Dec 192011

Chocolate cake with ganache

I love the combination of chocolate and raspberries. As a matter of fact, there is a small local restaurant that makes this kind of cake and my husband when in the area gets me a slice of it…well, after a while I thought that I may be able to make it. After searching for different recipes I decided to come up with my own, by mixing and matching various recipes.

The cake batter that I used is a chocolate chiffon cake, I thought that since the cake will be loaded with chocolate ganache it would be a good idea to use a lighter batter.

I have to admit that the cake turned out to be delicious, pretty (I should be more humble…), rich and loaded with calories, but worth every bite.

This cake has a very festive look therefore ideal for the Season…or if you are like me, everyday is special and can be celebrated, therefore, this cake is good at anytime of the year. Now seriously, I hope you can try this recipe one day 🙂

Chocolate Chiffon Cake


5 eggs
¾ cup cake flour
¼ cup chocolate powder
2/3 cup sugar divided in 2 portions
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cream of tartar


Heat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, sift together the cake flour, chocolate powder, half of the sugar all the sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients well to make sure they are thoroughly combined. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.

In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks until pale yellow add the vegetable oil slowly and then the vanilla extract. Continue beating until the mixture turns slightly thick. Pour the egg yolks into the well, mix gently and add the milk. Beat the wet ingredients into the dry until completely smooth.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy.

With the mixer running, slowly rain in the remaining 2 tablespoon sugar. Continue to beat the whites until stiff peaks form when the beater is lifted.

Fold the beaten whites into the rest of the batter by gently spoon one-third at the time. Fold in the whites slowly and carefully into the batter using a spatula. Be very gentle as you fold in the whites.

Spoon or gently pour the batter into a ungreased square cake pan. Place the pan in the middle of the oven and bake for 45 minutes at 325F and then 5 minutes at 300F.Insert a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Remove from heat and invert the pan over a couple of inverted glasses by the rim of the pan. Set the pan aside in a quiet place until cooled completely, 1 to 2 hours.

Chocolate Ganache


1 cup heavy cream
9 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon brandy (you can omit this)


Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat, bring to a boil point, then pour over the chocolate and whisk until smooth. Stir in the brandy if desired. Let the ganache cool before pouring over the cake.

Cake Assembly

Cut the cake in the middle. Place a layer of raspberry jam and cover with a layer of chocolate ganache. Gently replace the layer of the chocolate cake and cover the cake with more chocolate ganache by pouring from the middle and spreading throughout the cake and the sides.
Decorate with fresh raspberries.
Place the cake in the refrigerator until time to serve.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that raspberries are considered one of the richest fruit for its antioxidants? Not only rich in Vitamin C but fiber as well.


Thank you for stopping by Simple Recipes and have a great Holiday Season!


  71 Responses to “Chocolate Cake Loaded with Chocolate Ganache and Raspberries”

  1. What a stunning dessert!! Happy holidays!

  2. Oh my – this looks heavenly! I love chocolate and raspberries.

  3. Mmm…I’d like a slice of that cake right now! It looks beautiful!

  4. I also love chocolate and raspberries – fantastic combination! Your cake looks gorgeous and rich but also light inside. If I made more cakes I’d definitely make this.

  5. Indeed, a slice of heaven!

  6. Wow, this is indeed festive! It looks spectacular, and I love the raspberry jam inside as well as the fruit on top.

  7. You make everything sound and look so great!

  8. Beautiful cake! Chocolate and raspberries are so perfect together. Have a lovely holiday!

  9. chocolate and raspberries are a classic combo for a reason! This looks so deliciously rich and so worth every bite!

  10. That is one gorgeous cake! Heavenly combination of chocolate and raspberries.
    Happy Holiday!

  11. Hello, your chocolate cake looks so tempting and lovely topping. Chocolate …my all time favorite. Have a nice day.

  12. This fabulous cake is very tempting…especially since I’ve yet to make a chiffon cake…hmmm…next year maybe? Very inspirational 😉

    …Dear Juliana
    Just briefly passing by to wish you and your loved ones the finest of Holiday seasons.
    I’m very much looking forward to hopefully soon joining my Foodies again ;o) Until then, all the very best towards a desirable New Year.

