This is not your average chocolate cake. Hubby has a thing for really great chocolate cake. It’s his birthday (happy birthday to my guy!) Guess what kind of birthday cake he got? A stand-out, notches-above, amazing chocolate cake. Everyone has a best recipe for chocolate cake. Any “best” I used to have has been unquestionably ousted by this ridiculously delish recipe. There is no way I can keep this chocolate dream to myself. The family agrees that this was really the best chocolate cake we’ve eaten…ever…or at least as far as our tummies can remember. And, that’s a long time.
One might be surprised at what awaits underneath the white frosting… but alas, there are those telltale dark chocolate shavings that give away our delicious secret.
I did exchange the typical butter cream or ganache frosting for a lighter whipped cream frosting. We love our sweet treats, but just not overly sweet. Since the cake itself is super rich, moist, and chocolate-dense, I opted for whipped cream frosting to balance it all out. The whipped cream here is deliciously infused with Kahlua for that special flavor. It’s also “stabilized” with gelatin so it keeps its shape well, without fear of getting runny.
The fresh strawberries truly make this chocolate cake special. The rich, deep chocolate is perfectly paired with light whipped cream, and then given a refreshing bite with ripe strawberries. I cannot explain in mere words how yummy this thing is. I gained a few pounds just making it. I wish I were kidding. I did the taste-bake-keep tasting thing, as usual. Sigh.
Oh, and this probably goes without saying – but, a good quality chocolate will make a difference on the turnout of your dessert.
I almost forgot to mention that this batter makes killer cupcakes, too! I had a bit of leftover batter and made amazing cupcakes with it. That could have been a whole other post. Enjoy! I know you will.
Source: Chew Out Loud, inspired by Gourmet