Nothing like coming to you with a little Valentine’s Day dessert inspiration the day before! I hope you’ll forgive me when I tell you it’s a chocolate strawberry cake that is halfway homemade but all seriously, truly, decadently delicious. It’s exactly the kind of dessert you want for the day — chocolate-y, a little extra special and made with love (but not so much that you’re in the kitchen all day long and leave no time to hang with your main squeeze/BFF/awesome self).
The base of this cake is made with Immaculate Baking Co.’s chocolate cake stratch mix which is made up of these ingredients — sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, corn starch, salt and vanilla. That is it. You add in some milk, butter and eggs and bake it and the cake part is done. Whew. Halfway there already! All that’s left is to make a homemade strawberry buttercream frosting (which is so easy to make, promise, and so good you’ll be tempted to eat it all with a spoon… but don’t! Because it’s much better on the chocolate cake, swears) and a decorative/edible topping of chocolate-covered strawberries (so apropos).
- Milk, butter and eggs called for on cake mix box
- 1 heaping cup fresh strawberries, stems and leaves removed
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Chocolate-covered strawberries, for topping (optional)