My friend Jenfu asked me to bake a cake for his girlfriend's birthday - a heart-shaped chocolate cake with strawberries. How sweet and adorable! I had never made a heart-shaped cake before but it turned out to be not so tricky. I baked the cakes in 9-inch rounds and carefully cut the cakes in a heart-shape before splitting them.
There are so many different recipes for chocolate cakes out there. But this one's got to be one of my favorite ones. This chocolate cake uses a combination of both the melted bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder with a touch of coffee to intensify the flavor for those chocolate lovers out there. And it has a perfect texture that is light, moist, and fluffy but firm enough to hold its shape to be split into thin layers for a multi-layer cake.
I like my cake fluffy with a moist filling like bavarian cream or pastry cream. So for Jenfu, I created a three-layer dark chocolate cake with custard cream infused with vanilla and fresh strawberries. And it's topped off with light, airy vanilla meringue buttercream and decadent dark and white chocolate covered strawberries.
I hope you and your girlfriend had a very special day together and enjoyed the cake!