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Monday, April 4, 2011

Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Cake

My Favorite Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Cake

Do you have a favorite chocolate cake recipe?  My go-to chocolate cake recipe is the Hershey's chocolate cake recipe you can find on the back of the Hershey's cocoa package.  It is a moist, fudgy cake that I always top with the Hershey's chocolate buttercream frosting, also found on the back of the Hershey's cocoa package.  Is there anything more satisfying than chocolate cake with chocolate frosting?  Of course not.
My favorite raspberry-filled chocolate cake.
My Favorite Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Cake

Recently, when I made my favorite chocolate cake for a party I wanted to kick the cake up a notch to make it a bit more special.    I decided to add a couple of layers of raspberry jam for additional flavor.  For good measure, a light sprinkle of raspberry liqueur took the cake over the top.  It was an easy way to take a delicious chocolate cake and make it more special.

Chocolate Layer Cakes
Start with a Percet Chocolate Cake

The Hershey's Chocolate Cake

Printer Friendly Recipe
Serves 10-12

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water


Heat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. I like to use cocoa instead of flour in preparing the pan.  It works as well as flour and you won't have any white flour on the side of your baked cake.  Set aside.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  With a mixer, beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Carefully, stir in boiling water.  The batter will be very thin.  Pour batter into prepared cake pans.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Cake Ingredients
Frosting and Raspberry Filling Ingredients

The Raspberry Filling and Chocolate Frosting

Makes about 2 cups frosting

  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 teaspoon Framboise, raspberry liqueur
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup cocoa 
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Mix the raspberry jam and Framboise together in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Melt the butter in the microwave or in a small pan on the stove. Stir in cocoa. Sift the powdered sugar to be sure there will be no lumps.  Alternately add the powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in the vanilla.

Slice each layer of cake in half.  Spread half of the jam mixture evenly on the bottom section of each layer.  Reassemble the layers.  Spread chocolate frosting between the two reassembled layers. 

Tip:  Place strips of waxed paper under the cake as you frost it to keep the cake dish as free from crumbs and frosting. 

You can see the waxed paper in the picture below.
Frosting the Cake.
Frosting the Cake

Place the second layer on top of the first and frost the top and sides.  I like a simple homestyle frosting.

The finished Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Cake
The Fisnished Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Cake

Just that little bit of raspberry jam and Framboise make a big difference in the flavor of this cake.  With or without the raspberry jam, this is my go-to chocolate cake.

Here are some links to other favorite desserts.
Caramel Cheesecake
The Best Brownie Winner
Berry Trifle
Lemon Yogurt Cake

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  1. Oh my goodness! I think I just found the one food I could eat forever!!! Printing up this recipe, and thank you very much!
    Dianne @

  2. Man that looks good!!!! I love putting filling between the layers. I've never thought to split the cake and put it in there - but I will next time ;-)

    There's a chocolate cake recipe (I made it long, long ago) that you put a cup of very hot water in the batter, stir it in and then bake it. It's a really, really moist cake also - I haven't made the Hershey's cake though so I don't know how they compare. I sense a cake making marathon at my house some day soon!!

  3. This looks yummy!

    Ever try the one-serving microwave chocolate cake?
    Check out the recipe here:

    Thanks for stopping by For One Another
    I am your newest follower;)

  4. Oh yum! Forget the salad; I could live on your cake! I'm absolutely drooling on the keyboard!

    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

  5. Life is good!!! My doorbell rings Sunday AM and my BFF Donna is at my door with a dessert sampler. One piece of this wonderful chocolate cake and 1 piece of carmel cheesecake (04/01/2011). I sampled the chocolate cake, which was very good, however I am not a chocolate lover so I offered samples to friends and neighbors. The result was thumbs up. The carmel cheesecake was mine!!!! I enjoyed the cheesecake after I returned home from Sunday brunch at Noah's in Stonington CT. It was yummy!!!!

  6. Robin, LOL. Nice of you to share the goodies!

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog. I will definately try this recipe. Have a good week.

  8. I love you! Making this cake this weekend...and I have most of the ingredients in my cabinet already!

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog! This cake looks amazing and my favorite...chocolate!!!

  10. my favorite is betty crocker, but this looks good too!

  11. This is the exact cake I've been making for my husband for his birthday for nearly 20 years. It's his favorite. I top it with whipped cream and mini chocolate chips (he's a true chocoholic!).


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