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Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

This Chocolate Cake is perfect for a party! Moist chocolate cake layers, filled and frosted with a sweet and delicate raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream, for a pretty pink dessert that's sure to delight!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buttercream, Cake, Chocolate, Frosting, raspberry
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 908 kcal
For the cake
For the frosting*
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks), softened
Make the cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Generously mist three 8-inch diameter cake pans with non-stick spray, and line with circles cut from parchment paper.
  2. Place the sugar, flours, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl, and whisk to combine.  
  3. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and add it to the dry ingredients.   Mix on low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand (30 seconds to a minute).  
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition.  
  5. When all of the eggs are fully incorporated, add the Greek yogurt and vanilla, and beat on medium speed for about 60 to 90 seconds, to aerate the batter and strengthen the cake's structure.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the three prepared pans, and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the thickest part of the cake comes out clean or with one or two moist crumbs.  Cool completely, then fill and frost with raspberry buttercream.
Make the frosting:
  1. Puree the thawed berries in a food processor, then strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, discarding the seeds.  
  2. Place the puree in a small pot and cook on medium-low heat until thickened and reduced by about half.  You should have about 1/4 cup of cooked puree.  Set aside to cool.
  3. Place the egg whites and sugar in a large mixing bowl set over a pot of simmering water.  
  4. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the mixture is smooth, thin, and translucent, and it no longer feels gritty when rubbed between the thumb and forefinger.  
  5. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk on medium-high speed until fluffy and stiff, and no hint of warmth remains when you place your hand on the side of the bowl.  
  6. Add the butter, a tablespoon at a time, whipping after each addition.  If the mixture seems runny, place it in the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes, then re-whip.  When all the butter has been added and the mixture is fluffy and spreadable, stir in the cooled raspberry puree until fully incorporated.
Recipe Notes

*Be sure to check out this VERY comprehensive Swiss meringue buttercream post for a step-by-step picture tutorial PLUS all your questions answered!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 908 Calories from Fat 522
% Daily Value*
Fat 58g89%
Saturated Fat 36g225%
Cholesterol 212mg71%
Sodium 299mg13%
Potassium 345mg10%
Carbohydrates 93g31%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 72g80%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1805IU36%
Vitamin C 6.3mg8%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.