Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake

Happy Friday everyone! I hope the week has treated you well, and that you have fun plans for the weekend! A few days ago I shared my Valentine's Day wine picks, and today I'm covering the other special treat - dessert! This chocolate covered strawberry cake is a very easy Valentine's Day dessert, and perfect for whatever celebration you have in mind.

I always feel like there's always a need for a fancy Valentine's Day dessert. It's fun to make the holiday more special, but I'm always a fan of easy desserts too! This cake may look beautiful, but it comes together in no time at all! That's a perfect Valentine's Day dessert in my opinion!

This chocolate cake is covered with delicious and fruity strawberry buttercream! The dark chocolate ganache is drizzled over the top, but also within the layers of the cake itself. When I want a special treat, I mean special! This cake is so rich, delicious, and everyone will love it - adults and kids alike!

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 water 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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