Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake Recipe
- 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
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3/4 cup baking cocoa
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 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 in 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.
1 slice: 917 calories, 56g fat (31g saturated fat), 179mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 103g carbohydrate (79g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein.
Reviews for Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake
"I started making this recipe in 2010 when I was it in the magazine and haven't stopped! It is very rich so I only use a single layer at a time. The cake (minus frosting) also freezes very well. Then I can thaw the cake and frost it for an easy item to bring. I make 1/3 of the butter frosting recipe for the single layer, but keep the ganache the same. I top with a variety of fruits including strawberries, raspberries, blue berries & kiwi. Each single layer piece is still packed with flavor and allows for more servings with a large party."
"I've made this several times. Very moist and delicious. I did only use 1/12 cups of real butter. It worked fine. The presentation was fabulous!"
"No way too many calories for one slice of cake!"
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"Delicious. I might add sliced strawberries in between the layers next time though."
"Deeelish! A frieND made it for my birthday and WOW! I'll be making it for dad's birthday!"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"Does anyone know how to convert this recipe to yield 18 servings in a sheet cake shape instead? Please help, baby shower in less than a week!"
"This has to be the BEST cake I have ever had. I made this for a family gathering. I followed directions exactly and it came out perfect. It even looked like the cake in the pic. Everyone at the party commented on how delicious it was. (even my Sister that is the district manager of the Bakery's for a very well know grocery chain that trains employees)I am wondering if I could make a vanilla one using this recipe and subbing white cake mix and white chocolate chips... I think I'll give it a try."
"OK, so I teach high school culinary & one of my students chose this recipe for our rodeo baking contest. Not only did she win 1st place in her division, she won best of show & the judges were asking for the recipe. The only change we made was the frosting; we used the Wilton Buttercream Icing recipe & it was perfect."
"I have made this several times and it is excellent! I've made both cupcakes and cakes using this recipe...the only problem i have is that the cake always falls once i remove it from the oven...does anyone else have this problem? I tried lowering the oven temp to 325 and baking it a few minutes longer but it still falls...any suggestions?"
"Love, love, LOVE it!!!! only change I would make is using chocolate Mouse for icing, color and taste work perfect with the rich Ganache!! remember, DON'T put the piped swirls in the freezer to set them, they will be too soft at room temp."
"I have been making this cake for over a year now. Lets just say anytime one of my kids or nieces or nephews have a birthday coming up they ALWAYS request I make this. I have doctored it occasionally substituting strong coffee for the water, & 1 TBL of coffee liquor & 1 tsp of instant coffee grounds to the cake part. I have also added the liquor to the frosting & ganache. I don't drink coffee myself but it really brings out the chocolate flavor! I have also substituted the strawberries with raspberries if they look better at the store, I have also added raspberries in between the layers & I have chocolate dipped them on occasion to change it up a bit. Once you make this you will make it again~ Enjoy!"
"I first had to make this cake for a Christmas party. People loved it and I have been making it ever since. For the past couple years everytime someone has a party they call me for this cake. It is delicious. Very rich. easy to make and it looks like it takes forever. I haven't met anyone who dislikes this cake."
"This is the most chocolate you can get in 1 recipe. My husband doesn't like chocolate, chocolate, chocolate anything, but he loved this cake. the cake it's self was so moist and the frosting I now make anytime I want choclate frosting. I've made this cake for a baby shower, and my church, everyone who tries it loves it."
"Not giving it 5 stars because the frosting is just too much for this cake - too sweet (and trust me, I love chocolate!). I put this in a bundt pan and drizzed the ganache over the top. Used the berries as a side garnise as well. No need for the other frosting - was amazing without. And, much simpler!!"
"I made it with raspberries and it was amazing! Much better than the strawberries."
"I made it with raspberries and it was amazing! Much better than the strawberries."
"I made it with raspberries and it was amazing! Much better than the strawberries."
"This was so delicious!!! The combination of chocolate and strawberry is amazing and I got many compliments on it! The only problem I had was with the chocolate garnishes, I got them made and on the cake but they got all droopy and wouldn't stay up after only a couple minutes. Also if you make this in advance I would follow GeorgeAnne's advice about dipping the strawberries first because I didn't and they did leak onto the frosting, but it was still delicious :)"
"This caught my eye when I was looking for a cake to make for my mom's birthday. Amazing! Made it a few times since then and have gotten a few (joking) marriage proposals because of this cake, it was that good! So rich and decadent. I used frozen strawberries because they looked prettier. And I did notice that I had way too much frosting. If you want to make this cake even easier than it already is, just get some basic milk chocolate frosting (I used Betty Crocker) and use that instead. Tasted exactly the same ;)"
"I have been making this cake since in appeared in the TOH magazine a few years ago. It is the most requested birthday cake in my family. Made one for an auction to raise money for our youth at church...it sold for $80. I do put 8 cups of confectioners sugar in the icing when I make it. Also, if you dip the stem end of the strawberries in melted chocolate and let them cool on wax paper, they don't leak on the icing when you make this cake in advance. This one is really worth the effort."
