Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Chocolate Mascarpone Layer Cake with Sugared Cranberries

By: The Food Hunter

Sometimes you take your favorite chocolate cake, update it with a cool frosting and some sugared cranberries and you get a cake that is even better than you could have imagined. That's what happened this past weekend. Looking for a party cake recipe, but not finding any I was interested in online, I decided to take a tried and true chocolate bundt cake and turn it into an amazing chocolate layer cake.

A simple switch of a pan, a different filling and an added garnish was all that was need to take this already delicious cake to the next level. I urge you to make this cake...it will quickly become a favorite of yours too.


Chocolate Mascarpone Layer Cake with Sugared Cranberries

For the Chocolate Cake
1 cup sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup strong black coffee
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a bundt pan.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl.

Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes (batter will be thin).
Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost as desired.
  
For the Mascarpone
16 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, seeds

Put the mascarpone, powdered sugar and vanilla bean seeds into a mixer and mix until smooth. Add the double cream and mix again until well combined.

For the Sugared Cranberries
2 cups sugar
2 cup water
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar

Wash cranberries and remove any bad berries.

Combine sugar and water in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Stir until sugar dissolves and add cranberries. Cook about 2 minutes just until cranberries begin to split. Remove from heat and drain.
Spread sugar on a cookie sheet and gently add the cranberries and shake pan until cranberries are coated. Let them stand in a single layer at room temperature until dry, about 1 hour.



27 comments:

  1. This looks too good to even see! Seriously, my stomach is growling over this cake and I feel myself beginning to drool; all good signs to the baker! Great job with this beauty!

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  2. What an amazing looking cake, just love it!!

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  3. OMG!!!! This is making my hungry!

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  4. Oh wow!! This cake is just stunning! Love those cranberries on top :)

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  5. I love the sugar-coasted cranberries!

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  6. Just beautiful! Love the mascarpone and the lovely cranberries! Yum!

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  7. A beautiful cake. I love the sugared cranberries on the top!

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  8. Wow this looks really wonderful! Sharing!

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  9. Love those sugared cranberries on top. Beautiful cake that I can't wait to veganize. :)

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  10. Wow! This looks amazing, especially with those cranberries on top!

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  11. Those sugared cranberries are gorgeous!

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  12. This is just such a perfect holiday cake. Love it!

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  13. What a beautiful cake! Perfect for Christmas!

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  14. The Sugared Cranberries on top totally make this dessert!! They're beautiful!

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  15. Chocolate cake is always a crowd favorite. The sugared cranberries make it extra festive!

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  16. Wow, now that is a christmas cake!

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  17. This cake is absolutely beautiful. I could stare at it all the live long day. I just taught the hooligans how to make sugared cranberries. So fun.

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  18. Those sugared cranberries on top make the cake! This whole dish is so pretty!

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  19. That cake looks amazing! It would be the star of any holiday paty.

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  20. The cranberries look so festive and perfect for the holidays!

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  21. Oh wow! This cake looks gorgeous! :-)

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  22. OMG! This looks like a MASSIVE CIRCLE of deliciousness :D
    Would love to try that cake!

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  23. This is gorgeous!! Love the cranberries on top, yummy

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  24. Wow - this cake is absolutely gorgeous and love your photo. You are obviously very talented. Thanks for sharing

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  25. This is one of the prettiest cakes ever!

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