Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Cake

Dark Chocolate Torte

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The National Milk Producers Federation.

Have you figured out what your Valentine’s Day plans are yet? Don’t leave things too late and end up having to make a gas station stop. I mean what’s the worst that can happen when you come home with some withered lily’s and a Snickers bar? I’ll let you figure out the answer to that.

Dark Chocolate Torte

But seriously, there’s no need to get in a tizzy. This chocolate strawberry truffle cake is like a really dense chocolate brownie, perfect for a surprise dessert on Valentine’s Day! I bet you even have all of the ingredients in your kitchen to make this ridiculously easy chocolate cake. Let’s talk about the dairy in this lavish dessert first. There’s butter…and lots of it. Just be sure to buy your butter and dairy products that carry the REAL seal stamp. The seal is proof that the dairy you’re about to enjoy is made from U.S. cows milk. The REAL seal was created over 30 years ago by American dairy farmers to differentiate their product from imitations. The farmers are guided by strict regulations to give us peace of mind in our choice of dairy products, and if those products don’t meet the requirements then the seal cannot be proudly displayed on the package. You can make this cake the day before and warm it slightly before serving with some chocolate sauce or a dollop of the best chocolate ice cream.

Dark Chocolate Cake

So why should we pay so much attention to U.S. dairy and the REAL seal? Here are some examples-

  • REAL seal dairy provides nine important nutrients that both adults and kids need.
  • Dairy is a fantastic source of calcium, great for strong teeth and maintaining bone mass.
  • Milk is the number one food source in the United States diet for calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
  • Milk is a great provider of dietary vitamin D. This can be especially helpful to people who find it difficult to get out and reap the benefits of natural sunlight. 
  • Dairy provides calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin A.
  • The REAL seal is proof that the product carries no casein, caseinate, vegetable oil, non-domestic dairy protein or ingredient, or any cheese substitute or cheese analog.

Next time your in the dairy aisle, take a second and look for the REAL seal logo real-seal

Dark Chocolate Torte

Dark Chocolate Cake

Dark Chocolate Torte

 

 

Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

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Ingredients

  • For The Cake:
  • 5 oz semisweet chocolate (60%)
  • 1 1/2 oz dark chocolate (72%)
  • 3/4 cup REAL seal butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely ground almonds
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • For The Chocolate Sauce:
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 6 oz butter at room temperature
  • For The Caramel Strawberries:
  • 4 large strawberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a round 9 inch cake tin and flour the base, dumping out any excess flour.
  2. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over a low heat and add both kinds of chocolate. Stir to melt together and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat 1/2 cup sugar and the egg yolks with a whisk until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Slowly add the melted chocolate to the beat yolks, then add the almonds and flour. Mix well by hand.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat with a whisk attachment until soft peaks appear. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar while on high speed until firm peaks are visible.
  6. Transfer 1/3 of the beaten egg whites to the chocolate mixture and fold in with a spatula or wooden spoon. Add the rest of the egg whites and fold in making sure to mix it well but gently. You don't want to see any egg whites in the chocolate batter.
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  8. Let cool before slicing.
  9. For the sauce- Melt the chocolate and gradually whisk in the butter until smooth and shiny.
  10. For the caramel strawberries- Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. Heat the sugar, water and honey in a small saucepan over a medium heat until it starts to turn a golden color. Carefully watch it until it next starts to turn a light amber color.
  11. Take the pan off the heat and dip a strawberry into the caramel letting the excess drain back into the pan until it starts to taper off. Lay the strawberry with it's long "tail" on the prepared cookie sheet.
  12. Once the cake is ready to be served, garnish with a few of the strawberries.
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26 comments


  • Wow I’ve never heard of a caramel covered strawberry before but I like it!

    February 10, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Erin :)

      February 10, 2014
  • Did you just say caramel strawberries? Did you invent these? You are such a genius!!

    February 10, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Oh I don’t know about inventing them Jocelyn…but I made em’ ;)

      February 10, 2014
  • You had me at dark chocolate, but then you bowled me over with the caramel strawberries. Swoon!

    February 10, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      The combo does that ;)

      February 10, 2014
  • Holy yum! Kinda blown away by those strawberries.

    February 10, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Holy yums indeed friend!

      February 10, 2014
  • The cake looks stunning! Love those caramel coating strawberries.

    February 10, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Angie, have a great week!

      February 10, 2014
  • something about the dusted cocoa on top of a cake gets me! I just love that look and this cake looks amazing. your pics are stunnig

    February 11, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      I’m blushing :)

      February 12, 2014
  • Dark chocolate, strawberries, and caramel are all my absolute favorites! This cake looks incredible! I am loving this recipe, thanks for sharing!

    February 11, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Danielle..

      February 12, 2014
  • This is so gorgeous, G! I am over the moon for this one!

    February 11, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks lady!

      February 12, 2014
  • I have tried (and failed) to do that caramel swoop (with hard candy finish) so many times. You are my hero. GREG

    February 11, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      We can both be heroes Greg…Having two books published is pretty heroic ;)

      February 12, 2014
  • This cake looks incredible! I’ve never tried caramel strawberries but I’m about ready to make them because they sound heavenly!

    February 12, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Laura, watch those fingers, it gets hot :)

      February 12, 2014
  • I’m totally in awe of your caramel strawberries! This cake is just gorgeous!

    February 13, 2014
  • How did I miss this glorious cake?! WANT.

    February 14, 2014
  • beautiful cake!

    February 16, 2014
  • Beautiful, sexy dessert! The strawberries are simply amazing. They are gorgeous!

    February 16, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Tricia :)

      February 17, 2014
  • This looks so good! Almost too good to eat. The chocolate cake I sure would be tasty on its own but to add the strawberries would take it to a whole different level!

    February 19, 2014

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