Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Whip Cream Frosting and Strawberries

My student wanted to learn how to make a cake – I chose this one because the rest of our menu called for cream and this would be a great way to utilize it all.
Plus, he would probably have no trouble going out to buy a whisk versus a hand mixer.

The lovely thing about this cake is that it can be split in two using a long serrated knife.. layer the cake with chopped raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries – whatever berry you fancy! Put some frosting down, top with berries, add next layer of cake and repeat. Or you can keep it as is!! But it’s great way to say HELLO SPRING!

Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Whip Cream Frosting and Strawberries – 6 generous servings
1 ½ cups cake flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup milk


12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
2 cups heavy cream
4 tablespoons sugar

Prepare an 8 or 9 inch round pan with non-stick spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt, mix and set aside. In another bowl beat butter and until light and fluffy, add sugar and beat until thoroughly blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add ½ the dry ingredients with ¼ cup of milk, mix until smooth, and add the remaining dry ingredients and ¼ cup of milk. Mix until just blended and smooth. Spread into baking pan, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

For the frosting: Combine 2 cups heavy cream and 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate in a heavy sauce pan over low heat. Stir constantly until chocolate melts, remove from heat, and refrigerate in a large metal bowl for 2 hours. Using a whisk, whip the mixture until soft peaks trail, add 4 tablespoons sugar and continue to whip until firm peaks form.

To serve: Remove cooled cake from pan, using a long serrated knife, cut across in a sawing motion. Set bottom on serving dish. Spread some frosting, top with berries, lay other ½ of cake over, frost cake as you like, garnish with halved strawberries.

This was the first cake he has ever made, it was delicious! He just wants to learn how to cut and ice better -practice!
Happy Cooking!


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