Raspberry Layer Cake

WARNING!

What you are about to see here does not fall into the category of health food!!!  If you eat this often you WILL need to buy new pants….and probably new shoes….to feel better about having to buy the bigger pants!

So, I don’t really have much of a recipe today….more of a how to demo with lots of enticing pictures.  My last several posts have been filled with recipes that I made for my daughter’s first birthday party.  Today I’m sharing the triple layer vanilla chocolate raspberry cake with raspberry cream cheese filling!!!  All of the other recipes and everything that was served at her party definitely fell into the category of “does a body good” food.  And that, my friends, is the reason I made this cake!  You’ve got to splurge every once in awhile and this splurge was worth it!  Hey, the cake has raspberries in it….maybe we can feel a little better about getting some extra vitamins?  Okay, not really but you can’t blame a girl for trying!

Vanilla Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake

  • Favorite Recipe for Vanilla Cake (or you can use a cake mix)
  • Favorite Recipe for Chocolate Cake (or go with the cake mix route if you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups Fresh Raspberries
  • 1 tbsp Flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour 3 8-inch round cake pans.  Wash the raspberries and allow them to dry on a paper towel.  Toss the berries with the flour to coat.

Prepare the vanilla cake batter as usual.

Gently fold in the raspberries.

Pour the batter evenly into two greased and floured cake pans.

Bake 20 – 30 minutes, until set in the center….toothpick comes out clean and there is just a tiny “bounce” when you touch the center of the cake.  Set the cakes on a cooling rack and allow to sit in the pans for 5 – 10 minutes.  Using a serrated knife gently trim any cake that has puffed over the height of the pan… the goal here is to make a flat top and bottom to your cake layer.  Then flip the cake out of the pan and transfer to a cake plate, cooling rack, cookie sheet, counter top….whatever surface is ready for it!

Prepare the chocolate cake and bake one 8 inch chocolate cake.  I only added raspberries to the vanilla cake.  I used the leftover batter to make cupcakes.

While the cakes are cooling prepare the cream cheese frosting.  Check out the post for Wholesome First Birthday Cupcakes to see the recipe.  For this cake, I increased the amount of raspberry puree to 4 tablespoons.  This allowed for a more bold flavor and a thinner consistency which I thought was perfect in between the layers of cake.

Spread a thin layer onto the first vanilla cake.

Make sure not to go too crazy with this because once you start adding the other layers and frosting the cake you might end up with oozzing raspberry cream cheese filling….wait….maybe that’s not such a problem!

Add the chocolate cake.

And spread the love with that raspberry filling.

Add the final vanilla cake layer.

Now, seriously doesn’t this look like it wants to be your friend!?  Yeah, buddy!

Frost the cake, serve and enjoy!  I went with a basic buttercream frosting for the base of the cake.  You could do anything here; chocolate frosting, more raspberry cream cheese frosting, whipped cream, chocolate ganache…..okay, I better stop there!

I topped the cake with these adorable little shoes that are made out of sugar.  They were from the cake that was served at my baby shower when I was a pregnant chick and could get away with eating cake more often!

Whitney

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17 comments


  1. What a wonderful job you did decorating such a yummy looking cake!

  2. Absolutely Beautiful and ohhh it looks positively sinful!

  3. Wow-super impressive… almost makes new pants worth it.

  4. Oh my goodness. This sounds divine! And your decorations are just lovely. Nice job!

  5. Yum yum yum! This looks incredible. I’ll have to try this asap! :)

  6. MY goodness! This looks incredible!

  7. Beautiful, and a great idea!

  8. Oh wow that is gorgeous! Can I just buy stretch pants and eat it all by myself? I am capable of doing that for sure… I might feel sick later, but who cares, that cake looks too good to share.

  9. Such a pretty cake! I love the raspberries in the vanilla cake, yum!

  10. Oh my lordy!! This cake is knocking my socks off right now!!

  11. It’s so beautiful and I love raspberries inside. It makes me want to bake a cake at 1:14 in the morning LOL :)

  12. Ehehehe….new pants. ;) Awesome cake! It looks just delicious. There is no way I could resist this blend of flavors.

  13. This cake look so amazing! I love the delicate vanilla layers against the rich chocolate layer, and the raspberry filling is genius:) Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words on my Facebook page:)

  14. That cake looks so delicious! and I love the baby booties on top! (just found your blog through babble).

  15. Jo

    This looks delicious, but I’d like to know how you had the time to throw such a lovely party for your little one? :)

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