Last night I had the opportunity to make a cake for some good friends of mine. They were celebrating their Grandmother's birthday. When I asked what flavor of cake they wanted, the response that I got was, "Whatever you think would be good". Hmmmm......Well, I think almost all cakes are good. I decided that I could NEVER go wrong with chocolate. And who doesn't like strawberries? That's when I decided to make this decadent Chocolate Strawberry Cake. It is a moist 12 inch cake, stacked 3 layers high, and it is filled with a rich chocolate butter cream frosting. While I was frosting the cake, and washing and slicing the strawberries, my cute husband was melting white chocolate to do the lettering on the sides. We actually wrote the words out, and then formed them to the 12 inch pan so that they would bend with the cake. I think they turned out great! I also made a delicious strawberry glaze, which I drizzled on top of the strawberries. I will have to share the recipe with you, because it really turned out great! This glaze would also work as a filling for inside the cake.
Strawberry Cake Filling/ Glaze
1 small box Strawberry flavored gelatin
1/2 cup hot water
1 (20 oz.) jar Strawberry jam (I used the seedless kind)
1 cup water
1/2 cup cornstarch
Mix the gelatin with 1/2 cup hot water. Stir until dissolved. Add the jam. Stir until well blended. Combine cornstarch and 1 cup water. Set aside. Heat jam mixture to boiling. Add cornstarch mixture. Stir over heat until thickened. Cool and use.
You can use any flavor of gelatin and jam. (This is what I use for my raspberry cake filling, and it is great!)
This cake turned out great, and the family loved it! I can't wait to make another one.