Two weeks ago we had my dad and his girlfriend over for Sunday dinner. Mary, his girlfriend, really enjoys chocolate so I thought this would be a good fit for dessert.
This was VERY easy to make and assemble and really was quite delicious.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
¼ cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup water
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
chocolate syrup; optional
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two-8 inch cake pans; set aside.
2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla; beat with a spoon or wire whisk until batter is smooth. Divide evenly into prepared pans.
3. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cakes from oven and place on wire racks to cool for 5 minutes.
4. Remove from pans and cool completely. Place one layer on serving plate; spoon 1 cup non-dairy whipped topping onto cake layer; top with half of the halved strawberries then add the second layer. Top the cake with the remaining whipped topping and just before serving, arrange remaining halved strawberries, well drained, on top of torte. Feel free to drizzle with chocolate syrup.