Strawberry Chocolate Cake

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Strawberry Chocolate Cake Recipe-chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, chocolate ganache, and sweet strawberries! This is the BEST chocolate cake recipe!

Strawberry Chocolate Cake Recipe

My birthday was yesterday and we celebrated with the most epic chocolate cake. The boys insisted that I had a chocolate birthday cake. They said every birthday HAS to have chocolate cake…and balloons . I love chocolate cake so they didn’t have to convince me. I was on board 100 percent.

Josh and the boys kicked me out of the kitchen and baked me a special Strawberry Chocolate Cake to celebrate my birthday. It was made with love and LOTS of chocolate. It was the best cake ever and I am sharing the recipe today because you NEED to make it for Valentine’s Day.


Strawberry Chocolate Cake Recipe

This is the ultimate chocolate cake. The chocolate cake is perfection, super moist and super rich, just how I like it. It also has a THICK layer of my favorite chocolate buttercream frosting. I am normally not a huge frosting person, but this frosting is heavenly. I could eat it by the spoonful and I did. I snuck into the kitchen for a little taste:)

Strawberry Chocolate Cake Recipe

It doesn’t end there, the cake also gets drizzled with silky chocolate ganache. Oh yeah!

Strawberry Chocolate Cake Recipe

To balance out all of the chocolate, the cake has a layer of strawberries in the middle and strawberries on the top. They make the cake extra pretty and you can’t go wrong with strawberries and chocolate together.

This cake is STUNNING! It is almost too pretty to eat. I said almost. I dominated my piece. I loved every single bite. I was in chocolate heaven.

This Strawberry Chocolate Cake was divine. I highly recommend you make it for Valentine’s Day. Your friends, family, sweetheart, or whoever you want to share the love with will LOVE it. I promise. I am kind of hoping my boys make it for me again. I kind of liked getting kicked out of the kitchen…ha!

Strawberry Chocolate Cake Recipe

Photos by Sarah Fennel

Strawberry Chocolate Cake

This is the BEST chocolate cake recipe. Chocolate lovers will be in dessert heaven!
4.7 from 10 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Total Time
55 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips melted and cooled to room temperature

For the Ganache:

  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Garnish:

  • 24 ounces  strawberries
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Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  4. While the cake is cooling, make the frosting. In the bowl of stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until the frosting is smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in the vanilla. Drizzle in the cooled melted chocolate and beat on medium speed until the frosting is smooth and creamy. Set aside while you make the ganache.
  5. To make the chocolate ganache, add the chocolate to a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat just until it bubbles around the edges or you can heat it in the microwave. Pour cream over the chocolate chips. Let the mixture stand for 30 seconds, then stir until the chocolate melts and a smooth ganache comes together, about 1-2 minutes. Let the ganache cool for about 5 minutes. Stir again.
  6. To assemble the cake, place one cake on a cake stand or serving platter. Spread frosting over the bottom layer of the cake. You want a thick layer of frosting. Next, slice 1 cup of strawberries lengthwise and place them on top of the frosting. Carefully place the second cake on top of the strawberries and gently press down to help set the cake.
  7. Pour the chocolate ganache over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides of the cake. Wait for the ganache to set, about 15 minutes. Remove the stems from 10 pretty strawberries and place them stem side down on the top of the cake. Gently pressing them into the ganache so they will stand up. Cut into slices and serve!

Maria

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This cake looks so yummy! And your pictures are beautiful! I’m pretty sure my daughter will request this cake for her birthday as soon as she sees the pictures.

    1. Yes, you can bake the cake in a 9×13 pan. You might have to adjust the baking time a little. Also, you won’t have the layer of strawberries in the middle. You can still frost with the frosting. You can try putting the ganache on top of the frosting, but it won’t have anywhere to drip down in the pan. It just depends on the look you are going for:)

    2. I made it using the round pans and it was a huge hit. I have more people to feed so I’m converting it to a 9×13 pan this time around. I’m planning to use a slicer to get the strawberry filling in the middle. Fabulous recipe!

    1. Yes, Josh is great in the kitchen. The boys helped measure a few things and licked the spatulas…ha!

  2. This is SUCH a stunning cake. Wow. My family usually forgets my birthday so to ever imagine having someone make me a cake like this is a dream! I am so happy for you and hope your birthday was relaxing and wonderful!

  3. This is the same recipe that I have uses for 20 years, it’s my go to chocolate cake, it is the best and so easy. I love how I can be cooking it in country Australia and you in America.

