Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream

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  • Let me get this off my chest: I am a horrible cake decorator. I am not being modest in any sense of the word.

    It is the honest truth and with that said, I have also learned how to compensate for my lack of skill. Embellishments and frosting techniques can cover the lack of my skills in a snap.

    Naked cakes are all the rage right now, so I created a three layer Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream. Yum! #nakedcakes #chocolatecake #raspberrybuttercream www.savoryexperiments.com

    Naked cakes are all the rage right now, so I created a three-layer Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream. Yum!

    My Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream is referred to as a “naked cake.” I am sure you have seen these around. Not only are they fun to look at, but they are so much easier than putting together a perfectly frosted masterpiece.

    Make sure you PIN Chocolate Layer Cake!

    This is 100% considered one of those frosting techniques I mentioned earlier and gloriously, the naked cake movement takes all of the stress away from decorating and replaces it with ease.

    Flour left on some of the cake when it comes out of the pan? Don’t sweat it! It is only going to add character. Frosting squishing out? Not to worry!

    This is all part of the fun and it’s totally fine. Take a deep breath and move with a free hand.

    This style of cake is all about highlighting the components of the cake. You can hold back and have the frosting not meet the edges of each cake. You can make more frosting and have it squish out the sides a bit.

    Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream- "naked cakes" are all the rage and so simple! Moist, rich, and delicious dark chocolate cake that's perfect for Valentine's Day!

    Take this technique and apply it to almost all layered cakes in your repertoire. I swear it will give you a whole new appreciation for things and could help up your anxiety in the kitchen.

    The recipe for Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream took me three tries to get right. I was struggling with the first two steps of the recipes. I wanted more of a rich chocolate flavor but without it being dense.

    Plus, a delicate and tender crumb would lend itself a bit better to the light, bright and floral flavor of the raspberry. Basically, I need the perfect combo. Not too sweet, not too totally chocolaty with rich, velvety buttercream.

    Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream- "naked cakes" are all the rage and so simple! Moist, rich, and delicious dark chocolate cake that's perfect for Valentine's Day!

    This cake is perfect for birthdays, parties, and even on Valentine’s day with its gorgeous pop of pink color. Plus the buttercream layers are absolutely addictive.

    If you are feeling sassy, throw some more raspberries in each layer of frosting. It certainly can’t hurt!

    Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream is simple, yet sophisticated and beautiful. I hope you enjoy!

    Naked cakes are all the rage right now, so I created a three layer Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream. Yum! #nakedcakes #chocolatecake #raspberrybuttercream www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Naked cakes are all the rage right now, so I created a three layer Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream. Yum! #nakedcakes #chocolatecake #raspberrybuttercream www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream

    Naked cakes are all the rage right now, so I created a three layer Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream. Yum!
    Prep Time20 mins
    Cook Time30 mins
    Total Time50 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chocolate cake recipe, naked cake, raspberry buttercream
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 564kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Raspberry Buttercream Frosting:

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of 3 9-inch circular cake pans with parchment paper. Lightly coat with cooking spray and flour, tapping out all excess.
    • In a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar.
    • Add eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
    • Sift together cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
    • Add vanilla and then alternate adding dry mixture with heavy cream until fully combined.
    • Evenly pour into cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cakes pass the toothpick test.
    • Allow to cool for 15 minutes before turning out onto cooling racks to fully cool.
    • Make buttercream frosting and add 1 pint fresh raspberries, blending until the frosting tints pink and raspberries are broken up. This will change the consistency, so you will need to add powdered sugar until it reaches a spreadable consistency. This will vary greatly depending on the moisture in your berries.
    • Place the first layer of cake on a serving stand. Slather 1/2-1 inch of frosting onto the cake with a few fresh raspberries, place another layer of cake and repeat until all layers have been frosted, including the top layer. Finish with a pile of fresh raspberries on top.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 1100IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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