During the past several weeks, I have made tons of layer cakes; probably more than I’ve ever made in my whole life. One reason is that I’ve recently bought two 8″ cake tins which makes it much easier to make two-level cakes.
Previously, I had always made a large cake and then halved it. Have you ever tried to cut a soft cake in two? You need the hands of a brain surgeon and nerves of steel. Stress like that I can live without, believe me!
The other reason why I’ve made more than my fair share of cakes recently is that as the end of the school term is rapidly approaching here in Sweden, there’s been loads of end of term activities, events and parties – and you know me, any excuse to get baking!
I had a ton of chocolate frosting to use up from a cake I’d made previously, and thought that the tartness of the raspberries would go particularly well with the rich, sweet frosting, and I wasn’t wrong. In addition, the colour contrast between the bright red raspberries and almost black frosting was visually stunning and gorgeous to look at.
I used food colouring in the frosting because I needed it virtually black for the first cake I made. I usually shy away from adding anything to my baking which isn’t absolutely necessary, and other than the colour, the food colouring doesn’t make any difference to the recipe and can be omitted.
Around 10-15 raspberries (with extra for decoration)
~ Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease/line/cocoa 2 x 8" cake tins.
~ Beat the butter and sugar together (I used a food processor) and then add one egg at a time until they are fully incorporated.
~ Add the cocoa, flour and baking powder and slowly mix using the lowest setting on your processor, just until everything has combined. Add just enough milk for the batter to achieve a dropping consistency (start off with one tablespoon at a time).
~ Divide the batter between the two pans and bake for around 20-25 minutes, until an inserted skewer comes out clean and the cakes begin to pull away from the edges of the tins. Remove from the oven and let the cakes sit in their pans for about ten minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and allow them to cool completely.
~ For the frosting: Beat the butter and cream cheese together until soft and fluffy. Add in just enough icing sugar to make a spreadable, thick frosting consistency. Spread around one third of the frosting on the flat side of one of the cakes and then gently place the raspberries on top. Place the second cake on top (flat side down) and push down gently. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides, smoothing with a palette knife. For a finishing touch, add a few raspberries to the top of the cake. Cut into slices and enjoy!