OMG… I just have to start this post by asking: Did anyone see that Budweiser Clydesdale commercial during the Superbowl? I cried my eyes out. Like tears everywhere, soaking wet. Pete was like “oh my God- what is wrong with you?” and then he slowly backed out of the room.
It probably doesn’t help that he walked into our kitchen at the time, which literally looks like a pink bomb went off. I have been working all weekend on the content for my Valentines Day Craft segment on New Day Northwest tomorrow morning (Monday the 4th—I will share all the crafts with you on Tuesday!). There are cookie bouquets, magic wands, feather boa’s, hundreds of ribbons, stickers, glitter, candy, color crayons and many other piles of arts and crafts that would all make him feel like his collar was tight. It’s not really his think. And it doesn’t help that I was sitting there with feathers in my hair, glitter smeared on my face, spray painted hands and crying about a fake horse/human relationship on TV. Yikes. I think I need some fresh air.
Lets talk about something else.
Like how I had to make this cake for you to officially launch the start of the uh “Valentines Day Season” which I guess will last for about the next week and a half. I know it’s a silly little Holiday, but it is also cute and sweet and totally inspirational as far as little crafty things and indulgent treats go.
Like this Red Velvet Strawberry Chocolate Cake. Which is like all things Valentines Day baked into a cake. Layers of soft, tender Red Velvet cake sandwich pale pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting and fresh sliced strawberries. Then the whole thing has a thick topping of glossy chocolate ganache and a fancy little crown of pink sugar pearls. Pretty great.
By the way, if you want step by step photo’s for the cake batter part, go here.
To make this cake, this is what you do:
For the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 8” rounds with parchment paper and baking spray.
Sift together the cake flour with the salt and the cocoa. Set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter until soft and creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until everything is well combined and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time and mix until each is well combined into the batter. Add the vanilla and mix well to combine, scraping down the sides if necessary.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and the food coloring, completely dissolving the dye into the buttermilk (otherwise it will sit on the bottom of the bowl).
You are going to alternately add the flour and the buttermilk to the butter mixture in three parts, beginning and ending with the flour. Keep mixing the entire time, and scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure that all of the butter and flour are mixed into the red batter.
Now! In a small bowl add the tsp of vinegar, then add the heaping tsp of baking soda and mix it with a spoon to combine. It will fizz up, and you should immediately add it to the batter, folding it in with a spatula until well combined.
Immediately spoon the batter into the cake tins. Bake the cakes at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until just cooked through. Pull the cakes out and let them cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting:
Beat all of the ingredients in a standing mixer until completely combined and light and fluffy.
To frost the cake:
For the 2 filling layers in between the cake layers, add frosting and then 1 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries for each.
completely frosted set it in the fridge to chill and start the ganache. Chop the chocolate finely, and bring the cream to a simmer. Pour the cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
Gently pour the ganache over the top of the cake so that it drips over the sides. With the cake even a little chilled, it should set up quickly. Immediately add the sprinkles if you are using them.
I recommend chilling before slicing.
Recipe: Red Velvet Strawberry Chocolate Cake
- Red Velvet Cupcakes, makes 2 dozen
- 2 ½ cups Cake Flour, sifted
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 Tbs Dutch processed cocoa powder (* it must be Dutch Processed)
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
- 2 oz Red food coloring (*I cut it to 1.5oz with plenty of red color, but if you want to go all the way with it- who am I to stop you?
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1 heaping tsp baking soda
- Vanilla Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
- 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla paste (or a scraping of ½ a vanilla bean or just extract)
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 Tbs milk
- Pink food coloring
- Fresh Strawberry Filling:
- 3 cups sliced strawberries
- Ganache Topping:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- Sprinkles (optional)
- For the cake:
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 8” rounds with parchment paper and baking spray.
- 2. Sift together the cake flour with the salt and the cocoa. Set aside.
- 3. In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter until soft and creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until everything is well combined and fluffy.
- 4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until each is well combined into the batter. Add the vanilla and mix well to combine, scraping down the sides if necessary.
- 5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and the food coloring, completely dissolving the dye into the buttermilk (otherwise it will sit on the bottom of the bowl).
- 6. You are going to alternately add the flour and the buttermilk to the butter mixture in three parts, beginning and ending with the flour. Keep mixing the entire time, and scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure that all of the butter and flour are mixed into the red batter.
- 7. Now! In a small bowl add the tsp of vinegar, then add the heaping tsp of baking soda and mix it with a spoon to combine. It will fizz up, and you should immediately add it to the batter, folding it in with a spatula until well combined.
- 8. Immediately spoon the batter into the cake tins. Bake the cupcakes at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until just cooked through. Pull the cakes out and let them cool completely before frosting.
- For the frosting:
- 9. Beat all of the ingredients in a standing mixer until completely combined and light and fluffy.
- 10. To frost the cake. Generously frost the cake. For the 2 filling layers in between the cake layers, add frosting and then 1 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries for each.
- 11. When the whole cake is completely frosted set it in the fridge to chill and start the ganache.
- 12. Chop the chocolate finely, and bring the cream to a simmer. Pour the cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
- 13. Gently pour the ganache over the top of the cake so that it drips over the sides. With the cake even a little chilled, it should set up quickly. Immediately add the sprinkles if you are using them. I recommend chilling before slicing.
Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12
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This is one spectacular looking cake! Here’s the real Budweiser horse story http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/super-bowls-baby-clydesdale-budweiser-story-18383280 That happened to me once with a horse I used to do volunteer work with at a non profit. It was one of the beautiful moments of my life after not seeing him for two years.
