Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Chocolate Lover's Cake

     If you were to ask my family they all would tell you that I am good at talking, I love farming and gardening, and that I love horses, but they probably wouldn't say anything about cooking....but I love to cook. I don't always get the chance to make things for everyone since I live so far away from them all. So Christmas '08 I came in with some really yummy and cute looking cupcakes everybody was surprised that I made them. Well thanks to my Grandma Dorothy, I get the 'Taste of Home' magazine, which is full of all sorts of fun things to make. It is also where I got the idea for the cupcakes last year before Christmas and this year in the pre-Christmas magazine there was this yummy lookin' chocolate cake on the front and I wanted to make it for Christmas, cause I know my sister-in-law's would love it, but if you have read my previous post's then you would know it was kinda crazy at that time and it wasn't happening. So when I found out that one of my best friends was coming to visit at the beginning of the month I decided to make it and it turned out wonderfully!!!

Chocolate - Strawberry Celibration Cake

1 pkg. (18-1/4 oz.) Chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) instant chocolate pudding mix
4 eggs
1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
4 oz semisweet chocolate, melted

2 cups butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cups baking cocoa
1/2 cup milk

2 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted
1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled

4 oz. semisweet  chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Comebine all seven cake ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Transfer to two greased and floured 9-in round baking pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 28-32 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutesbefore removing from pans to wire racks to cool completly
Beat butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa until blended; add milk adn and beat till smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
Arrange straberries on top of cake.  
Place chocolate in a small bowl. Heat cream just to a boil; pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Drizzle over the top of the cake allow ganache to drape down the sides 
Chocolate Garnish
Pipe or spoon melted chocolate ontowaxed paper in decorative designs; let stand until set.
Top cake with chocolate garnish

Next time I make it I would probably use a 9"x13" and probably use 2 lbs strawberries on it. It is really easy to make and look great and is so good!!!


  1. Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering! That looks heavenly!

  2. Wow you could go into a Chocolate Coma there!! Looks beautiful Janet!

  3. I'm SO making that cake! I'll think of you and your Grandma Dorothy when I do. Thanks for the recipe! It looks beautiful AND delicious! -Tammy

  4. Mmmm, yummy! I love that fru fru stuff on top! lol

  5. I'm not a chocolate cake fan, but let me tell you my mouth is watering. I'm pretty sure I could make an exception and have a slice or the whole thing. Those strawberries look awesome. You did a great job!!!!