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!
4.85 from 19 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 Lichty

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. 5 stars
    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.

  2. 5 stars
    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. 

  3. 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.

    1. 5 stars
      Loved this cake! The batter is super thin, so don’t be alarmed. The middle layer of icing was a little too sugary for me but easy to resolve next time. The ganache is perfect. The entire recipe of ganache wasn’t needed, but I used it anyway and let it puddle on the cake plate, cause why not? I should have put in the fridge for the 15 minutes to let ganache set before applying strawberries, because mine slid a bit. But it was just for family and they didn’t seem to mind. It looks like it could win a show, beautiful and extremely tasty! Love how moist the chocolate cake is. Thank you!!

  4. 5 stars
    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 3 stars
    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 

  7. 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!!

  8. 5 stars
    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!

  9. 5 stars
    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 

  10. 5 stars
    I loved this cake, great recipe, only complaint is that its very chocolaty. if that is any kind of complaint. i didn’t do the ganache and i’ll use strawberry jelly or sugar syrup strawberries next time, but other then that it’s a great cake.

  11. I made it this cake for my fiance’s birthday today. Sadly, the store didn’t have good looking fresh strawberries so I left those out. The cake was a hit nonetheless!! The cake is nice and moist and the buttercream is amazing. I have half of the buttercream and it was still a good amount 🙂

    The only thing I added to the batter was a 0.5 teaspoon espresso powder to the boiling water. 🙂

    Wonderful recipe. It will be my go-to chocolate cake recipe from now on 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    This cake is simple and delicious! My daughter left the ganache out and simply decorated top with a sprinkle of powder sugar.

  13. 5 stars!!!

    I have only ever baked chocolate chip cookies and brownies before and this was the first cake I’ve ever tried and it turned out AH-MA-ZING!

    It sounds difficult because of all the ingredients but is actually quite a simple recipe that is very easy to follow (even if you are a beginner like me)

    Thanks so much for sharing, I baked and brought it to a BBQ and It was a hit!!I was so impressed by myself and have saved this recipe in my “forever” folder.

  14. 5 stars
    I made this for my daughter’s birthday party. Very easy to make and it was delicious. Everyone raved about it. We drizzled chocolate over the strawberries on top and it turned out really pretty.

  15. What size pans did you use for this cake, you say pans so assuming that you divide the ingredients for top and bottom layer?

    Cheers
    Ste

  16. Planning to try this tomorrow – this looks delicious !!! Can I use sour cream instead of milk ? If so, how much ? I have this can of sour cream in the refrigerator and need to use it up !

  17. 5 stars
    Made this for a family dinner celebrating my mother in law’s 93rd Birthday. It was a huge huge hit. So beautiful and delicious! And for me not too hard. It’ll be added to my treasured recipes.

  18. Made cake and everything was going great until I made the ganache. It was my first time to ever make one so I triple checked the recipe. It never set and was pretty much like chocolate milk. I thought maybe it would begin to harden/thicken once on the cake but that was a big mistake. What went wrong? Could it be the quality of my chocolate chips or heavy whipping cream? Disappointed that it is now swimming in liquid chocolate 🙁

    1. ;-( Same result. This was NOT chocolate ganache and more like runny chocolate syrup pooling around base of the cake. Will make a perfect ‘Nailed It’ swimming pool disaster.
      I should I have double-checked other ganache recipes online before pouring. I didn’t think it looked right. More fool me.

  19. This looks amazing and planning to make it for a bday party. How many people do you think it will serve? We have 20 coming and I’m wondering should I double up the recipe or make two cakes?! Thank you!

  20. 5 stars
    I’ve always wanted a really yummy chocolate strawberry cake, this is definitely a yummy chocolate strawberry cake!!! You should definitely try it! ❤️

  21. This cake looks amazing! I only have two 4 in mini cake pans. How can I adapt the ingredient amounts to make just enough for that size? Would cutting ingredients in half work?

  22. 5 stars
    I baked this cake for my daughter’s birthday yesterday. We were scrolling through pictures of chocolate cakes and she saw this one and immediately knew it was the one she wanted! I made a couple of adjustments, and it turned out really well!

    First of all, the cake recipe itself is outstanding. It’s a moist, delicate, rich, chocolatey sponge. Secondly, the chocolate buttercream is very smooth and rich. I had no issues at all with graininess, you just have to follow the recipe and add the powdered sugar in gradually. I did double the buttercream recipe because I wanted to frost the whole cake with it. I had some left over; I think next time I will do 1.5x instead of doubling it. I read the reviews on how runny the ganache was, so instead of making a 1:1 ganache with equal parts chocolate chips and cream, I used 8 oz chocolate chips (by weight, probably a little over a cup) with the 3/4 C cream the recipe calls for. It was still a little runny, but I kept stirring it and let it cool at room temperature for about a half hour and it thickened up enough to make perfect drips down the side of the cake without puddling too much on the cake plate. Lastly, I dipped the strawberries on top in white and milk chocolate and swizzled them with the opposite color chocolate. It made for a very elegant presentation, and a fun little treat on top of each slice.

    Overall I think this recipe is fantastic, and the fresh strawberries really cut through the richness of the cake and buttercream and the ganache. It’s a new family favorite and I will be making it again!

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