Macerated summer strawberries and a luscious chocolate buttercream are sandwiched between layers of deliciously moist vanilla bean cake in this Chocolate & Strawberry Layer Cake! Can I get a ‘love sigh’ from you? Because this cake is about to release all your happy!
Macerated summer strawberries and a luscious chocolate buttercream are sandwiched between layers of deliciously moist vanilla bean cake in this Chocolate & Strawberry Layer Cake! Can I get a 'love sigh' from you? Because this cake is about to release all your happy! {mind-over-batter.com}

We need to come together, discuss some things. Have a seat on my virtual porch for a few minutes. Here, on the rocking chair.

Are you parched?

Would you like something to drink? I make a bomb ass Strawberry Lemonade.
Macerated summer strawberries and a luscious chocolate buttercream are sandwiched between layers of deliciously moist vanilla bean cake in this Chocolate & Strawberry Layer Cake! Can I get a 'love sigh' from you? Because this cake is about to release all your happy! {mind-over-batter.com}
Would you like some ice with that?

Let’s look out in the distance for a bit. Feel the breeze blowing in our hair.

Are you comfortable? I see you rocking. It feels nice, doesn’t it?

Would you like a slice of cake?

No?

Oh, come on – Have a slice. Let’s talk about the state of the world over a slice of Chocolate & Strawberry Layer Cake.
Macerated summer strawberries and a luscious chocolate buttercream are sandwiched between layers of deliciously moist vanilla bean cake in this Chocolate & Strawberry Layer Cake! Can I get a 'love sigh' from you? Because this cake is about to release all your happy! {mind-over-batter.com}

Pretty, isn’t it?

I don’t mean to shift your focus from these real world issues – but can we talk about this cake situation?

Yes, yes – Take the first bite. It’s ok. I’ll wait. Oh, a second bite. OK!

Good, huh?

Moist, isn’t it?

Almost… Magical.
Macerated summer strawberries and a luscious chocolate buttercream are sandwiched between layers of deliciously moist vanilla bean cake in this Chocolate & Strawberry Layer Cake! Can I get a 'love sigh' from you? Because this cake is about to release all your happy! {mind-over-batter.com}

The cake layers. I mixed the batter with vanilla bean paste, some vanilla, and almond extracts.

I’m all about flavor.

You can’t walk outside without tripping over a berry in summer. Macerated strawberries. A little sweet, a little tart.
Macerated summer strawberries and a luscious chocolate buttercream are sandwiched between layers of deliciously moist vanilla bean cake in this Chocolate & Strawberry Layer Cake! Can I get a 'love sigh' from you? Because this cake is about to release all your happy! {mind-over-batter.com}

Chocolate buttercream. No, no – Not Swiss meringue buttercream. American buttercream. Not too sweet, not gritty, fluffed with heavy cream. It’s just right.

Macerated strawberries and chocolate buttercream are filled between layers of this heavenly cake.

How did I get this cake so perfectly frosted?

Glad you asked!
Macerated summer strawberries and a luscious chocolate buttercream are sandwiched between layers of deliciously moist vanilla bean cake in this Chocolate & Strawberry Layer Cake! Can I get a 'love sigh' from you? Because this cake is about to release all your happy! {mind-over-batter.com}

I watched some videos, read some articles. First, I learned how to crumb coat a cake by reading this article. It’s been a while since I crumb coated a cake.
Macerated summer strawberries and a luscious chocolate buttercream are sandwiched between layers of deliciously moist vanilla bean cake in this Chocolate & Strawberry Layer Cake! Can I get a 'love sigh' from you? Because this cake is about to release all your happy! {mind-over-batter.com}

Then I remembered this bomb ass technique called spackling. It was invented by an amazing chef called Toba Garrett. Have you heard of her? Have you heard of spackling? In a nutshell: You mix together cake and frosting until it forms a paste. This paste is used as a thick crumb coating. It’s perfect for frosting those gorgeously tall cakes you find on The Pinterest and also perfect for laying on fondant. Read this article. There’s a great step-by-step tutorial.

Sure, I’ll send you the link.
Macerated summer strawberries and a luscious chocolate buttercream are sandwiched between layers of deliciously moist vanilla bean cake in this Chocolate & Strawberry Layer Cake! Can I get a 'love sigh' from you? Because this cake is about to release all your happy! {mind-over-batter.com}

Are you a visual person? Yeah, me too. I watched this Youtube video and this one right here to help me frost a cake. It’s really has been a while.

Want to watch them?

No?

OK, maybe later.

Would you like another slice of cake?

Oh, I know you feel you shouldn’t, but fuck a diet.

YOLO.

At the risk of sounding cliché, can we come together in love, compassion, empathy, and understanding? I know we have our differences, some minor – Some major. Nothing we can’t resolve.
Macerated summer strawberries and a luscious chocolate buttercream are sandwiched between layers of deliciously moist vanilla bean cake in this Chocolate & Strawberry Layer Cake! Can I get a 'love sigh' from you? Because this cake is about to release all your happy! {mind-over-batter.com}

The Beatles once said All You Need is Love. And I know it’s going to take more than love. Let’s start somewhere.

Like, let’s start spreading this cake. ‘Member that feeling when you took the very first bite of cake?

Hold on to that.

Let’s build from there. Now, let’s rock in our chairs for a while.

Third slice?

Good.

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