Four Layer Chocolate and Strawberry Cake

four chocolate and strawberry layer cake

It was a very special person’s birthday just last week.. My special Unicorn Benedetta!! This post was supposed to come straight after the rainbow cupcakes, but work and life in general came in the way 😛

This cake was supposed to be 5 tier, but one of them broke during the assembly and I had to reduce it to 4. It was still pretty 🙂

INGREDIENTS: (makes 5 layers- 6′)

For the Cake-

200 gr dark chocolate

170gr butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cups water

3 tsp instant coffee

For the frosting-

200gr butter

3-4 cups icing sugar

1 cup of chocolate milk buttons

For the decoration-

1 cup of chocolate milk buttons

600gr  fresh strawberries

180gr dark chocolate

Start with the cake. Turn oven on 180°. Spray the trays with canola oil. Melt the dark chocolate and the butter together in the microwave, start with 30 secs, mix and then another 30secs until melted. Pour into a mixing bowl and add the sugar. Once combined add the eggs. Beat in 1/2 flour and baking powder. Scrape down the bowl and add the rest of the flour and 1 cup of water. In the remaining water, mix the instant coffee and add in the batter. Now pour into the trays and bake for 45-50 minutes.

Meanwhile you can make prepare the strawberries. Set the best looking and bigger ones on the side (I’d say 6-7). Melt the chocolate buttons and dip the strawberries in. Set on a tray or container and put in the fridge. The rest of the strawberries cut into cubes and leave in fridge.

Now you can prepare the frosting. Melt the chocolate buttons. Beat Softened butter and icing sugar and add the chocolate. Spoon 2/3 of the frosting  in a piping bag with a nozzle and leave the rest in the bowl.

Once the cake has cooled down completely you can start building it up! Place a layer on a plate and spread with frosting that is in the bowl.

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Now pipe short strips on the edge of the cake from the outside towards the centre and cover with chopped strawberries

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Repeat the process with all the layers.

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Melt the remaining 180gr of dark chocolate. Dip a fork in the chocolate and make some lines over the chocolate covered strawberries. Now pour all chocolate over the cake in order to cover the top layer.

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Now place the strawberries on top of the cake. I placed them on outer edge to then add a birthday candle and a My Little Pony Toy (didn’t have a unicorn but Benedetta was still more than happy with it!)

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Needless to say it was a hit! 🙂

Ciao for now xox

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