Dark Chocolate Frosted Yellow Cake with Raspberry Preserves

Chocolate Frosted Cake at

 Don’t you love when you manage to pull off something as good as you had imagined it would be?  That’s what happened with this Chocolate Frosted Cake!  The frosting get’s all the glory in the picture, but let me tell you, the yellow cake with raspberry filling was every bit as worthy!

Our oldest daughter, Heather recently asked me if I could make a birthday treat for one of the other stylists at work.  The birthday girl wanted yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  I was getting a little tired of cupcakes, so thought I’d throw caution to the wind and make a cake, but I wasn’t quite sure how to decorate it.

Isn’t it funny how life can throw you little hints?  I was surfing a few decorating blogs one day because I’m getting new kitchen appliances and I’m wanting new family room furniture too……let’s just say, I’d love to re-decorate the whole house!  Any who….. I happened to be viewing a kitchen makeover that had a gorgeous chocolate cake just sitting on the counter.  A chocolate cake covered in mini chocolate chips!  BINGO!! I could do THAT!

This cake not only turned out fun and delicious, but was really so easy to make!  No mad pastry or cake decorating skills needed!  I doctored up a boxed cake mix a bit, used frozen raspberries and raspberry jam for the filling and a simple Chocolate Frosting recipe from Martha Stewart. (recipes below)

The only small issue I had was with the frosting recipe.  I first looked it up online and it didn’t take long to realize the recipe was off……4 1/2 sticks of butter, but only 1/4 cup powdered sugar? – yeah it was WAY runny.

So I pulled out my Martha Stewart Cupcakes book and found the Dark Chocolate Frosting recipe in there on page 302, and found it to be quite different, calling for only 3 sticks of butter with 1/2 cup powdered sugar.  So since I had already incorporated 4 1/2 sticks of butter, I had to guess how much sugar I should add………and it still seemed way to runny, so I just kept adding sugar and mixing.  I’m going to guess I used about 2 cups of powdered sugar, and it worked just great, and still tasted amazing, smooth and very chocolatey.

How to Decorate:

  1. place cake on cardboard or cake round and crumb coat cake with frosting (see how and why to crumb coat a cake)
  2. frost cake (how to frost a cake for a blank canvas) – be sure to save some frosting for decorating the top of cake
  3. Go around sides of cake with a Wilton Triangle Cake Decorating Comb (I only did the top half, because the bottom half will be covered in chocolate chips)
  4. Press handfuls of mini chocolate chips into the side of the cake (I wore candy handling gloves to keep the chocolate from melting all over my hands) – go all the way around until you’ve covered the entire bottom half or 2/3 of the cake.
  5. Using a 1M tip and pastry bag gently squeeze bag to form small star shaped flowers around the top of the cake
  6. Sprinkle the top of cake with a few mini chocolate chips


Elle Salon and Spa Eureka MO

I delivered the cake on Friday and brought along my camera to take some pictures of the staff at the salon so they can update their website and use them to announce that they just won BEST SALON in St. Louis County!!  So if you’re in the area and if you love Aveda products, I highly suggest you check out Elle Salon and Spa in Eureka, MO

Dark Chocolate Frosted Butter Cake with Raspberry Preserves at

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard my cry last week asking for filling suggestions.  Some great suggestions were made, and the birthday girl chose raspberry.  It was just what this cake needed! I think the tangy raspberries offset the sweet frosting and made this cake taste every bit as decadent as it looked!

One last look at the whole cake…………..

Dark Chocolate Frosted Butter Cake with Raspberry Preserves

What’s your favorite cake and frosting flavor combination?


Dark Chocolate Frosted Yellow Cake with Raspberry Preserves

Dark Chocolate Frosted Yellow Cake with Raspberry Preserves

Moist yellow cake with deep-dark, fudgy chocolate icing covered in chocolate chips and a layer of raspberry preserves inside makes this cake the ultimate treat for any occasion.


    For Cake:
  • 1 Box Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 scant cup water (a little less than a cup, but more than 3/4)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • For Raspberry Filling
  • 1 cup Frozen Raspberries, thawed and drained
  • 2/3 cup raspberry preserves
  • For Dark Chocolate Frosting
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 2 1/4 cups (4 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 12 oz mini chocolate chips for decorating


    For Cake
  1. Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans (I like to simply spray my pans with Pam Baking Spray
  2. Using a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, water, butter and eggs and mix with electric mixer on low for one minute, scrape sides, then mix on high for one minute. Pour evenly into the two prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
  4. For Raspberry Filling:
  5. In a small bowl, combine raspberries and preserves.
  6. Place one cake layer, bottom side up on cardboard with 2 pieces of parchment paper between cake and cardboard; spread cake with raspberry mixture, leaving a 1-inch border. Top with second cake layer, bottom side up.
  7. For Dark Chocolate Frosting:
  8. Combine cocoa and the boiling water, stirring until cocoa has dissolved. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, and salt until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add melted and cooled chocolate, beating until combined and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in the cocoa mixture.
  9. Frost cake, remove parchment paper from under cake, then garnish with mini chocolate chips.


