Thursday, May 7, 2009

Foodie Friday - Tipsy Chocolate Raspberry Cake

It's Friday! I'm so happy to be participating in Foodie Friday this week, hosted by the ever gracious Gollum. This week's optional theme is "Cakes". Be sure to stop by and visit to see what everyone is sharing this week!

In 3 weeks, a very special person will be getting married. Kim was one of my part-time receptionists while she was attending college. She is only 2 years older than my Cait, and I grew very fond of her. She is a doll, and has grown into such a lovely young woman. She has the most glorious hair, and laughingly refers to herself as my "red-headed stepchild" Kim has since moved to the Dallas area to finish school, but we stay in contact as her family still lives in Georgetown. Several of her former co-workers wanted to host a small wedding shower for her, and Cait insisted on baking the cake. As you can see, it came out beautifully and was SO delicious! It was the hit of the shower, and Kim said her father ate the rest of it when they took it home! However, this did not come easy, believe me! I will save the cake baking opus for next week's Foodie Friday Trainwrecks! This ended up being a mish mash of several recipes and Cait's improvisation. We have named it Tipsy Chocolate Raspberry Cake. Hope you enjoy!

Cait's Tipsy Chocolate Raspberry Cake
You can use any good chocolate layer cake recipe that you prefer, this is the one that we used.

Dark Chocolate Layer Cake

2 C flour
2 C sugar
3/4 C Dark Cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 C milk
1/2 C oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 C boiling water

Combine dry ingredients, stir with whisk. Add remaining ingredients, beat well.
Lightly grease 2 8 " round cake pans, lightly dust with cocoa
Base at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, turn out on racks and cool completely.

While cake is baking, prepare the filling.

1 bag of frozen raspberries or 2 pints fresh
2 oz Grand Marneir liqueur
Heavy whipping cream

Place berries in bowl, pour liqueur over and lightly sprinkle with sugar. Marinate while cake is baking. Beat whipping cream, combine with berry mixture until a nice "spreadable" consistency, but don't completely "smash" the berries.
When cake is cool, place on cake stand. Cover top of first layer with the berry mixture. Place second layer. Frost as desired. We iced with the following recipe:

"Especially Dark" Chocolate Frosting

1/2 C butter or margarine (we used butter, thank you Paula Deen!)
2/3 C dark cocoa powder
3 C powdered sugar
1/3 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 to 2 oz Kahlua (we used 1 oz)

Melt butter; stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount of additional milk if needed. Stir in vanilla and Kahlua. Ice cake when completely cool.

Sift powdered sugar over top of cake and garnish with fresh raspberries.

This cake really is divine. Next time we are going to try it with strawberries, I think cherries would be nice too. Hope you enjoy, and stop back next week if you want to hear the lengths Cait went to to make sure that Kimmy had a wonderful cake for her shower!

Now stop by Gollum's place to see what other cakes are waiting for you!


xinex said...

This looks very, very good, Kath. Will have to try it.Thanks for the recipe...Christine

marty39 said...

Kat, this looks so good and I just love anything dark chocolate, or chocolate of any kind. The raspberries sound good too. I can't wait to hear about Cait's trials and tribulations. Cait is such a dear and she cracks me up. Hugs, Marty

bj said...

I have always dearly loved chocolate and raspberries of my favorite candies. I know I would love this delicious looking cake!! Thanks for the recipe..

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness! This is beautiful and I'm gaining weight just looking at it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Gollum said...

I am so making this cake! Oh, it's beautiful. Just reading the list of ingredients tells me the taste is ambrosial. It's the kind of recipe where guests say, "More please...and may I have the recipe?"
Have a wonderful weekend!

The Muse said...

POW !...An elegant chocolate cloud...flecked with crimson puffs of fruit! Love it!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

now if I could make this without sampling the alcohol...Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great Mother's Day ~ Susan

Kathysue said...

Hi Kat, Oh my goodness that little girl of yours is some talented cook. This looks and sounds amazing,Not many people bake cakes from scratch anymore. I use to say I scratched the box before I opened it,hehe.Truly looks divine. I think it should be renamed the divine chocolate cake,Yummmmm! Hugs Kathysue

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh this looks so pretty and sounds so delicious. I'm going to be trying this-I think I'll try it with strawberries. Two of my favs-chocolate and strawberries. Thanks for sharing this. laurie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh Man! This looks (and sounds/reads) good!

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

This is too pretty to eat! I'm copying it to try! Luanne

Joyce said...

I just put this one in my top 10 list to make this summer. Happy Mother's day.

Linda said...

/wiw - gorgeous and I sure would love a slice right now! I need a midnight snack! Linda

imjacobsmom said...

Oh Boy! This sounds great! I love the raspberry/chocolate combo. I can see why it was the hit of the party. Can't wait to hear about the train wreck....Robyn

Foley said...

Chocolate and raspberry, what not to like !!!! Beautiful!

MoziEsmé said...

That looks scrumptious!

xinex said...

Thanks for coming by, Kath! Happy Mother's Day!...Christine

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Looks so yummy. I love chocolate and raspberries.

Happy To Be said...

May you have a Wonderful Mother's day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sue said...

Good Morning....thanks for stopping by my blog and weighing in on the airline post...I'm still so mad at those people....I hope it gets the word out as they deserve for people to find out how they do business....Your daughter's cake looks divine.....

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

...and you post this on the FIRST day of my diet!!?? Oh my GOODNESS...I could inhale that entire cake. I'm going to be good good good until the end of the month. Legare's birthday is on the 26th and I'm going to make this cake. YUM