Peanut butter and jelly, lobster and melted butter, wine and cheese, pizza and pepperoni. In the great pairings of the world, chocolate and raspberry are close to the top for me. There’s something so sexy about chocolate and raspberries together. Raspberries are frequently my go-to pairing when I’m making something with chocolate. I can’t help it. So when I watched my daughter scarf a pint of raspberries in one minute flat, I knew I should make her a chocolate birthday cake with a raspberry filling. Knowing she eats half a block of cream cheese with her toast, I wanted cream cheese to make its appearance. And with a new baby in tow, I wanted something easy. And fluffy. A frosting with fresh raspberries, but not too sweet. I had a lot of demands for this frosting. Luckily, it delivered. It met and exceeded all of my expectations, which is more than I can say for the chocolate cake.
If I was given a choice between chocolate cake and any other flavor, I would choose chocolate every time. My love of chocolate cake has made it impossible for me to accept any substandard chocolate cakes– good enough is not good enough– and I can tell you with infinite sadness that I haven’t found a recipe for the perfect chocolate cake. It pains me to say that the perfect chocolate cake recipe has eluded me. The chocolate cake I made for my daughter’s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom party was pretty darn good but not perfect, and so the quest continues. So after you make your favorite box cake or homemade wonder (and send me the recipe), then get going on the glorious raspberry fluff. I guarantee it will do wonders for your cake. As you take a bite, you just might hear angels sing. It’s that good.
The fluff takes minutes to prepare but take the cream cheese out of the fridge plenty of time ahead so that it softens. After a bit of whipping, you will be left with a big bowl of luscious fluff. Try not to dip your finger (or your face) into the fluff because once you dip, you’ll want to dip again, and again. There, you’ve been warned.
The frosting would be great for a reveal party, just make half a batch, fill the middle of the cake, and cover the entire cake in white or chocolate frosting. Do you want to make your honey happy on Valentine’s Day? You’re welcome. It’s a great addition to a trifle or parfait. You can use it to top pancakes, waffles, crepes, or ice cream (or straight out of the bowl). But remember, once you dip, you can’t stop.