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Chocolate Strawberry cake

This is the easiest chocolate strawberry cake ever. Perfect for Valentine's Day or for anyone who just loves the flavor of chocolate covered strawberries. Rich, moist and delicious, if you want the perfect valentine's Day dessert, this is the cake to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Decorating time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate strawberry cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 867kcal
Author: Jill


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups special dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Strawberry Frosting ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely diced strawberries
  • 5-7 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • Strawberries for topping

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray three 9 in cake pans with pam baking spray
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the espresso and the warm water until combined
  • Using your standing mixer, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined
  • Gradually add in the eggs, sour cream, buttermilk, espresso, oil and vanilla extract until combined and
  • Divide the batter between the 3 pans
  • Place in the oven to bake for 25-35 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean
  • Allow cakes to cool for 20 minutes

Frosting Directions:

  • Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, diced strawberries and heavy whipping cream until combined and creamy and stiff with peaks
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting into the piping bag

Directions to build the cake

  • Place 1 layer of cake onto the cake board
  • Using the ice cream scooper, scoop out 4-6 scoops of frosting and smooth evenly on one layer of cake
  • Place another layer of cake on top and spread more frosting
  • Place the last layer on top and frost the remaining cake with remaining frosting

Chocolate ganache directions

  • Using a small pot, heat up the heavy whipping cream until steaming
  • While heavy whipping cream is heating up, place chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl
  • Once the heavy whipping cream is heated, pour over the chocolate chips
  • Allow to sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth
  • Pour ganache into the squeeze bottle
  • Pipe dollops of ganache over the edge of the cake
  • Pipe dollops of frosting onto the top of the cake
  • Place strawberries into the dollops of frosting
  • Cut and serve and enjoy


Calories: 867kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 765mg | Potassium: 379mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 1072IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 4mg