Raspberry red velvet cake
Ingredients (Serves 10-12):
160g (5¾oz) unsalted butter, softened
280g (10oz) caster sugar
3 large eggs
280g (10oz) self-raising flour
75g (2¾oz) cocoa powder
125ml (4fl oz) buttermilk
1tsp white wine vinegar
¼tsp red gel food coloring
75g (2¾oz) raspberries, puréed and sieved
75g (2¾oz) full-fat cream cheese
For the frosting:
100g (3½oz) butter, softened
200g (7oz) icing sugar
50g (1¾oz) full-fat cream cheese
150g (5½oz) raspberries
Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/ gas 4 and grease 2 x 20cm (8in) sandwich tins, then line them with baking parchment. In the bowl of a freestanding mixer, or using an electric hand-held mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a separate bowl, add half to the cake batter and gently fold in using a large metal spoon or rubber spatula. Mix together the buttermilk, vinegar, food coloring, raspberry purée and cream cheese.
Add half of this mixture to the batter and gently fold in. Repeat the process with the remaining dry and wet ingredients until combined. Divide the batter between the prepared sandwich tins and level with a palette knife. Cook on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle. Leave Raspberry red velvet cake the cakes to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before carefully turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting, cream together the butter and icing sugar in a freestanding mixer or with a hand-held electric whisk, until light and fluffy. Beat in the cream cheese until the mix is smooth and creamy. Spread half the frosting on the first cake, then sprinkle with the raspberries and top with the remaining cake. Spread over the rest of the frosting and smooth with a palette knife. Decorate with shavings of red velvet sponge cake or chocolate, if liked.