Chocolate Bavarian Cream Cake with Strawberries

This Chocolate Bavarian Cream cake with fresh strawberries is simply irresistible. The cake consists of two layers of chocolate cake, two layers of Bavarian cream and loads of sliced strawberries. It may look difficult to make – but is quite simple when following the guidelines listed in the recipe.

chocolate Bavarian cream cake with strawberries

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What is Chocolate Bavarian Cream?

A chocolate Bavarian cream is made up of three elements: a chocolate custard sauce, gelatin and whipped cream. The gelatin is softened in cold water and stirred into the hot chocolate custard. Whipped cream is gently folded in after the custard has cooled to room temperature. The Bavarian is then poured into a mold and refrigerated until set.

Bavarian cream is not limited to filling cakes. It may also be used for layered parfaits, small molded desserts and other goodies.

slice of chocolate Bavarian cake on a plate

Tips for Making the Chocolate Bavarian Cream Cake with Strawberries:


  • Fresh strawberries: use the reddest strawberries you can find so the color pops on the finished cake. Wash and dry the strawberries before cutting into slices approximately 1/8 inch thick.
  • Powdered gelatin and cold water
  • Egg yolks (save the egg whites for a yummy omelet or some macarons)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Whole milk
  • Dark chocolate (65% to 72%): chop the chocolate into small pieces so it will melt easily when adding to the custard
  • Heavy cream
  • Chocolate cake slices (I recommend using my ‘Rich Chocolate Cake‘ recipe)
  • Optional: chocolate ganache or sweetened whipped cream for icing the top of the cake.


Do I need a springform pan for this?

I made this cake using a 9″ springform pan. You may also use a cake ring mold lined with parchment paper or a cake collar. It will be quite difficult to remove the cake using a standard cake pan.

How do I store the Chocolate Bavarian Cream cake?

Place the cake in an airtight container and store in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. I do not recommend freezing this cake.

chocolate Bavarian cream cake with strawberries

Chocolate Bavarian Cream Cake

This cake consists of two layers of chocolate cake, two layers of chocolate Bavarian cream and loads of diced strawberries.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Setting Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


Chocolate Bavarian Cream

  • 2 tablespoons Powdered Gelatin
  • 5 fluid ounces Water, cold
  • 6 large Egg Yolks
  • 4 ounces Granulated Sugar ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons
  • 16 fluid ounces Milk, whole 2 cups
  • 6 ounces Dark Chocolate, finely chopped 1 cup
  • 16 fluid ounces Heavy Cream 2 cups

Cake Layer


  • 1 pint Fresh Strawberries Hulled, washed and cut into ⅛" slices


Prepare Gelatin

  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons gelatin over 5 fluid ounces of cold water. Set aside.

Make Custard Sauce (Crème Anglaise)

  • Place an inch of water in a saucepot and bring to a simmer.
  • Using a heat-proof bowl, whip the egg yolks and granulated sugar until thick and light.
    whipping egg yolks in a bowl for custard sauce
  • Heat the milk until it begins steaming. Slowly pour the hot milk into the sugar/yolk mixture, whisk constantly while adding the milk.
  • Place mixture over the saucepot of steaming water (note: the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water). Whisk every few minutes until the mixture reaches 185° – approximately 15 minutes (the sauce will coat the back of a spoon when ready). Remove the bowl from heat. Strain mixture if any lumps have formed.
  • Add the chocolate and gelatin to the hot custard and stir until smooth.
  • Place the bowl in a larger bowl with ice. Stir occasionally until cooled (approximately 20 minutes).

Add Whipped Cream to the custard sauce

  • Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the custard.
    folding whipped cream into custard to make chocolate Bavarian cream

Assemble Cake

  • Line the edges of a 9" springform pan with parchment paper or a cake collar.
  • Place sliced strawberries around the outside of the cake pan. Place the first layer of chocolate cake in the pan. Place more sliced strawberries on top of the layer of chocolate cake.
    assembling Bavarian cream cake in a springform cake pan
  • Pour half of the chocolate Bavarian cream over the first layer of cake and strawberries. Place the second layer of chocolate cake over the Bavarian cream and add more sliced strawberries.
    second layer of cake for chocolate Bavarian with strawberries
  • Pour the remaining chocolate Bavarian cream over the second layer of cake and strawberries. Gently tap the cake pan on the countertop to release any air bubbles.

Set and Unmold the Cake

  • Place the cake in the refrigerator for 2 hours (or until set). Unmold the cake by releasing the spring on the pan. Place on a serving dish.
  • Optional: ice the cake with sweetened whipped cream, chocolate ganache or fresh strawberries
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