Strawberry & Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe
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Strawberry & Chocolate Layer Cake

June 21, 2010 | 112 Comments

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Today, dear readers, you will thank me for sharing one of the best (THE BEST!) chocolate cake recipes in existence- the last chocolate cake recipe you will ever need. Let’s not argue over who’s chocolate cake is best, or what bakery makes the best chocolate cake, or who’s mom, aunt, or grandma has the best chocolate cake recipe known to mankind, or better yet- which famous company has the most delicious chocolate cake mix you’ve whipped together (we’ll talk about boxed cake mixes in another post). Argument is not needed after taking a bite out of this cake. I promise!

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Once the first piece of this chocolate cake hits your taste buds, you will have some sort of unexplainable religious experience- yes, all because of this strawberry & chocolate layer cake recipe.

You see, my birthday was on Friday, and I needed an excuse to post a cake recipe- I know, I just used my birthday as a very relevant excuse to post a cake recipe. Sue me! Oh and before we all go nutzo over me making my own birthday cake- I promise you, I did not make my own birthday cake- A couple of cakes were actually made for me, and honestly, they couldn’t even top this recipe. Why? Because the cakes (with the exception of one) did not have a beautiful, moist crumb that would make any cake lover (hell, any baker, as well!) swoon.

You know something? There is nothing worse in the world than dry cake. It makes my inner baker shudder to the nth degree. Dry cake makes me want to cry. Dry cake makes things that you are looking to cheer up with cake, even worse! Take my word on it!

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I think some new bakeries (not all of them!) have been plagued with the thought that everyone is looking to enjoy beautiful, elaborately designed cakes- cakes that are almost inedible because they are covered with unnecessary amounts of horrid tasting fondant. Bakeries- I don’t care how beautiful your cake is, how amazing that fondant is making the edges of the cake look breathtakingly clean, if your cake tastes like you replaced the flour with sand, I wouldn’t be a happy camper. Some people might, but that’s because they’re letting the look of the cake get to them!

I’d rather much have a not-so-breathtakingly-clean looking cake, and have it be the most delicious cake on the planet.

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This chocolate strawberry layer cake, will do just what some other cakes don’t do- it will make you dance until you drop! It will make your taste buds sing until they can’t! It will make you want to kiss the nearest person to you (or your cat)! It will . . . I don’t know what else it will do, but it will definitely do this: it will make you happy!

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And trust me on this, you’ll get a lot of happiness out of this recipe! Layers of strawberry jam, smooshed down by ever-so-moist layers of chocolate cake, and a healthy helping of frosting spread on the cake will make anyone smile- no matter on what occasion it is. I have seen people in the biggest depression go back into a state of happiness because of this cake.

So, enough of my bragging about how amazing this cake is- I’ll let you get to baking.

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Chocolate Strawberry Layer Cake

Ingredients:

For the Cake:
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder (natural)
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk (can use light)
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1 cup strawberry jam (I used homemade)

For the Frosting:
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter (12 tablespoons or ¾ cup), melted
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (natural)
⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
4 ½ cups powdered sugar
½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons light corn syrup

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter the bottoms and sides of three 8-inch round cake pans. Line the bottom of each pan with a round piece of parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.

4. Add the egg mixture into the flour mixture; beat on medium speed for one minute (or combine by hand to prevent over-mixing). Whisk in the boiling water (the batter will become thin). Pour into prepared pans.

5. Bake 17-22 minutes, or until a cake tester (or a wooden toothpick) inserted into the center of each cake, comes out clean.

6. Once the cakes are out of the oven, with a [dry] clean oven mitt (preferably a cloth one), gently press down onto the cakes, to make them level (this will allow you to skip a whole step in trimming the cakes).
7. Cool cakes for 15 minutes in the freezer. Meanwhile, make the frosting: In a large bowl (or in a stand mixer), combine the melted butter and cocoa powder powder. Alternatively mix in the milk and powdered sugar, beating (on medium speed) to spreading consistency. Add a tablespoon of milk, if needed. Mix in vanilla and light corn syrup.