  4. Made this tonight for my mom and grandmother’s birthday and it was a HUGE hit!! Both are avid chocolate fans and this was just the right amount of richness and decadence. The cake was some of the best I’ve ever had! Thank you for this great recipe! 


  5. This recipw wasn’t heavenly! The chocolate cake is so rich and delicious. I used a Nutella butter cream frosting for the center; my tastebuds were smitten! It was a big big hit. Thanks so much for sharing. 

  6. Hey,
    the Cake looks awesome!
    I’d really like to try it, but I’m from Germany and have to admit, that I’m desperatly trying to figure out, how many gram 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips are…
    Maybe someone could help me? It looks so tasy and rich *.*


  7. I made too many chocolate cakes in my life. This recipe is probably one of the best I came across so far.
    Moist, sweet, rich and overall delicious.
    Thank you for sharing. 

  8. Hi love the recipe! Want to make it for my son’s birthday could I ask how do we store it in the fridge if I make a day ahead. 

    1. If you have a cake container, store it in there. If not, loosely drape plastic wrap around the cake. I would wait to put the strawberries on top until the day of. Happy birthday to your son!

  9. This looks so Yummy!! My daughter saw the pics and wanted one for her 7th birthday. Just wondering what if I dont use ganache and only frosting?

  10. This cake is beautiful! I’ve been looking for something similar that combines the strawberries with chocolate. Can you tell me how to store a cake like that? Can it sit on my table in a covered cake stand for a day or 2? Also, do the strawberry juices get all over the chocolate and make the cake messy?


  11. very good but i added some powdered sugar to the ganache because it was way too bitter for my liking. also, i dont understand the adding a cup of boiling water to the mix but i did it & it turned out great! 🙂

  12. Does anyone have a suggestion of how to make this gluten free? I have an gluten free all-purpose flour, xanthan gum, and flaxseed. I’m open to other suggestions if you can provide the ratio! Thank you in advance!!


  13. I also bake cakes but the way you cook such mouthwatering cakes is amazing. I loved it. Thanks a lot for sharing your commendable work with us. You deserve 5 on 5 stars.


  14. The cake is dark, rich, and moist. The frosting is very sugary and smooth. I would recommend putting parchment paper in the pans before pouring in the batter. 

  15. I cook/bake alot but NEVER leave comments on recipes. This chocolate cake however has me feeling all types of GOOD. I had exactly one hour to make this before attending an event and let me tell you it took EXACTLY an hour and half (cooling time) to get a finished product that looks EXACTLY like the above picture.

    This cake was incredibly moist and unbelievably delicious. The strawberries balance out the chocolate frosting and ganache very well.
    This will be my go-to entertaining dessert, thank you for this.


  16. Followed the recipe perfectly. Never made a cake before iny life and this turned out just like the picture. Tastes amazing. Thanks for making it so simple.

  17. Small world. I’m from Kenya and have lots of these cakes in the cake shops. He wanted to buy for the father and was checking online where he can buy for the dad. And came across your cake. Looks delicious. I’ll give him a surprise on his birthday, and make it for him. My valentine boy… yeah his birthday on 14th Feb. 
    Thanks for sharing. Sounds easy to make.


  18. I made the cake and it came out okay. The cake and ganache were delicious but I ran into a problem with my frosting. My frosting became very hard and when placed in the fridge even harder. What can I do to prevent it from hardening and make it more fluffy? Thanks 

  19. Hello, 
    I have a quick question: can this cake recipe be made into cupcakes?
    I have made this as a cake, and it was the star of the show at my party! Thank you so much it was so delicious!!


  20. Delicious cake. I substituted strawberries instead of chocolate for the buttercream icing. Sauteed and pureed them before adding to the butter and confection sugar. Turned out amazing!


  21. Absolutely delicious! Time consuming to make but well worth it. Absolutely one of my family’s favorite cakes for birthdays. A few changes I made but not necessary. First, I use Buttermilk in place of regular milk. Gives the cake a nice flavor and adds to moister. I add 1/2 more to recipe to make a 3 layer cake for leftovers. One layer is just strawberries and one layer is frosting &some chopped strawberries. I also add espresso coffee for a really nice flavor in the background. and I also use 60% dark chocolate chips for the buttercream frosting and for the ganache. We love dark chocolate and it isn’t that “icky” sweet either. Perfect combination. Just enough to add that extra without over powering it. This is by far a 5 star recipe! Yum Yum 

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