Chocolate Kahlua Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

by Sheryl

This moist, Kahlua soaked cake topped with decadent strawberry buttercream drizzled with ganache and top with fresh strawberries is heaven!

Ingredients

Cake:

3 cups flour
3 cups Sugar
1 1/2 cup special dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup of warm water
1/2 cup Kahlua
1/2 tsp espresso powder
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting:

2 cups unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely diced strawberries
5-7 tbsp heavy whipping cream
Strawberries for topping
1 large piping bag fitted with a star tip
Large ice cream scooper

Chocolate Ganache:

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 large squeeze bottle

How to make Chocolate Kahlua Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Step 1: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Using a pam baking spray, grease three 9-inch cake pans.

Step 3: Add the espresso, Kahlua, and warm water in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.

Step 4: Whisk the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until combined.

Step 5: Slowly add in the eggs followed by sour cream, buttermilk, espresso, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until incorporated.

Step 6: Pour the batter in the prepared cake pans.

Step 7: Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 25 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Step 8: Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool for at least 20 minutes.

To make the Frosting:

Step 1: Cream the butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, diced strawberries, and heavy whipping cream with a stand mixer until creamy and stiff peaks form.

Step 2: Then, scoop a cup of frosting into the piping bag.

Building the cake:

Step 1: On a cake board, put the first cake layer.

Step 2: Scoop with an ice cream scooper 4 to 6 scoops of frosting. Evenly smooth the scoops of frosting on the first cake layer.

Step 3: Add the second cake layer on top and evenly spread the frosting over.

Step 4: Put the last cake layer on top of the frosting and frost the top with the rest of the frosting.

To make the chocolate ganache:

Step 1: Add the heavy whipping cream in a small pot. Heat until steaming.

Step 2: Meanwhile, add the chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl.

Step 3: Then, pour the heated heavy whipping cream over the chocolate chips. Let it sit for a minute before whisking until smooth.

Step 4: Transfer the ganache into a squeeze bottle.

Step 5: Over the edge of the cake, pipe dollops of ganache.

Step 6: Then, on top of the cake pipe dollops of frosting.

Step 7: And place the strawberries into the dollops of frosting.

Step 8: Slice and serve. Enjoy!

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