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I baked this cake a few years ago for my boyfriend's birthday. It turned out quite well. The raspberry Chambourd was a very nice flavor addition to the cake. I came across this recipe when watching Tyler Florence on the Food Network. You can experiment with different types of chocolate if you want. I used milk chocolate for the icing.
- 2 1⁄2 cups cake flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 1⁄2 ounces semisweet chocolate or 3 1⁄2 ounces dark bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups cold water
- chambourd raspberry liqueur, for drizzling
Chocolate Chip Butter Cream
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 7 tablespoons hot water
- 4 ounces dark chocolate, melted and cooled
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1⁄4 cup dark semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
- dark chocolate, shaved,for decoration
- Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cake: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the cooled chocolate and vanilla and beat for 3 minutes to incorporate.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for another 3 minutes.
- Gradually mix in the dry ingredients in 3 batches, alternating with the cold water.
- Beat for 1 minute after each addition to incorporate the ingredients.
- Mix until the batter is smooth.
- Coat 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray.
- Cut 2 circles of parchment paper to fit the pan bottoms and place them inside the pans; then spray the paper for added non-stick insurance.
- Note: This really is crucial to ensure nice easy removal from the pan.
- Pour batter into the prepared pans and smooth the surface with a spatula; the pans should be 2/3 full.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
- The cake is cooked when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when touched.
- Leave to cool for 40 minutes.
- Turn the cakes out of the pans and remove the paper.
- Drizzle them with a few tablespoons of Chambourd.
- Icing: In the bowl of an electric mixer, dissolve the sugar and water at low speed.
- Beat in the dark chocolate and vanilla.
- Add butter gradually in small bits.
- Mix until everything is completely incorporated.
- Using a spatula, fold in the chopped chocolate and give a final quick spin.
- Finishing: With a metal spatula, spread 1/2 cup butter cream on top 1 of the layers.
- Start in the center and work your way out.
- Carefully place the second layer on top.
- Smooth the sides with butter cream, then spread the rest over the top so that the cake is completely covered.
- Refrigerate for 5 minutes before decorating or cutting.
- With a large knife scrape some shavings from a block of dark chocolate.
- Scatter shavings over cake.