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Easy Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

Easy Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake. This gorgeous, simple cake is so quick to make too, with only about 20 minutes of hands on preparation. It’s destined to be one of your go-to desserts.

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Easy Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

Originally published March 2017.

I made this Easy Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake last week when my daughter Olivia was home from University in Toronto on mid term break.

I always like to cook and bake her favourites when she’s home. Strawberry shortcake is her absolute favourite.

She very often requests the sponge cake based version found here, even as a birthday cake.

A close second favourite for her is the basic, one bowl chocolate cake that we have used for decades around here. She’s made it herself a hundred times I’m sure.

All four of us in the household know that recipe so well that we’ve all memorized it. Any one of us can easily have it in the oven in under 10 minutes.

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On this particular day, there was already quite a bit of cooking going on, as we were preparing the rest of the meal.

We served the recently updated Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken with Sage and our new side dish of Smoked Cheddar Duchess Potatoes. A quick to prepare dessert was in order.

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Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

With some strawberries and whipped cream on hand, I had the cake in the oven in minutes. I sliced the strawberries to macerate in a little sugar while it was in the oven, then took another 5 minutes or so to whip the cream and put it all together.

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Fresh ripe perfect strawberries.

It certainly was no trouble at all but eager eyes around the table popped when the cake made its appearance. This is just my kind of dessert cake; quick to make with simple ingredients, beautiful to present, delicious and appreciated by all around the table. What more could you want?

 

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Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake wide shot of entire cake on a white serving pedestal.
Yield: 12 or more servings

Easy Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Easy Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake - this gorgeous, simple cake is so quick to make too, with only about 20 minutes of hands on preparation. It's destined to be one of your go-to desserts.

Ingredients

For the chocolate cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup soured milk, just add a tbsp lemon juice or vinegar to the milk and stir.
  • 1 cup brewed black coffee, cold
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Strawberries

  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups of fresh sliced strawberries
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar (powdered sugar)

Instructions

To make the cake batter

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into 2 greased and floured 8 or 9 inch cake pans.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To prepare the macerated strawberries

  1. Simply toss the strawberries in the sugar and let stand at room temperature for about an hour.
  2. Occasionally toss the strawberries and sugar together as they macerate.
  3. Be sure to reserve the juice/syrup that forms.

To prepare the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  1. Simply beat the whipping cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer until firm peaks form.

To construct the cake

  1. Strain the strawberries , reserving the syrup.
  2. Poke holes in both layers of cake with a wooden skewer and spoon the reserved syrup over the cake, allowing it to sink into the holes.
  3. Place the first cake layer on a cake plate and spread on a thin layer of whipped cream to help the strawberries stay in place.
  4. Layer the  strawberries over the cream, then pipe on or spread on about 1/2 of the whipped cream.
  5. Add the second layer of cake and repeat the thin layer of cream, layered strawberries and the remaining whipped cream.
  6. Garnish with additional strawberries if you like and a drizzle e of melted chocolate.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 501Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 77mgSodium 318mgCarbohydrates 63gFiber 2gSugar 42gProtein 6g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Paula

Saturday 5th of October 2019

Hi Barry, I baked this cake yesterday. It is delicious!!! My only problem was with the whipped cream topping. It didnt seem to be stable enough to hold the top layer. When I placed the top layer on it squished the first layer of piping. Does yours do this? Where did I go wrong? Thanks.

Maureen Peery

Saturday 17th of June 2017

I made this for work and everyone loved it! It was great! I will be making this again and again!

Sue

Thursday 6th of April 2017

Can I make this ahead of time? Like 2 hours ahead.

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 19th of April 2017

yes

Sue

Thursday 6th of April 2017

Can I make this ahead of time???

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 19th of April 2017

A day before is the limit.

Linda

Monday 6th of March 2017

This is too pretty to eat. I adore chocolate and strawberries. Thanks for sharing.

Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda

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