This weekend my Mom and I hosted a Passion of the Christ Party, don't worry I am not going all religious on you. We hosted 14 people on Palm Sunday to share a meal and watch the Fox Live Show called The Passion. So, I was in charge of making two desserts for the event. Trying to find two different spring desserts was a challenge. I settled on a lemon, vanilla cheesecake with blueberry compote and a chocolate, strawberry cake.
The cheesecake was a huge success and I successfully created my first compote. Yay! My chocolate cake was relatively simple until it came to the assembly. The first cake layer went down, I spread Nutella over the top, then the homemade whip cream, which was topped with fresh sliced strawberries. It looked amazing, until the second cake layer went on top. . . the cake split down the middle, looking similar to the Grand Canyon, and began to slip off the sides. There were many expletives being yelled . . . oops!
My loving boyfriend came to my rescue and we moved the cake to the garage so the whip cream wouldn’t melt. I proceed in shoving at least 20 toothpicks into the cake to keep it from sliding off. I then added at least half a tub of Nutella hoping it would act as a glue like substance. I piled on a bunch of whip cream to cover my disaster, and toped with more fresh strawberries. You could barely see my mistakes under it all.
It became a game when serving the cake on who could find the most toothpicks, haha. The moral of this whole story is that my cake turned out delicious and was a huge success at the party. In the end if someone is looking that closely, they are too close.
Chocolate Cake Recipe
I personally used the recipe in Pioneer Woman’s Holiday Cook Book, however, your favorite chocolate cake recipe will work perfect. Let’s be honest if you are in a pinch box chocolate cake will work just fine (psst!we all do it).
1 cup butter
4 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 large container fresh strawberries
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
splash of balsamic vinegar (my personal secret)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
½ cup powder sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
melt butter in medium saucepan
Add in the Cocoa Powder, stir until smooth
Add in 1 cup boiling water, let bubble for 30 seconds
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, and salt
Mix chocolate mixture into dry ingredients, mix part way
In another bowl combine buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and baking soda, add this mixture slowly into the chocolate mixture
Pour into two 9 inch pans prepared with parchment paper and baking spray
Bake about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
After baking let the cakes cool completely
While cooling mix the strawberries with sugar, vanilla, and balsamic vinegar, set aside
Whip heavy cream with powder sugar
Cake Assembly (aka my failure)
Place 1 cake layer upside down on serving tray
Spread Nutella until cake is coated evenly with thin layer
Add half the whip cream on top, spread evenly
Add half the strawberries (drained)
Add the second layer (also upside down)
Repeat steps 1-4
Words of Wisdom: “Life is short, Lick the bowl!” - unknown