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Monday, July 06, 2009

Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Today was my little brother's 20th birthday and I have been hankering to make a cake, so I asked him if I could make his cake for him. He obliged and requested a chocolate strawberry one which I was more than happy to do for him.
I ended up making a double layer chocolate cake with strawberry filling and cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries sliced on top. It turned out absolutely wonderful.
The cake was very chocolatey (without being super sugary sweet) and had a great texture. This recipe is now my go-to chocolate cake recipe. I got all of the below recipes from http://www.smittenkitchen.com/. She didn't put it together the same way I did... but all the recipes are hers, which is awesome.

Chocolate Butter Cake
This made 9 inch round layers with a little left over

3 cups cake flour
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups fresh brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature (I actually used Postum, but I imagine Perro would work great, too)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray with non-stick spray with flour added on 2 9-inch round cake pans.

In Kitchen Aid bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix on low speed until fully incorporated.

Add butter and buttermilk and mix until moistened. Put speed up to medium and beat for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl often to make sure there isn't any flour hiding unmixed.

Whisk together the eggs and coffee in a small bowl. Add to the batter in 3 seperate additions, scraping the sides of the bowl in between and mixing just until combined. Fill the 2 prepared pans halfway.

Bake for 38-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Carefully turn them onto wire racks and let cool completely.

Strawberry Filling

1 cup pureed strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon corn starch

In a small saucepan mix together all the ingredients on medium-high heat. Stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil. Let it boil for a few minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool before spreading it between the cake layers.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream together the cream cheese and butter until fluffy and smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.

If you make this, let me know how it turned out for you. I will be definitely making it again and soon if I can help it!


At 11:37 AM , Blogger nick and deb sorensen said...

I won't ever have the brain capacity to make that, but BOY! come over any time and make it for me!

At 4:45 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

Um, it was NOT hard. A lot of steps but not hard. You could so do it. :) And if you come over to hang out, I might just have to make it for you. That would be worth the drive, right? ;)


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