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This recipe from Fran Timme (story on page 42 in the Early Summer 2011 catalog) is heaven on earth.


  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 13/4 Cups unbleached flour
  • 11/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 11/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup oil
  • 1 Cup boiling water

Raspberry Filling:

  • 12 oz. frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 TB. cornstarch

Hot Chocolate Whipped Cream:

  • 3 Cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 TB. water
  • 11/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin
  • 11/2 teaspoons PURE VANILLA EXTRACT

Cake: Preheat the oven to 350°. Place parchment liners in the bottom of two 8" round ungreased cake pans. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, milk, oil and VANILLA. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in the boiling water (batter will be very thin). Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 22-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack. Don't worry if the centers fall a bit when they come out of the oven, the cake will still look and taste great!

Filling: In a medium saucepan add the raspberries, sugar, cornstarch and RASPBERRY ENLIGHTENMENT. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients. Cook over medium heat until boiling; boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat; pour into a blender, and puree. Strain into a bowl and let cool.

Frosting: Place your mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer to chill while the cake is baking. In a metal measuring cup or very small saucepan, combine the water and the gelatin. Let this sit for 5 minutes, and then heat over low heat for 2 minutes (or so) to melt the gelatin. Don't let it get too hot! Pour the cream and hot chocolate mix into your chilled bowl. With the mixer on low, drizzle the melted gelatin into the cream/chocolate mix. Add the VANILLA and turn mixer to high. Continue to whip until stiff peaks form. This may take up to 5 minutes.

Assembly: Carefully cut each 8" cake in half (you will have 4 slices of cake). Place a slice of cake on your cake carrier or plate. Spread on 1/3 of the raspberry filling. Spread on some hot chocolate whipped cream. Top with another slice of cake, spread another 1/3 of raspberry filling and cover with hot chocolate whipped cream. Top with another slice of cake. Using the last 1/3 of raspberry filling, spread evenly over the cake. Top with hot chocolate whipped cream. Place the last slice of cake on top and frost the entire cake with the remaining hot chocolate whipped cream.

Prep. time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 22-30 minutes
Serves: 16

Nutritional Information:
Servings 16; Serving Size 1 slice (137g); Calories 360; Calories from fat 180; Total fat 21g; Cholesterol 70mg; Sodium 260mg; Carbohydrate 43g; Dietary Fiber 2g; Protein 4g.

Single Strength Vanilla 4 oz. Bottle
Raspberry Enlightenment 9.5 oz. jar
Natural Cocoa Powder 4 oz. bag
Hot Chocolate Mix 3.8 oz. 1/2 cup jar

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