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Chocolate Strawberry Cake

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.

Layered Chocolate Cake with Strawberries
Double Chocolate Cake – perfect for someone’s birthday!

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.

double chocolate layer cake
Double Chocolate Cake – a moist, tender cake with just the right amount of sweetness and rich chocolate flavor

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.

double chocolate layer cake with strawberries
Double Chocolate Cake, layered with fresh, sweet strawberries

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.

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Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream and Fresh Strawberries

Chocolate Strawberry Cake

5 from 4 ratings
This luscious cake inspired by Gourmet is supremely chocolatey, moist, and tender. The Kahlua whipped cream is unbelievable. Strawberries make the perfect filling accompaniment. You won't be sorry you tried this one!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Amy Dong


For the Cake:

Stabilized Whipped Cream Frosting

  • 16 tsp water
  • 4 tsp Knox plain gelatin
  • 4 cups very cold heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 TB powder sugar
  • 2 T Kahlua, optional


  • Fresh strawberries, chopped (about 1/2 cup, give or take)
  • Sliced strawberries for garnish


For the Cake (can be made 1 day ahead)

  • Preheat oven to 300F.  Grease two 10×2 round cake pans.  Line bottoms of pans with rounds of wax paper, and grease the paper.
  • Combine finely chopped chocolate with hot coffee, and stir occasionally until chocolate is completely melted.  Set aside at room temp.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a second large bowl, beat eggs until thickened and lemony yellow – about 3 min with standing mixer or 5 min with hand-held mixer. 
  • Gradually add in oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture.  Continue beating until well combined.  Add flour mixture and beat on medium until just combined well. 
  • Divide batter evenly between the cake pans.  Bake in middle rack until toothpick comes out clean or almost-clean, about 60-70 minutes.
  • Cool cake completely in pans on racks.  Can cool overnight at room temp, wrapped well.  When cool, slowly run a thin knife around edges and invert layers.  Carefully remove wax paper.

For the Frosting

  • In large mixing bowl, stir in heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, powder sugar, and Kahlua.  Put this bowl, along with  beaters, in fridge to keep cold.
  • Mix Knox gelatin with water in a microwave safe bowl.  Let sit for about 10 min, for gelatin to soak up the water.  Microwave for about 15-20 seconds, to melt the gelatin.  Stir well, and let cool to lukewarm.
  • Take out the bowl with whipped cream ingredients.  Beat on medium until ribbons form. Quickly check that your gelatin mixture is still liquid and almost cool.  If it has coagulated, reheat in microwave for 5 seconds.  Resume beating whipped cream mixture, while slowly pouring in liquid gelatin into the mixture as it is beating.  Beat to stiff peaks.  Keep in fridge until ready to use.
  • Mix desired amount of chopped strawberries with about 3/4 cup of the whipped cream to make the filling.
  • Spread filling in between layers of chocolate cake.  Frost cake with whipped cream.  Garnish with strawberry slices and shaved chocolate, if desired.  Cake keeps very well in fridge as long as it is covered.


  • You can make your own buttermilk by using 1 1/2 cups whole milk mixed with 1 1/2 T vinegar, and let that sit at room temp for at least 15 min, allowing it to curdle. Mix well before incorporating.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 829kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 1924IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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    • cpy

    Can I use cake flour instead of all purpose flour?

      • chewoutloud

      That should work. Happy baking! 🙂

    • Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    My daughter in law has cornered the market on chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. I think I am going to be back in the running with this one. OMG for just the frosting alone. THANK YOU—-laughing, Carol

      • chewoutloud

      You’ll be more than back-in-the-running with this, pinky promise! 🙂

    • Mindy

    I just made this cake on May 11th for my mother-in-law’s birthday and wanted to let everyone thinking of making this know that it is fantastically delicious! The only thing I left out was the Kahlua because I didn’t have any am very pregnant anyways so figured I’d save that for another time. Everyone who tried it loved this cake! Thanks so much for the recipe, it’s definitely one I will make again!

      • chewoutloud

      That’s awesome, Mindy! Congrats on soon-to-be baby, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • Dawn Benson Boatman

    This looks great! Was wondering if it had a coffee flavor to it at all?

      • chewoutloud

      Coffee usually just adds a depth to the chocolate flavor; there is no distinct coffee flavor. The Kahlua has a yummy distinct flavor that is delish 🙂

    • Alice

    Did not have to add baking powder ??

      • chewoutloud

      Alice, the recipe states both baking soda and powder in it.

    • Lisa

    I think I only have some 9 inch round pans. What do you think the cooking time will be if I use 9 inch rounds instead of 10 inch? thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      I’m sure it will come out great! I would just increase bake time by 5 minutes to begin with, and just keep checking from there. Until toothpick only comes out with a few tender crumbs attached. 🙂

    • yudhikayumyum

    Yum…going to give this a bash soon!

    • Swathi

    Wow… You have decorated the cake so well… Looks YUM!!!!

    • 1visionmultimedia

    Wow…that looks amazing!

    • becpezz

    Oh I am so going to make this!! Thanks for sharing.

    • kaiyasworld

    This looks delicious! Now I just need to find someone to make it for me. 🙂

    • Monet
    • 5 stars

    Such a beautiful cake! I would have never guessed it could look just as pretty on the inside. Well done! I’m very glad I found your blog!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Monet, for the nice comment. So happy you visited 🙂

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Gorgeous inside and out!

    • roxyboots

    That’s a bit of a show stopper!

    • jothetartqueen

    Looks like a great chocolate cake! Deceiving under the whipped cream frosting though until you revealed its cross-section. Love the addition of strawberries too!

    • Kiran

    That looks lip-smacking delicious 🙂

    • trkingmomoe

    I just got a recipe for stablized whipped cream frosting this spring. I haven’t tried it out yet. That picture looks so good. I am going to have to make it. Thanks for sharing.

    • lindsayballen

    These photos are incredible! Your photography skills rival even your cooking skills!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for the encouragement, Lindsay! 🙂

    • epicureantease

    Looks and sounds fabulous!!! 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you! I wish it were diet food 😉

    • Amy

    This is absolutely stunning! A gorgeous cake! 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Amy 🙂

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