Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chocolate Cake With Stawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

          For a long time now, I had wanted to do a frosting with strawberries and cream cheese. Everytime I got a box of strawberries, I would want to do this and finally end up doing something else with it. My first thought was to do cupcakes with this frosting, but later changed it and baked a square cake. What would go much better with strawberries than chocolate, so decided to make a chocolate cake with a fruit filling..

Need To Have

  • All Purpose Unbleached Flour Or Maida - 1 cup
  • Cocoa Powder - 1/2 cup
  • Brown Sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Flax Seeds Powder - 2 tablespoons
  • Milk - 1 cup + 6 tablespoons
  • Baking Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Baking Soda - 1 teaspoon
  • Vanilla Extract - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - 1/4 teaspoon

For The Frosting

  • Cream Cheese - 3 oz.
  • Greek Yogurt - 2 oz.
  • Confectioners' Sugar - 8 tablespoons
  • Vanilla Extract - 1 teaspoon
  • Corn Starch Powder - 5 teaspoons
  • Strawberry Puree - 4 tablespoons
  • Sliced Fresh Strawberries - for filling inside the cake and on top

          Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. Soak the flaxseeds powder in the 6 tablespoons warm milk for about 10 mins. Then beat it well, add the oil, beat once again, add the salt, sugar, vanilla extract and milk and blend everything well. To this slowly mix in the sifted dry ingredients, mix everything well and pour in a greased pan and bake at 350F for 25 mins till a toothpick stuck inside the cake comes out clean. Cool for 5 mins, remove the cake from the pan and cool it well for atleast 2 to 3 hrs before doing the frosting.
           For the frosting, first beat the cream cheese and yogurt, then add the sugar, beat well, add the strawberry puree and the corn starch and blend everything well. The cornstarch is added to thicken the frosting. Now take the cooled cake, tort it (slice it into half), take the top half, place the it top side down. Apply the frosting and arrange the fresh strawberries, apply some more frosting if you want, place the other half, bottom side up, so now the top of the cake will be the smooth side, press it down slightly, placing a parchment paper on top so that it does not stick to your hand. Now apply the frosting all over the cake, leave it in the fridge for an hour, slice it and serve it decorated with the strawberries.

Sending it to Tickling Palates for the I Love Baking  and for the Let's Cook: Chilled Delights events,
                to Srav's Cooking Concepts for the CC - Spring Seasonal Food event,
                to UK Rasoi for Srivalli's Kid's Delight - Fruits event,
                to Tomato Blues for the Summer Spirits event and
                to Sumee's Culinary Bites for Vardhini's Bake Fest event.

I used low fat cream cheese and fat free greek yogurt, the frosting was rich enough, if you want a very rich frosting use full fat versions.
The quantity of frosting is enough for a thin layer on top of the cake, if you want a lush thick layer increase the amount of frosting.
If you don't have greek yogurt use very thick curds drained off all the water.
This cake has to be refrigerated because it has fresh fruits and cream cheese in it.

Chilled Delights

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  1. wow. it looks fabulous. love the cake with strawberries

  2. wonderful cake, and nicely presented

  3. Looks so beautiful. I may make it for my birthday in a few weeks time.

  4. Cake looks delicious, Strawberries and chocolate combo hmmm tempting....

  5. Looks good. Interesting how you used yogurt in frosting!

  6. இன்னிக்கு எங்கு பார்த்தாலும் கேக் ரெசிபியா இருக்கு...கேக் ரொம்ப அழகா இருக்கு!!

  7. What a beauty, Hema! Its looking lovely and so tempting. Great post :)

  8. I do not use icing other than whipped cream, next time I will try cream cheese. Thanks for sharing. The photos look delicious.

  9. Delicious frosting and yummy cake..great post.

  10. Looks so tempting and mouthwatering....

  11. Hema, the cake luks so gorgeous,...awesome bake with yummy frosting...

  12. awesum luking cake..loved the pics...nice one n easy to make..

  13. Yum yum, seriously i can have a slice rite now, beautiful cake..

  14. they look so cute :).. reminds of the slices placed in bakeries :)

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  15. beauuuuuutiful & yummy post....drooling here..;)
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  16. Hi Hema,
    This cake looks so delicious. It looks soft, moist and I love the frosting on top.

  17. they look adorable, love that frosting with strawberries infused.

  18. Very pretty and rightly baked cake!! perfect frosting !! Thanks for linking to the event !! Appreciate It :)

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  19. looks perfect....strawberries are my favorite :)

  20. So cute and beautiful cake..just awesome!!

  21. This is making me so hungry right now! Might attempt this recipe in the weekend! :)