Sunday, June 2, 2013

Strawberry Birthday Delight

Cake recipe thanks to the Pioneer Woman

    2 sticks Butter
    4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa Powder
    1 cup Boiling Water
    2 cups Flour
    2 cups Sugar
    ¼ teaspoons Salt
    ½ cups Buttermilk
    2 whole Eggs
    1 teaspoon Baking Soda
    1 teaspoon Vanilla
    1-½ cup Nutella
    2 pints Strawberries, Hulled And Sliced
    ¼ cups Sugar
    1 teaspoon Vanilla
    2 cups Heavy Cream
    ½ cups Powdered Sugar

 Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Line two round cake pans with parchment paper.  Spray with PAM.

 In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, add the cocoa powder and mix well.  Pour in the water, combine and bring the mixture to a boil for about 20 seconds.  Remove from heat and set aside

In a medium bowl mix together the buttermilk, baking soda, eggs, vanilla.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar and salt

Stir in the chocolate mixture, stirring gently

Now pour in the buttermilk mixture and stir in gently until completely combined

Next, pour cake batter in to prepared pans and bake in oven for 17-20 minutes, until the middle doesn't jiggle.

When done, cool by removing from the pan.  Turn bottom side up and carefully remove parchment paper.

While the cakes are cooling, now it's time to hull, rinse and slice the strawberries

Gently stir in the sugar and vanilla.  Set aside for at least 15 minutes.  Drain off excess juice (I saved it for the special drink I was making - see below this recipe)

In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar in high speed until it's thick and fluffy

Spread about half of the Nutella on the flat side of a cake

On top of the Nutella, spread half of the whipping cream

Stand back and admire.  Try not to feel like you're having a Close Encounters moment, this. is. not. Devils Tower!

Add half the strawberries on top of the whipped cream.  I could really stop here and consider it done BUT since I have more ingredients, might as well finish it off

Take the second piece of cake, bottom side up and carefully place it on top of the strawberries pressing down gently.  Repeat rest of the layers

and there folks, is the delicious masterpiece

We added some birthday candles.  We surprised our daughter-in-law with a small family gathering with a birthday cake.  She loves strawberries and what a great reason to make this lovely recipe

and here's the birthday girl blowing out the candles

we then topped it off with this delicious
Strawberry Rosemary Gingerale drink thanks to the blog, "A Less Processed Life"
Strawberries can be so good in a variety of ways.  What is your favorite?

We had been secretly planning to do something for my daughter-in-law who's birthday is coming up soon.  As soon as the Pioneer Woman posted this on Facebook I immediately knew I was going to make this for her my DIL's surprise birthday party.  This will from now on be my basic go to chocolate cake.  Not only is it from scratch but it's so moist and deliciously chocolatey good.  Best homemade, from scratch cake I've made ever!

We had a great time with the grandkids and family this weekend, savoring every moment!

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