Monday, May 23, 2011

Romance Yourself: Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Happy May Day
So it is May 24 and while some people hit the bars and the “24’s”-eh I was plotting my evil cake plots. Well truth be told there is an entire meal planned out before this cake. But we are going to stick with the cake on this one.

Things you need:

12 eggs separated (I find this works best with your hands)
1 cup white sugar
1/3rd cup cocoa powder

Homemade strawberry Jam
Chocolate Mousse

Butter and line 2 9-inch cake pans. Set your oven for 350 F - you will be baking for about 30 mins or until the cake springs back to the touch.
In bowl 1 (aka the bigger bowl):
Beat egg yolks and the one cup sugar together for about 3 minutes until it is a nice pale spring time yellow.
Sift in the cocoa powder and then using a soft spatula fold and blend in.

In bowl 2, beat the whites of the eggs until they form soft peaks – how you know you are done is when you lift your hand mixer out and a little “peak” is left- also the bubbles are no longer bubbles and look solid.
In about 3 sections, fold the egg whites into the first bowl.
Pour into equal parts into 2 9-inch buttered pans and bake.
When done baking, pull out the cakes and let them rest until they are 100% cool.

On the first layer add strawberry jam followed by a layer of diced strawberries and then a sprinkle of sugar powder and top with chocolate mousse.
Drop 2nd layer of cake on. Add another layer of strawberry jam, then a layer of chocolate mousse and decorate with strawberries on top.
When I served this I added melted dark chocolate that I swirled over the cake and plate with a big blob of whip cream .


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