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Frosting ideas for chocolate cake

I'm looking for ideas for a birthday cake for my Dad. He likes chocolate, so I suppose I'll make choc layers, but I was thinking about flavoring my standard 7 minute frosting w/ fresh strawberry purree and then topping the cake w/ choc covered berries. I've never flavored my 7 -minute before, but I've read it's possible. Seems like I read that on Chowhound, but can't find the thread now.

I don't care for buttercreams and I make ganache frosting for him a bunch.

Alternatively, Do you think strawberry cake and a sour cream fudge frosting would be good? Thanks.

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  1. Either that you've mentioned, 7 min. with strawberry puree & berries or strawberry cake with sour cream fudge sound great.

    Does he like coconut? Love chocolate and coconut together.

    What about a chocolate cake w/ orange frosting? While I really do not like that combo, I know it's popular.

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    1. re: pine time

      thanks. have you ever done 7 minute w/ a fruit addition? have a recipe? I'm a little worried I might be getting ahead of myself, now that I think about it. No time for disasters and re-dos this weekend!

    2. I've always liked the idea of trying a malt flavored frosting like this one: http://www.chow.com/recipes/12230-tri...

      But if you're looking to incorporate fruit with the chocolate, I would think a later of jam used as "frosting" under the 7 minute icing would be a nice surprise. I always like how white the plain frosting looks against the chocolate cake layers.

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      1. re: jenhen2

        My mom used to make chocolate cake with 7-Minute frosting for our birthday cakes when we were kids. She used Strawberry Preserves for both filling (between the layers and on the top layer before she frosted the cake. I've never added preserves to 7-minute Frosting, and neither did she, but that variation works well and tastes great.

        1. re: ChefJune

          sorry for my delay in responding about orange with the chocolate, but it's essentially what ChefJune wrote, but with orange marmalade and orange zest over top.

      2. I made a flour frosting recently and mixed w/ chocolate ganache frosting. It was light, airy, chocolatey but not too intense (someone said it was almost like a whipped ice cream). I think it would be nice w/ a strawberry cake. I think it would be even better w/ a layer of strawberry puree below it. It's easily pipe-able, too, so you wouldn't have to frost over strawberry puree.

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        1. re: chowser

          What do you think about flavoring the flour frosting w/ strawberry? I'm thinking about chocolate layers w/ pink (strawberry) frosting and a chocolate glaze...like this:

          http://sweetapolita.com/2011/07/6-lay...

          But I don't much care for full-on buttercream.

          1. re: danna

            I've done a raspberry flour frosting not by using fruit puree, but by beating in a few tablespoons (to taste) of raspberry preserves at the end, and that worked well. If you wanted to use puree, I think it might work best to make it a part of the cooked mixture, so you don't need to worry about the extra moisture.

            Looks like ttoommyy below found a strawberry seven-minute icing recipe, though!

            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              I've made a lemon flour frosting using Axalady's recipe and adding (1/2 cup? I forget I eyeballed it)homemade lemon curd in at the end. Any curd would work, and you could use the rest to fill.

            2. re: danna

              Sorry, I misread your original question and thought you were asking for new ideas. I think it would be really good, good enough that I want to give it a try.

              I post this recipe all the time because I really like it but I think you could easily do strawberry puree instead of lemon curd for the frosting. It's also nice and light and I think the mascarpone would be good w/ strawberry.

              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

              1. re: chowser

                Gosh, don't apologize, i'm ALWAYS looking for new cake ideas!! Pleasure to hear from you.

                As an added complication, my in-laws are coming for a week long stay 2 days after my Dad's birthday dinner. If I make 2 cakes at once, do you think I could freeze one entire iced cake, assuming I make the flour frosting, not the 7 minute? I often freeze layers but I don't think I've ever frozen a frosted layer cake before.

                Honestly, the combination of house-guest stress and the Chow ad to the right is making me think I should just put a candle in a pitcher of frozen strawberry margaritas, hand him a chocolate bar, and call it a day ;-)

                1. re: danna

                  I've never frozen frosted cake, either. OTOH, you could make double the cake and then use different frostings for a change of pace--do you want the same cake twice? Since you like 7 minute frosting, have you tried Dorie Greenspan's White Out cake? You could do one strawberry and one like this (I use coffee instead of water):

                  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

                  1. re: chowser

                    hmmm...I think that's what I made my Dad last year, come to think of it. i love the cake crumb on the side idea. It's genius!

          2. I love chocolate with raspberry - if it were me, I'd use a thickened/stabilized raspberry puree to fill the layers, then frost with ganache and top with fresh raspberries. I like their texture much more than strawberries in this type of application, too.

            1. How about topped with chocolate dipped fresh strawberries, looks pretty and each slice rec' one strawberry or a mocha whipped cream?