Chocolate-Strawberry Cream Cake

If you are looking for a sweet treat to make for someone special on Valentine’s Day, I can recommend this cake.  It is also fairly easy to make, using the convenience of a boxed cake mix.  It is a pretty cake (and decadent) with the White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting, chocolate cake and strawberry buttercream filling.

We know that Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th and that many people give cards, flowers, candy, and presents to their loved ones.  I love getting a heart shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day.  The chocolates seem to just taste better for some reason.

The history of Valentine’s Day has a lot of legends surrounding it.  Legend has it that Valentine’s Day is named after a martyred Christian Saint named Valentine.  There is doubt as to which Valentine the day is named after because legend also mentions three Valentines.

However, it was Chaucer’s poem The Parliament of Fowls in 1381 that may have linked the day with love.  This poem was in honor of the engagement of Richard II and Anne of Bohemia.  In the poem, Chaucer links the mating season of birds and Valentine’s Day.  (There was a medieval belief that birds select their mates on February 14th.)  Source

For this was on St. Valentine’s Day,
When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.”

I found a print copy of the poem on Amazon for less than a dollar and felt the need to purchase it.  This print version has Middle English on one side and the modern English translation on the facing page.  It is quite an interesting poem.

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I  make this cake at Christmas time for us as well as to give as food gifts, but Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to serve it also.

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Chocolate-Strawberry Cream Cake

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the Cake:
1 box devil’s food cake mix (Duncan Hines preferred)
1 cup water
3 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare 2 round (9 inch)  cake pans.  Blend cake mix, water, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl at low speed until moistened (about 30 seconds).  Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.  Pour batter in two prepared pans and bake 24-29 minutes.  Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool cakes on wire rack for 15 minutes.  Remove cakes from pan and cool completely before frosting.

While the cakes are baking and cooling, prepare the filling and frosting.

For the Strawberry Filling:
1/4 cup pureed strawberries
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar

With electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and powdered  sugar together.  Add the strawberry puree and mix on medium low speed until incorporated.

For the White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt

In a large bowl with mixer on medium speed,  beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Add the melted and cooled white chocolate chips, pinch of salt, and vanilla extract and beat until blended.  Add the powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

Spread the strawberry filling between the two cake layers.  Frost sides and top of cake with the White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting.  Decorate with white chocolate curls, if desired.  Store cake in refrigerator.

 

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Notes:
To make chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler to shave the edges of a bar of room-temperature chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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