Dark Chocolate Frosting slightly adapted from Martha Stewart to make frosting thicker. click here for original recipe

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

68 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Frosted Yellow Cake with Raspberry Preserves”

  1. Jenny Flake posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:04 am (#)

    Oh my goodness Cheryl this cake is drop dead gorgeous!! Love your photos, makes me want to jump through the screen for a piece :) Love!!

    • TidyMom replied on August 27th, 2012 at 9:03 am

      lol thank Jenny!

  2. Jeanette posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:08 am (#)

    Gorgeous cake Cheryl – love the idea of raspberry preserves in the middle to make this extra special. Great photo of the staff – I’m sure they appreciated your beautiful cake and this lovely photo for their website. Congrats to Elle Salon for winning Best Salon in St. Louis County!

    • TidyMom replied on August 27th, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Jeanette!

  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:22 am (#)

    Ooooh it turned out gorgeous Cheryl, love the raspberry choice!

    • TidyMom replied on August 27th, 2012 at 9:04 am

      me too! like I said, the raspberries really gave it a “kick it up a notch” flavor!

  4. Melissa posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:24 am (#)

    That cake looks fabulous! I’m a fan of chocolate/raspberry, too.

    My own favorite combination is chocolate cake with white frosting. My husband thinks that weird, for someone who likes chocolate so much, but I like the contrast.

    • TidyMom replied on August 27th, 2012 at 9:04 am

      oh that’s one of my favorite combo’s too!!

  5. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:36 am (#)

    Such a gorgeous cake, Cheryl!

    • TidyMom replied on August 27th, 2012 at 9:05 am

      thanks Robyn

  6. Brian @ A Thought For Food posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:56 am (#)

    Chocolate and raspberries… a magical pairing. So, the way I see this going is that you get to keep a slice and I’ll take the rest. Deal?

    • TidyMom replied on August 27th, 2012 at 9:05 am


  7. Ali | Gimme Some Oven posted on August 27, 2012 at 8:08 am (#)

    This cake is a masterpiece!!! Your daughter and her coworkers are lucky to have you nearby! 😉

  8. Amy @ Living Locurto posted on August 27, 2012 at 8:39 am (#)

    I want to eat my computer!

  9. donna giblin posted on August 27, 2012 at 8:54 am (#)

    This is just beautiful…..did it really only take 1 12 oz bag of mini chocolate chips? It’s one of the things that I cannot buy in bulk and they NEVER go on sale!!!! Can’t wait to give this a try!


    • TidyMom replied on August 27th, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Yes, actually I didn’t even use the whole bag! I bought 2 thinking it would need a lot more than it actually took!

  10. Lori @ RecipeGirl posted on August 27, 2012 at 8:55 am (#)

    You did it! Looks absolutely fabulous, my dear. And that photo of the salon folks is perfect!

  11. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite posted on August 27, 2012 at 9:25 am (#)

    I’m in love with this picture! Maybe because I am obsessing over anything chocolate at the moment. My favorite is a plain yellow cake with chocolate buttercream filling. Plain I know.

  12. sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on August 27, 2012 at 9:31 am (#)

    oh yum!

  13. HeatherChristo posted on August 27, 2012 at 10:10 am (#)

    First of all- a yellow cake with chocolate frosting never fails! But the raspberry preserves remind me of the cakes that my mom used to make for us when we were young! The whole things looks beautiful and delicious- what a great mom you are!

  14. Deliciously Organic posted on August 27, 2012 at 10:53 am (#)

    What a beautiful cake!

  15. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies posted on August 27, 2012 at 10:58 am (#)

    Um, 4 1/2 STICKS of butter? Perhaps that should have been more like 4 1/2 Tablespoons! I never put anywhere near that much butter in my frosting. But leave it to Martha… she also puts tons of butter, sour cream, and even a whole block of cream cheese in her mashed potatoes! This cake is gorgeous!

  16. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on August 27, 2012 at 10:59 am (#)

    I am the worst when it comes to cake decorating. And even cupcakes! So thank you for this brilliant idea–I think even I can manage decorating with mini chocolate chips. And the end result is absolutely beautiful!

