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
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.