chocolate valentines day cake
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Chocolate Valentines Day Cake

You don't have to wait for Valentines Day to make this Chocolate Cake with strawberry mousse.  But it would make the perfect dessert to say I love you!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best chocolate cake, valentines cake
Servings: 16
Calories: 697kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley

Ingredients

Chocolate Cake

  • 2 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 8 oz unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs

Strawberry Mousse Filling

  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups sliced cleaned strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin

Chocolate Mascarpone Frosting

  • 4 ounces semi sweet chocolate chopped
  • 16 ounces Mascarpone
  • 4 cups 500 g confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips to garnish top of cake

Instructions

Chocolate Cake

  • Prepare 4 cake pans using parchment circles in the bottom of each pan and lightly coating the sides and paper with butter. I use 9 inch round cakes pans.
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Blend flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa and sugar together, set aside
  • Make sure all of your wet ingredients are at room temperature.
  • In the bowl of your mixer whip softened butter and yogurt together .
  • Add the eggs one at a time fully incorporating before adding another, and remember to scrape down your bowl in between each addition.
  • Add vanilla and mix until blended
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix just enough to blend them into the wet ingredients.
  • Divide between 4 cake pans,spreading batter evenly using an offset spatula
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes then remove from pan to continue cooling.
  • Sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and let stand 5 minutes.

Strawberry Mousse

  • In a food processor, puree 2 cups sliced strawberries and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until smooth.
  • Transfer strawberry mixture to a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, and add gelatin to strawberry mixture, stirring constantly until gelatin dissolves.
  • Cover and chill until slightly thickened about 30 minutes, stir the mixture every 10 minutes
  • Whip cream at low speed until foamy; gradually increase speed to medium-high, and beat until soft peaks form.
  • Fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture until well blended. Cover and chill 30 minutes or just until mixture has thickened enough to be used as filling
  • Spread about 1 cup Strawberry Mousse between each cake layer, cover and chill 3 hours or until mousse is set.

Chocolate Mascarpone Frosting

  • In a double boiler melt chocolate, set aside.
  • Add Mascarpone to a large bowl and beat with confectioner’s sugar in three additions until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and gradually add the melted chocolate.
  • Whip frosting until light and fluffy and frost cake immediately, before chocolate can set.
  • Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top of cake.
  • Refrigerate cake until serving, but allow it to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 2.3mg