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A recipe for the single this Valentine's Day

A recipe for the single this Valentine’s Day

| On 13, Feb 2014

Florists rejoice, on this day cupid showers you with gifts of gold, for men the world over will be forced to show their love with outrageous gestures and gargantuan bouquets. But what will the “lonely” do?

Single ladies – do the complete opposite of rejoicing. Wallow in your loneliness and blindfold yourselves from this disgustingly smug day of perpetual love while crying yourself to sleep (that’s what the world wants you to do anyway)…

When I researched Valentine’s day for singles, Google’s suggestions flooded me with more and more depressing notions: speed date, go to a singles party, find a masquerade ball and let the night take you where it will.

For the love of cupid, why must the unattached be forced into a false and short lived sense of affection?

Why would we succumb to the tortures of single life? Why must we conform to enduring love on this money-making artificial day of reckoning? It seems a backward suggestion.

Single people I want you to rejoice on Valentine’s Day (it’s a hard ask, but here’s what I think). Think of it as your day.

Don’t torture yourselves and jealously gaze upon the perfect lives of others, don’t check Facebook, cut the world out and instead stay in breathe a little, watch a movie far from the rom-com kind with your favourite beverage and do whatever makes you happy; just love yourself.

My day won’t be filled with flowers and ridiculously corny love letters, instead I’m going to shower myself in all the simple pleasures – a long bath, a delicious breakfast and an even better cake to top it off.

So if you are anything like me you’ll want to eat your way through the day and your tears will be absorbed by the happiness a homemade cake brings.

So I give you my kind of chicken soup for the soul – a Valentine’s Day lonely hearts recipe to soothe the heart into a calorie, fat induced chocolate coma. Anything to fill that empty space where “the one” should be.

Lonely Hearts Chocolate and Fig Cake

Image: Alicia Moo

Image: Alicia Moo


1 cup flour
1 ½ cups caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsb cocoa powder
1 cup ground almonds (you can use almond meal but I find you get a better texture if you buy whole almonds and grind them in a food processor until fine)
240g dark chocolate (I use Cadbury old gold)
170g butter
6 eggs
6 figs (extra to serve)


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease and line a 20cm round cake tin

2. Place chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl and melt over a pot of water on low heat. Set aside to cool

3. Beat eggs and sugar in a bowl until combined

4. Add chocolate mixture to egg mixture

5. In a separate bowl mix together flour, cocoa powder and baking powder

6. Add to chocolate mixture and stir till fully incorporated

7. Cut fresh figs into rough quarters and stir into cake mixture

8. Pour into prepared tin and cook for 50-60 minutes (check the cake around 40 minutes – this should be a very moist cake, so do not overcook)

9. Leave for a few minutes before taking out of tin to cool on a cooling rack

10. Dust icing sugar on top and serve with fresh figs and if you really want to soothe the pangs of non-existent love add some melted chocolate, cream or ice-cream (or all three)

Oh and you can eat the whole thing because no one is going to stop you!