It’s probably safe to say that I’m a choco-holic. I love pretty much anything with chocolate in it or on it. So you may find it odd that I’m not a fan of chocolate cake. I will almost always choose vanilla. That being said, I love vanilla cake with some kind of chocolate frosting, filling or pizzazz.
The pizzazz here comes in the form of creamy and delicious Nutella. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with vanilla cake and Nutella. I used a dense shortbread cake as the base, and drizzled Nutella on top, then swirled it around in circles to give it a marbled effect. The more Nutella the better!! The shortbread base gets slightly crispy around the edges once baked, but stays perfectly spongy inside. In the name of Valentine’s Day and to put the cake squares over the top, I added slices of fresh strawberries. When the strawberries are hulled and sliced, the look like little hearts, which I love. The strawberries add a fresh taste to the bars and you can add as many as you like. You can even cover the entire top with the berries if you like.
Adding fruit to dessert makes it healthy, right?