"[quote user="lillith129"]Can anyone tell me how to make the decorative curly chocolate?[/quote]Those are super easy! Take some chocolate candy making wafers and place them in a zip lock bag, place the bag in a cup of water for a minute or so - just long enough to melt the chocolate. Snip a tiny corner off the bottom of the bag and make some decorative swirls on a wax paper covered baking sheet. Pop the sheet in the freezer for a few minutes and they'll set right up nicely. You can peel them off and place them where ever you want them! I've done letters and put them on dishes of pudding topped with whipped cream for a fancy (and easy) treat! Give it a try!"
"Amazing taste, and does not taste like a box cake, I have made it several times. I just leave out the decorative swirls they just melt every time I try to make them."
"I used all the ingrediants and followed the recipe exactly except that I coundn't find my cake carrier so at the last minute I made them into cupcakes. They were perfect!! It made exactly 24 cupcakes that I baked at the same temp as the recipe and 18 minutes of baking was just right. I had so many people tell me that it was the best cupcake they ever had! I took me all day to make them since I have little ones at home but it was so worth it! If you try this recipe you will not be disappointed. I can't wait to make them for Christmas Eve."
"love this recipe!"
"I made this cake for my sons high school graduation party. It was awesome! Everyone loved it. So fun to make. It was ALMOST too pretty to eat! Can't wait to make again."
"There really is no other choc cake recipe tha compairs. I leave off the strawberries and add just a sprinkle of sea salt in the middle and on the top. YUM!"
"Try using coffee instead of the water, OMGOSH GOOD!!!!!"
"I made it for a birthday and everyone went crazy for it. I will be making this again and again!"
"i made this for mother's day and a baby shower yummm best chocolate i have even made kids loved it"
"Got lots of compliments on this cake. Like eating chocolate covered strawberries. Best to let the frosted cake set up/chill in the refrigerator before adding strawberries and ganache and then keep refrigerated until ready to serve. The chocolate garnish are fun and easy to make and are a nice touch to an already beautiful and tasty cake."
"Everyone loved this cake! Turned out beautiful, although next time I make it I will make half of the ganache recipe, as it turned out to be alot!"
"I make this cake for a United Way auction and it went for over $700. They would like me to make another one."
"I made this for my husbands birthday, and had several people over. Everyone loved this cake and there was no leftovers!!! My husband has already requested this every year in advance for his birthday cake. The ganache was easy to make and so was the decorative garnishes which I actually spelled out his name. I was worried because I only had a chocolate fudge cake mix, but it turned out fine. The cake was very moist and the icing was nice and smooth. I will definitely be making this again."
"This cake was fabulous. I had a difficult time eating too much of it knowing how much butter was in the frosting (4 sticks!) I think next time I will use my own chocolate buttercream frosting recipe that calls for 1/3 cup of butter instead. The texture of the cake itself was superb. The ganache and the chocolate garnish on top were very easy to make. I loved the overall taste and appearance of the cake and will definitely make it again (but with a less buttery frosting!)"
"Perfect texture! Love the chocolate frosting! I went with a strawberry filling in the middle instead! came out beautiful!"
"I have made this twice. It is so delicious and moist! Everyone loves it."
"Very Very good cake, will make again, next time... Raspberries! After reading some of the reviews. People were having trouble with the frosting. I creamed the butter and alternated the powdered sugar/cocoa and milk, turned out great. The ganache was a little runny, next time I will add 1/4 C whipping cream. I made this for a dinner party and everyone cleaned their plate. They like that it wasn't to sweet."
"delicious...so rich and heavy..my new go to cake for a grooms cake or tiered chocolate... the cake alone is heavy enough to hold up to stacking. This cake was very moist and delicious and I recieved many compliments. I would definitely make this again..icing needs either meringe powder or less milk for decorating purposes but if made as shown in the picture the recipe works great. I would definitely make this cake again, and again, and again"
"Sooo beautiful. It was very rich, but my husband loved the richness."
"This cake was wonderful. However, I recognized the error in the icing before I baked the cake. I used only one stick of butter as is normally required for four cups powdered sugar. I have made it several times and the icing is excellent. Four sticks of butter would make the icing run off the cakefour sticks of butter"
"I tried this cake just to see if it was like other chocolate cakes... But it is much more! My family always calls me to make this special cake on all occasions! It is fun and decorative and is fun for all to enjoy! I even made cupcakes out of it for a birthday party and it was a huge it! Thank you to the lady who was runner up! It's #1 with my famil!"
"Very //excellent everyoneone loves it."
"I did a fundraiser at a missions trip youth auction to do a dessert a month for 6 months. I did this one as the first one to present that day so people could see what kind of goodies they would be getting. People thought it was fake, it was so pretty! It helped bring in $120 for the auction!!! This was well worth the time!"
"This cake is delicious! I've made it twice now, and I definitely prefer using a Devil's food cake mix over a milk chocolate mix. The chocolate flavor is more intense, which I prefer. I'm usually not a fan of buttercream frostings, but this one is pretty good, and I LOVE the ganache over the top. It really balances out the sweetness of the chocolate buttercream. I personally don't like really thick frosting on my cakes, and I felt there was too much buttercream. The second time I made this cake, I only made half, and it was the perfect amount of frosting, in my opinion. Very delicious cake!"
