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.
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.
How to Make This Cake
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.
Tips for Success with This Recipe
This cake recipe has become a favorite among my friends and family, and is often requested for birthdays or parties. Here are some of my tips for making this cake turn out perfectly!
- Use parchment paper at the bottom of your pans to make sure the cake releases neatly. There are many ways to prepare a cake pan, but for this recipe I’ve found that spraying with cooking spray, adding a circle of parchment paper at the bottom of each pan and spraying again works best.
- Use a high quality chocolate and cocoa powder. The better your ingredients, the better your cake will turn out!
- Make sure your strawberries are completely dry before adding them to the cake. Pat strawberries with a paper towel before topping the cake if needed.
- If you want to prep some of this cake ahead of time, you can make the cake layers a day in advance and store in the refrigerator. You can also make the frosting ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. Take it out to soften for 30-60 minutes before assembling your cake. I recommend waiting to make the ganache until it’s almost time to assemble the cake.
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!
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?