Chocolate and Strawberry Cake

So where did October come from? I mean, I feel like this semester just started and suddenly Fall Break is over and I'm having to sign up for advising for my final semester. I'm going to need everything to slow down because so many good things are happening and I don't want them to be over yet.

But enough of that.

Like I said, this past weekend was part of Fall Break and it also happened to be my mom's birthday! And I wanted to make a really special cake for her because my mom's pretty awesome.

Let me tell you about my mom.

She works a lot, is stressed out a lot, and worries a lot. But she's also one of the most selfless people I know. She buys a bottle of wine for me every time I visit home so we can drink wine together and catch up. She deals with frustrating people daily and always does the right thing. Everyday, she leaves early for work, comes home late from work, and doesn't really have much time for herself. Sometimes I think she believes that parents aren't cool. When her and my dad come to visit for football games, she always tells me that they'll drop off the tons of food they bring and get out of our way. And every time I tell her that they won't be in the way and that all my friends love them! She rarely does things for herself and is always thinking of others. And I think she worries about me a lot, so I wanted to make a cake to let her know that I appreciate everything she does for me and everything she does in general.

As far as recipes go, there aren't any knew ones here, and I apologize for that. I've got about a million things planned for Halloween, so there will be some new recipes on here soon! I promise!

I tried to make a strawberry-chocolate cake for the cake layers, and by that I mean I wanted to put strawberries in the chocolate cake. But I pureed them and when the cakes came out of the oven, they were basically nonexistent. The flavor wasn't there or anything. It was just chocolate. I think if I had chopped the strawberries into chunks or slices, it would have worked out much better.


For the chocolate cake, I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe, Black Magic Cake. I know I've been using this a lot lately, so I'll switch it up next time!

For the frosting, I attempted to make strawberry meringue buttercream, but it failed miserably. I was pressed for time at that point, so I used store bought strawberry frosting instead. I considered using this homemade strawberry frosting recipe, but it isn't really good for piping. It doesn't hold a shape very well.

And I used regular buttercream for the outside of the cake too.
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
3 cups of powdered sugar

Cut the butter into chunks. I usually cut along the tablespoon lines on the wrapper. Beat butter on medium speed until light and creamy. Add vanilla and milk, mix well. Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time, scraping the bowl and mixing well after each addition. 

To achieve the ruffled look of this cake, I followed a great tutorial by Baker's Royale. It's super easy and uses a 104 Wilton tip. It's basically done by starting at the bottom of the cake, moving your hand upward with a continuous stream of frosting, and slightly moving your hand back and forth. But Baker's Royale has a really good tutorial with pictures, so check it out!

I'm so pleased with how this cake turned out, even though it's a little different than I originally planned. And I really hope my mom had a great birthday. We visited with both sides of our family, went out for dinner, and watched some movies. It was definitely good to go home and spend time with all of them!


  1. Beth, you know your mom too well. I could not add any more to what you wrote and it is a lot of fun watching movies together.

    Your cake was wonderful. We finished it Sunday evening. It was tasty to the last crumb. Something about chocolate and strawberry together that made it extra good.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you guys liked it!

  2. Thank you so much Beth! This was the best birthday ever and the most beautiful and delicious cake I've ever had! I love you! Mom

    1. You're very welcome! You definitely deserved it! Love you too! :)

  3. This is such a beautiful cake! It must've taken you a lot of time to decorate it with those gorgeous ruffles.

    1. Thank you so much, Julia! It really didn't take too long. It was much easier than I thought it was going to be!

  4. Beautiful cake! You should enter this in my Power of Pink Challenge for a chance to win a $100 donation to a charity of your choice: http://www.beantownbaker.com/2012/10/5th-annual-power-of-pink-challenge.html

  5. I think I need to try baking cakes like these to avoid some sleep deprivation symptoms . I’m so stressed these past few days, I think I deserve to eat some of these...

  6. Too much sweet for this cake! But I still want to try it! After eating this cake I think It’s best that I visit a long island weight loss clinic for my check up.