You know how when people celebrate their one year anniversary, they are supposed to bring out the top of the cake from the freezer and share it with each other? I'm pretty sure that top tier cake ends up in the trash (well, maybe it is Instagrammed and then dumped in the trash).
Why not make a new little anniversary cake?
This little cake is baked in two 5 inch cake pans, perfectly sized for a first year anniversary celebration. I have made the chocolate cake many times, sometimes with chocolate, and sometimes with vanilla frosting. This time I wanted something a bit fresher to go with the Chocolate Party theme for this month, strawberries. Why not whipped cream? Strawberries and cream on a little devil's food cake.
This cake is layered with a lightly sweetened whipped cream and a fresh strawberry reduction. It's light and seasonal. If you like, you can prepare the cake layers and the strawberry Cointreau reduction in advance. When you are ready to serve the cake, whip the cream and assemble the layers.
This cake also is in celebration of the one year anniversary of my blog. Happy anniversary, happy anniversary, happy anniversary, haaaaa-ppy anniversary.
What especially touches my heart about this cake is that I have baked variations of it several times with my grandson. He decorates it with as many candies and sprinkles as he likes. I keep a large assortment on hand of course. You can't have too many sprinkles in life.
Strawberry Chocolate Anniversary Cake
Inspired by Zoe Bakes
Top Tier Devil's Food Cake
Adapted from epicurious
1/4 C natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ounce milk chocolate, chopped
1/4 C boiling water
1/4 C buttermilk (I used 1 T. buttermilk powder plus 2 ounces of water)
2/3 C cake flour (I used King Arthur Flour's unbleached cake flour blend)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 C dark brown sugar
1/4 C sugar
1/4 C oil
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Butter two 5 inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment. Butter the parchment.
- Mix the cocoa powder and milk chocolate in a small bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Whisk to combine. Add the buttermilk. If using dried buttermilk, add 2 ounces of water.
- Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk powder if using, together in a medium bowl.
- In a large bowl, beat the sugars, oil, egg, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Add the rest of the ingredients from the other two bowls and mix by hand. The batter will be liquid.
- Divide the batter between the two pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with crumbs but no liquid batter.
- Cool in the pans for 15 minutes, and then on a wire rack until completely cool.
1 C whipping cream
1/8 C powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Whip the cream, sugar, and vanilla to stiff peaks.
Adapted from Une Gamine Dans La Cuisine
One basket of strawberries, sliced and chopped
1/4 C granulated sugar
1/8 C Cointreau
1 T cornstarch
Squeeze of lemon
Place all of the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer, stirring, for about ten minutes. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate if you are not assembling the cake immediately.
To Assemble the Cake
Place one cake layer on a plate or cake stand. Spread the top generously with whipped cream and then top with the strawberry mixture. Place the second layer on top of the first, and repeat. Slice and eat.