Kahlua Chocolate Cake
with Strawberries & Cream
by Andrea Alden
Looks so beautiful
- 1¾ cup flour
- 2 cups sugar
- ¾ cups cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- ¾ cup of Kahlua, room temperature
- ½ cup of whipping cream, room temperature
- ½ cup of softened coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- chopped dark chocolate, optional
- 1 cup of marscarpone cheese
(cream cheese if you can’t find it)
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 1½ cups of whipping cream
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
Preheat the grill to 350°F, prepare to use the indirect grilling method.
In a bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, Kahlua, whipping cream, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir until just mixed. Then use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat on medium speed for two minutes.
Grease, then dust a bundt pan with cocoa powder to make removing the cake easy. Stir the optional chocolate into the batter, then pour it into the waiting pan.
Bake over indirect heat for 45 minutes, rotating the pan about half way through the bake so that both sides get even heat. If a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean or with a couple of crumbs, the cake is ready.
Allow the cake to cool completely before turning it out onto a plate and icing.
To make the icing, mix the cheese, salt, vanilla, and powdered sugar together, then set aside. Use a stand or hand mixer to whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cheese mixture.
Generously top the cake with the whipped cream icing, then nestle fresh, hulled strawberries in the icing. Serve as soon as possible.
Everyone gets a slice
Kahlua Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream is dense yet light, the cake carries a hint of coffee and alcohol. The sweet cream icing is light and fluffy, packed with a subtly cheesecake-like flavor that compliments both the fresh berries and the delightful cake. It seems slightly counterintuitive to pair a coffee liquor cake with fresh strawberries, but it works. What flavor combination have you wanted to try, even if it’s a little strange?