Take the Chocolate Cake

I decided to bake a “going away chocolate cake” for my friend Allie who is moving to Portugal! Good luck and best wishes, Allie!

It is actually really easy to do a layer chocolate cake, but it does take some time. Well worth it, though! My layered chocolate cake looked a little sloppy because it was not perfectly even and I spread my frosting using the back of a fork. I covered the worst mess-ups with strawberry slices and extra frosting and I think it looked very pretty! The way I see it, imperfections are just proof that this chocolate cake was homemade.

Find a basic chocolate cake recipe that you like and bake your single layer cake in a 9×11 inch pan. Once it cools, cut the chocolate cake into equal-sized squares (or rounds if you want a cylinder cake). I wanted more layers for my cake, so I cut each thick square into two thinner layers.

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For fruit filling: I simmered fresh strawberries, raspberries and cherries with a squeeze of lemon in a saucepan. I added a little honey for sweetness and some pectin for the right thickness.

For cake frosting:

1/3 cup salted butter

1/3 cup cream cheese

1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients need to be combined in a large bowl with lots of space to whip that frosting! I just used a fork to mix out the lumps and then whip! When you are doing it by hand it does take some elbow grease and a couple solid minutes of work, but I think that’s the fun part. *Add a splash of milk, and the frosting will become smooth and creamy – perfect for spreading.

2016-05-12 13.40.40-1.jpgI stacked up the layers and frosted the outside of my chocolate cake, then stuck the sliced strawberries on the sides. Yum.

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Chocolate cake with alternating layers of frosting and fruit filling!

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