8. Remove cakes from pans, and place on wire racks.

9. Place one cake on a cake stand (bottom side up) and spread half of the strawberry jam, being sure not to spread to the edges of the cake. Place the second cake on top of the first (bottom side up), and spread the remaining half of the jam onto the cake. Place the third cake on top (bottom side up).

10. Place the cake in the freezer for 10 minutes (this will make frosting the cake much easier).

11. Using an off-set spatula, spread a thin layer of frosting over the top and sides of the layer cake. Let the frosting set in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes; then, spread a thick coat over the base coat.

12. Enjoy!
Cake adapted from Hershey’s & Martha Stewart

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112 Comments

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  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet June 21, 2010 at 6:03 am

    That cake just sounds perfect. Chocolate and strawberry is my favorite combination!

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  • Reply Belinda @zomppa June 21, 2010 at 6:38 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! This looks SOOOOO fabulously rich!

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  • Reply Lawyer Loves Lunch June 21, 2010 at 7:14 am

    We just got twow giant containers of strawberries. It’s like they were calling out for this recipe. Plus, you can never go wrong with chocolate :)

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  • Reply Kristina June 21, 2010 at 10:46 am

    this looks and sounds truly decadent… YUM… thanks for sharing, scratch is always better than box! :)

    happy belated birthday…

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  • Reply Kare June 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

    This looks delicious. Though I must admit, I’m drooling just as much over your cake plate as the cake itself.

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  • Reply Lauren June 21, 2010 at 10:57 am

    It does look fantastic! The recipe reminds me of my devil’s food cake – in the best way :). I love the strawberry addition, and that buttercream – it looks absolutely heavenly! You already know how I feel about the photos – you just keep getting better and better with them.

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  • Reply Leesie June 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

    How can you go wrong with that combination? This cake looks SO scrumptious. I’d buy from your bakery any day ;-) I hope to give this one a try.

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  • Reply zoe June 21, 2010 at 11:42 am

    This looks so rich! I want to just dive in that frosting!

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  • Reply The Purple Foodie June 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    The cake looks stunning, K! I’ve never made a chocolate butter cream frosting because the copious amounts of butter make me shudder. Maybe I will try with ganache.

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  • Reply DessertForTwo June 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I believe you that this is the best cake in existence because it has buttermilk in it. It’s the South’s secret to delicious cakes :)

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  • Reply kamran June 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Mardi– thank you for the kind comment! it really made me smile! :)

    Kare– Haha! Thank you! The cake stand is from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s.

    Lauren– You are too sweet! Thanks for your kind words!

    Shaheen– I totally hear you on the butter thing, but this frosting only has 12 tablespoons of butter and makes tons of frosting! And is much better than many frostings that have 6 sticks of butter! Also, ganache would work beautifully with this! :)

    DessertForTwo– Already letting out my secret to the super-moist cake!

    Angela– Yes, please! This recipe is super simple to make, and when combined with the jam… everything becomes even moister after sitting for a while. Oh. I wish I had a piece left! And LOL! It seems like I am not the only one picky about my cake ;)

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  • Reply JanetRudolph (Janet Rudolph) June 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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  • Reply Andrea Wong June 21, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    This cake sounds divine! I’m with you, I am all about the flavour of the food. It does need to look presentable, of course but it’s the taste that means the most to me.

    Is this your own recipe??

    Another beautiful post, great work! And happy birthday from New Zealand!

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  • Reply Tokyo Terrace June 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Happy Birthday, Kamran! What a delicious looking cake you have there… My birthday is in a week- can you deliver one to me please? :)

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  • Reply matt June 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    wow, what a fantastic looking cake! LOVE the photography here too – especially the top down shot with hands holding the cake.

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  • Reply Fuji Mama June 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY and HAPPY GRADUATION! What a way to celebrate. I’m with you–dry cake is a sin! This looks wonderful.

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  • Reply Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle June 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Sound decadently good…I’m a huge fan of chocolate and raspberries desserts but thinking I could be easily persuaded by this cake that chocolate and strawberries in a cake are equally to die for.

