Archive | June 2013

Chocolate Raspberry Heaven!



Today was my husband’s birthday as well as Father’s Day.  Since we are in Idaho now and near his family, we hosted a bbq for Jeremy’s family after an awesome church  service today!  We had his brother, his wife, and their son as well as his parents and their new Pomeranian over to the house to meet our roommate’s pug  and our beagadore.  This is the first time we have had everyone over to our new house.

Last week I asked my husband what flavor he wanted his birthday cake.  When he said Chocolate Raspberry, I went online to scour new and inventive ideas for chocolate raspberry desserts, that we re not just an ordinary cake.  I came across a ton of ideas, but nothing really seemed right.  Finally, yesterday I got the idea of a dark chocolate cake with raspberry cream filling.  I had no idea how i was going to pull it off but because I don’t have everything in my house for making a dark chocolate cake from scratch, I found a box mix of dark chocolate mix.  Then I wanted to make sure it was super moist, and bought a box of Hersheys chocolate pudding.  I also got some raspberry jello, a pint of cream, and some rasberries.

I followed the box mix directions, with the exception that I added one extra egg and the entire content of a small box of instant pudding mix.  I baked one cake until done, and then used the pan again to make another 1/2 layer of cake.  I could tell it was done when a knife came out of the center clean.  I let them cool and sliced the full layer in half to make a three layer cake.

That was last night.

Today, I came home from church, poured whipped cream and the Jello into a bowl and whipped until it was stiff.  I put it into the freezer for a few minutes, and spread it across the bottom layer of the cake.  then I put a layer of raspberries over it, and covered them with more of the cream, and the next layer.  I did this twice, to fill a three layer cake, and then put the cake in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes for the cream to get stiff.  Next I cleaned up the sides a little, filled in any holes with the left over cream.  Then I took some Betty Crocker with Hersheys chocolate frosting.  I used a pan scraper to carefully spread out the frosting and do my best to keep the pink from showing through.  When it was evenly covered, I used the left over raspberries to outline the top of the cake. Then I filled the  middle with candles.  The funny thing is that I accidentally blew some out after lighting them all…I hope my husband’s wish still comes true!

I love you Babe!  Happy Birthday



PS…this is NOT diet approved!