Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake

A few days ago I shared my Valentine's Day wine picks, and today I'm sharing my easy Valentine's Day dessert idea: Strawberry Chocolate Cake! I don't know about you, but I'm always trying to think of new strawberry dessert recipe ideas. In fact, if you scroll to the bottom of this post you can find a few more of my favorite strawberry recipes for inspiration!

When I was thinking of this strawberry chocolate cake recipe, I knew that I wanted it to be rich, chocolatey (that's a word, right?) and fruity. Valentine's Day chocolate dessert ideas are endless, and I wanted something just a little out of the box but still a classic dessert. Also FYI - even though I originally created this recipe for Valentine's Day, you had better believe I make it all year round! It's also a great birthday cake recipe, bridal shower cake idea, and summer cake recipe!

I always feel like fancy Valentine's Day desserts make the holiday feel even more special, but let's be honest. Most of us don't have the time to make super crazy time-intensive desserts. That's why I love this cake - because like the majority of the recipes you'll find on my site, this cake looks beautiful and is a quick and easy cake recipe too! That's a perfect Valentine's Day dessert in my opinion!

Chocolate Cake Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (I used dark chocolate cocoa powder because I wanted them really intense)
  • 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (two sticks)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Strawberry Buttercream Ingredients:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons strawberry extract
  • salt, to taste 
  • optional garnish: fresh strawberry slices
Dark Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
Cake Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line the bottom of three 6" round cake pans. Set aside.

In a small pan, heat the butter and coffee until the mixture is steaming and the butter is melted. Take off the burner and let cool.

Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through baking soda.

Mix together the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add the butter mixture once cooled. If the butter mixture is still too hot when you mix these together, the egg will cook.

Add the dry ingredients into the now combined wet ingredients in two batches. Fold together until just combined. Pour batter into prepared cake pans and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes - until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow the cake to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn them upside down on a cooling rack to cool completely. This will help create a flat top for each layer.

Strawberry Buttercream and Dark Chocolate Ganache Directions: 

Whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, and then add the strawberry extract and salt as needed.

For the ganache, melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream together in a small bowl. Spread the strawberry buttercream between each cake layer, and pipe a barrier around the perimeter of each layer. This will help hold the ganache until it's cooled and solidified. Spoon the ganache into each buttercream well. Once the cake layers are assembled, frost the outside of the cake with the buttercream, and drip the chocolate ganache over top. Decorate with roses and fresh fruit!

I hope you enjoy, and that whatever kind of Valentine's Day you're planning it will be full of love, joy and fun! If you're looking for more desserts that's just as fancy and fabulous, how about my Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes or Simple and Delicious Vanilla Cupcakes!

Kirsten Bell

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