Baking| Chocolate & Strawberry Cream Cake … Pinktober

“Almost all words do have color and nothing is more pleasant than to utter a pink word and see someone’s eyes light up and know it is a pink word for him or her too”
Gladys Taber

Chocolate & Strawberry Cream Cake This ones going to be a short post. Its the PINK time of the year and even if I wanted to, I couldn’t shrug Mr PABs pink birthday cake off my shoulders. The dieting diva with all her charm, asked sweetly, ” Is ‘it‘ going to be PINK again!”. I love how well the kids grasp things that are important, so we had a fast track Chocolate & Strawberry Cream Cake this year!

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Chocolate & Strawberry Cream CakeLife has been a race against time and I had thoughts of barely throwing together a cake for Mr Man, PINK beginning to look pretty elusive. But the PINK Plum Fro Yo post had a couple of readers connect with me over the past few years, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear them ask about a PINK cake for Mr PAB… guess the pressure was on!
Chocolate & Strawberry Cream Cake Dive into the freezer and it was back to simmering strawberries and balsamic vinegar in brown sugar like Speedy Gonsalez. Gosh! Why did October get here so fast, and why did his birthday have to be at the very beginning? Sigh….Chocolate & Strawberry Cream CakeIn the midst of this, Jamie and I discussed Octobers theme for MacTweets and we both voted for PINK there too. I was really ambitious…really! No aged whites, a new recipe and lack of time is obviously a recipe for disaster. Ambitious me also piped pink mac ribbons! Needless to say the feet speedily failed me. I used a meringue/macaron ribbon to top my cake. A dusting of sugar hid its failings, yet added to the PINK!

Do you want to join us making MACARONS?

If you do, you are most welcome to join us. You can find all the information at our dedicated macaron blog MacTweets. We generally post the round-up by the end of every month, following which a new challenge is posted!

Chocolate & Strawberry Cream Cake Here we go … my strawberry and chocolate cake for Pinktober since the teen insisted on chocolate. Before I get to the recipe I have to tell you that she decided to bake some cupcakes for her Dad all by herself {that DOES NOT include kitchen clearing and cleaning services}, and she set to work at the same time I was trying to layer the cake. I could have wept, but was VERY brave and soldiered on!Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream FrostingThe teen made pretty cupcakes {from my blog here} and declared they were better looking and tasting than any I had ever made! Of course they were… and then she went on to dress them up with butter-cream, sprinkles, oreos … ! She really did well on her first independent bake and frosting!

Chocolate & Strawberry Cream Cake

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Bake Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 15-18

Chocolate & Strawberry Cream Cake

A simple, moist, delicious cake that can be made ahead. The oil in the batter keeps the cake moist.



280gm plain flour

50gm cocoa

50gm cornflour

4tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

300gm powdered sugar

10tbsp oil {any neutral oil}

10tbsp water

4tbsp milk

6 eggs, separated

2tbsp kirsch

2tsp pure vanilla extract



300ml low fat cream

200gm strawberries, chopped {I used frozen}

1/4 cup sugar

1tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 vanilla bean, split


Chocolate Ganache

275gm dark chocolate, room temperature

150ml low fat cream, room temperature


  1. Cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line 2 9" spring form tin.
  3. Sift the cornflour + flour + baking powder + salt + icing sugar (yes, it’s correct) into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Beat the egg whites till they stand in soft peaks & keep aside.
  5. Lightly beat the oil, water,yolks and vanilla extract together & stir into the dry ingredients.
  6. Beat until smooth, & stir in the kirsch.
  7. Fold the whites gently into the yolk mixture.
  8. Divide into lined tins & bake for about 45 minutes till well risen & golden brown. Check if it is done with a wooden pick.( Slide a sheet of foil lightly over the top if it begins to brown too fast).
  9. Leave in tin for 10 minutes, & then cool completely on rack.
  10. Once cool, cut into 2 or 3 layers. If it feels a bit dry, brush the layers with a simple sugar syrup while layering.
  11. Sandwich with filling {recipe follows}. Allow to rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes, and then frost with the chocolate ganache {recipe follows}. Let it sit out for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  12. Filling:
  13. First prepare filling: Place strawberries, sugar, scraped vanilla bean and balsamic vinegar in a sauce pan, and simmer till it becomes thick and jam-like. Cool completely. {Discard the bean}
  14. Beat cream to medium stiff peaks, and gently fold in cooled strawberry mixture, taking care not to release the volume of the cream.
  15. Chocolate Ganache:
  16. Place the chocolate with 100ml cream in a heatproof bowl and microwave for 30-40 seconds {if the weather is warm as it is here, else try for minute}. You can also simmer it in pan until the chocolate melts. Stir until smooth, add the remaining cream and stir well to combine both into a smooth ganache.
  17. Give the cake one basic thin coating with this ganache, and reserve some for piping decorations. Add the remaining cream and mix until smooth.

