Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this decadent layer cake is the perfect way to spoil someone special. Layers of homemade chocolate cake and cheesecake frosting are topped with fresh strawberries and a rich chocolate ganache drizzle.
If you’re a regular reader here at A Savory Feast, you know recipes like this aren’t the norm! I usually eat a fairly healthy diet, but I’ve got such a sweet tooth. Lately I keep seeing all these gorgeous layer cakes on Pinterest, and I’ve been dying to make one myself!
I decided that needing a Valentine’s Day recipe for the blog was excuse enough, and this cake was the result!
This time of year I always crave strawberries like crazy. When I was a kid, I used to go strawberry picking with my cousins and then my mom and I would make strawberry jam and all sorts of strawberry desserts.
It’s also getting close to Strawberry Festival season here in Florida. Andrew and I have been going the past couple of years, and our absolute favorite thing to get is a donut from the Amish Baking Company covered in strawberries. It’s the main reason we go!
Anyway, let’s talk about this cake. It’s really a bummer that my site doesn’t have a feature to let you taste this cake!
When people find out I’m a food blogger, one of the first questions they ask is “what’s the best thing you’ve ever made?” It’s no competition, this cake has just stolen that spot!
If you are looking for a way to really impress and spoil your Valentine this year, this is it! Not only is this cake over-the-top fancy with it’s bright red strawberries and rich chocolate ganache drizzles, it’s taste is to die for, too.
You start by making two moist chocolate cakes from scratch (don’t worry, it’s way easier than you think!). Stack them up with layers of cheesecake frosting and pile the top with fresh strawberries. The chocolate ganache is made with just two ingredients and then drizzled all over the cake for a beautiful finishing touch.
Don’t let this cake intimidate you! Even though it’s completely made from scratch, it’s really not that hard to make. It’s a little time consuming, but I think you’ll agree it was well worth it.
Whether you have plans to visit a nice restaurant for Valentine’s Day or stay at home and cook a special meal, this cake is the perfect thing for dessert!
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- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- About 1/2 cup strawberries, with the tops removed and sliced in half
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour or use cooking spray on two 8" or 9" round baking pans.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredient mixture and add in the eggs, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed, then stir in the boiling water.
- Divide the cake batter evenly into the prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then flip them out onto a wire rack and let cool completely before continuing with assembling the cake.
- Beat butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes until fluffy. Mix in vanilla, powdered sugar and milk and beat for another 3-5 minutes.
- Pour the heavy cream into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- While the cream is heating up, put the dark chocolate chips in a small glass bowl.
- Once the cream is simmering, pour it over the chocolate chips. Mix until smooth and let cool and thicken until about room temperature.
- Place one of the chocolate cakes on a cake stand or serving dish. Spread about half of the frosting over the top of the cake.
- Place the second cake on top of your frosting layer and spread the remaining frosting over the top.
- Arrange the strawberries in the center of the top of the cake.
- Use a spoon to drizzle the ganache over the strawberries and down the sides of the cake.
- Keep the cake in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?