Chocolate Raspberry Cake

My sister’s birthday was this week and I offered to make her a birthday treat of her choice. She said she wanted a chocolate cake with raspberry filling.

I went to Cake by Courtney’s website to see if there was one of her cakes I could try. She didn’t have that exact cake so I used her high altitude chocolate cake recipe. I’ve used this one before but this was my best attempt yet at it. For the raspberry filling, I found another recipe that had a berry compote and followed that using raspberries. For the frosting, I used her chocolate buttercream frosting from her yellow cake with chocolate buttercream recipe.

I am still definitely working on my frosting skills to get that smooth buttercream finish but it is not as easy as it looks. Courtney suggests using these plastic discs on top of the cake to get that nice edge and I think I need to buy those to see if it helps.

I was pretty pleased with the insides because my other cakes have been pretty crumbly when I cut into them and this one held up really well and it tasted good! You can find all of Courtney’s other delicious cake recipes here.

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cake

My mom’s birthday is this week and there were a couple of my siblings’ birthdays last week so, on Sunday, we celebrated those birthdays and I offered to make a cake. It was a good excuse for me to try another Cake by Courtney cake.

I picked out this pumpkin gingersnap cake recipe to try because it sounded fun and festive. Please don’t judge me too hard on this cake. I struggled as you can tell. It did taste very good so I will take that over it looking bad and tasting bad.

I’m not quite sure what happened to my frosting because it was kind of thick and hard to work with. I didn’t seem to have enough of it either and usually, I have extras with Courtney’s recipes so I’m sure it’s something I did wrong. As you can tell, the cake went kind of lopsided and turned more rounded at the top.

The cake had a cinnamon chip ganache which I had never done before. It wasn’t hard to make and the recipe says to let it cool and I thought I did. Well, it REALLY needed to cool. It seemed to just keep running down. It even ran down in my fridge when I put the cake in there. But now I know for the next time when I use a ganache.

It may not be the prettiest cake but it tasted good and my family enjoyed it! I could eat the cream cheese buttercream frosting all day. Maybe that’s why I seemed short on it. Whoops!