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  • 5 years ago

    i want a big slice !! looks so delicious 😀

  • 5 years ago

    A splendid cake! So mouthwatering and bakery-perfect.



  • 5 years ago

    Yum-di-dum!!Lucky Mr.Pab,pink or no pink the cake looks fab.Love the fact that you stick to pink cakes to support the cause!

  • 5 years ago

    Truly gorgeous!
    PS When is your daughter starting her own baking blog?

  • 5 years ago

    Oh Deeba, after seeing the first picture I’m like WOW! After seeing the rest of photos and reading the story behing this gorgeous creation I’m more ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’. Seriously, how do you manage to wow us so easily?!! I feel so sorry that I couldn’t get in touch with you while I was in India. But I’m sure looking forward to that day, my friend. It’s just a matter of time, I know 🙂 Belated happy birthday to your hubby!

  • 5 years ago

    Happy B’day to Mr PAB. And Indeed Miss Teen has done a good job with those cute cupcakes and they look beautiful like your cake :-)for the b’day.

  • 5 years ago

    This is so so beautiful. Love the way you create such gorgeousness and show it to us! I’m all ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ after seeing this splendid cake you baked for your hubby—he’s one lucky guy. Belated happy birthday to him.

  • 5 years ago

    Wow, the cake looks gorgeous, absolutely loved the pink ribbon gift-wrapped one! Lol about your daughter baking cupcakes for Dad and leaving the clearing part for the Mom! I can imagine myself there in sometime :))

    Many many happy returns of the day to Mr.PAB!

  • 5 years ago

    Wow, the cake looks gorgeous, absolutely loved the pink ribbon gift-wrapped one! Lol about your daughter baking cupcakes for Dad and leaving the clearing part for the Mom! I can imagine myself there in sometime :))

    Many many happy returns of the day to Mr.PAB!

    My comment was not reflecting, so posting again!

  • 5 years ago

    Cake looks fabulous, Happy birthday to MR PAB, soo lucky …

  • Pinky
    5 years ago

    Lovely and awesome cake………..The pics are so stunning.

  • 5 years ago

    This cake looks fantastic!! I love chocolate and strawberries together…yum.

  • Becca
    5 years ago

    LORDY THAT’S A LONG BAKE TIME!! 😉 45 hours? Really? =^.^=

    In truth, this cake looks delicious and beautiful! Thank you for all your wonderful postings, this blog has always been one of my favorites!!!

  • 5 years ago

    Lucky Mr. PAB. What a glorious cake! The strawberries sound delicious in it. And, your daughter’s cupcakes are so cute. You’ll have a house full of amazing treats with two bakers at work!

  • 5 years ago

    If I didn’t like you so much, I’d just be jealous. You are so talented. That is one beautiful cake indeed!
    *kisses* HH

  • Your pinktober cake is fabulous. Only you could turn a footless mac into a beautiful work of art worthy of the centerpiece of your cake. Congrats on the diva’s first foray in to baking. Such a fun idea to dress it up.

  • 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! Send Mr PAB the best wishes for his birthday!
    Like mother, like daughter, teen’s cupcakes look amazing!

  • Pretty, pretty cake. Well done on Miss Diva for inheritng mommy’s baking talent! Can’t wait for my girl to grow up so I can bake cuppies with her:-)

  • 5 years ago

    This cake must have been hard to make… or maybe you don’t think so because you’re just a cake pro! Well, it’s beautiful, really, I love it! And chocolate and strawberries just perfectly go on well together! You made such a great job!

