Valentines Triple Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Recipe

Who doesn't love chocolate and strawberries?
Today's post is a recipe that is perfect for Valentine's Day, whether you are spending it with a loved one or having some me-time. It's a three layered chocolate cake, topped with dark chocolate dipped strawberries. The icing is even white chocolate flavoured. It would be a great dessert for a Valentines date night, as it's impressive to look at when cut, as it has an ombre effect. Chocolate dipped strawberries are a typical Valentines date food, and having it mixed with a cake, makes this recipe even more decadent for this holiday. Even if you aren't celebrating Valentines Day and are single, this cake recipe is great for a relaxing evening in by yourself, or sharing with your best friends.



White Chocolate Buttercream



1 - Preheat the oven to 170c.
2 - Grease and line with baking paper 3 x 20cm circular baking tins.

3 - In a stand mixer, beat the caster sugar and softened butter together until light & fluffy.
4 - Add the eggs to the mix, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

5 - Once all of the eggs have been added, add 6 tbsp of milk, and beat again. Then sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture, and mix until fully combined.

6 - The divide the mixture evenly into three bowls. Put to one side.
7 - Now on to melting the chocolate. Break up each of the different chocolates into three small bowls, and melt in a microwave. You can use the bain marie method if you prefer. Let cool slightly, but not harden.

8 - For the white chocolate layer, add a tablespoon of the cake batter into the melted white chocolate, and stir quickly. Then gently fold the white chocolate mix and vanilla extract, into the rest of the cake mixture. Once fully combined, pour into one of the tins, until 2/3 full.
9 - For the milk chocolate layer, stir in 2 tbsp of milk and 3 tbsp of cocoa powder into the second bowl of cake batter. From this bowl, add a tablespoon of the mixture into the melted milk chocolate, and stir quickly. Then fold the melted chocolate mix back into the cake batter. When fully combined, pour into one of the tins until 2/3 full.
10 - For the dark chocolate layer, stir in 2 tbsp of milk and three tbsp of cocoa powder into the final cake batter bowl. Then quickly mix a tablespoon of the cake batter into the melted dark chocolate. Fold the melted dark chocolate mix back into the cake batter, until fully combined. Pour into the final tin, until 2/3 full.
11 - Smoother out the top of each cake mix, and bake all three cakes for 25 minutes, until the cake springs back when pressed lightly and when a skewer comes out clean.

12 - Let cool in the tins for 2 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire racks. Don't forget to peel off the baking paper from the bottom of the sponges.

13 - Whilst they are cooling, melt 100g of dark chocolate in the microwave. Then dip your washed strawberries into the chocolate, letting the excess drip off. Then lay them on a plate covered in baking paper. Leave to harden in the fridge.

14 - Now to make the icing. Melt the white chocolate and leave to cool. Then beat together the butter and icing sugar, until fluffy and combined, in an electric stand mixer. Finally, add and beat in the cooled white chocolate and 3 tbsp of milk.

15 - Once the cakes are cooled and the icing is ready, it's time to assemble the cake. Place the dark chocolate sponge onto your cake board/stand first, and spread a layer of icing on top.
16 - Then place the milk chocolate sponge on top of the icing. Cover the top of this sponge with icing too.
17 - Add the white chocolate sponge on top of that layer of icing, and then cover the top of the white chocolate sponge with icing. Also take the icing down the side of the cake too. This layer of icing should be thin, as it is just to seal in the crumbs. Place the cake in the fridge to harden slightly for 30 minutes.

18 - Remove from the fridge, and cover the cake with more icing and smooth the icing as best as you can, as this is the final layer. I'm not the best at icing, so just try your best.
19 - Finish with decorating the top of the cake with the chocolate dipped strawberries.
20 - Slice the cake and enjoy!

And that is how you make this triple chocolate layer cake with chocolate dipped strawberries! A perfect Valentines Day recipe, that's great for a romantic date night, a girls night or for a relaxing solo night in.

I hope you like this recipe and have a great Valentines/Galentines, if you like to celebrate it.
Let me know if you make it!

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