Chocolate Strawberry Cake

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The last time I made a layer cake was my wedding. I made my wedding cake. I don’t think I recommend doing that – even if you love cake decorating like I do. I doubt you’ll love it the night before the big day when the frosting won’t spread right (Frosting totally knows when you’re stressed) and the layers are lopsided. I think I came out of that experience a little traumatized. I’ve been sticking to one-layer cakes and cupcakes now for almost three years. 

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There’s the beast!

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And that is the face of a traumatized woman.

But guys, it’s been too long. I had to get back in the saddle again. And my friend Gayle was only too happy to give me a reason to. She wanted a chocolate strawberry cake for her birthday – the perfect challenge. (She’s also really nice, so I knew she’d be happy regardless of how bad things turned out). 

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This is what I came up with. It’s a six-inch cake, with three 2-inch layers, which was actually a ton of fun to both bake and construct. I don’t know what I was doing the night before my wedding, because this cake gave me literally no trouble at all. Building a layer cake is not really that hard, and I’ll be happy to link you to the tutorial I followed later in this post. 

This baby only took one doctored cake mix, and 1 1/2 of my standard buttercream frosting. Aside from baking, I think I only spent around and hour constructing and decorating. If you’ve never tried a layer cake, don’t let them frighten you. They’re really just teddy bears when you get up close (unless you’re about to be married. Then they’re pure evil :)).

Also, can we talk about those strawberry roses? They’re so fun and elegant, and they’re the simplest thing in the world to make. Really. A few cuts with a paring knife and you’re home free. I discovered this on Pinterest two days ago and knew I had to include them somehow. 

Chocolate Strawberry Cake
Serves 8
Moist strawberry cake layers topped with chocolate buttercream.
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Strawberry Cake
  1. 1 box strawberry cake mix
  2. 1 pkg vanilla instant pudding
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 1/2 cup butter
Chocolate Buttercream
  1. 1/2 cup shortening
  2. 1/2 cup butter
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 3/4 cocoa
  5. 4 cups + a little extra powdered sugar
  6. 2-4 Tbsp water
Strawberry Cake
  1. Mix together all ingredients for the cake.
  2. Grease either two 9-inch pans, or three 6-inch pans.
  3. For 9-inch cakes. spoon 2 cups of batter into each pan. For 6-inch cakes, spoon 1 1/4 cups batter into each pan.
  4. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes for 9-inch cakes, and 30-35 minutes for 6-inch cakes.
  1. Cream butter and shortening together.
  2. Add vanilla, cocoa, and 1 Tbsp water. Mix until combined, scraping the edges.
  3. Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  4. Add in rest of water 1 Tbsp at a time until you reach desired consistency.
  5. Remove 1 cup frosting. Add extra powdered sugar until frosting is moldable.
  1. Place moldable frosting in piping bag with coupler but no tip.
  2. Between each layer, pipe around the outside edge of the cake to create a barrier.
  3. Fill in with regular frosting, then place next layer on top.
  4. Frost and decorate the outside.
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Helpful Tutorials

To start, here’s a great one on how to construct a layer cake. As a note, you can make the recipe above work for either two 9-inch layers, or three 6-inch layers. Before I do this part, I refrigerate my layers so they’re easier to work with. Also, she uses a size 12 Wilton tip to make her dam. I prefer to just use a coupler with no tip. Either works just fine!


Now here’s one on how to get that lovely swirling effect on the outside. I used a large spatula for my cake because I wanted thicker swirls. You can actually do this with a butter knife if you don’t have an offset spatula lying around. You also don’t need a turntable (although they are really, really nice). If you have your cake on a plate, you can just rotate the plate with your free hand.


And last but not least, the strawberry roses. This one isn’t a video, but Ash and Craft’s tutorial is so easy to follow! Click the picture to go to the tutorial. One of the best things I’ve found in a while šŸ™‚

Strawberry Roses | Ash and Crafts

Photo courtesy of Ash and Craft.

So that’s how it’s done. Here’s a photo of what it looks like cut (don’t judge, it was a picnic birthday and I snapped it with my phone!)

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Well? Are you game to give layer cakes a try?

Snap a photo of your cake and share it with us either by leaving a comment or posting to Instagram. Tag it #homanathome!

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Linda @ 2 Cookin' Mamas

What a beautiful cake! I love the way you took a boxed cake mix up a notch. You can make one for me anytime! And the strawberry roses were a nice touch. I’ll have to learn how to make them as that is something I haven’t seen before.
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Diane Homan

Thank you! I got the strawberry rose tutorial from Ash and Crafts and it is awesome!


Oh goodness me. This is a gorgeous cake, and it sounds just as crave-worthy to eat. Thank you for the inspiration!

Diane Homan

Thank you! It’s fun to see new faces around here. I’m so glad you stopped by šŸ™‚

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