Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy B-Day Big Sis (double chocolate-raspberry cake)

So this blog post goes out to my big sister, LB, for her big double digit 2-0 birthday. (Happy birthday big sis!) Somehow she manages to still get I.D'd when entering theaters, and still receives adorable little plush bears wearing Ralph Lauren bow ties. However, the time has arrived where it has become harder to squeeze so many birthday candles onto such a delicate and dainty chocolate cake without worry of wax and fire colliding together to melt the cake away.

As long hours and patience went into the cake, all was worth it when LB's face lit up from the final product. (Or was it more lit up from the many candles that had bombarded the chocolate?) Friends and family were delighted over this classic birthday cake, for it was simple yet elegant with the pleasurable Ghirardelli chocolate and rich raspberries which added a sweetly tart taste to top the cake off. I originally had made a raspberry filling, (which might i add took at least a good 25 minutes to "simply" squeeze all the juices out of the fresh raspberries) but I was not satisfied with the taste and did not want to ruin the cake so I forced myself to throw the filling away. (Tear.)With or without a filling, this classic chocolate cake will beat any body's chocolate cake any day! It is simple, yet oh so delicious with decadent flavors in every bite!

1 package fresh raspberries
2 oz. semisweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli.. as always!)
3/4 hot coffee (you will not taste the coffee in the cake, it just brings out the richness from the chocolate)
1.25 cups of sugar
1.25 cups of flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 regular sized eggs
3/8 cup vegetable oil (I know this is an odd measurement, but trust me when I say it works the best)
.75 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons pure and all natural vanilla
8 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/2 heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of syrup
1/5 cup unsalted butter
preheat the oven to about 280 to 300 degrees F. Grease two round pans (normal round cake pans) and line the bottoms with parchment paper. The re-grease, and make sure to grease the sides as well! Make the coffee so it will be hot enough to melt chocolate. As coffee is brewing, chop up chocolate into chunks and then combine with the coffee. Stir well until melted, then set aside. In medium sized bowl, sift cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. Once all sifted, add salt to the mixture and set aside. In a VERY LARGE bowl with an electric mixer beat eggs until frothy and thickened. While still mixing on a medium speed add in (slowly) the oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Finally add the coffee and melted chocolate and beat until all combined. Separate the batter among both pans and cook for 30 to 45 min. While cake is in oven start on frosting. Over a double boiler add the cream, sugar, and corn syrup over medium-low heat. Whisk together and let sit over heat for good five minutes while chopping up chocolate. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until smooth and melted. The add the butter in chunks and stir until melted. Set frosting in refrigerator until cake comes out and is cooled completely. Add frosting on top of one cake and then stack the other on top. Cover the entire cake in frosting, and garnish with raspberries, and enjoy!


  1. The cake can not even be explained because it was beyond delicious!! :) love you and your amazing cooking skills!

  2. Wow! That is one good looking cake! I just want to take a huge bite out of that top picture!
    Of course Ghirardelli! It's the best!

    Your sister is very lucky!

    Happy Birthday LB!