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Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake Recipe
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Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake Recipe

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Although I have some great "from-scratch" recipes, this one uses a boxed mix with plenty of doctoring. It has become a popular groom's cake that gets more attention than the wedding cake. —Nora Fitzgerald, Sevierville, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • GARNISHES:
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled
  • GANACHE:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 917 calories, 56g fat (31g saturated fat), 179mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 103g carbohydrate (79g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein

Directions

  1. Combine the first seven ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Transfer to two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 28-32 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.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter, confectioner's sugar and cocoa until light and fluffy. Beat in milk until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
  4. Pipe or spoon melted chocolate onto waxed paper in decorative designs; let stand until set.
  5. For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. Heat cream just to a boil; pour over chocolate and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over top of cake, allowing ganache to drape down the sides. Arrange strawberries on top of cake. Top with chocolate garnishes. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p47

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.


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gina.kapfhamer
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2016

"Of all the desserts I've made - this one is the one that has been the biggest hit! Amazing frosting on this cake, and don't skip that ganache!"

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c00k3rw0man
Reviewed May. 18, 2016

"I made this cake for my son-in-law's surprise birthday party. It was a hit! When we brought it out, got lots of ooohs and aaahs. It is a beautiful, impressive, delicious cake and is easier than you think. I put it in the refrigerator the day before and added the ganache and strawberries the day it was served."

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Alana83
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"The actual cake was delicious & moist. The icing was just too buttery tasting for me with the 4 sticks, however the spreading consistency was perfect. I will use my own chocolate buttercream frosting next time. I placed chocolate covered strawberries around the top and on the sides. It was a big hit with the family!"

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khegeman
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"Delicious. I might add sliced strawberries in between the layers next time though."

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Danielle33
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Deeelish! A frieND made it for my birthday and WOW! I'll be making it for dad's birthday!"

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bernerlover
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"this is really good. I made it in 13x9 pan because I had to travel with it and didn't want to worry about it falling over. the strawberries at the store weren't looking that good right now so I used canned cherry pie filling, which was great. I just drizzled the ganache over the top of the cherries . I'll make it again with strawberries when they're looking better. the frosting was great. for those of you who complained about the butter, you should try it-it's very good. The one I made today was for a party at work and I'm making another one tomorrow to take for Christmas eve dinner."

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candycane896
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"I made this for my daughter's birthday. It was amazing. I have been baking for 50 years and never expected such deliciousness from a recipe based on a boxed cake. The frosting was decadent. Instead of making the chocolate lace for the top I used chocolate covered strawberries. I am going to try alter this recipe to make a white chocolate cake. For anyone thinking of trying this recipe...DO IT YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!"

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robertahammond
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"If I could give this 10 stars I would! My cakes turn out just like the picture and are absolutely wonderful!! Because it is loaded with calories, I save this for very special occasions!"

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Jessicahansa
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"Delicious! I used white chocolate flakes as a garnish instead of melting chocolate and making designs. And I used store bought frosting. The cake I followed the recipe exact and it was sooo good!"

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Larissa_199307
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"I know it's a strange question, but what do you consider a regular size cake mix? Because I'm from the Netherlands, and I don't know if our cake mix is the same size :) But it looks amazing and I can't wait to bake this cake!"

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