Friday, May 22, 2009

Chocolate, Strawberries, Whipped Cream -- Oh My!

If it's Friday, it must be time for chocolate! (Well, that could also be said of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday ... but you get the idea.) Since it's also Cake Week at Stop and Smell the Chocolates, I wanted to share the cake that I baked this week.




The cake layers are Cocoa Fudge Cake. I used the recipe in my 1986 Betty Crocker Cookbook, but the same recipe is available here. I also used a one-pound container of strawberries--eight whole berries (with the caps sliced off) on top and the rest, sliced, between the cake layers.

The frosting, a new recipe for me, is this Sturdy Whipped Cream Frosting, which instantly became a new favorite for me. This frosting has the slight tanginess of cream cheese, and it's the softest, smoothest, fluffiest, most spreadable frosting that I ever used! The flavor is a perfect complement to the fresh strawberries. With cream cheese and a pint of heavy cream, it's not exactly low-calorie ("No, Doctor, I have no idea how I gained back that five pounds I lost!"), but it's not super-sweet and it's extremely delicious!

Although the frosting recipe indicates that it can be stored at room temperature, I chose not to do that--not only because of the perishable ingredients, but also because it's 80 degrees in my kitchen. I didn't want the frosting to melt and slide off the cake! After fourteen hours in the refrigerator, it looks exactly as it started (that is, it looks as stable as a buttercream frosting).

For more chocolate recipes, visit Lisa at Stop and Smell the Chocolates! And don't forget Sweet Thursday, June 18 at Simply Sweet Home!

9 comments :

  1. YUM!!!! That cake looks and sounds delicious!!! I was going to make a carrot cake for my dad's birthday this weekend, but I might have to change that plan now and make this one instead!!

    Thanks for checking out the bad hair day plant :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  2. That Cocoa Fudge Cake is one of my favorites as well!

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  3. chocolate and Strawberries. Looks very yummy.
    My cake recipe is up.I have Linked you. Have a nice Long weekend:-)

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  4. Yum! I made a cake with strawberries this week, too. But it was an angel food cake that wouldn't come out of the pan and looked like a sad, deflated balloon.

    So I tore it up and tossed it with cool whip and strawberries. :)

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  5. Oh my, I gained 10lbs just looking at that picture. That looks absolutely delicious and I will most certainly be making this soon. I can never find frosting recipes I like, so I'm going to try that out too. Thank you for sharing & thanks for commenting on my blog!

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  6. Oh my does that cake look good!!! I am on my way over to have a piece lol...

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  7. That sounds delicious!! Such a good combination. That frosting sounds great - I will have to try it out (since it's so healthy, heh, heh).

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  8. Berries are my favorite fruit... straw, blue, rasp, boysen all of them. And this cake looks absolutely delightful!

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  9. this cake would please many at my house

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