    Flavourful wishes,

  13. That’s a stunning cake. Cannot be wrong with raspberries and chocolate! Happy holidays to you and family.

  14. Chocolate and raspberry is one of my very favorite combinations. Your cake looks and sounds terrific! Hope you’re having a lovely holiday!

  15. There couldn’t be a more lovely or decadent looking cake anywhere! This is just my favorite kind of cake Juliana! You never have to be humble when you have created perfection.

  16. My god Juliana, this cake is for me! I love chocolate! If i ever come to California, just remember to make something like that, I would be eternally obliged! Merry Chrismas to you and Stan, we both loved the card!

  17. wow juliana! i love how you layered it and made is beautiful. raspberries and fruit are so good. i wish they sold chocolate covered raspberries! 🙂 i’m the same – i love recreating things that i really like too 🙂

  18. Chocolate and raspberries are one of my favorite combinations too. Your cake is really gorgeous! I’m wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! XO

  19. I love the combination of chocolate and raspberries! The cake looks absolutely gorgeous!

  20. What a beautiful and scrumptious cake Juliana! A perfect holiday dessert! Merry Christmas! xoxo

  21. This is such a beautiful cake. Chocolate and raspberries, great combination.

  22. What a beautiful and festive cake! I wish I was enjoying a big piece right now 🙂

  23. Dearest Juliana, My-Oh-My…That looks absolutely incredible! The combination of flavors is simply perfect. I wish you a lovely and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year filled with lots of love and happy thoughts 🙂

    HUGS <3

  24. Great combination of flavours and fantastic suggestion.
    Cheers, and hope you have a fantastic Christmas,

  25. I don’t know what is better in such a cake: raspberries or chocolate, but I am crazy for both, so your cake looks particularly appealing to me. Pity it’s not a raspberry season here 🙁
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe and Merry Christmas!

  26. What a beautiful cake you are so talented; raspberries make it to new heights.
    Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and a great sholiday season.

  27. woah, that cake looks incredible. Hope you have a very Merry Christams!!

  28. Your cake is really beautiful! And looks delicious! Wish I could have a slice!
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

  29. Beautiful! And I like your chiffon base, must be delicious. 🙂

  30. beautiful cake have a very merry christmas love rebecca

  31. Heavenly, Juliana. Seriously, is there anything better than chocolate and raspberries? I love that you used a delicate chiffon cake. Perfect:) Thank you so much for sharing this elegant and seasonable dessert. I’d love to give it a whirl when I’m feeling better.

    My eye is still on the mend so I haven’t been able to visit. I did want to take a moment though to wish you and yours a safe and Happy Holiday. The doctors assure me I should be back to normal in a few weeks. So, just in case, here’s to you and your wonderful blog in the new year!!! Louise

  32. This is sheer decadence! Love the cake, looks gorgeous.

  33. you cake is very pretty! i can also imagine the chocolate sponge must be very soft! Happy christmas to you!

  34. Beautiful cake! Especially with those plump raspberries all standing at attention like that. What a great dessert for the holidays.

  35. You are so right – there is nothing more delicious than the combination of dark chocolate and raspberries. This is an absolutely beautiful cake, Juliana!

  36. Oh yes – the combination of chocolate and raspberries is one of the delights in life. This cake just made me smile – and feel hungry for it. I love the card at the end Juliana – truly all sweetness and goodness. Happy holidays! May your days be merry and bright!

  37. Dear Juliana

    Raspberries are in season now and I might just get Mysaucepan to attempt this recipe as it looks truly delicious! Thanks for sharing and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  38. An absolutely beautiful cake for anytime of the year but especially for Christmas.

