Double Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling

Let’s celebrate today with cake! > Double Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling

I decided to celebrate by making a cake- one that had been recommended to me by Lindsay from the blog, Love & Olive Oil. She’s a good person to know… she has a delicious blog and she is one of the most talented web designers out there. Lindsay recommended a chocolate layer cake with raspberry filling. Sounded good to me.

Double Chocolate Cake 1

How fabulous does that chocolatey layer of frosting look?  I mean… I want to dive into this cake head-first!

Double Chocolate Cake 2

Oh, and it’s a good cake for celebrating… like for birthdays or anniversaries, or just because it’s Tuesday.

Double Chocolate Cake 3

This cake happens to turn out moist and delicious and rich. It’s very chocolatey with a thick layer of chocolate ganache frosting and a surprise layer of raspberry filling tucked inside. This cake is one that is pretty irresistible to chocolate lovers. I know this because I’m not a chocolate lover myself… yet I found myself stealing bites of my husband’s slice after I demolished my own.

Double Chocolate Cake w/ Raspberry Filling

This recipe makes a large 2 layer cake, or an even taller (smaller) 3-layer cake- depending on pan size (see instructions below). It turns out to be a very moist chocolate cake with a rich chocolate ganache frosting... with a surprise layer of raspberry inside!

Yield: 12 to 14 servings

Prep Time:40 min

Cook Time:50 min


3 ounces fine-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips)
1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
3 cups granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pound fine-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

One (10-ounce) bag frozen raspberries, thawed
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch


1. Prepare cake: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. and grease two 10-inch cake pans, or three 8-inch cake pans. Spray pans with nonstick spray and then line bottoms with rounds of parchment paper- then spray paper too.

2. In a medium bowl combine chocolate with hot coffee. Let mixture stand, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

3. In a large bowl sift together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl with an electric mixer beat eggs until thickened slightly and lemon colored (about 3 minutes with a standing mixer or 5 minutes with a hand-held mixer). Slowly add oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture to eggs, beating until combined well. Add dry mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.

4. Divide batter between pans and bake in middle of oven 50 to 65 minutes, or until tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

5. Cool layers completely in pans on racks. Run a thin knife around edges of pans and invert layers onto racks. Carefully remove parchment paper and cool layers completely. Cake layers may be made 1 day ahead and kept, wrapped well in plastic wrap, at room temperature.

6. Prepare frosting: In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart saucepan bring cream, sugar, and corn syrup to a boil over moderately low heat, whisking until sugar is dissolved. Remove pan from heat and add chocolate, whisking until chocolate is melted. Add butter pieces and whisk until smooth.

7. Transfer frosting to a bowl and cool, stirring occasionally, until spreadable (It may be necessary to chill frosting to reach spreadable consistency).

8. Prepare filling: Puree raspberries in a food processor or blender. Press the puree through a fine-mesh strainer with the back of a spoon, removing the seeds. Heat the puree in a small pot with the sugar and cornstarch until mixture boils, stirring constantly. As it boils, it should quickly thicken. Let cool.

9. Assemble cake: Spread a thin layer of ganache on 1st cake layer- followed by a layer of the raspberry filling. Top with 2nd cake layer and repeat (if using a 3rd layer). If only using two cake layers, cover the top and sides with the remaining chocolate ganache frosting. Cake keeps, covered and chilled up to 3 days. Bring cake to room temperature before serving.


*If you use frozen raspberries that are already sweetened with sugar, just leave the sugar out when making the filling.
*If you only have two 9-inch round pans or two 8-inch rounds, you can choose to just make a 2-layer cake and then use the rest of the batter to make some cupcakes. Fill the pans no more than 2/3 full with batter- you don't want them to overflow when they rise while baking!

Source: (Adapted from Love & Olive Oil, who got it from Smitten Kitchen via Epicurious)

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  • Terri Sikorski wrote:

    This cake is my Crack. Made it for my sons birthday. I am on weight watchers and I could not resist this no matter what I did after the party. Its very time consuming, but so worth it and ooooohhhhh so good, and not a Opera kinda healthy Oh so good. Needless to say, I gained weight that week. I had to throw the rest away so I wouldn’t touch it anymore. Thinking of making cupcakes and freezing them for a rainy day. Adding the Raspberry filling in the middle when needed because the filling is very easy to make. I think I need a smaller holed strainer tho. The seeds still poked thru. FYI: This cake is a whopping 28 points on the weight watchers freestyle plan.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Oh gosh, well I’m sorry it made you gain weight… but hopefully it was worth it and you’re back on track now!

  • Yvonne wrote:

    Hi, this cake sounds delicious. I’m going to make a raspberry chocolate roll cake, do you think this cake will hold up to the the roll?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’ve never made a roll cake, so I’m not sure. Sounds good though!

  • Donna wrote:

    What size pans did you use

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It’s stated in the directions: two 10-inch cake pans, or three 8-inch cake pans.

  • Cara wrote:

    This cake was delicious and moist and got rave reviews at my party! I used a cream cheese buttercream with the raspberry filling and used the ganache frosting to drip over the top. I will say that it is a lot of cake for 3 8” pans. Luckily I had 3” high 8” pans or else I’m certain it would have overflowed. In the future I will do 3 9” inch pans or reserve some of the batter for cupcakes.

  • Cindy wrote:

    This cake was wonderful!!! Everyone loved it! Thx for the recipe!

  • Dominique wrote:

    I want to try this cake, but my husband isn’t fond of strong fruity flavors, even though he’s open to it.. Do you think adding a small amount of chocolate to the filling would tone down the intensity of the raspberry flavor while keeping the mixture’s consistency smooth and thick?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m sorry, but I really have no idea. I think the raspberry flavor will still be there for sure.

  • Jessica wrote:

    I saw someone else ask about fondant. I am not doing anything fancy – simple 2 layer 6 inch rounds (I will have a lot left over I know!), but my daughter wants it to be a splatter paint design on top. So if I make your frosting and put a light layer of fondant on to “splatterpaint” the rest do you think it will hold up for a few hours? I am frosting the cake on Friday after school and the party is at 7pm. 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m sorry, but I don’t know anything at all about fondant and how it works with cakes and frosting, etc. Wish I could help!

  • Tatjana wrote:

    Hi Lori – making this cake for a 12 year old. Can you really taste the coffee? Can I replace it with something else? thank you 🙂 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      no, you cannot taste the coffee at all. It simply intensifies the flavor of the chocolate.

  • Maria wrote:

    Hi. Going to give this ago… love the picture… Coffee and chocolate are excellent together. Just a tip for those who have sliding top tiers or any level is to put a ring of the chocolate on just on near the edge and filling in the ring as this would prevent the sliding effect. Cant wait to eat it! YUM

  • Rosie wrote:

    This cake sounds delicious!! Even though im not a fan of chocolate myself either :). But quick question. My granddaughter wants a castle…yeah a cake-castle! Do you think this cake is sturdy enough to do 2 tiers and iced in fondant?? I know fondant tends to be in the heavy side…

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I don’t think so. It’s not a terribly dense cake.

  • Ginger wrote:

    5192 feet

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      That’s the problem, then. Anything above 4000 feet or so usually requires some adjustments with baking recipes in order for them to turn out as planned. I made a chocolate cake recipe once (using a regular recipe), and it was a liquid disaster. I couldn’t figure out why it didn’t bake into a cake as the recipe stated. I made some high altitude modifications, made it again, and then it turned out perfect! Here is the guide that I use for high altitude: