Monday, February 20, 2012

Chocolate Stawberry Celebration Cake

Strawberries and chocolate are my favorite treat, so this year for my birthday I made this cake. It was super rich, but very moist and good. It would have been prettier if I had taken time to make cute chocolate shapes to put on top with the strawberries, but figured I would enjoy it fine without them :) If I had somewhere fancy to take this cake, I would add them.

Recipe from: Taste of Home
  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted


  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk


  • GARNISHES:
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted (I skipped this and drizzled ganache over the berries, but it would have looked cool)
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled


  • GANACHE:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • Combine the first seven ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Transfer to three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, confectioner's sugar and cocoa until light and fluffy. Beat in milk until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
  • Pipe or spoon melted chocolate onto waxed paper in decorative designs; let stand until set. Arrange strawberries on top of cake.
  • For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. Heat cream just to a boil; pour over chocolate and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over top of cake, allowing ganache to drape down the sides. Top with chocolate garnishes.

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