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1 cup (105 g) plus 2 tablespoons (15 g) cocoa powder
2 cups (480 g) butter, room temperature
2 cups (240 g) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon (5 mL) baking soda
½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) salt
1 cup sugar (200 g)
1 cup (180 g) plus 2 tablespoons (23 g) packed brown sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 cup (240 mL) boiling water
1 tablespoon (15 mL) vanilla
1½ cups (360 g) butter room temperature
¼ cup (60 mL) strawberry jam
1 pound (about 3¾ cups, 450 g) powdered sugar
2 teaspoons (10 mL) lemon juice
1 cup (150 g) fresh, frozen or freeze dried strawberries, roughly chopped
pink food coloring (optional)
12 oz (340 g) good quality chocolate, chopped
1 cup (240 mL) heavy cream
For the cake: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Set oven rack in center of oven. Grease and flout two 9 inch (23 cm) round pans, set aside.
Mix boiling water with cocoa powder, set aside to cool.
Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt with an electric mixer to thoroughly combine.
Mix eggs, vanilla and ¼ of the cocoa mixture, set aside.
Add butter and remaining cocoa mixture to the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until all ingredients are moistened. Scrape down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. Mix at medium speed until batter is fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg mixture, a third at a time, making sure each addition is fully incorporated before adding more.
Pour batter into prepared pans, gently spread to the edges and smooth the top. Bake 20--30 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool on a rack 5 to 10 minutes before removing from pan.
For the Filling: With an electric mixture beat butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the strawberry jam. Gradually add the sugar until fully incorporated. Add the lemon juice, strawberries and food coloring (if desired) and beat until well combined. Chill for one hour before filling.
For Ganache: Place chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. On the stovetop or in the microwave heat the cream until it is just boiling. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir the mixture until fully combined. Aloow ganache to cool slightly before pouring over cake.
To assemble cake: Slice each cake round into two equal halves. Place one layer of cake on serving platter and cover top only with strawberry filling. Place another cake layer on top and repeat layering ending with a cake layer on top. Pour ganache over top of cake allowing some to drizzle down the sides. Enjoy!
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