Jul 10, 2011

Chocolate Strawberry Layer Cake



My 25th birthday, which was a couple of weeks ago, called for a special torte so I decided to create a three layer chocolate cake topped with strawberries. Unfortunately the génoise didn’t rise enough so it was really difficult to cut it into three layers but with a little help I manged somehow. I filled the layers with a thin layer of strawberry jam and chocolate frosting, which I also used all around to frost the cake. The ganache drizzled over the top made this cake look so chocolatey delicious but the frosting was way too sweet for my taste. The next time I’m going to change it up a bit.



If someones’s interested in the recipe (which is just too long to translate and type right now) I’ll edit this post later. Just let me know by leaving a comment.



On an other note, the giveaway for the cupcake bell kindly offered by the Urban Bike Store is now closed to further entries. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow!


Edit: upon request here's the recipe!


Génoise (sponge cake):

140 g dark chocolate
75 g butter
6 eggs
180 g sugar
100 g flour
50 g corn starch
2 teaspoons baking powder

Note: the recipe for the sponge cake is from this one. I can only recommend baking the Foret Noire cake as well, it’s delicious and not that difficult to make.

How to:

Melt the chocolate with the butter in a glass bowl set over a pot of boiling water. Separate the eggs. Beat egg whites until stiff. Stir in the egg yolks with the sugar until it’s fluffy. Stir in the melted chocolate into the egg yolk and sugar mixture. Sift in the flour, corn starch and baking powder over the egg whites and combine delicately. Fill the batter into baking sheet-lined springform pan. Bake the cake in the preheated oven at 175 ° C. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let the cake cool on a wire rack. After the cake is completely cooled down, divide it into three layers. This can be done either by a sharp knife or by marking the spot with a knife and putting a piece of string or yarn around the bottom and pulling it diagonally. I do the second method but as I said, you could also do it with a knife.


Frosting:

125 g butter, softened
450 g cream cheese
230 g dark chocolate
half cup of brewed coffee
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
750 g powdered sugar

How to:

Brew coffee and set aside to cool. In a large bowl combine butter and cream cheese. Mix until light and fluffy. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla extract. Mix well. Slowly add in powdered sugar and coffee, beating well after each addition.

Note: I found this frosting way too sweet for my taste so you might want to tweak the recipe a bit or try a completely different recipe.

Ganache:

115 g dark chocolate
Half cup of heavy whipping cream

To make ganache, pour the hot cream over chopped bittersweet chocolate and stir the mixture until smooth.


Garnish:

60 gr dark chocolate
Strawberries

Pipe or spoon melted chocolate onto waxed paper in decorative designs, let stand until set. Arrange strawberries on top of cake.


I assembled the cake by spreading a thin layer of strawberry jam and then a thin layer of frosting onto the first layer and repeated this with the second, being sure not to spread to the edges of the cake. Using a spatula I spread a thin layer of frosting over the sides and top of the cake and put it into the fridge for half an hour to set the frosting. Then I spread another, thicker coat of frosting. A couple of hours before serving I made the ganache and drizzled it over the cake and garnished it.

Let me know if you make this cake and how it turned out!
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15 comments

Gawgus things... said...

Looks soooo good :)

Absolutely Mrs. K said...

ouch a perfect cake it is! the last one is insane, the way the chocolate is dripping, ooohhh

Lainey said...

That cake looks delish!

christine brightside said...

omg, just looks tooooo delicious! awsome!

Claire M. said...

Wow looks so delicious ;)

Anonymous said...

wow, we'd love a recipe for this cake - especially me, since I owe a birthday cake already :P

Miss Eyda said...

"If someones’s interested in the recipe [..]" .... MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

... look awesome ...

blnti said...

i also am interested in the recipe, it looks yummuy!

want more fashion said...

ellerine sagliiik !!! süper ötesi görünüyoooo !!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh ich hätte das rezept auch so gerne, da ich bald meinen 20ten geburtstag feiere :) auf deutsch reicht es mir schon ;) sieht super aus!

Anonymous said...

Woow..gseht würkli lecker us =)REZEPT BITTE :P

Samantha said...

Oh WOW! Also ich wäre auch am Rezept interessiert, auch auf Deutsch (falls es die Übersetzungsarbeit erspart) :)

Sieht wirklich fantastisch aus!!!

Neulich hab ich zum Geburtstag einer Freundin die Raffaelo Cupcakes gebacken :) Sie waren seeehr lecker und sind bei allen super gut angekommen :)

Eure Rezepte sind immer etwas besonderes!

Liebe Grüße

Styleseeking Zurich said...

Hey girls, thanks for your feedback! I edited the post and hope you will have fun baking the cake! :)

Nesli

bez said...

Wow, der sieht echt verlockend aus!
Danke für das Rezept, bei Gelegenheit probier ich die Torte auf jeden Fall mal aus!

Love,
bez

KimChicSisters said...

looks delicious

http://kimchicsisters.blogspot.com/2011/07/wish-upon-star.html

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