Chocolate Strawberry Cake

My mom and I are both Pisceans with our birthdays separated just by a day. After years, this time we did celebrate it together and oh, what fun! There were balloons, ribbons, food, games and obviously a gorgeous cake! Surprising as it might sound, I had never got a chance to bake for Mom and so I was all geared up to make full use of this opportunity. For her I baked a vanilla sponge cake (recipe here) with dark chocolate ganache topped with caramel frosting and fresh strawberries. The look on her face when she saw the cake is a memory which will stay with me forever. She was happy, proud and felt so special !

I hope this recipe will add joy to your special days too. 🙂

Ingredients:

  1. Vanilla sponge cake made using 4 eggs.
  2. 200 gms dark compound chocolate
  3. 200 ml fresh heavy cream
  4. 200 ml fruit juice
  5. Strawberries for the topping (optional, you can pick any other topping e.g. oreo)
  6. Caramel Buttercream for the topping (optional)

How to make the chocolate ganache?

  1. Heat 200 gms of fresh cream in the microwave for a about a minute in 30 second bursts (till it gets a little sizzle).
  2. Pour it over roughly chopped 200 gms of dark chocolate and mix till a smooth mixture is formed.
  3. Allow it to cool till the mixture thickens (at least 30 minutes) and then whip it with an electric beater for about 4-5 minutes at medium to high speed. Your chocolate ganache is ready !! 🙂

How to assemble the cake?

  1. Slice the sponge cake on 4 horizontal slices using a long blade knife on a turntable.
  2. Soak them all well one by one with the fruit juice to keep them moist.
  3. Layer the slices with chocolate ganache and strawberry slices and finish with the covering the entire cake with ganache. Smooth it using a spatula and then add the toppings.

Here are some pics from the party. P.S. – I ran out of cake boards.

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