I made this strawberry chocolate chip cake last week, and it quickly became my new favorite strawberry dessert: delicious, colorful, pretty-looking, and perfect for the Summer! This cake is a winner in a lot of ways: it’s extremely easy to prepare; the cake texture is light and fluffy; I use only 3 tablespoons of butter replacing the rest with Greek yogurt; the proportion of strawberries and chocolate chips in this cake is perfect, resulting in a great flavor!
This is a great recipe to use if you bought lots of strawberries on sale, like I did last week:
Because strawberries tend to make any dessert very moist, this cake is best kept refrigerated. It actually tastes pretty good when cold right out of refrigerator, but if you want softer and meltier chocolate, you can also microwave the refrigerated cake or let it sit out on the kitchen counter for a couple of hours before serving. This cake keeps very well refrigerated for 1 week and tastes just as fresh as if just baked! It also freezes really well! To freeze it, cool the cake completely. Tightly wrap the cake in plastic wrap, make sure it’s airtight. Freeze for up to 1 month.
I froze half of this cake for a couple of weeks to have some leftovers for my husband (I made the cake while he was away on a trip). I let the cake thaw out in the refrigerator, and then microwaved it to melt the chocolate chips. The hubby thought the cake was straight out of the oven, LOL! So, this cake can actually be made in advance, provided it’s kept refrigerated or frozen.
The cake bakes perfectly in a 9 inch round springform pan. I like to line the bottom of the springform pan with a round piece of parchment paper before pouring the batter, which makes things really easy when it’s time to move the cake from the pan onto the cake plate. The strawberries stay perfectly towards the top or in the center of the cake because you arrange them on top before baking:
1/3 cup of chocolate chips is folded into the cake batter. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top too, before placing the cake in the oven, for a nice presentation. Sprinkle more extra chocolate chips on top during the last 5-10 minutes of baking for even nicer presentation (see the instructions below):
This cake is pretty, colorful, and, with all those strawberries, it just screams Summer!
It’s even better if you sprinkle some powdered sugar on top!
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