Chocolate Cake With Strawberry Frosting

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Chocolate cake with strawberry frosting is a classic dessert the whole family will love! This cake recipe is perfect for special occasions including Valentine's Day.

February 13, 2022
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This Chocolate Cake With Strawberry Frosting is perfect for a Valentine’s Day dessert. But really, chocolate and strawberry is such a classic combination that this cake can be baked up for any occasion, not just in February.

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chocolate cake with strawberry frosting

This chocolate strawberry cake is:

gluten free (you can substitute all purpose flour)
super easy
great for feeding a crowd

I debated whether to create this recipe with a strawberry buttercream frosting, or cream cheese frosting but decided on the latter.

I love the balance of flavors and think the buttercream frosting would’ve been too overwhelming.

chocolate cake with strawberry frosting

Chocolate Cake With Strawberry Frosting – Ingredients

For the cake:

butter
water
cocoa powder (I used raw cacao powder)
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Flour (can sub regular flour)
sugar
sea salt
sour cream (not heavy whipping cream)
eggs
baking soda

chocolate cake with strawberry frosting

For the frosting:

cream cheese
unsalted butter
strawberry jam (can sub fresh strawberries)
powdered sugar
vanilla extract

chocolate cake with strawberry frosting

Chocolate Cake With Strawberry Frosting – How To Make

First, preheat the oven to 375℉.

Second, make the cake by whisking together the flour, sugar, and salt.

Next, heat the butter, water, and cocoa in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and add it to the dry ingredients. Be sure to use a spatula to get as much of the chocolate mixture out of the pan as you can, and whisk until well incorporated.

Let the mixture cool for a few minutes before adding in the eggs, sour cream, and baking soda.

Then, stir to combine and pour the cake batter into a greased sheet pan. To grease the pan, I get some butter on a paper towel and spread it all over the pan. Or you can spray some oil on it.

No special cake pans are needed for this recipe. You just need a regular old cookie sheet.

Place the cake into the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes.

chocolate cake with strawberry frosting

To Make The Frosting:

While the cake is cooking, make the frosting.

Using a hand mixer and large bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Alternatively you could use a stand mixer and paddle attachment.

Next, add in the vanilla and strawberry jam and mix a bit more.

Then, add in the powdered sugar a little at a time until a thick, creamy frosting is formed.

Let the cake come to room temperature before frosting.

chocolate cake with strawberry frosting

Chocolate Cake With Strawberry Frosting – Tips

This cake can be made into a layer cake, as long as you’re okay with the cake layers being on the thinner side. It’s also a fragile cake so be careful when handling it.

Try this cake recipe chilled! It’s delicious!

To grease the pan, I like to get some butter on a paper towel and spread the butter all over the pan.

This cake is incredible as is, but sometimes I like to serve this with fresh strawberries on the top. Either a half of one strawberry or diced strawberries.

However, don’t add strawberries to the cake until right before you serve it. Otherwise the moisture from the fresh strawberries will leak out onto the frosting.

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chocolate cake with strawberry frosting

Chocolate Cake With Strawberry Frosting

This chocolate cake with strawberry frosting is a decadent dessert perfect for Valentine's Day or any special occasion!
Servings 20 slices
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

For The Cake

  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Flour can substitute regular all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 sticks butter 16 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder can sub raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

For The Frosting

  • 1 stick unsalted butter 8 tablespoons, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon no sugar added strawberry jelly I used Crofters brand, see notes for fresh strawberry substitution
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions
 

For The Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 375℉.
  • Grease a 13x18 sheet pan and set aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Heat the butter, water, and cocoa in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • As soon as the cocoa mixture comes to a boil, remove it from the heat and add it to the flour mixture.
    Be sure to use a spatula to get as much of the chocolate mixture out of the pan as you can, and whisk until well incorporated.
  • Let the mixture cool for a few minutes before adding in the eggs, sour cream, and baking soda. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the cake batter into the greased baking sheet, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes.

For The Frosting

  • In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, combine the butter and cream cheese until creamy. (Be sure to use unsalted butter).
  • Mix in the vanilla and jam.
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar until a thick and creamy frosting is formed.
  • Let the cake come to room temperature before frosting.
  • Eat at room temperature, or cold!

Notes

See post for tips!
This cake works great if you want to half the recipe. Just use a 9x13 sheet pan.
*For FRESH strawberry cream cheese frosting, heat 1 cup chopped strawberries with a splash of water over medium low heat. Continue to stir every few minutes until it reduces down to 1/4 cup. This will take bout 20 minutes. Substitute this mixture for the strawberry jam in the recipe above. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 3.5gFat: 19.5gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 225mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gCalcium: 24mg
Author: Jill from Simply Jillicious
Calories: 365kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake, gluten free, strawberry frosting
Diet: gluten free

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  1. Hi,in your recipe you wrote no sugar added strawberry jelly,is it jam ?? But jam has sugar in it .

    1. Hi Shabnum! Lots of brands offer a no sugar added jelly or jam these days. We use Crofter’s no sugar added fruit spread or Trader Joes no sugar strawberry jelly.

      It will still turn out just fine if you use a standard jelly with sugar in it. It just may be on the sweeter side is all, and every brand has different amounts of sugar, so using a no sugar jelly just insures it won’t be too sweet. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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