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Strawberry Chocolate Cake

Strawberry season is in full force and I couldn’t be happier about it!  I have been buying strawberries by the flats at a local farm and they are so delicious.

They never seem to last very long at my house but if you end up some extra and need an idea to use them up, make this cake!

It’s from the Pioneer Woman’s latest cookbook and its a winner.

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You start by making a basic chocolate cake (and I won’t tell if you used boxed mix),

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then slather it with some Nutella (now I have you hooked),

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then add a layer of sweetened whipped cream,

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some chunked up fresh strawberries,

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another cake layer,

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some more Nutella and whipped cream,

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and topped with more fresh strawberries!

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This cake is divine and decadent and light at the same time if that is possible.

Happy strawberry season!

Strawberry Chocolate Cake
 
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Strawberry Chocolate Cake
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 pints strawberries
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups Nutella
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make the cake: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.  Add 1 cup boiling water. Add the cocoa powder, cook for 30 seconds, remove from heat, and stir until smooth. In a separate bowl combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Pour the chocolate mixture over the flour mixture and stir. In another separate bowl mix together the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and baking soda. Then add the buttermilk mixture to the chocolate flour mixture and stir until smooth.  Spray 2 9 inch round cake pans with non stick spray.  Divide the batter evenly between the pans. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cake tests done with a toothpick. Let cool in pans for 15 minutes and then turn out onto a cooling rack and let cool completely.
  3. Ready the cake toppings: Hull and quarter your strawberries.  Whip the cream with the powdered sugar.
  4. Assemble the cake: Place one cake layer on a cake stand.  Spread ¾ cup of Nutella over the cake.  Top with half of the whipped cream, followed by half of the strawberries.  Repeat. Chill until ready to eat.
  5. Eat!

Recipe notes:

~To make buttermilk measure 1/2 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice into a measuring glass and then add milk to make 1/2 cup

~half all ingredients to make a one layer cake

~don’t assemble this cake too far in advance (although leftovers the next day were still just as good!)

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