Valentine cake |

I’m am seriously the least romantic woman you probably know. I just do not have it in me, I think. It was the same when I was young. Potential boyfriends would look me in the eye over candle light and that would usually be enough to send me into a laughing fit/spill a drink over them (totally by accident of course)/stand on someone’s toes or make a inpropriate comment. It made me nervous and uneasy. All that nonsense… On the other hand I can melt away with a good romantic comedy or a nice book with a romantic ending.

Valentine's bundt cake |

Talking about books; I don’t like books with an unhappy ending anyway. It doesn’t necessarily have to be totally romantic but at least it should not end unhappy. Like with people dying and such. Hate that. Sure I know things in life don’t always end happily ever after, but I can at least expect that from a book or movie right?

But anyway, I am straying of the path…. Romance… Romance is in high demand this month, mostly commercially I think, because at least here in the Netherlands, it is picked up but the ones profiting most are the shop owners and bakers who sell all sort of sweet stuff…  I think I have only once received a card from an unknown person. Because that is kind of how it should be right ? At Valentine’s you can send a card – anonymously – to your secret love.

O and Tom is more romantic than me anyway. When we met we both worked at Lease Plan, that is how we met. On february 1st we became colleagues at the same department (he worked at another department before that) and the day before we kind of told each other we really liked one and another. On Valentines day our relation was still very very new and no one in our department knew we had a thing.    And then I got a phonecall from reception. Something was delivered for me. I went down and came back with an enormous bunch of red flowers. Obviously from Tom. The card did not say that but the text was clear enough for me… 🙂

The speculations of all my co-workers were all around… And we were pretending we had no idea… 🙂 That was a fun time. Not that we kept it up for very long. It wasn’t very long before we decided to move in together and so we had to tell everyone but that one Valentines was quite special.

But anyway, Valentines… So if you’re the romantic kind and you want to make something nice for your love than this delicious cake is a good surprise… Filled with little bits of marzipan and cacao nibs. Delicious!

Valentine's bundt cake

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This recipe make 4 small bundt's or 1 large one
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Prep time 15 hours 51 minutes
Cooking time 15 hours 51 minutes


  • 175 gr soft butter unsalted
  • 250 gr light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200 gr flour
  • 75 gr almond flour
  • 170 gr sour cream
  • 1,5 tsp baking powder
  • 100 gr roasted marzipan
  • 1,5 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp anis seed
  • 75 gr cacao nibs
  • pinch of salt
  • bit of icing sugar

For the ganache

  • 150 gr chocolate
  • 150 ml double cream

  • Preheat the oven to 175˚C
  • Mix the wet ingredients together in a large bowl: the eggs, sour cream, almond extract and mix this well with the soft butter.
  • In another bowl mix the dry ingredients: sugar, flour, baking powder, almond flour, cinnamon and anis seed. Stir it well.
  • Cut the marzipan in small cubes and roll through the icing sugar. Make sure each cube is covered in a bit of sugar. This way you prevent it all sticking together.
  • Stir the dry ingredients through the wet ingredients and stir through the marzipan cubes and the cacaonibs..
  • Grease a bundt tin well and make sure each hook has a bit of grease. Dust with flour and shake out the excess four. Put the dough in the tin and place in the preheated oven.
  • If you have a large bundt tin bake for about 50 minutes and check if it is cooked. For smaller tins check after 30 minutes.
  • Take from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes before taking it out. Place on a cake rack to cool of further.
  • Leave to cool completely before adding your ganache.
  • Make the ganache by heating the cream and stir through the chocolate pieces. If everything is mied leave the ganace to cool a bit before processing


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist