It had been too long since I last baked a layer cake.  Clearly, it was time.  My brother’s wonderful girlfriend celebrated a birthday last week  and I couldn’t resist baking a treat for the occasion.  I asked her what sort of cake she would like and her reply included pumpkin, lemon, chocolate, strawberry, “Or anything really.  I like everything!”  It seems I am in good company and I am not the only one who suffers from birthday cake indecision.  (On a related note, I delayed baking my birthday cake this year because we were so busy and I still haven’t gotten around to it.  If I ever make my own decision, maybe it will happen!)

Anyway, I pondered her list of suggestions, brainstormed a bit and eventually settled on this chocolate covered strawberry layer cake.  Though it looks fancy, and I suppose it sort of is, I did my best to keep it fairly straightforward.  Layers of chocolate cake are sandwiched with strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream and ganache, which is also used to dip the berry garnish for the top.  No painstakingly smooth frosting of the sides required.  This cake was definitely a big hit with everyone who tried it, and it didn’t last long!  If you have a chocolate, strawberry, or chocolate and strawberry lover in your life, they are bound to love this cake.