Clearly there is some demon compelling me to turn on the oven in 90 degree weather. Demon, thy name is birthday month. Everyone is born in August. There is some surplus in baby-making that goes on around the holiday season and results in subsequent massive cake consumption in the month of August.
So, what up Chocolate Mocha Cake with Strawberries and Chocolate Buttercream Icing?
Cake Recipe can be found in Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. Isn’t it about time you own that? I multiplied the recipe by 1.5 and filled two 8 inch cake pans with the batter. I also added some instant espresso powder just for kicks. I’ve heard that espresso gives chocolate a deeper flavor. Mmm.
1/2 C vegetable shortening
1/2 C margerine
4 C powdered sugar
1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
2 T maple syrup
- Mix the shortening and margerine together until combined and creamy.
- Add in the powdered sugar and whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
- Add the cocoa powder and mix until color is even throughout.
- Stir in the maple syrup until thoroughly combined.
- Chill in the fridge until ready to use.
I added the maple syrup because I felt like the icing needed something to make it richer. Since the cake wasn’t too sweet, the icing flavor wasn’t cloying. I thinly sliced up strawberries and added them in with a layer of the buttercream between the two cake layers. As the cake set up in the fridge, the strawberry juices soaked into the cake and added even more moistness. Awesome.
We had the cake at a restaurant in Silverlake to celebrate my friend Greg’s birthday. Our waitress was so nice that we gave her a big piece. So … the cake was eaten Monday night. It’s now Friday night and I’m still getting compliments on how good it was.
Those people aren’t singing “Happy Birthday.” They are singing “Thank You Sweet Baby Jesus In Diapers For Inventing This Cake” to the tune of the Hallelujah Chorus. And the birthday boy with his eyes closed? He’s not laughing – he’s having an out-of-body cakesensory experience the likes of which human minds cannot conceive.
Sorry about the blurry nighttime pictures.