Now you may be wondering, “Katherine, why are you writing about assembling cake?”

Well I’ll tell you why; about three times a year this quadruple layered cake is made in the family to celebrate one of our birthdays (my brother and my mom has a combined one) and the assembly process alone is so laborious that I thought this would be something worth sharing. And I wouldn’t have titled this blog post How to Assemble a Monstrosity of A Cake if it wasn’t absolutely HUGE, and yes that is what she said. This cake is big enough to comfortably feed 30-35 people and is quite tall (stands about 5 inches high and 12 inches in diameter).

We usually make a Black Forest cake, but this time my dad wanted to get a chocolate strawberry mousse one made for his birthday. You can take a look at the recipe for the best strawberry mousse for cake building on my other blog post.

I put together a series of photos detailing the assembly of this cake and a short description underneath the picture telling you what is happening.

Enjoy!

-The Piquey Eater

P.S. we don’t own a cake leveler so my dad just eyeballs where the middle of the cake is and uses a traditional Chinese meat cleaver to cut through it. Talk about a fusion of cultures!


 

Assembling A Monstrosity of A Cake

chocolate cake

after baking off two 12 inch in diameter cakes, slice it in half and use one of them as the starting layer

strawberry mousse

we made the strawberry mousse in the same cake pan as the one we baked the cake off in. slice this mousse layer in thirds, requires patience and excellent maneuvering skills. click the image for the recipe for this mousse.

assemble the cake layer by layer alternating between cake and mousse

assemble it layer by layer alternating between cake and mousse

take some regular whipped cream and cover the cake in a nice even layer of cream. we used some nesquik to get it pink

take some regular whipped cream and cover the cake in a nice even layer of cream. we used some nesquik to get it pink

chocolate covered strawberries

make some simple chocolate covered strawberries, click on the image to get 10 tips on how to make the perfect chocolate covered strawberries

chocolate strawberries cake decoration

decorate the cake with chocolate covered strawberries and more cream

chocolate strawberry mousse cake

slice up the cake and enjoy!

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