Chocolate Raspberry Curl Cake


3 c all-purpose flour sift sift again stir together — 3 additions of dry, 2 of sour cream divide among three pans bake at 350°F 30–35 minutes cool in pans 20 minutes, remove and cool completely
¾ c cocoa powder
1½ t baking powder
1½ t baking soda
½ t salt
1½ c butter, softened beat until fluffy beat in, one at a time beat
2¼ c granulated sugar
3 eggs  
¼ c thawed raspberry cocktail concentrate  
2 t vanilla
2 c sour cream  
  1. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking power, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Sift again.
  3. Grease the sides of three 9″ round metal cake pans; line bottoms with parchment paper
  4. Beat sugar and butter until fluffy.
  5. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  6. Beat in raspberry concentrate and vanilla.
  7. Stir together, adding the dry ingredients to the butter in 3 batches, and the sour cream in 2 batches.
  8. Divide the batter among the three pans and smooth the tops.
  9. Bake at 350°F for 30–35 minutes.
  10. Cool the cakes in their pans for 20 minutes.
  11. Remove the cakes from their pans, cool completely, and remove the parchment.


1 lb bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped melt whisk
2⅓ c sour cream whisk
¼ c granulated sugar
1 t vanilla
  1. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler.
  2. Whisk the sugar and vanilla into the sour cream.
  3. Whisk the sour cream and chocolate together.


top cake layer spread on bottom   stack spread over top and sides
⅓ c seedless raspberry jam
spread on bottom stack spread ⅓ c on top
middle cake layer
bottom cake layer spread ⅓ c on top
  1. Place one cake layer on a plate. Slide strips of waxed paper under the cake.
  2. Spread ⅓ c icing on the cake layer.
  3. Spread bottoms of other two layers with jam.
  4. Place second layer, jam-side down, on first.
  5. Spread ⅓ c icing on the second cake layer.
  6. Place third layer, jam-side down, on second.
  7. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake.
  8. Remove paper strips.
  9. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

shamelessly stolen from the February 2005 issue of Canadian Living, but I omitted the curls, as they seem like a tonne of work.