Picnic Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Looking down onto a finished chocolate raspberry cake with layers of cake and whipped cream, with fresh raspberries and shaved chocolate on top.

This decadent picnic chocolate raspberry cake is assembled on-site avoiding transportation and storage issues. The chocolate cake layers are assembled ahead of time and carried to the picnic or campsite. The fresh cream is whipped right before assembly.

Cream heavy cakes are notoriously difficult to transport and store, being particularly susceptible to melting in the heat or sliding when turning corners. And they definitely are not easy to carry long distances.

This is a simple cake that can be assembled on-site so it is perfect for a birthday, anniversary, or other celebration. It includes making the cream on-site as it packs much smaller and is easier to chill. But it too, like the cakes, can be made at home.

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The first layer of chocolate cake sits on a plate, with a circle of piped whipped cream and raspberry jam.
Start by adding the raspberry jam to the first layer of cake, then decoratively pipe the whipping cream along the outside edge.
A finished chocolate raspberry cake with layers of cake, whipped cream, and fresh raspberries on top.
Layers of this cake are prepared at home, then the finished cake is assembled on site.
Fresh raspberries sit on top of pipped whipped cream on a chocolate cake.
Finish the cake by placing fresh raspberries on top of the whipped cream and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.
Looking down onto a finished chocolate raspberry cake with layers of cake and whipped cream, with fresh raspberries and shaved chocolate on top.
This is a beautiful and delicious cake to celebrate special occasions, such as birthdays, graduations, or anniversaries.

Picnic Chocolate Raspberry Cake Recipe

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Looking down onto a finished chocolate raspberry cake with layers of cake and whipped cream, with fresh raspberries and shaved chocolate on top.
This decadent picnic chocolate raspberry cake is assembled on-site avoiding transportation and storage issues.
Preparation 30 minutes
Cook 1 hour 30 minutes
Ready in 2 hours
Servings 12 Servings
CourseDessert
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultyBeginner
MethodNo Cook
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Ingredients

  • 1 quart whipping cream (thickened cream)
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar (icing sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 round chocolate cakes
  • 6 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 carton fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup shaved dark chocolate, to decorate

Equipment

  • serving plate
  • large piping bag and star nozzle

Directions

Chantilly Cream

  • Pour the cream into a bowl and whisk until it is thick enough to leave streaks. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue whipping until thick enough to pipe. 
  • Place half the chantilly cream in a piping bag with a large star nozzle ready to use.

Assembling the Cake

  • Place one of the pre-cooked round chocolate cakes on the serving plate then spread with a thin layer of jam.
  • Pipe decorative florets around the edge of the cake. Then fill the circle within with spooned cream out of the bowl.
  • Repeat this with the next two layers, gently placing the cake on the layer above. Make sure there is enough cream in the piping bag for the final decorative layer.
  • Gently place the fourth and final cake on top. Spread with a thin layer of the jam. Gently sprinkle with the shaved dark chocolate.
    Tip: To make shaved chocolate yourself, buy a normal block of chocolate and use a potato peeler to shave off the chocolate. The texture can be adjusted by how hard you push and the temperature of the chocolate, from room temperature to straight out of a cooler.
  • Pipe the cream around in small florets around the edge of the cake. Place a fresh raspberry in each cream floret. The cake is ready to serve.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 1221mgCalcium: 269mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 1164IUSugar: 61gFiber: 4gPotassium: 543mgCholesterol: 108mgCalories: 923kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 23gFat: 52gProtein: 10gCarbohydrates: 116gIron: 7mg

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