    I’m with Rachael…Happy Birthday and Congrats on Graduation. What a huge week for you!

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  • Reply Megan Gordon June 22, 2010 at 1:43 am

    So I’m definitely one of those people who believe my mom’s chocolate cake is THE one, but your post has convinced me to try yours as well…mainly because I trust you and those photos couldn’t lie. I totally agree with you on fondant, by the way. I’ve never really gotten it (although I do love a good princess cake every now and again).

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  • Reply Alana Foreman June 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Hi Kamran! Lovely blog you have here. Just one thing, if my husband isn’t a big fan of strawberries, can I substitute raspberry jam for the strawberry jam called for in the recipe?

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  • Reply kamran June 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Alana– Thanks for your kind words! And I’m sure you could sub the strawberry jam with raspberry. Raspberries and chocolate work well together! So I don’t see why not.

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  • Reply One Less Thing June 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

    a) Happy belated birthday b) please don’t tell me it would be wrong to make one’s own birthday cake since I’ve done it many times! c) for my August birthday I will make this cake. d) Was wondering what to do with the strawberries I just bought, gonna make jam out of them for the chocolate cake. e) Thanks!

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  • Reply Friday Delights June 22, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Chocolate and Strawberries always go good together!!!! I love them both especially in a cake, yummy!!!!

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  • Reply TammyJo Eckhart, PhD June 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

    You are completely right. Decorating has taken center stage far too often. If it doesn’t taste great, why spend the money on it?

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  • Reply Helene June 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I wished you Happy Birthday on Facebook and would like to wish them again here. What a beautiful cake.

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  • Reply penny aka jeroxie June 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Happy birthday! And what a lovely cake. Love the little tip you shared :)

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  • Reply Eliana June 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    What an incredible looking cake. It looks so decadent and sinfully delicious.

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  • Reply kamran June 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    One Less Thing– thank you so much for the birthday wish- and it’s not wrong at all to make your own birthday cake- I make mine a lot, too! Also, for the strawberries- I’ll be posting a recipe for old-fashioned strawberry jam soon, but until then, I highly suggest that you try this recipe from my friend, Alice- you’ll love it!

    Penny– glad you liked it! :)

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  • Reply Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } June 22, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    That is a picture perfect cake and I can just imagine how divine it tastes! Great job!

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  • Reply Laura June 23, 2010 at 9:35 am

    That is one amazing-looking chocolate cake. As a proud chocolate addict, I must try this recipe! I think the best looking cakes are the homemade cakes, with all of their glorious imperfections. Your cake looks perfect! My attitude to decorating any desserts is what I learned in college, KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid!)

    And, Happy Birthday!

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  • Reply Alexandra Riley June 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Kamran, I baked this cake last night, and I have to say one thing: This cake is by far some of THE FREAKIN’ best cake I have ever eaten on the face of the planet. My cake didn’t turn out as gorgeous looking as yours did, but it sure was mighty tasty! 5 stars (out of five!)

    P.S. – I couldn’t make the recipe with the strawberry jam because I am allergic to strawberries, but I did happen to have just enough frosting to fill each layer of cake.
    Thank you so much for the amazing recipe!

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  • Reply s. stockwell June 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Really interesting use of the fridge and freezer here? Loved the close shot of the frosting! good one. best from Santa Barbara.

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  • Reply Katya June 24, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Well, you’ve convinced me.

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  • Reply Holly June 24, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Just discovered your blog today. (Thanks Tastespotting.)I don’t want to get too personal on my first visit, but it’s love at first sight! (I have multiple chocolate cake recipes in my “Favorites” that I can delete now.) Thanks for sharing “the best”!

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  • Reply Joanne June 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    You are SO right! There’s nothing worse than biting into a gorgeous cake to find that it taste like crap. Even if the fondant doesn’t have a single crack in it.

