Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake


1package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
1package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
1cup (8 ounces) Daisy Brand® Sour Cream
¾cup water
¼cup canola oil
4ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
2cups butter, softened
4cups confectioners' sugar
¾cup baking cocoa
½cup 2% milk
2ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
1pound fresh strawberries, hulled
4ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
½cup heavy whipping cream


Combine the first seven ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Transfer to two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. In a large bowl, cream the butter, confectioner's sugar and cocoa until light and fluffy. Beat in milk until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Pipe or spoon melted chocolate onto waxed paper in decorative designs; let stand until set. For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. Heat cream just to a boil; pour over chocolate and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over top of cake, allowing ganache to drape down the sides. Arrange strawberries on top of cake. Top with chocolate garnishes. Yield: 12 servings.