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Aug '11

Recipe: Chocolate Swirl Cake with Fresh Strawberries

This is just one of my favourites, and because I love Strawberries and chocolate together mostly.

I love baking but I also love Betty Crocker.  Notably Betty Crocker only came to Australia since I’ve moved here, probably about 3 years ago.  Before that we have just one Australian brand called White Wings, and it’s not moist like Betty Crocker, and they didn’t have pre-made frosting in a can or sachet like we have int he U.S.  So making icing was always a chore.  In this recipe I used the  ‘Super Moist Choc Swirl Cake Mix’, I’m using a loaf pan instead of the standard round cake pan.


1 Super Moist Choc Swirl Cake Mix
3 Eggs
1/3 cup of Vegetable Oil
1 Cup of Water
2 Punnet’s of Strawberries
1/3 Cup White Sugar


1. Take 2-punnet’s of strawberries and slice thinly

2. Place all sliced strawberries in a bowl

3. Sprinkle 1/4 cup (50ml) of white sugar over the top fo the strawberries, stir so sugar covers all strawberries

4. Leave covered for time cake is cooking, stir frequently

5. Strawberries will begin to make a sugary syrup.

Directions: CAKE

1. Preheat oven for 10 minutes at 180C/350F (160C Fan forced oven). Grease pan with oil or cooking spray, lightly line with flour.

2. Beat cake mix, eggs, oil, and water in with a electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes.

3. Reserve 1 cup of batter and pour remaining vanilla batter into pan. Stir 1-tablespoon “chocolate ready-to-spread frosting” that comes with the cake mix. If you have a cake mix that does not have frosting included, use Hershey’s Chocolate syrup for the chocolate swirl in the cake. Dollop chocolate batter on top of the vanilla batter in pan and swirl to create a marble effect using a skewer or knife.

4. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched in centre or skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then gently remove from pan, remove and cool on wire rack. Frost top of cold cake with frosting.

5. After cooling, place cake on plate, frost and top with strawberries.

For cupcakes set oven 200C/400F (180C Fan forced). Bake for 25 minutes.

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