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Berry-Topped Chocolate Cake

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Berry-Topped Chocolate Cake
  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 16
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Ganache is simple a rich chocolate and cream mixture; it's easy to make but adds an elegant touch to any dessert.

Ingredients

Cake

1
box devil’s food cake mix with pudding
Vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1
cup water

Filling

1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2
cup seedless raspberry preserves
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
to 3 teaspoons milk

Ganache

12
oz semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
6
tablespoons butter (do not use margarine)
1/3
cup whipping cream

Decorations

1
tablespoon seedless raspberry jam
1
cup fresh berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and/or blueberries

Directions

  • 1 Make Cake, Filling and Ganache Heat oven to 350 °F (325° F for dark or nonstick pans). Spray 2 (8- or 9-inch) round pans with cooking spray. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for round pans, using oil and eggs called for on box and the 1 cup water. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Using serrated knife, cut rounded top off cakes to make a level surface.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat filling ingredients with electric mixer on low speed just until blended, adding enough milk for spreading consistency. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • 3 In 1-quart saucepan, heat ganache ingredients over low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Refrigerate about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened and spreadable.
  • 4 Assemble and Decorate Cut each cake layer horizontally to make a total of 4 layers. Fill each layer with a generous 1/3 cup filling. Spread ganache over side and top of cake.
  • 5 In medium microwaveable bowl, microwave raspberry preserves on High 10 to 20 seconds or until melted. Add berries to preserves; toss gently to coat. Arrange berries on top of cake. Store loosely covered in the refrigerator.
Tips  

This rich chocolate cake gets a special touch with the added preserves on the top. Try raspberries, blackberries and strawberries for an extra decadent look.

The preserves add a special shiny touch to the fruit on this pretty cake. Use seedless preserves for the best look.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
430
(
Calories from Fat
240
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
40%
(
Saturated Fat
12g
62%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
70mg
23%
Sodium
330mg
14%
Potassium
200mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
45g
15%
(
Dietary Fiber
2g
10%
,
Sugars
18g
)
Protein
4g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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