Strawberry Truffle Cake

Today I opened the cabinet where the Nutella is stashed, grabbed a too-big spoonful, shoved it in my mouth, then accidentally smacked my forehead into the corner of the still-open cabinet door. HARD.

Strawberry Truffle Cake

 I think the welt that I have in the middle of my head is my comeuppance for being a stellar mom today. And by stellar I mean, “Get your own freaking lunch, you’re 3 years old for heaven’s sake, it’s time you started taking some responsiBILity around here.” And then I go back to my book and pretend the world doesn’t exist. (Except Instagram. Instagram happens even in dream-land.)
Strawberry Truffle Cake
Have you guys read The Giver? If you skipped that one in 7th grade, you should give it a second chance. You can read it in a day if you are willing to forego all of your life duties. Not that I would know.
Strawberry Truffle Cake
The movie is coming out in August. It’s one of those ones that I’m apprehensive about because the book is so dear to me that I don’t want my perfect imagery tainted. You know? I’m actually pretty good at blocking out lame book-renditions though. It’s like Daniel Radcliffe never even happened.
Strawberry Truffle Cake
In other news, Truman’s birthday was this weekend and my parents got him this talking light up snail toy. He loves it. The only drawback is that it’s one of those super freaky toys that randomly talks when no one is playing with it. It just looked up at me from the floor 5 seconds ago and said WEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! I swear it made eye contact. This is straight up Sid-from-Toy-Story-creepy.
Strawberry Truffle Cake
Easter is coming up, so I thought I would make you a super light dessert. Just kidding. This cake is about as rich as they come, but I still think it would be a good way to wrap up Easter dinner with your peeps. (Get it?? peeps? ho boy Karen)
Strawberry Truffle Cake
So this Strawberry Truffle Cake. It’s heavenly, guys. Here’s what you do: bake a chocolate cake. Smash it up with some ganache. Fold in strawberries. Cover with more ganache. It’s as simple as that. It’s a multi-step cake, for sure, but definitely very easy. It’s great for holidays too because it can be made a few hours ahead of serving time and refrigerated.
Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Strawberry Truffle Cake

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
This easy but decadent Strawberry Truffle Cake is sure to impress!


  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients called for on the box
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 & 1/3 cups whipping cream
  • 1 10-oz package bittersweet chocolate morsels
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3-4 cups strawberries, fresh, chopped
  • 6 strawberries, fresh, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil


  • Mix and bake the cake according to package directions. Bake it in a 9x13 inch pan. Let the cake cool for one hour.
  • Meanwhile, add the butter and cream to a small saucepan and set over medium heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, add the bittersweet and semi-sweet chocolate and turn off the heat. Let it sit for a minute or two, then stir until smooth.
  • Use a knife to cut the cake into 1-inch cubes, and add half the cubes to a mixing bowl. Beat on low until cake is completely crumbly.
  • Add 1 and 3/4 cup of the ganache to the mixing bowl. Add the remaining cake cubes, and beat until thoroughly combined.
  • Use a wooden spoon to fold in the chopped strawberries. Try not to eat all of it at this point.
  • Grab a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with a circle of wax paper. Pour or spoon the cake into the pan and smooth the top until it is flat.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 45 minutes. Set a timer. You don't want to actually freeze it, just firm it up. If you can't frost it until later, transfer it to the fridge.
  • Run a plastic knife around the edge of the pan and gently release the edges of the pan. Invert the cake onto a plate or cake stand and gently remove the wax paper from the now-top.
  • Carefully frost the top and sides of the cake with the reserved ganache. Yes, the ganache is very thin. It helps if the cake is still very very cold, so you might want to stick it back in the freezer for a few minutes if it's been a while.
  • Arrange the 6 sliced strawberries on top of the cake.
  • In a small bowl, combine the white chocolate and oil. Microwave it until the chocolate starts to melt, the stir until smooth. Drizzle the white chocolate over the cake. I added mine to a little plastic bag and snipped a corner.


