Cake Ingredients:

◾️3 cups flour

◾️3 cups Sugar

◾️1½ cups special dark chocolate cocoa powder

◾️1 tbsp baking powder

◾️1½ tsp baking soda

◾️1½ tsp kosher salt

◾️4 large eggs

◾️½ cups sour cream

◾️1 cups buttermilk

◾️1 cups warm water

◾️½ cup Kahlua

◾️½ tsp espresso powder

◾️½ 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

◾️½ cup finely diced strawberries

◾️5 - 7 tbsp heavy whipping cream

◾️Strawberries for topping

◾️1 large piping bag fitted with star tip

◾️Large ice cream scooper

Chocolate Ganache:

◾️1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

◾️½ cup heavy whipping cream

◾️1 large squeeze bottle


◾️Preheat oven to 180°c and spray/grease three 9" cake pans.

◾️In a small bowl, whisk together the espresso, kahlua and the warm water until combined.

◾️Using your standing mixer, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined.

◾️Gradually add in the eggs, sour cream, buttermilk, espresso, oil and vanilla extract until combined.

◾️Divide the batter between the 3 pans.

◾️Place in the oven to bake for 25-35 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

◾️Allow cakes to cool for 20 minutes.

Frosting Directions:

◾️Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, diced strawberries and heavy whipping cream until creamy stiff with peaks.

◾️Scoop 1 Cup of frosting into the piping bag.


◾️Place 1 layer of cake onto the cake board.

◾️Using the ice cream scooper, scoop out 4-6 scoops of frosting

◾️Smooth evenly on one layer of cake.

◾️Place another layer of cake on top and spread more frosting.

◾️Place the last layer on top and frost the remaining cake with remaining frosting.

Chocolate Ganache:

◾️Using a small pot, heat up the heavy whipping cream until steaming.

◾️While heavy whipping cream is heating up, place chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl.

◾️Once the heavy whipping cream is heated, pour over the chocolate chips. 

◾️Allow to sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth.

◾️Pour ganache into the squeeze bottle. 

◾️Pipe dollops of ganache over the edge of the cake.

◾️Pipe dollops of frosting onto the top of the cake. 

◾️Place strawberries into the dollops of frosting.

◾️Cut, serve and enjoy!

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