’s Day is about love, and to me, is worth to be celebrated. My way, of course — not exactly with a romantic dinner, although I love my husband so much after 50 years of marriage.
So, I decided to make this easy-to-make, no-bake indulgent cake, in an explosive combination of chocolate, coffee and vanilla, to celebrate love.
Here you go:
- 150 grams of chocolate and vanilla cookies
- 30 grams of walnuts
- Softened butter, divided in three parts: two of 40 grams, one of 140 grams.
- 50 grams of powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 100 grams of whipping cream
- 1 egg
- 200 grams of chocolate
- 50cc of coffee, strong and sweetened to taste
1st Step: Base layer (crust)
- Grind cookies, walnuts and 40 grams of butter in a food processor
- Cover the base of a rounded baking pan (20 cmts. diameter)
- Refrigerate for a few minutes
2nd Step: Middle layer
- Beat the 140 grams of butter, impalpable sugar and vanilla essence to achieve a smooth cream.
- Add the beaten egg and coffee
- Mix well and spread over the base layer.
- Take to the refrigerator for a few minutes
3rd Step: Top layer
- Melt chocolate and remaining butter
- Let it cool and add the cream.
- Mix all together and spread over the middle layer.
- Take to the freezer and serve frozen
And now you are ready to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” to your hubby, your kids, your friend, or that beloved favorite-person-in-the-world that make your days brighter and happier. Cheers!