  17. Nancy@acommunaltable posted on August 27, 2012 at 11:37 am (#)

    Absolutely beautiful and so sweet of you to do!!! I am in the same boat as Kiersten – cake decorating is NOT my forte but I am bookmarking this one since I think even I could pull it off!! Such a fun and pretty idea!!

  18. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective posted on August 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm (#)

    Oh. My. Gawwwd. I want that RIGHT NOW! Such a beautiful decorating job!

  19. marla posted on August 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm (#)

    This is the MOST FABULOUS looking cake Cheryl ~ love all the images!

  20. Russell at Chasing Delicious posted on August 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm (#)

    Oh dear gosh this cake looks incredible! I adore the way it is decorated.

  21. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on August 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm (#)

    So so so gorgeous! Love the pic as much as the cake! And the filling – spot on!

  22. Glory/ Glorious Treats posted on August 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm (#)

    Oh my, this looks amazing!!! I’m really wishing I had a nice slice of this right now!! Beautiful photos too!

  23. Renee posted on August 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm (#)

    The cake looks stunning, and I’m obsessed with this flavor combination!

  24. Rachelle posted on August 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm (#)

    That is just beautiful! I love raspberry filling in my cakes.

  25. Maria posted on August 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm (#)

    WOW! Gorgeous cake Cheryl! Already pinned it early this morning. I wanted a piece for breakfast:)

  26. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on August 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm (#)

    This cake is so beautiful, Cheryl – it’s just perfect!

  27. Melissa posted on August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm (#)

    Absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful cake and pictures, Cheryl!

  28. the domestic fringe posted on August 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm (#)

    Looks Ah-Mazing! Makes me want to go bake something right now. Fabulous job. Great combination with the yellow cake, raspberry filling, and chocolate frosting. Yum, yum, YUM! Wish I had a piece.

  29. Kristen posted on August 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm (#)

    Wow – what a beautiful and delicious looking cake, Cheryl!

  30. Jocelyn posted on August 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm (#)

    This cake is downright amazing!!! I totally want to lick my computer screen!!! Love the chocolate chips all over the sides like that!!!

  31. Jessica @ How Sweet posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm (#)

    this cake is INSANE. i love it so much.

  32. leslie posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm (#)

    Now thats ONE BEAUTIFUL dark beauty!!!!!I bet everyone at the salon loved it!

  33. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on August 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm (#)

    This cake is phenomenal!

  34. Stephanie @ Henry Happened posted on August 28, 2012 at 10:47 am (#)

    the cake looks… sinful! I bet it’s simply delicious!

  35. Amy {The Idea Room} posted on August 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm (#)

    Amazing! You have outdone yourself…again!

  36. Amanda posted on August 29, 2012 at 7:35 am (#)

    Wow to that gorgeous cake!! And that picture of the staff is so beautiful, great job Cheryl!

  37. Shaina posted on August 29, 2012 at 10:11 am (#)

    Oh my. It turned out so pretty, Cheryl! I love it.

  38. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on August 29, 2012 at 11:11 am (#)

    This turned out fabulously, Cheryl!!

  39. Lisa | With Style and Grace posted on August 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm (#)

    That is a gorgeous cake, Cheryl!! Also, the group shot, beautiful! Nice work.

  40. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on August 30, 2012 at 2:41 am (#)

    Seriously stunning, like I said before, I just want to dive into all those chocolate chip!

  41. Kay @ Cooking with K posted on August 30, 2012 at 6:30 am (#)

    Such a beautiful cake! My son loves yellow cake and chocolate icing…will have to make one of these!! Wish I could reach in a get a piece of this one :)

  42. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on September 1, 2012 at 10:45 am (#)

    Cheryl, this cake is UNREAL! So positively gorgeous. And I bet it tastes AMAZING!

  43. susan posted on September 2, 2012 at 9:06 am (#)

    what a good Mommy you are! and what a delicious looking cake. the chocolate chips are a gorgeous addition!

  44. Rachel - A Southern Fairytale posted on September 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm (#)

    Cheryl, that is SO gorgeous!!!! I saw it on twitter and I think instagram and drooled over it! I adore chocolate and raspberry together – the salon staff picture is stunning!

    Thanks for your sweet compliment on my redesign 😉 <3 ya

  45. Julia posted on September 6, 2012 at 3:07 am (#)

    This is gorgeous! I saw your photo on and clicked over to your site.

  46. Debra posted on September 16, 2012 at 8:58 am (#)

    I liked the cake as soon as I read the name. I liked it even more when I saw the first photo but when the photo of the slice came along I started drooling all over myself and fell in love, WOW! YUM! 😀

  47. marla posted on October 14, 2012 at 8:10 am (#)

    LOVE your cake Cheryl! Featured you today :)


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