Thursday, 31 July 2014

Chocolate and Strawberry Cake

Last weekend I asked J what cake he wanted for dessert as I've not baked in a long while. He said chocolate or strawberry so I decided to make a chocolate and strawberry cake. I used my all time favourite Nigella old fashioned chocolate cake recipe and sandwiched it with a honey chocolate ganache filled with fresh strawberries and topped with more ganache and ganache dipped strawberries. The result was absolutely amazing. The visual effect is stunning and the cake is deceptively simple to make. It's a mix all in one recipe - you can easily do this by hand. I chose a ganache filling and topping as it's easier to make than buttercream and I thought it would hold out better in this heat.  

The cake was moist and chocolatey and the fresh strawberries cut through the rich chocolatey layers and offered a hint of freshness. However, the honey chocolate ganache was the star. I used leatherwood honey which my aunt brought for me from Tasmania, Australia. It's a very fragrant honey and tastes absolutely amazing. I added a tablespoon of honey to the ganache and it worked beautifully. 

As strawberries are in season, I'm sending this to Simple and in Season run by Ren Behan. It's guest hosted this month by Sally from My Custard Pie.

I'm sending this to Let's Cook With Strawberries hosted by Nayna from Simply Food. 

I'm also entering this to Blogger Bakespiration Challenge hosted by stuckinthetree. 

 ready to go in the oven 

 spread ganache on the bottom layer of the cake 

 top with chopped fresh strawberries 

 add second layer of cake and another layer of chocolate ganache 

 decorate with ganache dipped strawberries 


For the chocolate cake 

200 grams plain flour
200 grams caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
40 grams cocoa powder
175 grams soft unsalted butter
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
150 ml sour cream

For the honey chocolate ganache

150mls double cream
200g dark chocolate chopped
1 tablespoon leatherwood honey (optional) 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Grease and line 2 x 20cm sandwich tins.
  • Place all the ingredients for the cake in a stand mixer and mix until smooth. Alternatively mix everything by hand in a large mixing bowl.
  • Divide the cake mixture evenly between the sandwich tins and bake for approximately 35minutes or until cooked and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before decorating.
  • To make the ganache, bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped chocolate. 
  • Continue stirring until all the chocolate has melted and you have a smooth, glossy ganache.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey if using. 
  • Decorate the cake as shown. 


  1. Im su re I let a comment!
    Well I love this chocolate cake with these strawberries look beautiful!

  2. That looks so beautiful and delicious!!!!

  3. This looks gorgeous, I want a piece!! Love the idea of adding honey to ganache.

    1. The honey ganache was amazing! I think it will only work with certain types of honey though

  4. what a lovely cake so nice to use ganache instead of buttercream - much more decadent.

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

  5. Chocolate and strawberries are an amazing combination. I love it.

  6. YUM! Look how glossy that ganache is, I just want to dive in head first! I love making cakes just because...and not for a fancy event or birthday but just because you feel like a big piece of cake! In fact I feel like one right now, haha!

    1. I totally agree! The ganache was super yummy especially with the honey.

  7. What a fab cake! Delicious!!!!! Make the most of those strawberries..... they won't be around much longer....

    1. Thanks and yes I'm feeling a bit sad knowing strawberry season is almost over!

  8. Nigella's recipe is my most baked choc cake. Lovely to have a summer variation. Thank you so much for entering Simple and in Season. The round up is now published.


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