"This was a hit at our family Christmas party! I put more ganache on and Grandpa asked if I really made it or bought it! :)"
"This cake was delicious. Had a lot of trouble with the frosting as would not set up with all that butter. Kept it in the refrigerator to keep it intact. If I make it again, will certainly change the frosting recipe."
"I made this for my sister's birthday, and it was a very big hit. Would definitely recommend it."
"I already reviewed this and not sure why it didn't post? I've made this cake 3 times to rave reviews. There seems to be some question about the amount of butter in the frosting. It is correct. The flavor is chocolatey and butter and the consistency is soft but oh so good!"
"Two teenage girls made this with little help! It was delicious and moist. Wonderful combination of ingredients. We will definitely make this again!"
"I've made this cake 4 times in a month. Its awesome, everyone loves it!"
"Absolutely fun and fantastic yummy. Did not follow frosting recipe, felt it was too much butter. Used a chocolate butter cream recipe that used 6 tablespoons. Just as good! Will definitely make this again."
"ok, so this may sound like a dumb question, but I'm making this now, and as I'm mixing it, it is extremely thick.. do I add the water and oil called for on the box of the cake mix PLUS whats in the receipe here, or just what is called for in the receipe listed here?? Or is the thickness normal?? Didn't see anyone else comment about it so...???"
"This was so simple and easy! I am making it for a bridal shower as the bride requested chocolate and strawberries! How perfect! I made a "practice" cake before the shower, and it was so easy! Except I used a choc marshmallow fondant over the icing because my icing is never perfect! It was delicious!!"
"This cake, while very fancy looking, was extrmely easy to make. It was rich and delicious. I made it to take to a friend's house when we went for dinner and everyone LOVED this cake, even those of us who are not normally "thrilled" with chocolate cake. My only suggestion: DO NOT read the nutrition facts... just enjoy the cake! I definitely will make this elegant cake again!"
"Oh my goodness would I make this again? Absolutely! I made it for a family gathering over Christmas and everyone loved it. I'm making it tonight for a co-worker's birthday tomorrow. One little tip - wrap your cakes in saran wrap, then reynolds wrap and freeze until firm. This really helps in making the cake easy to trip and frost. Such a beautiful and scrumptious case! I don't mind the time involved whatsoever."
"Won rave reviews! Will definately make again. I agree this is labor-intensive, especially because I doubled it the first time I made it and was worried to 'try it out' Christmas day. I used 2 cake mixes in 9x13 in pans- was afraid it wouldn't be enough for everyone. I had to increase the baking time, of course. Kept checking for doneness- ended up 40+ minutes at same temp. Didn't need 2x frosting and really not 2x ganache - but I used all of it! I cut the strawberries in half to cover larger cake surface. I used choc chips for the semi-sweet chocolate and melted in microwave-that worked great. Next time I will use a plastic bag with hole snipped in corner to "pipe" the decorative designs. Never got runny enough to drizzle from a spoon and was a mess to get out of my cake decorator once it hardened. Transported the decorations in a shirt box wrapped in waxed paper and inserted just before we ate dessert. Swore I would not make again if it was only as good as the box mix, but everyone raved. I guess it will become a tradition!"
"made it for my daughters birthday.Could not justify 1lb of butter in the frosting so used 2 sticks and it turned out great."
"This was the best cake I'd ever made.So delicios"
"Love this cake! I used raspberries and blackberries instead of strawberries. It was great!"
"How do you do the ganache? The picture has it on before the strawberries but the recipe says to drizzle ON top...help?!"
"A show-stopper! A bit labor-intensive, but so worth it. The frosting is amazing. Would make this anytime for a special occasion!"
"Fantastic cake recipe and very easy. Super moist! My family isn't crazy about the "butter" icing, so I switch to a cool whip and chocolate pudding icing. The combination of chocolate and strawberries was delicious and it looked beautiful! I took this to our annual family Christmas gathering and it was a hit!"
"I just made this for my husband's birthday via a request from him after he saw the magazine cover picture. It turned out very delicious. I would not place the strawberries on top next time although it makes for a beautiful cake. The strawberries go bad before we can eat the cake, I would serve it with strawberries on the side next time. I don't understand the others problems with the frosting, we loved it not to sweet and it wasn't too soft as others said.Being as it is December I had a hard time finding "nice" strawberries. My husband loved it. I would also leave off the ganache as it is just not needed the frosting is rich enough without it."
"I made this for my neighbor for his birthday, he raved about it repeatedly, his wife said it was the very best chocolate cake she had ever eaten. I had to agree. In baking this cake I found that it took longer than the 28-32 minutes it called for to bake throughly. The frosting was soft but easily spread without running and it was delicious. I couldn't get the ganache to harden so I just dripped it over the strawberries and down the sides of the cake. It was superb and the cake I thought was going to be dried out from extra baking time but it was beautifully moist. A real surprise for excellency because it was formed from a cake mix. I will definitely bake this again."
"I thought this was heaven! The frosting was alittle too soft so I just kept it chilled. YUM"