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?