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French Vanilla Chocolate Cake with Raspberries

If you fancy making a dark chocolate raspberry cake recipe, the following recipe is really nice. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as raspberry instant pudding so in this chocolate cake recipe, we are going to combine raspberries with vanilla instant pudding to make the filling for the cake. The cake itself is flavored with cocoa powder and vanilla and it is light, fluffy, and full of mouthwatering chocolate flavor.

The topping for this chocolate pudding cake is a chocolate ganache. This topping looks good on the cake, tastes good, and helps to keep the mousse fixed on the cake. This is a fairly simple recipe and there is nothing too tricky about it. If you are new to making recipes with instant pudding, this is a good recipe to start off with and your family or guests are sure to be very impressed with your efforts!

If you have regular vanilla instant pudding instead of the French vanilla variety, just use that because it is really similar. Another option is to try the coconut instant pudding in this chocolate cake recipe because it goes brilliantly with the chocolate.

Chocolate Cake Recipe with Raspberries
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 8
Prep time: 
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For the Cake:
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
For the Mousse:
  • 1 package French vanilla flavor instant pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 container fresh raspberries
  • For the Ganache Topping:
  • 6 oz chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and put a rack in the center.
  2. Grease the base and sides of a 10 inch square baking pan and sprinkle flour over it.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, and salt into a bowl, then whisk in the sugar.
  4. Beat the oil with a mixer at a low speed for a few seconds until the mixture is crumbly.
  5. Whisk the eggs in another bowl, and then add the vanilla extract and milk.
  6. Whisk the egg mixture and flour mixture together, and then add the hot water gradually.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan once it is smooth.
  8. Bake the cake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Let the cake cool in the pan, then empty it on to a wire rack and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  10. Slice the cake across the center horizontally, so you get 2 halves.
  11. Add the pudding mix, milk and a handful of the fresh raspberries to a blender (save a few for the garnish) and puree the mixture until it is creamy and well blended.
  12. Spread half of this mousse mixture over half of the cake and put the other cake half on top. Spread the remaining mousse on top of the cake and up the sides.
  13. Chill it for 2 hours.
  14. Make the ganache when the cake is well chilled.
  15. Bring the cream in the simmer in a pan, then take it off the heat and stir in the chocolate until the mixture is smooth.
  16. Stir in the vanilla and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  17. Pour the chocolate ganache topping over the cake, then decorate it with raspberries.
  18. Chill for 2 hours.

Photo Description:

This chocolate pudding cake combines the flavors of chocolate and raspberries for a gourmet dessert, which tastes amazing but is quite straightforward to make. This cake is elegant enough to be served at a dinner party or formal event and also nice enough to be used as a birthday cake or Valentine’s Day cake. If you cannot get raspberries, try using strawberries instead because chocolate goes nicely with pretty much any fruit but the colors will look good and the flavor will be great too.

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