Strawberry + Chocolate Cake



Over the weekend we had some strawberries that needed to be used up so I came up this cake. It’s devil’s food chocolate cake with diced strawberries mixed with whipped cream for the filling, covered with strawberry swiss meringue buttercream, then chocolate ganache poured over. This was my first time attempting to pour ganache on a cake, and in my haste forgot to thin it down a bit, whoops!

Want to hear something funny? A few nights ago I had a dream that someone wrote me a Yelp review saying that they never tried my cakes but thought they looked boring because of the way I frost them. When I woke up I realized that as much as I love a simple frosted cake, I should add a little detail here and there. Consider this ganache my first foray into something a little more elaborate.

Edit: Here is the recipe, enjoy!

Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream:

8 large egg whites (225g)
2 c sugar (400g)
1 lb butter, cubed
1 tbsp vanilla
3-5 tbsp strawberry jam
pinch of salt

In a double boiler, gently heat egg whites and sugar to 140 F. Take off stove and transfer to stand mixer, then whisk until thick, glossy, and cool to the touch. Change to paddle attachment and slowly incorporate butter, with mixer on low. Finish off with salt, vanilla and strawberry jam.

Notes: Try to take out any lumps of strawberry jam or it might not incorporate well into your buttercream. For any additional help I would suggest reading Sweetapolita’s swiss meringue buttercream tutorial.

Strawberry Filling:

1 c strawberries, diced
1 c whipped heavy cream

Dice strawberries and let any excess liquid drain though a fine mesh sieve. Whip cream to stiff peaks, then gently fold in strawberries.

Chocolate Ganache:

8 oz chocolate, chopped into small pieces
3/4 c heavy cream

Place chocolate into medium sized bowl. Heat cream just until boiling, then immediately pour over chocolate. Allow to stand for a few minutes, then gently stir until smooth. Transfer to a container with a spout (such as a pyrex measuring cup) and slowly pour over cake.

Chocolate Cake:

Use your favorite chocolate cake recipe. I have had success with Martha’s Devil’s Food Cake.

Cake Assembly:

Bake two 6″ round chocolate cakes. Let cool, then cut both in half, leaving you with 4 rounds. Place 1 cake layer on top of cake board or cake stand. Add 1/4 of the strawberry filling, being careful not to spill over the edges. Repeat process until all cake layers and filling are used.

Coat entire cake with a thin layer of strawberry swiss meringue buttercream (crumb coat). Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until frosting is no longer tacky. Coat with an even layer of buttercream and smooth out with offset spatula. Refrigerate for 20 minutes and make chocolate ganache. Pour ganache over cake.  Cake best eaten the same day.

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

la domestique June 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Yum! When my husband and I married 5 years ago we had a grand cake with alternating layers of chocolate and strawberry (my favorite). Your little cake looks SO GOOD!

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Thanks, Jess! Chocolate and strawberries are one of the best combinations, even the colors work perfectly together!

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sarah June 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

your first foray into more elaborate cake decorating has pushed me to leave my first comment — OH MY GOD THAT LOOKS AMAZING! well done!

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Thank you so much for your comment! Hope you stop by more often :)

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dervla @ The Curator June 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

beautiful! I think i have some strawberries languishing in the fridge too…hmmm

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

My strawberries were almost about to go bad as well! I ended up mixing them with some sugar to give me some extra time.

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Justine @ lovemaki June 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

Umm…I’m seriously salivating right now:P beautiful cake!

x, j

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Thank you! Wish I could share some with you.

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Rachel Schindler June 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

This looks delish….would love the recipe for the strawberry swiss meringue buttercream. Whenever I add strawberries to the frosting, the frosting becomes to wet and slides off the cake. Any suggestions?

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I add strawberry jam to the buttercream so it doesn’t incorporate too much liquid. Just make sure you don’t add big chunks of strawberry if your jam has them!

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Rachel Schindler July 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you….have a great week.

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Carolanne June 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Never dream again that your cakes are “boring”. When I saw your adorable vanilla cake on Kate’s blog resolved to make one just like it for my friend’s birthday tomorrow. If I didn’t live in Canada, I would just order one from you! I think your aesthetic is classy. You’re letting the flavour speak for you. I want to add strawberry filling to my vanilla cake tomorrow. It looks like you combined it with whipped cream for the one above, am I right?

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Hi Carolanne, thank you so much for your comment, it means a lot to me. I did combine it with whipped cream. such a simple filling that’s not overwhelming. Sometimes there’s just too much buttercream and I can’t finish a slice of cake!

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Katie June 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Where can I get the recipe for this cake?
Thanks – looks delicious!

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Hi Katie, I just added the recipe to my post. Let me know how it goes if you make it!

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Natalie (NJinLA) June 22, 2012 at 1:11 am

What a dream! Subconscious much?

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Crazy, right?! Sometimes I think I should have a yelp page but I’m afraid of bad reviews! Not that I think I deserve any, but you never know…

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Bet June 23, 2012 at 7:02 am

Where can I get the recipe for this cake? I want to make it for my niece’s bridesmaids brunch.

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Hi Bet, thanks for your comment! I just added the recipe to this post.

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Chelsea June 24, 2012 at 6:03 am

This is so gorgeous Sara! I love the look of poured ganache on a cake, and the many layers and colors once you cut into it just make me think about all the different flavors…ahh, wish it wasn’t just a photo! :)

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Thank you, Chelsea! I wish I could send a slice over.

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Fatima June 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Beautiful. Where can I find a recipe for this cake? Thanks!!

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Hi Fatima, I just added the recipe to this post. Good luck!

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Jenny @ BAKE June 25, 2012 at 2:24 am

I love the play on the victoria sponge with your filling! I think the thick ganache looks incredible!

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Thank you, Jenny! I’m pleasantly surprised how popular the thick ganache is, I think it’s because it looks extra indulgent.

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Suzanne July 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

This cake is so pretty and the receip looks really delicious.

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Jessica July 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

Dear God,
This cake looks divine, and by divine I mean sumptuous, and by sumptuous I mean deliciously decedent and gorgeous! Having sudden urge to bake, which isn’t an uncommon thing however this cake has completely torn the “self control” gene from my DNA and said “laters!” to my diet!
Well done & bravo!
If I were wearing a hat I’d take it off to you!

Jess

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Belén July 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Wow! this cake looks delicious :) i will try to make it tomorrow, I’ve just seen your blog for the first time and I really really like it :)

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Lamont Cranston October 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

would a mudcake work?

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miriam November 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I’m trying this tomorrow…. it will be my first cake ever!!!!! :) thanks for the receip!

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Design Cake stickers online December 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I must bake this cake! So happy it’s Christmas and i have an unlimited baking pass :)

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lulu June 17, 2013 at 6:25 am

It looks awesome!
Did you double the matha stewart’s recipe you posted or just made 2 cakes out of that single recipe??
Thanks!

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jennifer September 22, 2013 at 1:36 am

Looks perfect. I am debating making this for my daughter’s birthday. Would the buttercream work for the dirty icing before fondant?

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Sahil March 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

I was thinking of a Strawberry choclate tango recipe, and this one fits in nicely.. Definetly preparing it this weekend.

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Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar April 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

What a magnificent cake! I love strawberry and chocolate as a combination so I just know I would love this!

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