Monday, February 15, 2010

Chocolate-Strawberry Cake

It has fresh fruit.  Therefore, it is not bad for you.  
Okay.  Maybe not.  Still.  It’s really fun for a special celebration.  We enjoyed  it as a Valentine’s treat.  It  takes a little more time to make, but it’s not hard and the results are so pretty! 
The recipe starts with a boxed cake mix, but you definitely could make your own from scratch cake for the layers instead.  This chocolate frosting is so good.  Not too sweet and it tastes like French silk pie!! :)

1 chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/4  cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup water 
Dump it all in a bowl and mix on low for 30 seconds.  Scrape bowl and beat for 2 additional minutes.  Pour into 2 greased and floured 9” cake pans.  Bake at 350 degrees 28-32 minutes or until cakes test done with a toothpick.  Cool in pans 10 minutes.  Remove from pans  and cool completely on wire racks.  
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
5 to 5-1/3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup half and half, cream or milk
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Sift the sugar and cocoa together to remove any lumps.  Cream butter.  Blend in vanilla.  Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with the cream.  Beat well; until desired texture is achieved. 
1 pound fresh strawberries
Wash, hull and core.  Place with points up onto paper towels and allow to air dry. 
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate or 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Melt until smooth.
Frost the cooled cake layers with chocolate buttercream. 
Put the  melted chocolate into a zipper bag and snip off a tiny part of one corner.  Pipe squigglies onto wax paper and refrigerate until cool and solid.1February1 027

Use the remaining chocolate to drizzle onto the frosted cake.
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Arrange the strawberries on top and gently push the cooled chocolate scrolls into the frosting. 
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The end.  
More recipes at Tasty Tuesday and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday :)


Samantha said...

Wow !! This looks absolutely perfect !
Who doesnt love chocolate and strawberries, I cant wait to try this.

Rachel said...

This cake is gorgeous and looks absolutely delicious!!

Candi said...

That is absolutely beautiful! It reminds of a cake Publix offers in their bakery. I'm going to try to remember this when it's berry picking season for us! Yummy!

Nanna said...

chocolate & strawberries always go great together, soooo good that it's hard to stop eating LOL love the twist on the choc. scrollies


Country Gal said...

Oh my! That looks heavenly! Chocolate and strawberries are the perfect combination!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That looks scrumptious! :) I bought the mocha powder AT Starbucks, by the way. :) They don't always have it, but you can ask. It comes in little canisters!

Jerri said...

Hi Shelley. It's nice to meet you! What a beautiful looking cake!

Mindie Hilton said...



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