Have I mentioned that I love Taste of Home? I have found so many amazing recipes, and this is one of them. I don't think that I've ever made a cake that had such perfectly level layers when they come out. The cakes didn't sink in the middle, and they fluffed up just perfectly. My husband said that this is the best cake he's ever tasted. Woot! I don't know if I'd go that far, but it was amazing. I made it for my dear ol' mum for her birthday. There weren't any complaints!
As a side note to voice my impatience with chocolateering, I was trying to make chocolate ribbons to go on top of the cake. I think I flared my nostrils and huffed and puffed enough to last me a lifetime. And if my poor little kids could read my mind, I would have to define a whole slew of new words for them. It was impossible! I tried to salvage the chocolate, so I made those pathetic little strips of chocolate to put on top so my efforts weren't completely foiled. Try not to focus on the unprofessionalism of the appearance. This was one tasty cake!
Layered Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Cream Filling and White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
source: Taste of Home November 2011 magazine
1 c butter, softened
2 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
2 3/4 c flour
1 c cocoa
2 t baking soda
3/4 t baking powder
1 t salt
1 1/2 c water
12 ounces white chocolate
18 oz cream cheese, softened
3 T butter, softened
4 1/2 t lemon juice
3/4 c heavy cream
1/3 c seedless raspberry preserves
2 1/4 t sugar
Let it begin!
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I whipped mine for a couple of minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time. Beat after each addition. Add in the vanilla.
Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Whisk to combine.
Pour into three greased 9 inch round pans. I always line the bottom of my pans with parchment paper to ensure that they come out when I flip the pan over- not that I've ever had cakes stick to the bottom... Me? Never. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 24-28 minutes. Cool for ten minutes before inverting and cooling on a wire rack.
I kept mine in the fridge until I was ready to frost it. However, I would keep it in the freezer for an hour or so to help keep the crumbs intact. I always skip this step and end up with a crumb-speckled frosting.