This week music and meals features a song by, The Brother's Johnson. "Strawberry Letter 23." The first few bell notes, sure brings back memories of summer days in the 70's. Just makes me sigh~
My recipe is for a cake that I made yesterday for my daughter's 26th, (oh Lordie, I feel old) birthday. I call it my strawberry mousse, chocolate fortress cake.
It's a rockin', three layer, chocolate fudge cake, filled and covered in delightful strawberry mouse, surrounded by an abstract tower of chocolate, and topped with chocolate covered strawberries.
We just walked in from church, and dinner's not until 5:00 so, I've got my work cut out for me trying to keep my husband and son out of it---lots of hand slapping going on.
"Strawberry Letter 23" and a big slice of strawberry chocolate heaven.
The finished product---I love how the fortress of chocolate is protecting the pillow-y strawberry mousse. I cannot wait to cut into the three layer wonder and let the wall fall where it may...hopefully, mostly on my plate~
List of ingredients:
2 chocolate fudge cake mixes--prepared as directed. You'll have three layers and enough left over for a batch of cupcakes :)
Strawberry Mousse for filling--
41/2 cups of whipping cream
1/2 cup of icing sugar (powder sugar)
2 tblsp of strawberry preserves or jam
2 cups pureed fresh strawberries
20 oz of semi-sweet baking chocolate
chocolate shavings for topping as well as 4 chocolate covered strawberries
I started with two boxed cake mixes. I used chocolate fudge. It'll make your three layers, plus a batch of cupcakes!
See, there they are (the extra cupcakes) photo bombing the strawberry preserves used for the mousse.
You'll need to whip up 41/2 cups of whipping cream with 1/2 powdered sugar. Then fold in gently, 2 cups pureed strawberries---I used an old fashioned potato masher to puree strawberries, and 2 heaping tbls strawberry preserves.
For the chocolate fortress around the cake, melt 20 oz of semi sweet baking chocolate over a double boiler until smooth.
As the chocolate is melting, ice the three layers in between and on top with the strawberry mousse. Then lick the bowl---I have no self control--
You're getting close!
Now the tricky part. Fold two rectangles of parchment paper the length of a cookie sheet. Pour half of the melted chocolate onto each rectangle, spreading it out with a spoon so each one will wrap half way around your cake and connect at the seams. Place the cookie sheets of chocolate in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set. Then flash melt the chocolate rectangles for approximately 30 seconds. Carefully lift the parchment paper and place around outside of cake, pressing gently until adhered. Leave on the parchment paper and place back in the refrigerator until chocolate is set again. Remove cake and gently peel off the parchment paper. Repeat process for the second chocolate sheet, gently pressing the seams of the chocolate coating where they meet at sides to construct one solid wall of rich, decadent chocolate around your luscious strawberry mouse, fudge cake.
I hope you get a chance to listen to "Strawberry Letter 23" and eat something delightfully strawberry. The song truly evokes carefree memories of the fabulous 70's. I was 11 years old, and roller skated, or skateboarded everywhere---on an old wooden skateboard with metal wheels non-the-less.
Here's to bell bottoms, and amazing music with a funky groove~~~