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Naked Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Recipe


Makes: 8 servings

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Step 1

Cake

For whipped cream, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water. Let stand until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Heat in microwave 10-15 seconds; stir until dissolved and liquid; repeat if needed. In large bowl, whip cream and confectioners? sugar to soft peaks. Add dissolved gelatin and strawberry puree; whip until well combined. Refrigerate 2-3 hours, or until gelatin has set and cream is spreadable.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare pans with vegetable pan spray.

In large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until just combined. Divide evenly into prepared pans.

Bake 18-21 minutes, rotating pans half way between baking. Cakes are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes on cooling grid; remove from pans and cool completely.

Step 2

Ganache

For ganache, heat cream until steaming. Add chocolate and let sit until softened. Stir until combined. Cool to room temperature.

Step 3

Assemble

To assemble, cut the crowns off of each cake layer. Place first layer on cake board or serving plate. Spread a thin layer of ganache to edges of cake. Cover with a thicker layer of strawberry whipped cream. Add a single layer of sliced strawberries, pressing gently into whipped cream. Repeat with remaining cake layers. Garnish top with additional whole strawberries.

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Cake

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unflavored gelatin

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

cold water

2 tablespoons cold water

heavy whipping cream

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

confectioners' sugar

3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

strawberries, pureed and strained

1 1/2 cups strawberries, pureed and strained

all-purpose flour

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

cocoa powder, sifted

1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted

baking powder

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

salt

1/2 teaspoon salt

butter, softened

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

eggs

3 eggs

buttermilk

1 cup buttermilk

Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

milk chocolate, chopped

4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

strawberries, sliced + additional for garnish

1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced + additional for garnish

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