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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Cake

 Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Cake
“I made this cake for our Cub Scout cake auction and almost didn’t take it because it looked so good,” notes Carol McCartney of Danville, Ohio. ”It was one of our highest sellers!”
16 ServingsPrep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • FROSTING:
  • 7-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 8 whole fresh strawberries

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and 1-1/4 cups sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt;
  • add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after
  • each addition.

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a small bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks
  • form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on
  • high until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold into
  • batter. Fold in strawberries.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at
  • 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and
  • cocoa. Beat in butter and milk until smooth. Beat in vanilla.
  • Spread frosting over bottom cake layer; top with sliced strawberries.
  • Top with remaining cake layer; frost top and sides of cake. Dip
  • whole strawberries into frosting; arrange around and on top of cake.
  • Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.