You can use any combination of semi- to bittersweet chocolate for the ganache.
You can add as many chopped strawberries as you want, too. If 4 cups looks like too much, add less.
This cake is best eaten the day its made.
Source: lightly adapted from Betty Crocker


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 628kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 628
Keyword: Blackberry Cake, strawberry, truffle
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Strawberry Truffle CakeFirst bake your cake. Then smash it up.

Strawberry Truffle CakeHeat up the cream and butter and pour the chocolate over when it’s hot.

Strawberry Truffle CakeSmoosh it all into a springform pan,

Strawberry Truffle Cake

like so.

Strawberry Truffle Cake
Firm it up in the freezer and there you go!

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  1. I loooooooove The Giver. I haven’t read it in years, but I remember it having that perfect mix of haunting loveliness that makes your soul ache a little bit. I definitely need to read that one again! I’m loving the idea of smashing up a box cake and adding delicious things to create that super rich, dense thing you’ve got going on here. It looks great!

  2. This is what I call chocolate cake! So rich and decadent – my mouth is already watering! It’s also very easy as you said, so no excuse not to make this one. Thanks for sharing yet another great recipe, Karen!

  3. So glad I’m not the only one stealing bites of Nutella when no one is looking. A guilt pleasure I allow for myself in one 1/2 tablespoon per day. So this cake! WOW! Gorg!!

  4. I was gonna ask how did you made the sides so perfectly straight but now I see you used a springform pan. That always does the trick and you weren’t kidding; this truffle cake sure does look rich! I love how the strawberries are embedded inside. Pinning! :)

  5. You’re amazing. This is amazing. It’s like one giant cake ball. Excuse my drooling. A chocolate-strawberry covered–I just can’t. I want!!

    AND OMG TRUMAN IS FREAKING ADORABLE!!!! THOSE SUSPENDERS!!!!! THOSE CHEEKS!!!!!! What a cutie PIE. Ahh. Too many good things in this post.

    Except The Giver movie?! What the heck? Hollywood is seriously going to troll through all the books of my childhood until they squeeze every last drop of cinematic value out of them. Not sure how I feel about this. #ohreallyErika

    But I do know how I feel about this cake…which is covetous. And admiring. And excited. You’re brilliant!

  6. I have hit my head on the cabinet more times than I’d like to admit. I blame it on my lack of short term memory. Freaky toys give me the heebie jeebies. Love this dense, creamy, chocolate-y dessert. Yum!

  7. Whoa! This cake! I love the whole smashing a cake and making a new cake technique, it’s awesome. I haven’t read the giver yet, it’s on my list & I need to before the movie comes out. : )

  8. We would LOVE this. Adding it to the Easter menu. But wait a sec…are you saying you don’t like the Harry Potter movies???

  9. Holy yum! I’m all about a cake dessert where one of the ingredients is another chocolate cake! I better bust out my stretchy pants.

    And happy birthday to Mr. Truman! He is seriously so cute Karen : )

  10. Stop it. Just gorgeous. The cake looks so moist and the contrast with the red strawberries. Just perfect.

  11. Wow! Does that look delicious! And easy! I can’t bake and frost a round layer cake and make it look nice to save my soul (well, truthfully, I can’t frost any cake out of the pan and make it look nice), but this looks like something I could do Karen! Love it! And, I totally understand your book obsession. The first time I remember staying up all night to finish a book was in junior high reading “Pride and Prejudice.” I HAD to find out if Elizabeth and Darcy ended up together. It was a very rewarding experience – worth looking like crap and having big circles under my eyes the next day at school. But who looks great in junior high anyway?

  12. Anything that has smushed up ganache and ganache on top makes the top of my list! I will have to read that book… I somehow missed it when I was younger. Fears of books to movies… I’m debating the whole Divergent movie that is coming out.

  13. Oh my, does this look amazing, Karen! I love that the cake is mixed with ganache – it looks so moist and yummy!

    On another note – I did read The Giver, but can’t remember it all that well – guess I will have to dig out my copy!

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