Chocolate Raspberry Cake

A classic for your party

You may have to search for the raspberry extract, but it is available.

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Portions/Servings This recipe will feed 12 people.
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The Cake:

6 ounces chocolate chips
1/2 cup  butter or margarine
1 chocolate cake mix
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1 tablespoon Raspberry Extract

Chocolate Fudge Frosting


Preheat oven to 350° Spray the inside of 2 - 9” pans with vegetable release. For easy removal, dust the pan with cocoa, so that it sticks to the veggie spray. Shake out the excess.

Mix up the cake mix and all the ingredients except the chips. Get everything smooth and well blended.

In another bowl, toss the chocolate chips with some flour, so that the flour coats the chips. Carefully fold the floured chips into the batter. Don’t overstir.

Bake for 30 minutes or so, looking for a nice crown in the middle which feels firm to your touch. Allow to cool completely.

Place the first layer of cake on your serving plate. With a long, serrated knife, cut the crown of the cake off, so that it is flat, and the top “crust” is removed.

Use some of the frosting and spread it on the first layer of cake. Then top it with the first layer, and frost the cake, top and sides.

When it’s time to serve dessert, artfully arrange the unwashed fresh raspberries on top of the cream. We like to add a few mint leaves too.

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