Friday, October 17, 2008

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake

I decided to bake a cake since I'm staying at my brother's house. He has four kids and they love chocolate. I used to make this Swedish strawberry cake that I learned to bake when I lived in Sweden years ago. Here's a twist on that Swedish cake.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake

Bake two 8 inch round chocolate cakes. You can use boxed cake mix or your favorite chocolate cake recipe. Cool cakes completely.
Use a double broiler or like I did here by placing a bowl on top of a pan with boiling water in it to melt the chocolate with the cream.
Chocolate Ganache Glaze:
1 bag of bittersweet chocolate chips (sweetened)
1/2 bag milk chocolate chips
2 cups heavy cream
Bring cream to a simmer in a saucepan and remove from heat. Put a whole bag of bittersweet chocolate and half a bag of milk chocolate chips in the double broiler or bowl that is over slow boiling water. Slowly pour the warm cream in the chocolate and whisk or stir until smooth. Make sure to continue to stir until ready to use.This is what the Ganache glaze should look like when it's ready! Mmmmmm...so good!
Slice the strawberries thin. Leave a few whole for garnish.
Spread the white chocolate cream on top of one of the cakes.
White Chocolate Cream:
1 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
3 tablespoons cold water
6 ounce white chocolate chips
1 1/4 cup whipped cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sprinkle gelatin over water in a small sauce pan, let stand 5 minutes. Cook over low heat stirring until gelatin dissolves. Add grated chocolate and stir constantly until melted. Cool slightly. Combine whipped cream and gelatin mixture in a mixing bowl, beat at medium speed until thickened. Stir in vanilla.

Then place the strawberry slices all over the white chocolate cream.

Place the other cake right on top.

Pour the Ganache glaze on top of your cake....

Keep going.....

Spread the glaze all over the top and sides of the cake. I took some remaining strawberries and dipped them in the leftover glaze and used them as garnish!

The masterpiece...it sure tasted good!

The layers here are just fabulous! Each piece gets you chocolate, white chocolate cream & strawberries!

This is little girl grabbed the big chocolate covered strawberry in the middle of the cake.

She was so happy about getting that big strawberry!

4 comments:

Helene said...

This is cruel to make this cake when I'm hungry... Looks fabulous. Have a great w-end.

avesta said...

Sorry Helene...I know how you feel..when I read all these wonderful blogs all I want to do is eat! :)

Ingrid said...

Geez, Avesta! You're killing me and I haven't eaten lunch yet. The insides of that cake looks so good. The only thing is, I would like some more of your white chocolate cream, maybe a big glob on the side!? :-) Your cake looks lovely all dolled up!
~ingrid

avesta said...

Sorry Ingrid! I know..I just had a piece of this last week and want more now!!! :)