Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chocolate cake sheet cake with chocolate-covered strawberries

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I recently discovered the beauty of sheet cakes. I always paid way too much to get them professionally done at a bakery or grocery  store, but not anymore. I'm going to give the 'recipe' (more like instructions) on how to make the cake shown above. It is a 2 layer marble cake with chocolate EVERYTHING, topped and filled with chocolate frosting.

Ingredients:
  • 15x10x1-inch pan (2, if you have them). Now, I literally went to store after store looking for this mystery pan, until a friend informed me that it is simply a shallow cookie pan. (Take a look here)
  • Wax paper
  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix and ingredients to make it
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix and ingredients to make it
  • 3 cans of chocolate frosting
  • 1 large container of fresh strawberries
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. shortening or butter (shortening is better)
Directions:
  • Prepare both cake mixes in separate bowls
  • Place wax paper over pans (it helps get the cake out later without it falling apart)
  • Pour half of vanilla cake mix into both pans on top of wax paper
  • Pour half of chocolate cake mix into both pans
  • Swirl mixes with a knife to create a swirled effect
  • Bake cake according to directions on box. **Note: The cooking time may be less because it is such a shallow baking pan
  • After the cakes are baked and cooled, remove one layer and place on desired 'platform' (I bought cake cardboard bottoms to support them)
  • Frost the top of that layer, and place the second layer on top
  • Frost entire cake and decorate sides as desired with extra frosting
For strawberries:
I never understood why people pay so much money to buy chocolate covered strawberries. It literally cost me $4 to make about 30, all of which are on top of this cake
  • On a VERY LOW HEAT, pour chocolate chips and shortening into pan on stove
  • CONTINUALLY STIR. If you leave this stuff alone for even a minute, it will burn
  • Once the chocolate is melted, lower the heat even lower until it's on level 1 or 2
  • Clean strawberries
  • One at a time, dip strawberries into chocolate using a fork as a spear
  • Immediately after dipping, place on wax paper
  • After all strawberries are done, refrigerate for about 30 minutes and cover the top of the cake with them
  • Pour remaining melted chocolate on top of the cake
Make sure this cake stays refrigerated!

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