    This sounds fantastic. Chocolate cake is especially hard to get right for some reason. I’m going to have to envision an excuse to make this in the near future…

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  • Reply Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction June 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Lovely cake! While I love decorating cookies and cakes, I whole heartedly agree with you about how not-so-perfect looking cakes are very underappreciated.

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  • Reply Shree June 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    goodness gracious. this chocolate cake doesn’t need to be decorated at all. Its perfect as is. very luscious and beautiful! Great job, Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

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  • Reply Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) June 28, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Belated Happy Birthday!! Everyone goes on and on about how _____ is the best cake ever, but somehow, I believe you, and am going to try this asap!! Yumm.. I usually run away from buttercream, but 1 and 1/2 stick doesn’t sound that bad!

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  • Reply vicki June 29, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    OMG! Your writing maks me SO wish I wsan’t diabetic.
    Oh, well. I just discovered your blog. You’re an amazing young writer! You’re now bookmarked on my desktop.

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  • Reply Jennie June 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Two things:

    1) that frosting looks just like the kind I love.

    2) My birthday is in November, and I haven’t had a homemade cake in decades (though I’m always making them for others).

    Can you make sure those professors don’t work you too hard around the 18th of November so you can make a special delivery. Subtlety is obviously not my strong suit.

    xo

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  • Reply Magic of Spice June 30, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Looks simply fantastic! Beautiful shots…

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  • Reply Lana @ Never Enough Thyme June 30, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Oh my, Kamran! You’ve made me crave this cake just with your description of it. Now I simply have to make it. And you’re so right, a beautiful cake that doesn’t taste good is simply worthless. All the gorgeous fondant and decorations in the world can’t make up for a dry, tasteless layer.

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  • Reply Tanja June 30, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I am SO making this. Nom.

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  • Reply Brian @ A Thought For Food July 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    This cake looks ABSOLUTELY DIVINE! Secret… I’ve never made a “real” chocolate cake. Definitely not one like this. But now that I’ve seen these incredible pictures, I’m craving a nice big piece of chocolate cake. Now I just need to find a reason to make one (do I need a reason?)

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  • Reply kamran July 3, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Jennie- I’ll bake you a cake anytime of the year, friend!

    Brian – Thank you! And that secret is safe with me! I think you don’t really need a reason to make this cake- other than you really want chocolate cake At least that’s my excuse most of the time for everything! LOL

    Everyone else- thank you all for the kind comments! I really appreciate it! :)

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  • Reply rebecca subbiah July 4, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    awesome cake and wow great snaps

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  • Reply Alanna July 8, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I used the icing for a three-layer chocolate cake yesterday, adding about a half teaspoon of cinnamon to create a little nuance in the flavor. It’s easy to make, works beautifully, pipes beautifully, is definitely a keeper.

    Next time I’ll double the recipe, however, since I wanted both jam and icing between the layers, this meant there just wasn’t enough icing for the cake itself.

    It IS very very good, very moist, definitely worth making.

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  • Reply kamran July 8, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Hi Alana! Thanks so much for the comment! Glad you love my icing and what a great idea to add some cinnamon! I’ve got to try that!

    As for doubling the frosting recipe- I’d suggest it if you’re using 9″ cake pans or are piping on designs. I knew that there was at least 2/3 cup to 1 cup of frosting left when I was done with the cake….

    Thanks for your comment!

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  • Reply Amy from She Wears Many Hats July 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Dry cake should be outlawed. It’s a dastardly thing. And I totally agree with you on fondant. That stuff is not for eatin’. It’s yuck. Yuckity, yuck, yuck.

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  • Reply baahar July 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    The cake looks delicious. I have a “bestest” chocolate cake recipe myself, but will certainly give this one a try.

    Is there a reason why you bake the layers in separate pans?

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  • Reply Mariam July 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    (shudders at the thought of dry cake)

    I’m thinking of making this for my besties birthday, shall i do it? Can I substitute fresh raspberries instead of jam? or will i be missing out terribly?

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  • Reply Elissa July 10, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Could this be any more dark or decadent? Seriously gorgeous, Kam! And the happiest of birthdays (a little late to the party.)

