Dark Chocolate Raspberry Buttercream Cake

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake

The inspiration for this cake was Valentine's Day.  The deep, dark-chocolate mixed with the beautiful pink raspberry-buttercream frosting gave this cake a romantic look and taste. The buttercream melts in your mouth and the cake is left on your tongue absorbing all raspberry flavor. 
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Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Butter melted
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
  • 2 Drops Red Food Coloring

For The Frosting

  • 1 Stick Butter softened
  • 3 - 4 Cups Powdered Sugar Varies on how you frost. Do you want the frosting thick or thin? The cake shown was on the thin side.
  • 2-3 Drops Raspberry Extract taste your frosting at 2 drops to understand if it has enough flavor.

Instructions
 

For The Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cut a circle of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan.
  • Lightly grease and flour the side of the pan.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  • Mix all wet ingredients except the boiling water together.
  • Mix everything together and add the boiling water slowly. This is going to seem like a lot of water in your mix but make sure you use it all or the cake will be dry.
  • Fill your cake pan(s)
  • Cook for 30-35 minutes and test with a toothpick.

For The Frosting

  • Add the softened butter to the mixing bowl of your stand mixer (you can also use a hand mixer).
  • Add the first cup of confectioners' sugar.
  • Add the raspberry extract.
  • Mix on low at first and then turn up speed.
  • Stop the mixer, add the second cup of sugar and mix again slowly at first.
  • Stop mixer to taste for raspberry flavor, if you need more add it,
  • Add 2 drops of red food coloring to achieve the pink color.
  • Mix in the next cup of sugar.
  • If you want thicker frosting, add more sugar.
  • If your frosting is too thick you can add a little warm water

Video

Notes

Since this was a romantic Valentines cake I used an 8 inch round pan 
Keyword cake, Pink, valentines
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