WHAT!!??? that is a real story!? And Vicki- you have been through this? OMG- water works allover again!!
Heather!! How did I miss that commercial? I made my husband call me in every time the commercials came on, lol! I’ll have to go watch…or maybe not! Lol 🙂 This cake is stunning and I want to make it right now at 6 am! Lovely!
Thank you Jenny!!
What a gorgeous cake!
Beautiful cake!! The Bud commercial was cool but I really liked Dodge and the farmers!!
Yup Gerry- I thought that was a beautiful commercial too.
This looks delicious! Very decadent 🙂 Now if only a slice of it could transport itself to my kitchen, haha
AMAZING cake! WOW! Definitely will make with my little chefs.
Yes, loved the budweiser commercial, also the Doritos commercial with the dad dressing up with his daughter cracked me up. 🙂
and the Dorito goat!!
SOOOO PRETTY! I would give my left arm for a slice right now.
That cake looks so good! Perfect for V day!
You’re going to rock it on your segment!! This cake is absolutely stunning!! I missed that commercial 🙁 I went upstairs when the lights went out and then I started working on a blog post and never came back to finish out the game, lol
Oh gosh- it is the sweetest thing ever. Watch this: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/super-bowls-baby-clydesdale-budweiser-story-18383280
I would like a slice or 12 of this cake, please and thankyouverymuch. YUM!
I missed that commercial. I’ll have to find it online. But the cake-fabulous!
Yes. Here he is http://www.thegracefoundationofnorcal.org/gallery?id=4665686&dh=0&cppr=4 You can read about their story here: http://www.thegracefoundationofnorcal.org/grace-story. I have loads of horse miracle stories. The best one being a yearling I bought for my daughter who was a neglected muddy mess with the halter growing into her skin. Turns out she’s the great great many times over granddaughter of Man O’War and has all the similarities.
Hellooooo gorgeous! This cake is so pretty!
GORGEOUS!!! And I was balling at the Budweiser commercial too. so freaking good.
Now this is some kinda PARTY cake!! Beautiful Heather.
This is probably the most beautiful cake I’ve ever seen!
Oh man. I’m still doing the “ugly” cry. I could use a slice of that gorgeous cake to make me stop.
there is something about this cake that I am absolutely in love with! it must be the chocolate drippings. gorgeous, heather!
Lovely cake! I’ve seen the Budweiser Clydesdales in person in STL in their stables – they are gorgeous.
OMG, it looks delicious !!!!
Sadly, fresh and tasty strawberies are out of season right now… but I’ll keep the recipe until next summer, and then I can have some of that Red Velvet cake.. Can’t wait !!
Thanks for the recipe !
Gorgeous cake, Heather, and I love the idea of you bespackled with glitter, feathers, and all things pink!
that is one gorgeous cake!
i have to share this with my fans for my friday link roundup!
So beautiful, love the addition of strawberries, wondering if your directions could include the time to bake the 3 layers of cake, or do you bake them the same amount of time as the cupcakes? Thank you!
thank you for pointing that out!! 20-25 minutes. Thanks you!
this cake was delicious!! it was gone within 3 minutes. i recommend everyone to try it!!
Thank you for this recipe. We made it for Valentine’s Day in a heart shape and used valentine day confetti/sprinkles. My brother then took it to work and entered it in there bake goods contest for V Day. He won both overall Best Dessert and Best Tasting. Highly recommend this recipe.
Hi Heather. Just have to say, this cake was amazing…! So delicious! I made it for a friend, and I thought the recipe was very well written and easy to follow too. May I share this recipe on my blog, translated in Norwegian? (Of course giving you proper credit, and using my own words and photos.)
Camilla! Of course!! So glad to hear that it went well 🙂
Wow..this cake looks fantastic..plan on making it asap. Thanks
I’m adding this one to my favorites and pinning it. An absolutely beautiful cake that I came across on Facebook via More-ish Cupcakes.
I made this for my daughter’s 21st birthday. She saw it and asked me to make it-it was fantastic! I realized we also have enjoyed your gingerbread /cream cheese cupcakes. Thanks for the great recipes
thank you Cindy!!!
This cake looks amazing! Can I make a day ahead and keep in the fridge? And does it need to covered?
Where did you buy that black/white/gold cake stand?? It’s stunning!
The cake looks amazing too. Need to make!
Thank you Zara! Anthropologie about 4 years ago….
I am using your recipe to create a tutorial at my channel. I will incudes a link to your site if you like. Let me know, thanks for the awesome recipe!
I opened my pinterest, type in “chocolate cake” per my son’s birthday cake request and filtered to my pins only, and he picked this one….in like 2 seconds flat. He had no interest whatsoever in scrolling through and looking at the others. This one it is! Looks and sounds fantastic! We’re going to skip the red dye and top this with ninjas, too. Should be a big hit 🙂
Awesome Jen!! I hope you love it!
Total hit! Thanks, again 🙂
Oh awesome Jen!! thank you so much!
Hey! I’m think about making a cake with Red Velvet, Strawberry, and Chocolate Layers so I was wondering how your cake actually tastes with the three flavors together. The cake looks amazing! I just hope you could tell me what the cake tastes like, it would be a big help. Thanks!
This cake is just simply amazing I have made it over two dozen times now and I have also sold over 7 of them as well. It is not only a favorite in my house but of mine also. Thank you for the wonderful cake recipe we love it!!!!
So happy to hear that Jessica!!
Hi, this cake looks so yummy but what is Red Velvet cupcake mix? I don’t live in the US so can I substitute something else?