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  • Reply Carol Egbert July 11, 2010 at 7:37 am

    My antidote for dry cake is one generous tablespoon of dark rum poured onto each layer. It never fails!

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  • Reply Sanura July 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Just discovered your blog…. I love it. And, Adam is adorable. Looking forward to seeing more photos of him (or her?)

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  • Reply jas July 24, 2010 at 8:33 am

    wow – this looks so divine and I’m totally with you on the over the top cakes in cafes – it’s just afternoon tea people, not a wedding! This is bookmarked for my next afternoon tea – clearly it’ll be enjoyed by many!

    (love your blog by the way, just found it!)

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  • Reply ynove August 4, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Hi Kamran,

    Chanced upon your blog for the first time. Beautiful cake, beautiful photos! Can’t wait to try out your recipe. Say no to dry cake!

    My oven is not quite big enough to house 3 8″ layer cake pans. Do you think I can just use a 9″ x 3″ springform pan instead, then slice the layers afterwards?

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  • Reply Greg August 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I LOVE THIS BLOG!!!

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  • Reply Eliza November 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    i just made this and it turned out great! right down to the frosting – the first solidly spreadable one i’ve had a chance to try! or maybe i added too little milk :-p anyway, it came out very glossy and sturdy looking.
    i was out of regular baking powder, so i subbed with gingerbread baking powder mix, and the whole thing now tastes like chocolate gingerbread with strawberry filling. decorated with glazed dry raspberries. i know, a far cry from what you made, but it’s still your recipe and i LOVE it! xoxo

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  • Reply Laura Sarnari November 17, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Love this post like a fat kid loves cake. And coincidently it may just turn me into a cake-loving fat kid (as opposed to just cake-loving haha).

    PS I myself am 19 and don’t know anyone my age who could make such a beautiful blog and still have time for uni and life in general haha, well done!

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  • Reply Ben Lines February 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Hi,

    I just stumbled across your blog and am loving what you have created!! :)

    I was wondering where your cake stand was from?

    Also would you mind telling me how you created your blog?

    This recipe looks amazing, will try it out myself!

    Thanks,
    Ben

    • Reply kamran February 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Ben,

      The cake stand is from Macy’s from the Martha Stewart Collection it was a limited edition item… I can’t find it on the Macy’s website (maybe check for it in store?)

      Also- do you mean how I designed the site? Well, I used wordpress, created a design, and posted stuff… Nothing too specific. If you’re looking for something more affordable to blog on, there’s also Blogger.com and Typepad.

      I hope that helps! And thanks for reading! :)

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  • Reply Ruffin, Barbara March 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    As I stroll through so many recipes trying to find something I felt would knock the socks off my in-laws this year I came upon this recipe. It looks out of this world, I could almost taste the cake as I was reading the ingredients. I really hope it will makes their eyes rollback in their heads when they taste it. One thing I want to know can I use fresh strawberies with that strawberry jell mixture? I wanted to add a little of me in the cake.

    • Reply kamran March 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      I’m sure you can maybe add mostly fresh strawberry slices & heat up the jam so it can be brushed over the berries… It would be just as lovely as using homemade strawberry jam.

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  • Reply erin March 16, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Hi – Just found your blog – I’m going to try this cake for tomorrow.

    On tip I have for you from reading the directions … where you say

    “spread half of the strawberry jam, being sure not to spread to the edges of the cake”

    If you have a piping bag, make a “dam” around the edges of the cake with frosting, then fill with the am and it won’t seep out (see pic http://www.baking911.com/website_pictures/cakes_1.jpg )

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  • Reply Julie March 25, 2011 at 7:10 am

    I have made this cake twice in two months and am about to make it again, for my birthday, my daughter’s birthday and now my mom’s birthday. To accomodate dairy and soy allergies, I made the cake and frosting with coconut milk and Earth Balance Soy Free Spread. It is fantastic! My dear friend described it as “the best cake she has ever eaten!” Thank you for this great recipe. :o) It is already a favorite.

