Chocolate Raspberry Cake

For a long time, I was really afraid of cakes, even when I made them at the bakery.  When I was probably 5 or 6 years old, I slipped carrying my Dad’s birthday cake.  I was so excited to bring his cake in to him, and dropping it upset me so much that it’s haunted me ever since.  I remember crying uncontrollably while my Dad tried to calm me down, telling me that it was just a cake and that he cared a lot more about me than any dessert.  Of course, my Dad doesn’t even remember the incident now, and I finally decided that it was long overdue to just get over the whole thing already!

I took a basic decorating class last month to get comfortable with handling cakes again.  While I really enjoyed it, I definitely found myself looking forward to finishing the class so that I could start working with my own frostings and design style.  Now that I’ve had a chance to do that, I’ve become a little obsessed with thinking about different flavor combinations and how I would decorate each one.  I even find myself getting sucked into cake shows that I would have gladly skipped over before.

There’s something so satisfying about making a cake.  I couldn’t stop beaming after finishing this one, and I could stared at it for hours if given the chance.  It didn’t hurt that I really love chocolate and raspberries, and of course Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for a really decadent chocolate cake.  This is filled with an all-natural raspberry buttercream and topped with vanilla buttercream swirls and a raspberry garnish.

To be honest, I usually find chocolate cake with chocolate frosting a little bit much, but because of the slight tartness of the filling and the vanilla buttercream swirls, it really worked here.  You’ve probably heard me mention that I’m not a huge fan of food coloring, and I love that the color of this raspberry frosting comes from real raspberries.  I’m really enjoying being able to make cakes “my way” now that I’m out of class, and I can’t wait to make more of them!  Anybody have a birthday coming up?

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28 Responses to “Chocolate Raspberry Cake”

  1. Oh my goodness! That is absolutely beautiful. I would be seriously proud of my creation if I were you. If I wasn’t in the UK I would definitely enlist you to make my birthday cake for April!

  2. BEAUTIFUL! I need that for this weekend please! :)

  3. That looks so pretty! I’m planning on making a similar cake for my husband and mine’s upcoming anniversary, and I’m definitely using real raspberries for the flavor and color.

  4. Aww, what a story about dropping a cake! It’s weird how things like that stay with you. The cake above is quite a feat.

  5. gorgeous kim! i want to eat that now! definitely keeping this in mind for my next special occasion…
    before you know it, you’ll be onto wedding cakes too!

  6. I love baking cakes–it takes quite a bit of work so I always feel really accomplished when I’m done. And frosting a cake is so relaxing to me!

  7. Thanks, Emma! Wish I was in the UK to make you a cake!

  8. Wow, gorgeous cake! And I bet it’s delicious too. I just finished making a vegan chocolate cake, but it looks nothing like this! LOL. ;)

  9. Keya Millionie 11. Feb, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    This looks amazing. And I have a birthday coming up in March lol, just saying.

  10. Wow this cake looks stunning and absolutely delicious!!

  11. Um yes please.My birthday is March 4th. I think you should send me a slice. :D If you need a review you know……

  12. Looks Awe-some!

  13. Kim, I see that cake in my birthday future!

    It is so beautiful, and I know it tastes even better than it looks.

    Wowza!

  14. Wow. This cake looks beautiful and delicious! I LOVE chocolate and raspberry together. Care to send a piece over to Walla Walla?

  15. Most beautiful cake I’ve seen all day. Great photos, found your wonderful site on Photograzing.

  16. What a stunning cake! I have to say that chocolate w/ chocolate frosting is a favorite of mine (no such thing as too much chocolate!), but this looks like a fabulous option. :)

  17. This looks really good! I would love the recipe for the chocolate frosting.

  18. That cake is gorgeous! The pink against the very dark chocolate! mmm

    This would be my dream birthday cake…..shame I’d have to bake it for myself! ;o)

  19. Thanks, Bev! It’s one of my favorite combos.

  20. Wow! That cake looks AMAZING… I’m practically drooling now, mmm… Raspberries and chocolate = heaven!

  21. OMG! This cake looks divine! I can see myself eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner :-)

  22. Can i get the recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Cake? I shared the picture of the cake, but where is the recipe? My sister is also asking for it. Thanks.

  23. I can’t find the recipe for the Chocolate Raspberry Cake. I would like to try to make it. Where might I find the recipe?

  24. Hi, doina! Unfortunately I’m not able to share the cake recipe as it’s one that I used for my baking business. BUT – there are some other cake recipes on the site if you do a search, and they would work just as well! Hope that helps!

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