Valentine’s day is just around the corner and what better way to say I love you to your sweetheart than with making them a show stopper Chocolate Raspberry Cake decorated with chocolate hearts and fresh raspberries.
I love making over the top decadent desserts for holidays, especially ones that are all about the sweets, such as Valentine’s Day. The day to shower your loved ones with flowers, chocolates and candies. Or a fancy chocolate raspberry cake that really isn’t that hard to make. I kept it simple by leaving the cake layers visible, and had some fun with piping buttercream designs for the frosting in the middle layer and on top of the cake. You can customize the buttercream designs any way you want. The sky is the limit!
I love making cakes like this one because they are faster to decorate, no waiting for crumb coat then final coat to set. I think they are less intimidating too for the beginner cake decorator. You can find piping tips at a local cake decorating store such as Michael’s and JoAnn Crafts. You can practice on a piece of wax paper before piping on the cake first to get used to the different designs. I used several different sizes of open star tips for this cake, those are the ones that make rose like swirls.
Usually when I make a cake I fill the layers with buttercream and either a curd or a jam. With a “naked cake” or a cake without the sides fully covered in frosting I don’t use a jam or a filling that would ooze out. Instead I pressed fresh raspberries into the buttercream. Which is also raspberry flavored. There is a quick tutorial on my post on Discover for the chocolate hearts along with the recipe in full and the rest of the photos. Don’t let this cake intimidate you – it is really quite easy to make! Have fun with the buttercream designs too. They don’t have to be perfect!
Head to Discover for the recipe and step by step photos. Click on any of the blue Discovers in the post to head over there. Thank you to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this post. I am a World Market Tribe Ambassador.