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  • Reply Dani April 3, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Hi Kamran,

    Made this cake yesterday for a small get-together with friends – and it was a hit! And so quick and easy to whip up. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe :) I used to think my aunt’s chocolate cake was the best, but no more! Shhh…don’t tell her…

    On the issue of breathtakingly beautiful confections vs. wholesome and comforting desserts: it was a plain looking cake, next to these pretty little designer cupcakes someone else bought, but even though everyone whipped out their cameras to snap those cupcakes, more than half remained untouched by the end of the night. Conversely, no one photographed my homely, humble-looking cake, yet there was only a 2-inch slice of it left. And that, I believe, says all.

    P.S. I filled it with store-bought raspberry strawberry jam, added an extra kick via fresh lemon juice, and dried cranberries. I also made the frosting you suggested here but found it too sweet for my liking, so slathered it in sultry dark chocolate coffee ganache instead! Pure heaven…

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  • Reply Sam April 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    What a great birthday present… for myself. And yes, I did make my own birthday cake, but am completely fine with that because of your unbelievable recipe. Chocolate and strawberries are my all time favorite flavor combination and this married them beautifully.

    Thank you again – I already have 2 requests to make for upcoming parties.

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  • Reply Teresa May 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Just made this for my sons baptism, it turned out great. The strawberry jam adds the moisture that makes this cake perfect! I got rave reviews and I am curious about how what other jams and cakes would go together.

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  • Reply Clare June 9, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Hi this cake looks soo good an I want to make it for my Dad :) But i’d just like to ask if it’s the light kind or the denser side? Because I can’t really see the texture of the cake itself though it look heavenly!!! :) Thanks !!

    • Reply kamran June 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      Hi Clare- it’s a very moist and a little dense, but it’s too good not to make. :)

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  • Reply Debbie June 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I made this cake for Father’s day. I found the icing a bit sweet, and added extra cocoa powder until it was just right. The cake was delicious!

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  • Reply Alina June 27, 2011 at 8:50 am

    That came out amazingly. Thanks for sharing. I added fresh strawberries in between and on top. It was perfect!

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  • Reply Holly September 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Hi there!
    I did a search for Choc-strawberry cake and came across your blog. I’m pretty excited to try this out this weekend! Since fresh strawberry season is passed here in VA, I will be using my THRIVE freeze dried Strawberries, and mixing them with strawberry preserves. I love having access to fresh fruit year round!! I also like the hint given above about drizzling some rum over the layers, so I believe I will try that as well. Thanks for making me chuckle at so much bravado over this cake. My taste buds are looking forward to checking it out.

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  • Reply Anna December 6, 2011 at 1:29 am

    This was a huge hit. I am always looking for a moist chocolate cake and this is truly it. For the frosting – which has a marvelous, spreadable texture – I added a teaspoon of espresso powder dissolved in just a teaspoon of hot water. This extra step added complexity and made it a little less intensely sweet (which of course some may prefer). Thank you so much.

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  • Reply Jen Laceda January 23, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Hi Kamran, I stumbled across your blog when I was searching for a chocolate strawberry cake recipe for my daughter. Her birthday is coming up and she requested this flavour specifically! Thanks for sharing this!

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  • Reply cathyb.@brightbakes February 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    dying to make this…….but wondering what the best route would be if I’m making it for a few that don’t care to have their chocolate mixed with fruit?! Will it still be moist if I skip the jam and just use icing? Or what kind of suggestions would you have for a replacement?
    Thanks!
    cathy b.

