Strawberry Fudge Cake

Sometimes you just need some cake, you know?

Strawberry Fudge Cake: rich chocolate cake, creamy strawberry frosting, and lots of chocolate ganache. #valentinesday

It’s been a weird few days. It snowed in Alabama last Tuesday and screwed up the entire week.  People in Alabama don’t know how to handle snow. Not surprising! But a large majority of people in Birmingham ended up having to sleep at their work or in random places because all of the roads literally shut down. Some people couldn’t get home for two days! Because of two inches of snow. There were insane stories about people getting stuck in a-million-car-pile-ups, the interstates looked like an apocalypse happened (those are all abandoned cars, btw), and kids all over the city had to stay the night at school because their parents couldn’t get to them.

Plus I had the worst cold of my life and no medicine. I really can’t complain though, because I was able to sleep in a bed and not on the floor of my cubicle. Or my car on the side of the road. I learned who I can and cannot count on in situations like that. (Funny how that happens, right?) I learned that I should not try to drive in the snow! I learned that if I’m sick enough to feel conflicted about whether I should go to work or not, I should stay home. And I learned that, yes, the Southern Living test kitchens really do know how to make some serious biscuits.


By the time the weekend came, I was still going through boxes of tissues like it was my job, and I figured I would probably feel better after lounging around the house in my pajamas for two days. And after some cake, obviously.

I wanted to make another Valentine’s-themed something, and also got some inspiration for this cake from a cupcake from a local bakery here called Dreamcakes. I’ve only been there twice, but the first time I got a chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting and it was delightful. When I worked at Gigi’s Cupcakes in college, there were two strawberry cupcakes and I could have eaten one everyday. Strawberries and cake just work.

Strawberry Fudge Cake: rich chocolate cake, creamy strawberry frosting, and lots of chocolate ganache. #valentinesday

This is a 6 inch cake, which might not be obvious in the pictures. I didn’t need a large cake in the kitchen while I shut myself inside all weekend, you know? It’s adapted from my all time favorite chocolate cake recipe, Dark Magic Cake. Then I covered it in strawberry frosting, (ate some strawberry frosting), drizzled it with chocolate ganache, (and ate some chocolate ganache).

I realized after I pureed some strawberries and then boiled the puree down to a little less than 1/4 cup that I’d basically made strawberry jam, so you can just use strawberry jam if you want. Sometimes I don’t think things through. 😉 I’m not even going to tell you about how I didn’t wait for my ganache to cool before drizzling it on my cake and had to refrost it. Or about how the lid of the squeeze bottle I was using to drizzle the ganache (the second time) exploded off the bottle and got ganache everywhere. I blame all the cold medicine!

 Strawberry Fudge Cake: rich chocolate cake, creamy strawberry frosting, and lots of chocolate ganache. #valentinesday

Strawberry Fudge Cake

Serving Size: one three-layer 6 inch cake


    chocolate cake:
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • strawberry frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp seedless strawberry jam (or what I described above)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • small amount of pink food coloring (optional)
  • chocolate ganache:
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3-4 tbsp whipping cream
  • garnishes (optional)
  • sprinkles
  • chocolate-covered strawberries


    chocolate cake:
  1. Brew a pot of strong coffee. (You'll only need 1/2 cup)
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line three 6 inch cake pans with parchment paper. Spray pans with nonstick spray.
  3. In a medium sized bowl with a handheld mixer, mix sugar, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Add the eggs and mix well.
  5. Next, add the flour and buttermilk. Mix slowly at first, and then on medium speed until combined.
  6. Add the cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and strongly brewed coffee. Mix until incorporated.
  7. Divide batter between the three pans and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the cakes from the oven and insert a clean toothpick into the center of each. If the toothpick comes out clean, they're done. If not, put them back in the oven for about 2 minutes.
  8. Once they're done, let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, and then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. strawberry frosting:
  10. Cream butter in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  11. Add strawberry jam and mix well.
  12. Add powdered sugar and mix on low speed until just combined. Then mix on medium-high speed until completely incorporated. (If frosting is still too thin, add another 1/2 cup powdered sugar.)
  13. The frosting will probably be a pale pink color, so you can add a little pink food coloring if you want.
  14. Using an offset spatula, frost the cooled cake layers.
  15. ganache
  16. In a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water (or double boiler), add chocolate chips and 3 tbsp of cream. Stir frequently to keep chocolate from burning.
  17. When chocolate is almost completely melted, remove from heat and stir until completely smooth and melted.
  18. If the ganache is too thick to drizzle, stir in another tablespoon of cream.
  19. Once ganache has cooled, drizzle over frosted cake. (I used a little squeeze bottle.)
  20. Garnish if you wish!

