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chocolate valentines day cake
Chocolate Valentines Day Cake
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

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!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best chocolate cake, valentines cake
Servings: 16
Calories: 697 kcal
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
  1. Prepare 4 cake pans using parchment circles in the bottom of each pan and lightly coating the sides and paper with butter
  2. Preheat oven to 350
  3. Blend flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa and sugar together, set aside
  4. Make sure all of your wet ingredients are at room temperature.
  5. In the bowl of your mixer whip softened butter and yogurt together .
  6. Add the eggs one at a time fully incorporating before adding another, and remember to scrape down your bowl in between each addition.
  7. Add vanilla and mix until blended
  8. Add the dry ingredients and mix just enough to blend them into the wet ingredients.
  9. Divide between 4 cake pans,spreading batter evenly using an offset spatula
  10. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  11. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes then remove from pan to continue cooling.
  12. Sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and let stand 5 minutes.
Strawberry Mousse
  1. In a food processor, puree 2 cups sliced strawberries and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until smooth.
  2. 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.
  3. Cover and chill until slightly thickened about 30 minutes, stir the mixture every 10 minutes
  4. Whip cream at low speed until foamy; gradually increase speed to medium-high, and beat until soft peaks form.
  5. 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
  6. Spread about 1 cup Strawberry Mousse between each cake layer, cover and chill 3 hours or until mousse is set.
Chocolate Mascarpone Frosting
  1. In a double boiler melt chocolate, set aside.
  2. Add Mascarpone to a large bowl and beat with confectioner’s sugar in three additions until smooth.
  3. Add vanilla and gradually add the melted chocolate.
  4. Whip frosting until light and fluffy and frost cake immediately, before chocolate can set.
  5. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top of cake.
  6. Refrigerate cake until serving, but allow it to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Valentines Day Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 697 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 214mg 9%
Potassium 205mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 89g 30%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 67g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 12.9%
Calcium 8.8%
Iron 12.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.