Crestview, Fl
Mother's Day is always a special day. My mother happens to be one of the best people I know. We have been through quite a bit together and it has made us incredibly close. Since I moved to Florida I don't get to see her very much anymore. So, I decided to make the 16 hour trek up to see her. For once, she was genuinely surprised! (This is quite a feat as she is all knowing!) A happy get together calls for a dessert that celebrates the occasion and my sister, Cindi, had just the thing.

I don't know about your mom, but mine LOVES chocolate and strawberries. So we adapted this recipe from Baby Gizmo. (Here is a link to the original...

Frosting -
Two 8-oz packages of cream cheese, room temperature (I used low-fat)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
¾ cup chilled heavy whipping cream

1 cup strawberry puree
4 tbs powdered sugar

9oz chocolate
1 cup heavy cream

Cake -
3 cups cake flour
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
3 cups sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
7 large eggs
2 TBSP vanilla extract\
1 cup sour cream (I used low fat)
6 TBSP plus ⅓ cup seedless strawberry jam
2¼ lbs strawberries, hulled, sliced (about 6 cups), divided

Put a small/medium bowl in the freezer to chill. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in sugar. Remove that chilled bowl from the freezer and beat cream in that chilled bowl until peaks form. Fold whipped cream into frosting. Cover; chill for a couple of hours until it’s firm enough to spread. (If you are in a hurry, you could put the frosting in the freezer to chill quickly.)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour two 9-inch cake pans with 2-inch high sides. (I used 10″ cheesecake pans – aka springform pans – because they were the only round pans I had with high enough sides and they worked great!) In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add sour cream, and beat for 30 seconds. Add flour mixture in three additions, beating to blend after each addition. Divide batter into prepared pans.

Bake cake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edges of the pans, then turn cakes out onto a rack to cool completely. I threw the two cake layers in the freezer for about an hour to make the cake assembly easier.
  1. Using a serrated knife, divide each layer in half horizontally. Place one half, cake side down, on a cake plate.
  2. Spread strawberry puree over the bottom layer of the cake. Spread the frosting over the puree. Layer the strawberries on top of the frosting. Repeat two more times with cake layer, puree, frosting, and strawberries.
  3. Top with remaining cake layer, cut side down. Spread two cups of frosting over the top and sides of the cake in a thin layer, then frost with remaining frosting. Stir remaining jam to loosen, then spoon teaspoonfuls onto the top and sides of the cake. Use the back of a spoon to swirl jam decoratively into the frosting. This recipe makes a very big 4-layer cake that will feed a lot of people. It says it has 12 servings but I definitely think it feeds even more!
  4. Ganache:
  5. Boil the heavy cream in a saucepan.
  6. Pour it over the chocolate chips and whisk until smooth
  7. Puddle it in the center of the cake
  8. Use a offset spatula to push the ganache out to the sides and let it drizzle down the sides
  9. Let the ganache set and then enjoy!


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