    • Reply kamran February 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Cathy! I’m just seeing your comment now as it was thrown into the Spam folder. Any who, I think you can definitely do this without the fruit- I’ve done it many times! :)

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  • Reply Irsa February 25, 2012 at 11:42 am

    never fails to charm people. just collected a whole bunch of “Irsa, I love you” from my friends for this! I did cupcakes with ganache and skittles on top! the best thing ever. thank you! =)

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  • Reply Madhu March 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Hate fondant! Hate clean look!
    Absolutely mad about “imperfect” cakes!
    I like you! :-)

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  • Reply Ivan April 8, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Made this. New to cake baking. Came out delicious. Everyone loved it

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  • Reply Robyn June 18, 2012 at 7:15 am

    OMG… This cake recipe is awesome! I have been searching for a great chocolate cake recipe for soooo long… I’m sick of eating dry cake and I have made this recipe twice now and it has been really moist both times. I made it for a friends birthday and all of her family commented on how great it was… I will be recommending your recipe to everyone :) I layered with strawberry jam and fresh strawberries and decorated the top with choc dipped strawberries… Yummy! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Reply Breeanna July 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I made this cake for my boyfriends birthday and it was a hit! Compliments were being thrown left and right! Thanks so much for the share

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  • Reply Lizzy October 14, 2012 at 7:00 am

    OMG this cake sounds delicious i will be trying this out for my sisters birthday
    one question though she is allergic to strawberry so will it taste as good with apricot jam? or any other kind of jam?

    • Reply Kamran October 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Lizzy- I suspect raspberry would be a perfect substitute! :)

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  • Reply Peggy November 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Wow! Kudos! Just made this for my husband as he requested a Chocolate/Strawberry cake. It is to die for! After the first piece of cake, I usually just eat the frosting because I can’t stand how dry the cake can get after sitting for a day. This cake is sooooo moist that I am enjoying the cake, too!! The best cake I have EVER made! This recipe is a keeper. I might try this with raspberry at some point. Just a quick note, I modified using two 9 inch pans and it still turned out beautifully. Also, I LOVED your trick of pressing the cake down to flatten it. Ingenious! Thank you!

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  • Reply Bess March 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Hi! Writing from Australia :)

    I have adored your blog for the longest time!
    I desperately want to make this cake! It looks absolutely divine :)
    Unfortunately we don’t have light corn syrup in Australia, is there a substitute I can use instead?

    Much appreciated!! :))

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  • Reply Nadia May 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Kamran,
    Super blog!
    I was just wondering if there was a gluten-free version of this recipe (i.e. swop the wheat flour for a store-bought gluten-free mix)? Would it taste as good? And be as moist? I ask as I’d like to make it for my birthday coming up next week!
    Thanks!

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  • Reply Nadia May 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    P.S. Or rather than a gluten-free mix how about ground almonds?

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  • Reply Connie May 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    OMG this is AMAZING!!! I’m seriously crying as I’m forking my cake. It definitely does not look as clean as your picture but it tastes heavenly!!!!

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  • Reply taste of home recipes for two May 25, 2013 at 1:19 am

    My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find
    nearly all of your post’s to be just what I’m
    looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content available for you?
    I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on a number of the subjects you write about here. Again, awesome blog!

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  • Reply Judith Vrhovec May 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

    made this cake for a girls birthday, dalmatian dog cake decoration, and used your recipe, just changed the filling into strawberry cream, crumb coated with ganache, perfect, perfect, perfect! thanks. Not a fan of these perfectly even, clean and “plastic” cakes either, but it came out clean and perfect!!!

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  • Reply Kate June 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks, Kam! This is my go-to quick chocolate cake/cupcakes recipe.
    Take care

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  • Reply As,a July 5, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I tried this cake today… Used half recipe and it AWSOMEEEE!!!!
    So rich n just yummy loved it
    Thanx a lot:)

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  • Reply Karen September 2, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I made this cake on Sunday for my Mom’s Birthday. I read her and my dad your brag about this cake and they understood why I had to make it. After blowing out the candles I cut everybody a slice, we all sat down and took the first bite together. Unanimous Response- THIS IS AMAZING!!!! My Dad said it was the best cake he’d ever eaten, he’d never even had a piece of cake this good in a restaurant. My husband had 2 giant pieces. The entire cake was gone by the next afternoon. It’s so moist I doubt it would have even dried out over a few days, but we couldn’t resist and were fighting over the last piece. A true gem. Everyone needs this cake in their life. I’m already thinking of what occasion I make this for next. Great job! INCREDIBLE!!!

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