March 17, 2010

Chocolate Cake with Strawberry filling

Today I was in a mood for some chocolate. What better way than to bake a chocolate cake? The last time I made one, it turned out little hard. I was not happy with the outcome. So I went logged back online and searched for different recipe and stumbled upon this Hershey chocolate cake which had loads of good reviews. Pleased by the comments, I decided to try this. I did not use my blender instead I was able to whisk everything by hand. The recipe was so easy and the results just fabulous. The cake turned out moist and had a strong cocoa flavor. For some fruity flavor I added strawberry filling.

Preparation time:20 minutes
Baking time:35 minutes

Serves 6-7


Ingredients:

For the cake:
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa powder
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

For Frosting:
5oz bittersweet chocolate
10tbsp butter softened
1/3cup confectioners sugar
1 tbsp marsala

For Strawberry Filling:
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1/3 cup whipping cream
1 tbsp strawberry jam

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8-inch baking pans.
2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.

3. Mix eggs, milk, oil and vanilla for about 2-3 minutes.
4. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix the batter slowly, it might spill.

5. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Then pour batter into prepared pans.

6. It exactly take 35 minutes. To check insert a knife in center and it should come out clean.
7. I let the cake cool over night.
For frosting:
1.Melt the chocolate over a double boiler of barely simmering water.
2.Beat butter and sugar in a medium sized bowl at a medium speed until creamy.
3.Add the melted chocolate;mix until glossy and smooth.Set aside to cool.
For filling:
1.Blend the cream,strawberries and jam together.

Assembling the cake:
1.Place one layer on a serving plate and spread 1/3 of the strawberry filling.
2.Top with the second layer and spread the cake with chocolate frosting.Decorate with strawberries.COOK'S FILE:
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HINT:I would recommend you to make the filling and frosting in advance.
VARIATION:Instead of marsala you can use coffee liquor or instant coffee dissolved in water.

19 comments:

Madhuri said...

Wow, That's look so perfect and tempting.Nice exposure.

MaryMoh said...

Chocolate cake...always my favourite. Your chocolate cake looks very delicious...mmmm

mittu said...

looks awesome!!! i have made the exact same ckae from hersheys too :)

tracieMoo said...

the look of the chocolate ganache is such a killer.. I need my chocolate fix now :D

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Chocolate cake, My family's favourite cake. This look so tempting.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Great effort....mouthwatering.

Gulmohar said...

Cake looks decadent..love love chocolate cake..and the filling sounds awesome

Jessica {The Novice Chef} said...

I just came across your blog and I am so glad I did! This looks fabulous!

tigerfish said...

wooo.....it's like overflowing with chocolate and I love it!

Cocina Savant said...

What a decadent treat. It is almost too photogenic to eat. Excellent work.

Sushma Mallya said...

looks gorgeous and so tempting...

Tina said...

Mouthwatering and perfect choco cake...Yumm...

Malar Gandhi said...

Oh my gosh, that looks gorgeous, beautiful:) Love anything chocolateeey, its a treat here, thanks for sharing this recipe:)

Sarah Naveen said...

oh my !! My!!! that looks awesome!!! so perfect and yummy!!
First time here..njoyed the stay..

Rekha shoban said...

thank u for visiting my blog dear...cake cooks veryyy yummy and perfect!

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Deepa Raman said...

wow..nice to hear that u were looking for wall treatments and u saw my post relating to that...

wow...what a cake.....tempting..feel like grabbing a piece...truly good..

s said...

Im always in the mood for chocolate..and this sounds perfect!

Nithya said...

I badly want it now.. I am craving for chocolates now. :) yummmmm... terrific clicks. wish I could grab a piece right away :)