  • 5 years ago

    The cake looks absolutely sensational….lucky Mr. PAB 🙂

  • I think my comment earlier just lost in space as i couldnt see it:-( anyways, was telling u, well done to miss Diva for inheriting her mommy’s baking talent..wish my lil girl will grow up quick quick so i can bake with her!

  • 5 years ago

    Lovely cake, and it looks so tasty as well, the perfect cake to wish an important person happy birthday.

  • Katy
    5 years ago

    Mouth watering!
    I think I would be able to manage that….

  • 5 years ago

    Wonderful!. Really nice and tasteful!. I love it cause I love dark chocolate.

  • 5 years ago

    Gorgeous cake Deeba!!! Birthday wishes to your hubby! Your daughter have done a beautiful job too!

  • 5 years ago

    That’s a gorgeous cake, Deeba! And your daughter’s cupcake is superb ! Looks like she has inherited all of ur talent genes..

  • 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful cake! I am absolutely craving some Pink in my life now!

  • 5 years ago

    happy birthday to mr. pab. he seems to always get pinked! that’s a gorgeous cake and yeah the teen seems to be following in your footsteps babe…. that cupcake is gorgeous!

  • That is such a rich cake! I love how neat and decadent it looks! Gorgeous work by your teen, too! Not surprising, considering here genes, though.

  • Anna
    5 years ago

    Gorgeous looking cake! I love the way you are using that pink flower for decoration. Please tell me what you are using to cut your ready-baked cake into such even slices!!! I have heard of dental floss before… :).

  • 5 years ago

    I am amazed to see your creative trick of finely cutting cakes in pieces and join them together again.

  • pooja
    5 years ago

    Thats another stunner from you Deeba! What if i could dive into the screen to take a bite or may be two!!
    How i always wondered at those “side stripes” onoutside of the cake..and u have got them so perfect!!…can u share how u get them??
    Thanks once again!

  • That cake looks beyond perfect!! I have no more words!

  • Sunita
    5 years ago

    This looks delicious!!! Belated birthday wishes to Mr. PAB.

  • Wow – all those layers…you are SUCH a passionate baker. Bravo for the macaron ribbon too. Teen cupcake a joy – my teens would definitely approve!

  • 5 years ago

    Another gorgeous Deebalicious cake. The photos are just stunning.

  • 5 years ago

    Great! The cake looks fantastic, absolutely loved the pink ribbon gift-wrapped one! Lol about your daughter baking cupcakes for Dad and leaving the clearing part for the Mom! I can imagine myself there in sometime.

  • Lewis
    5 years ago

    Great! The cake looks fantastic, absolutely loved the pink ribbon gift-wrapped one! Lol about your daughter baking cupcakes for Dad and leaving the clearing part for the Mom! I can imagine myself there in sometime

  • 5 years ago

    This is such a splendid cake, I love pink.

  • 5 years ago

    Oh, too many things to write!! I had been thinking about Mr. PAB’s birthday since I knew when it was and was waiting for the Pink October Birthday Cake. Pink or not, this one is fabulous (and tell Teen I love chocolate best and all birthday cakes should be chocolate!). And I love the daughter’s cupcakes! Yay for her and yay for a patient mom!!! What a lucky man is Mr. PAB!!! And a very happy birthday he must have had.

    Now, I was wondering what that decoration was on top of your gorgeous cake and burst out laughing when I read that it was a mac! Oh, Deeba, you keep me on my toes and keep me laughing! I love you, sistah! xo

  • 5 years ago

    I love the pink ribbon on this stunning cake. Your daughter’s cupcakes are great!

  • 5 years ago

    This cake seams to be easy to make. And it looks divine. Pure s.x. Lovely decoration, and greate photos. Thanks for the recipe. I have my own strawberries in my garden and i will definetly try this recipe out. 🙂

  • Madiha Arshad
    5 years ago

    hi deeba … its a beautiful cake .. i want to try this out as well and i am pretty sure it will be awesome as always… but the problem is that i dont want to add kirsch… can i ommitt that or plz tell me some other substitute… thanks 🙂

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