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Amazing Chocolate Strawberry Cake

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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Decorating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Author: Wendy


Cake Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups special dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 ½ cup warm water
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Strawberry Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup finely diced strawberries
  • 5 - 7 tablespoon tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • Strawberry for topping

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray three 9 in cake pans with pam baking spray
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the espresso and the warm water until combined
  • Using your standing mixer, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined
  • Gradually add in the eggs, sour cream, buttermilk, espresso, oil and vanilla extract until combined and
  • Divide the batter between the 3 pans
  • Place in the oven to bake for 25-35 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean
  • Allow cakes to cool for 20 minutes

Strawberry Frosting Directions

  • Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, diced strawberries and heavy whipping cream until combined and creamy and stiff with peaks
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting into the piping bag
  • Directions to build the cake
  • Place 1 layer of cake onto the cake board
  • Using the ice cream scooper, scoop out 4-6 scoops of frosting and smooth evenly on one layer of cake
  • Place another layer of cake on top and spread more frosting
  • Place the last layer on top and frost the remaining cake with remaining frosting
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • Using a small pot, heat up the heavy whipping cream until steaming
  • While heavy whipping cream is heating up, place chocolate chips into a
    heat-proof bowl
  • Once the heavy whipping cream is heated, pour over the chocolate chips
  • Allow to sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth
  • Pour ganache into the squeeze bottle
  • Pipe dollops of ganache over the edge of the cake
  • Pipe dollops of frosting onto the top of the cake
  • Place strawberries into the dollops of frosting
  • Cut and serve and enjoy