Recipe from bethcakes. All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without permission. If you would like to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

Strawberry Fudge Cake: rich chocolate cake, creamy strawberry frosting, and lots of chocolate ganache. #valentinesday

(Acceptable for breakfast.)


  1. Lindsay says

    That looks AMAZING!!! That’s a fantastic way to spend time when you’re sick! I hope you get to feeling better soon! :)

  2. says

    Oh my gosh Beth this looks gorgeous. Your photos are so beautiful and I love all the chocolate fudge on top of the cake it is so pretty. What a fun idea and perfect for Valentine’s day! I love that this is a smaller cake – smaller desserts are always the cutest!

  3. says

    Wow, this is cake is stunning Beth! I love chocolate and strawberry frosting together and adding the ganache takes this cake to another level – sounds amazing! Pinning these gorgeous pictures :)

  4. says

    Gorgeous cake!! And totally acceptable for breakfast : ) I wish I had a slice for tomorrow morning … or tonight, that would work fine too. Love the chocolate / strawberry combo – it’s such a good one!

  5. says

    Such a scrumptious cake. Even though I like a chocolate cake, I have decided after just a few bites of this cake that strawberry is just about as good. :)

  6. says

    Sounds like some crazy weather you’re having! Good thing you’re not office bound so you can make delicious cakes like these. Strawberry and chocolate definitely has to be one of my favourite flavour combinations so I would love a giant slice of this right about now!

    • says

      It is crazy! We had another snow flurry this past week and will possibly have another one this week. Definitely doesn’t happened often here. Chocolate and strawberry cake make it okay though. :)

  7. says

    Beautiful beautiful cake!! Just love the flavor combinations and how the cake looks. Oh also, I am having a similar weekend. A cold with no medicine helping, reaching for the tissue box like its my job and 10 inches of snow outside. Not a fan but I am sleeping lots at odd hours.

    • says

      Thanks so much, Zainab! Gosh, I can’t even image 10 inches of snow, haha. We just had two and I hated it. I hope you feel better soon!

    • says

      Yes, it was crazy! Two inches really isn’t much, we just don’t know how to deal with it here, haha. Thanks, Jocelyn!

  8. says

    I have been driving in snow all my life, learned to drive in the snow. It’s crazy to me that people literally can’t just SLOW down and drive. I can’t image what the scene was like for those that were stuck on the highways for days. On another note- GORG cake.

    • says

      Thanks, Julianne! Yes, I think if people would have just driven slow it wouldn’t have been that bad. But people just don’t know how to drive on snow here, haha.

  9. says

    As a WI resident, I got a kick out of the calamity that 2 inches of snow caused. I feel bad for the people where were trapped though–if only they had this stunner of a cake to look forward to at home! Seriously Beth, it is BEAUTIFUL!

  10. says

    Oh, this is just beautiful!

    And you know… We Western mountain-type people love to poke fun at things like Southern snow causing all kinds of havoc, but seriously–we’re equipped to handle that here! Our roads are treated, plows are on hand, etc. etc. My apologies on all our behalf. 😉

    • says

      Thanks so much! Yes, we are aware that we have no clue what we’re doing when it comes to snow, haha. It was the first time I’ve ever driven on it! Craziness, haha.

  11. says

    That snow storm is one that I will never forget.. and we supposedly getting one that’s even worse. But let’s talk about this cake and all it’s ah-mazingness.. SO glad to have found another southerner. :)

    • says

      Thanks, Erika! And as for the new storm, I’ve been hearing about it all day today! I hope y’all are safe there!


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