Strawberries and Cream Chocolate Cake is your new favorite chocolate cake recipe. A single layer moist chocolate cake with a hint of espresso, topped with whipped cream, and macerated strawberries. This chocolate cake recipe is sure to be your new favorite dessert!
I've always had an interesting relationship with chocolate. Sometimes I love it, other times I hate - super finicky. However, one thing that I've always enjoyed is a good chocolate cake. Specifically, a soft, slight rich, and fluffy chocolate cake. That's exactly what this cake is - super moist, tender, chocolatey without being overbearing, and flavored with a tiny hint of espresso. Not to mention, the whipped cream topping with strawberries?! This recipe is like having a chocolate covered strawberry in the form of a cake.
It's not secret that here at Britney Breaks Bread, I love to bake. Everything from cake to cookies to biscuits to bread, I love it all. This Strawberries and Cream Chocolate Cake may be my new favorite baking recipe. It's not only easy, but it's freaking delicious!
I've been loving everything with berries as of late. Between my mixed berry shortcakes and mixed berry trifles, this cake is no different! This time however, it's berries and chocolate cake. Sounds yum right?! Not to mention, the strawberries that I picked up from Balducci's over the weekend were so sweet and perfectly ripe, I couldn't resist pairing them with this chocolate cake to make the ultimate desserts.
There are two rules of thumb that I think are absolutely necessary for keeping cake moist - add fats (oil, butter, sour cream etc) and do not over bake your cake! Of course there's more that goes into it, but here's where you start.
Also, be sure not to over mix your cake. I know that I say this with every single cake recipe that I have on the blog, but it's so critical. How do you know if you've over mixed your cake? If when you take a spoon of batter and drizzle it into the bowl and it's formed more of a dough, it's over mixed. The batter should be somewhat loose and able to be drizzled. If not, the cake may be a bit tough and dry.
So, start with the cake. Simply mix together dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another. Then combine the two. Mix together hot milk and espresso powder and add that to the batter (this helps hydrate the flour which makes for a flavorful and moist cake). Fold the hot milk and espresso into the batter and then pour batter into a greased/parchment lined baking pan and bake for 40 minutes.
While the cake is baking, cut up some strawberries and add sugar and lemon juice. Toss together and put in the refrigerator. Then make some whipped cream simply by beating together sugar, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract. Add to the refrigerator until ready to use.
Once the cake is finished, allow it to cool completely (do not skip this step. if the cake is hot, the whipped cream will liquify and the cake will be soggy - yikes!). Layer whipped cream on top and add the strawberries on top. Garnish with mint if you like!
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Had to leave a comment as this cake was a nice treat to whip up for a short notice family celebration at dinner!
I did want to point out to remember to add the oil as I don’t think the written directions and that I did have to pull my cake out at the 36 minute mark as I smelt some burning. Glad the prep for the frosting and clean up kept me in the kitchen as it resulted in a clean toothpick. Hours later I heard so many “mmmms” and “yummy!” at the table that I was happy I attempted a chocolate cake again as a new baker. Oh, lastly—I subbed Greek yogurt and it was perfect textually compared to sour cream. Even with my subsitutiom, this recipe was a coffee/brownie lovers dream!
I'm so glad that you enjoyed it!! Thanks for your feedback!!
I'm finicky about chocolate, too, and this recipe hit the spot! I'll be making this cake again for my dad's birthday.
I love this cake! It's so moist and chocolatey, and the strawberries and whipped cream on top make the perfect combination.
This was a stunner for Mother's Day! I wanted to make something new that was simple to pull together but looked just as good as it tasted, and this was it!
I'm so happy to hear that! Happy Belated Mother's Day!
Chocolate cake, strawberries and cream always complement each other so well. This cake was sweet, moist and full of flavour! I’ll definitely be making this again.
Made this to bring to a dinner party over the weekend and everyone LOVED it. The chocolate cake was perfect. Will definitely be making this again.
Yay! I'm so glad that this recipe was a hit!
I love this cake in that it is as pretty to look at as it is delicious. It made the perfect cake for a family celebration this week. As I am not much of a decorator, this simple decorated cake was so pretty with little fuss.
Thanks Mireille! I'm not the best cake decorator either so I try to keep things simple! I'm so happy that you enjoyed this recipe!
This cake was as beautiful as it was delectable! Because I prefer lighter desserts, the juxtaposition of the whipped cream and berries with the cake was perfect.
I'm so glad to hear that! Thank you!
What a wonderful recipe. My chocolate cake was extremely moist and delicious. I can’t wait to make this again.
Music to my ears! So glad that you enjoyed this recipe!
I took your advice and did not overmix my cake batter and was sure to add an ample amount of fat. It turned out DELISH! Thanks for the recipe and tips!
Anytime, thank you for giving this recipe a try!