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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake

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!



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Cardamom Cake with Rosewater Frosting

Cardamom Cake with Rosewater Frosting


Another day, another cake! I'm sure you've caught on by now how much I love cardamom. I've been using it lately in Vanilla Cardamom Doughnuts and even cocktails! Today, it makes its way into a cake! With dried rose petals actually baked into the cake itself, this is a beautifully feminine/romantic dessert.

This cake would be perfect for a bridal shower, Mother's Day brunch or as I told a friend just after making it, it would make a delicious and unique wedding cake as well! Both the cardamom and rose flavors are very subtle, and they pair together so well! If you've ever tasted baklava, this cake reminds me of those bright flavors. You can have fun asking your guests to guess the flavor too - I bet most of them would be stumped!


I've always loved the look of fresh flowers decorating cakes, and for this cake I thought, why not actually bake some rose petals into the cake as well? I bought these edible rose petals for the job (which I also used in these Orange Scented Shortbread Cookies with Rosewater Glaze). I'd say unless your florist can assure you that their roses are organically grown, I'd resist just using fresh rose petals. They're often sprayed with pesticides that the FDA would not recommend you eat!





Cardamom Cake Ingredients: 

2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup full-fat sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup dried rose petals

Rosewater Buttercream Ingredients:

2 cups butter, softened (4 sticks)
6-8 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons rosewater extract
1 tablespoon heavy cream, if needed


Cake Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line the bottoms of three 6" cake pans with parchment paper.

Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through cardamom.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Mix in the sugar until combined. Add in the eggs, vanilla, sour cream and buttermilk and mix on low until all ingredients are incorporated. Then add the flour mixture, mixing on low until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Stir in the rose petals.

Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow to cool about 10 minutes in the cake pans, and then invert the cakes onto a cooling rack with the "top" of the cake down. This will help flatten the cakes. Once the cakes come to room temperature, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes before frosting.

Rosewater Buttercream Directions: 

Whip the butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed until incorporated. Add vanilla and rose water extracts. Increase the speed to high, and mix about 2-3 minutes. If the frosting is too thick, add a little heavy cream.




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Cookies and Cream Cake

Cookies and Cream Cake


If you're a fan of cookies and cream ice cream, you have got to try this cookies and cream cake! Rich, dense and full of cookie goodness, this cake is what dreams are cookie lovers' dreams are made of! The cake is made with cream cheese, giving that characteristic vanilla cream taste, cookies baked into the cake and pureed into the frosting, and covered with chocolate ganache. Every bite will send your taste buds into a tizzy!


I love fun and unique cake flavors. You can obviously tell that by looking through all of my cake recipes here! It's just so much fun to serve guests a cake they can't find in the average bakery. What's especially great about this cake recipe is that it's really easy! An easy recipe that will impress guests? That's what I'm all about!





Cake Ingredients: 

2 cups all-purpose flour (I like Bob's Red Mill)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened (I used Tillamook)
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 oz cream cheese (I used Philadelphia)
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups oreos, roughly chopped

Frosting Ingredients: 

2 cups butter, softened
5-6 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup finely crushed oreos (I crushed mine in the food processor)

Ganache Ingredients: 

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and grease and line three 6" cake pans. Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar, and beat until well combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed. Add the cream cheese and buttermilk, mixing until all ingredients have come together. The batter may look piecey at this stage, which is ok!

Add the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed until just combined. Stir in the oreos by hand with a spatula, making sure they're evenly distributed within the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pans, and bake about 38-42 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.

For the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, and then add the vanilla extract. Add the finely crushed oreos, starting the mixer on low and increasing the speed to high for about 3 minutes. If the frosting is too wet, add another cup of powdered sugar. If it's too dry, add a tablespoon of heavy cream.

For the ganache: Heat the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl for about a minute, or until the chocolate chips are completely melted. Allow to cool slightly, and then drizzle down the sides of the cake, finishing by covering the top of the cake as well. Let set in the fridge until hardened before adding any frosting decorations on top.




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Nutella Chocolate Cake

Nutella Chocolate Cake


You may notice by taking a quick peek through my cake recipes that I have a serious love of chocolate cakes. As a kid, chocolate cake was my requested birthday cake every single year and still has a very special place in my heart (and taste buds!).

Nutella lovers - this is the chocolate cake of your dreams. Rich, moist chocolate cake. Velvety smooth and fluffy Nutella buttercream frosting between every layer. Topped with Ferrero Rocher because why not!



What I love about this cake is that it's easy and foolproof. It's also quick, easy, and delicious! And the Nutella buttercream? Melt-in-your-mouth amazing.




Cake Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup brewed coffee
1 cup butter, softened (two sticks)
2 eggs, whisked
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutella Buttercream Ingredients: 

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup Nutella
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups powdered sugar
salt to taste
Optional garnish: Ferrero Rocher

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients: 

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 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. Let cool. Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through baking soda. 

