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Sam Weed
Updated January 15, 2016

This piece originally appeared on Spoon University.

Instead of feeling shame at your family reunion when your last minute store-bought cake sits next to Grandma’s homemade double chocolate chip cookies, use this recipe to impress the pants off them. All you need is three ingredients to transform a plain cake into a must-have dessert that will give Grandma’s cookies a run for her money.

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Basket 'O' Berries Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 8


  • 1 store-bought cake
  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 2 cups melting chocolate

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Melt chocolate in the microwave for 30 second intervals until is it completely melted. Stir between each interval.

#SpoonTip: Either milk or dark chocolate will do for this recipe. A combination of both is also delicious.

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  • Pour chocolate into a plastic bag and use scissors to snip off the corner of the bag.


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  • Pipe lines of chocolate on wax paper.

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  • Drag the back of the spoon over the lines, spreading the chocolate out, creating the picket-like shape. Place the chocolates in the fridge for 5 minutes.

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  • Cut the tops of the strawberries off and place them in a bowl.

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  • Prep your station for assembly (remove chocolate from fridge).

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  • Pipe chocolate on the bottom half of the chocolate picket and place on the side of the cake.

    #SpoonTip: Leave your finger pressed against the chocolate for at least 20 seconds to make sure the chocolate sets.

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  • Continue placing the chocolate pickets around the cake until all four sides are covered.

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  • Place (individually and carefully) each strawberry on the cake until the top is completely covered.

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  • Dust the top with powdered sugar and place a ribbon around the cake. You can secure the ribbon with melted chocolate.

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