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Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake

Although I have some great "from-scratch" recipes, this chocolate strawberry celebration cake uses a boxed mix with plenty of doctoring. It has become a popular groom's cake that gets more attention than the wedding cake. —Nora Fitzgerald, Sevierville, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Seedless strawberry jam, warmed, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the first seven ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Transfer to two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 28-32 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter, confectioner's sugar and cocoa until light and fluffy. Beat in milk until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
  • For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. Heat cream just to a boil; pour over chocolate and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over top of cake, allowing ganache to drape down the sides. Arrange strawberries on top of cake. If desired, brush jam onto strawberries.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 666 calories, 40g fat (23g saturated fat), 120mg cholesterol, 485mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Janice
    Jan 26, 2021

    This cake was the best one ever. I would like to know how to make it with white cake recipe, can someone help.

  • Pamela
    May 24, 2020

    My brother put a wonderful cream in the middle and it was decadent! The most delicious chocolate cake I've EVER tasted! I ALWAYS request this cake for my birthday!

  • Cassie
    Feb 14, 2020

    Super great recipe! The cake was delicious, and my family loved it. The only thing I would change is the butter in the frosting, just because I thought it was a little much. It made a lot more than I needed, so next time I’d reduce everything by half. Other than that, perfect!

  • Betty
    Dec 24, 2019

    I skipped the frosting all together and just dressed it up with ganache dribble, centered with strawberries and blueberries. I skipped the oil and did it with applesauce. What a beautiful cake. I wish I could post a picture. I'm proud!!

  • robbrd
    Apr 16, 2018

    I made this cake for an auction. The cake itself and rich and decadent. The frosting seemed more like a mousse to me. It wasn't too sweet but airy. Nothing to add on the ganache and strawberries. They are what they are. The auctioneer saved this to be the last thing auctioned off because it looked so good. It sold for $150. Wow!!

  • sam
    Feb 9, 2018

    which cake mix is good - Duncan hines devil food or Williams Sonoma degvil food or something else for this recipe alone?

  • mrsnelson1530
    Dec 10, 2017

    Awesome, super moist & chocolatey I added strawberries to eat I definately think it was the best desssert at the party. Will make again

  • Julie
    Aug 3, 2017

    I started making this recipe in 2010 when I was it in the magazine and haven't stopped! It is very rich so I only use a single layer at a time. The cake (minus frosting) also freezes very well. Then I can thaw the cake and frost it for an easy item to bring. I make 1/3 of the butter frosting recipe for the single layer, but keep the ganache the same. I top with a variety of fruits including strawberries, raspberries, blue berries & kiwi. Each single layer piece is still packed with flavor and allows for more servings with a large party.

  • Thandinkosi
    Feb 7, 2017

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  • Queenlalisa
    Jan 19, 2017

    I've made this several times. Very moist and delicious. I did only use 1/12 cups of real butter. It worked fine. The presentation was fabulous!