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add the butter mixture once cooled. 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 baked at 350 for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.  

Nutella Buttercream and Dark Chocolate Ganache Directions: 

Whip the butter and Nutella until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, and then add the vanilla extract and salt as needed. Spread the Nutella buttercream between each cake layer and the outside of the cake. Put the cake in the fridge while you prepare the ganache.

For the ganache: Melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream together in a small bowl. Drip the ganache over the top of the cake, and garnish with Ferrero Rocher!





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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake


Peanut butter and chocolate are one of my very favorite flavor combinations. As a kid peanut butter cups were my very favorite candy, and that's what inspired this cake! Dense, rich chocolate paired with light and creamy peanut butter buttercream. If you know a chocolate peanut butter lover, you've got to make this cake for them!


The peanut butter buttercream is where I spent the most time in the recipe for this cake. I wanted the peanut butter flavor to be present and strong enough, but I didn't want it to be overpowering. I've had peanut butter frosting before that had so much peanut butter and so much powdered sugar, that it was almost tacky in my mouth. While I have to admit I have eaten spoonfuls of peanut butter before (guilty!), that's not the feeling I wanted in a cake.

I'm so happy with how it turned out. It's creamy and melt-in-your-mouth good, with all the peanut butter flavor we all love!

Side note: be sure to use creamy peanut butter, even if you normally prefer crunchy. The peanuts in the crunchy peanut butter will not only be difficult to frost, they'll actually pull at the cake itself and make it a crumbly mess.

This is a really quick and easy cake to make! I like to break up the different steps, which makes it even easier. The day before serving, I bake the cakes. Then I store them in the freezer overnight, wrapped well in plastic wrap AND a freezer plastic bag. I don't want the cakes drying out! Then the next day, all I have to do is frost it, and do the ganache drip. You can also prepare the frosting the day before (or up to 4 days in advance), if you'd like.




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

Peanut Butter Buttercream Ingredients:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • salt, to taste 
  • optional garnish: mini peanut butter cups
Dark Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
Cake Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 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 flatter top for each layer.

After the cakes have come to room temperature, wrap well in plastic wrap and set flat in the freezer for at least an hour. This will make frosting easier, and will help the ganache set more quickly. 

Peanut Butter Buttercream and Dark Chocolate Ganache Directions: 

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

For the ganache, melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream together in a small bowl. Spread the peanut butter buttercream between each cake layer and the outside of the cake. Drip the chocolate ganache over top. I like to fill this squeeze bottle with the ganache. I find it more easy to control the drip that way, versus a spoon! Decorate with peanut butter cups!



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Pumpkin Caramel Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Caramel Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


Fall officially begins in just a few short days - can you believe it? We've had a week of rainy, colder days and that crisp Autumn chill has started to settle in around us. Fall is my very favorite season. I love the changing leaves, sweaters, and of course, everything pumpkin spice!

This is my first fall dessert of the season, and I'm SO excited to share it with you! Pumpkin cake with caramel filling, and cream cheese frosting. It's definitely hard to pick a favorite of my cake recipes, but this pumpkin cake is going to be pretty dang hard to beat! The rich, spicy pumpkin cake pairs so well with the creamy caramel, and is topped with delicious cream cheese frosting.

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As a fan of all things pumpkin spice, I thoroughly approve this cake recipe! I also love how quick and easy it is to make. Since the cake calls for melted butter, there's not even any need to wait for butter to soften. You'll also notice that for the caramel filling, I used store bought caramel sauce (this one is my favorite). If you have a favorite caramel recipe, feel free to use it instead.

Also, can we talk about how cute those fall sprinkles are? They're called Fall Harvest by Sweets and Treats, and it's safe to say I'm obsessed!






Cake Ingredients: 

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted and cooled
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 cups powdered sugar

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and grease and line three 6" cake pans. Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through brown sugar. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine all the wet ingredients, butter through buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing on low speed until just combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Distribute the batter between the three prepared cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.

For The Frosting: beat the cream cheese and butter in your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Once all 3 cups are added, beat on high speed for about 5 minutes. If the frosting is too wet, add more powdered sugar. If it's too dry, add a bit of heavy cream.

Assembly: Start with cold cakes. I wrap mine well in plastic wrap once cooled, and refrigerate for at least a few hours. Frost the bottom layer with a thin layer of cream cheese frosting. Pipe a small perimeter of frosting on top, and fill the well with caramel sauce. Repeat for the second layer. Use the remainder of the frosting to cover the outside of the cake. Decorate with candy pumpkins and sprinkles!

By the way, be sure to check out my Instagram (@thiscelebratedlife) for videos on how I decorate my cakes!





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