Do you remember the first time you ever got kissed? I sure do. It was in 6th grade. I had a cool boyfriend that went to a different school. We met at the skating rink. He asked me to come skate with him during the couples skate. He had a broken arm at the time and I remember thinking how cool he looked with a cast on. So we skated around holding hands and then he asked me to be his girlfriend.
One night my best friend invited me to come to her school’s carnival night which also happened to be the same school my boyfriend went to. That was the night I got kissed. My best friend dared him to kiss me. So he did. How romantic.
It’s funny how vivid I remember all of that. As unimportant as it seems now, it was such a huge deal then. But I just as vividly remember the day my husband first kissed me too. It was our first unofficial date. We had become really good friends during the months prior and finding ourselves both suddenly single there was some unspoken understanding that hanging out didn’t mean the same thing anymore. He told me he wanted to take me to the lake nearby because I had once told him that I had never been. I was already impressed that he remembered that from just a passing conversation.
Then I found out that he had packed us a picnic which totally won him adorable points. But it wasn’t just the picnic that was adorable, it was specifically what he packed: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches. It had been months earlier when I had just mentioned this being my favorite sandwich. I honestly barely even remembered telling him. But he remembered. Total sweetheart. It was the nicest date. We sat on the beach, had a picnic, and talked for hours. Then he kissed me. It was perfect. And now it is the best memory.
Funny thing is, my husband and the boy from 6th grade now work together. Gah, I’m probably making that awkward for them… Sorry guys!
Okay enough of that, let’s talk about this cake! I wanted something that was brownie like. Rich and fudgy and crazy decadent. I don’t even know how to express to you how rich this cake turned out. Picture dark chocolate fudge meets a rich and chewy brownie. Like that. The white chocolate and strawberries bring just the right amount of lightness to balance the cake out. If you aren’t a frosting person, the cake is amazing on it’s own. I actually scraped most of the frosting off of my piece (I’m weird and don’t really like frosting) and it was so delicious. But everyone else loved the frosting. My friend said “It’s like a rich chocolate brownie and strawberry ice cream all in one!”
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, browned and cooled for 5 minutes
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1¼ cups dark chocolate cocoa powder
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
- ¼ cup milk
- ½ cup chopped strawberries
- strawberries for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Lightly grease a 9 in cake pan and set aside.
- Whisk together the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until all combined.
- Stir in the salt, cocoa powder, and flour just until combined.
- Pour batter into the prepared cake pan.
- Bake at 325 for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle.
- Allow to cool in the pan before turning out and frosting.
- Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. About 3 minutes. Scraping down the sides several times.
- Beat in the vanilla, white chocolate, milk and chopped strawberries until the strawberries are broken up and everything is incorporated.
- Frost the cake after it is cooled completely and top with additional strawberries if desired.
Here are a few other sweet treats if you need any ideas for Valentine’s Day!