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Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake

 Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake
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
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

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

Directions

  • 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.

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Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pipe or spoon melted chocolate onto waxed paper in decorative
  • designs; let stand until set.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 917 calories, 56 g fat (31 g saturated fat), 179 mg cholesterol, 681 mg sodium, 103 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 9 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.