  39. Gorgeous and tempting! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  40. Oh Juliana the cake made me drool. And chocolate ganache and fresh fruit with cake can never go wrong. BTW I fixed the comment thing on my blog, now you can leave me sweet comments as good as your cake. Happy Holidays.

  41. Chocolate and Raspberries is such a wonderful flavor combination, this is a fabulous cake Juliana. Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2012 to you and your family xox

  42. I love the vibrant and festive Christmas color of these rasberries on top of the cake. I don’t mind having few slices of your delicious looking cake. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year, Juliana!

    ~ ray ~

  43. Juliana, May you have a blessed and happy holiday season! This cake is a perfect tribute to the holidays. I positively love the fresh raspberries on top. They are one of my all time favorite fruits and pair so incredibly beautifully with chocolate.

  44. Does that look like one stunning cake or what! Wow, you just can’t beat that combination of flavors and that decorating job. The raspberries look so plump and vibrant, too.

  45. This look so so stunning…
    Chocolate and those raspberries are really tempting…

    A Very Happy Holidays to you and your family dear.

  46. This looks so festive! Merry Christmas Juliana!

  47. amazing!!!

    i wouldnt mind that for christmas!!!

  48. What a lovely and delicious cake for the holidays!

  49. always nice to combine chocolate and rapsberry ::Wish you a ahappy xmas !!Pierre

  50. What a luscious and pretty chocolate cake! Well done!

    Have a wonderful holiday season!

  51. Chocolate and raspberries seem like a match made in heaven. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  52. I love recipes which are attempts to replicate something you’ve had before, because it must be pretty amazing to make you want to try to make it yourself!! 😉 I’ll admit, I’m not too much of a fan of raspberries, though I think the chocolate and raspberry combination sounds pretty good too (chocolate makes everything taste better!). Your cake sounds really delicious! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  53. Oh, so delicious-looking! I like the interesting facts on the raspberries. I gotta eat more of those. Merry Christmas!!!

  54. The cake looks fabulous! I love raspberries and chocolate too. Wishing you a wonderful new year filled with your favorite things.

  55. happy holidays to you and family delicious looking cake and decoration

  56. That cake looks delicious. And the raspberry topping…yum!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas

  57. love the generous raspberries toppings! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

  58. You made my mouth water with this one!! Happy Holidays :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  59. Very pretty Juliana! The fresh raspberries just make your chocolate layer cake pop!
    Best wishes for a Happy New Year;-)

  60. OMG, with the holidays..I missed so many blog posts, and this one is one heck of a treat to come back to for my blog reading again! That is simply a 5-star beautiful, not to mention I love chocolate with raspberries – one of the few fruits I love with chocolate. I must make this to…wow!

  61. Love this… hwo did I miss this post?? Happy holidays and thanks for sharing. This is too pretty not to make, maybe Vday!!

  62. That is a very pretty and scrumptious looking cake! I would love to try this if I am not so busy! Happy new year:D

  63. What a delicious cake,Juliana!!!Happy New Year!

  64. mir sehr gut gefallen Deinem Blog! Es hat mir sehr geholfen … Awesome. Genau das, was ich suchte. Vielen Dank!

  65. Happy New Year, Julianna! Your chocolate-raspberry cake looks divine, and such a helpful tutorial to accompany! Your new banner looks really good, too. Thanks for a great year in food—Nancy

  66. Perfect combination of flavors, perfectly prepared! How do you ever go wrong with chocolate and raspberries! This is one cake everyone will love. Wishing you a very Happy New Year Julianna!

  67. That’s a gorgeous cake! Love the combination of chocolate and raspberries. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  68. Happy New Year to You and Yours Juliana! I’m looking forward to visiting your sweet blog in 2012! Louise:)

  69. What a beautiful looking cake and I am happy to see that you are having a wonderful holiday. Wishing you joy and happiness in 2012.

  70. I wonder if I could get someone to make this for me for my birthday in March.

  71. Juliana, what a wonderful blog. Love the cake and many other interesting recipes.Thank you for visiting my blog, so nice to meet you:)