I had never before made cake from scratch, so i thought i’d give it a whirl, and wow wow wow, this cake was absolutely amazing, and i will be making it whenever i have the excuse, birthdays, holidays, i will just show up with this cake because i secretly am drooling just thinking about how delicious it was!
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup skim milk + ¼ of a lemon juice (I do this instead of buttermilk, but you could use buttermilk)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup hot coffee
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup strawberries, halved
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9-inch baking pans and set aside be sure to put parchment paper on the bottom of the pans if using spring form ones, or else the batter will ooze out the bottom like mine did. In a large bowl stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, milk and lemon juice, melted butter and vanilla extract; stir by hand or with a mixer for 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in hot coffee slowly. Pour batter evenly between the two pans and bake on middle rack of oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks before frosting.
For the frosting (makes enough for 1 middle layer of cake and outside of cake):
- ¼ stick butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/8 cup skim milk
- 1/8 cup Fat Free half and half
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter. Next add the chocolate chips stir every 30 seconds until melted. Wisk in remaining ingredients. Wisk until there are no more clumps and the frosting is smooth. Cool in fridge for 30 minutes to an hour-until it has a nice smooth consistency.
To assemble the cake:
Put 1 layer of the cake on the platter you would like to serve it on. Spread 1/3 of the frosting on the top of the layer, then put all the raspberries on it. Put the remaining cake on top, then use the remaining frosting to frost the top/sides. Top the cake with the cut strawberry halves.
Get ready to eat the best cake you’ve ever had!