Mittwoch, 15. August 2012

Raspberry Charlotte Birthday Cake

It´s my birthday...33 year´s old and still acting like a child, when it comes to open my gifts. I love it.
Thank´s to all my readers and friends.
Grab yourself a piece of cake.

Photo by sabrinasue

Photo by sabrinasue

Raspberry Charlotte Birthday Cake

Makes 8-10 servings


Raspberry Puree
1 - 16 ounce bag of frozen unsweetened raspberries
1/4 cup granulated white sugar, or to taste

Photo by sabrinasue

Sponge Cake
6 large eggs
2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup plus 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Raspberry Cream
3/4 - 1 cup raspberry puree
1 1/2 cup whipping cream
2 envelopes of unflavored powdered gelatin

1/4 cup raspberry puree

1/2 cup blackberries
1-2 packages White chocolate sticks (Cadbury's chocolate fingers)


Raspberry Puree: 
  • Put the unsweetened frozen raspberries in a large bowl and thaw. It's gonna take between 2 and 3 hours. 
  • Once thawed, put the raspberries and their juice in the bowl of a blender and mix the berries until they are pureed. Pour the puree into a measuring cup.
  • Add the sugar to the puree and stir until the sugar dissolves. Taste and add more sugar if needed.

Leftover puree you can refrigerate for about 3 days and use for ice cream toppings or for mixing cocktails.

Sponge Cake: 
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  • Butter and line the bottom of an 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper. 
  • Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed for about five minutes, or until they are fluffy and light colored.
  • Add the vanilla extract and beat until it's smooth. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Sift 1/2 of the flour over the batter and gently fold through with a rubber spatula or whisk. 
  • Sift the remaining flour over the batter and fold in. Whisk about 1/2 cup of the batter into the melted butter (to lighten it) and then gently fold the butter mixture back into the rest of the batter. 
  • Pour immediately into the prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. 
  • Run a spatula or sharp knife around the inside of the pan and then invert the cake onto a wire rack. Remove parchment paper.

Raspberry Cream:

  • Chill your mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small measuring cup stir together the gelatin and 1/4 cup of the raspberry puree. 
  • Let this mixture sit for 5 minutes and then microwave for a few seconds to dissolve the gelatin. Once the gelatin has dissolved, stir the gelatin mixture into the remaining raspberry puree.
  • Set aside while you whip the cream.

Remove the mixing bowl and whisk from the freezer, and beat the cream until soft peaks form. 
Add the raspberry puree mixture and continue to beat the cream until stiff peaks form. Taste and fold in a little sugar, if needed.

To assemble the Charlotte Cake:

  • Cut the cake into 2 layers. For cutting the sponge cake into 2 layers use a piece of sewing yarn. It's much easier than cutting with a knife. Just take a piece of yarn, hold it with both hands and place it from one end of the cake to another, cross your hands, while you pull the yarn trough the cake.
  • Place one cooled cake layer on a serving plate.
  • Spread 1/4 cup  of raspberry puree (plus) on top of the layer. Spread 1/2 of the raspberry cream on top.

You can also cut the cake into 3 layers, like I did, but 2 layers also look nice.

Maybe you have to wait, until the mixture is creamy enough to frost the cake, but don't wait to long, otherwise the cream is to stiff and its not gonna work.

  • Set the second layer on top and spread the rest of the raspberry whipped cream evenly on the top and the sides of the cake, using a spatula.
  • Press white chocolate sticks all around the cake. 
  • Sprinkle blackberries on top of the cake.

Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and chill for about 2-3 hours so the cream has time to set. 

Photo by sabrinasue



  1. happy birthday! hope you have a nice celebration. thks for the cake.. am sure your raspberry charlotte is delicious ^^. always enjoy your posts and lovely pics ^^

    1. Hi hui!
      Thanks for your nice comment. A had an awesome day.
      Cheers Sabrina:-)

  2. I love the decoration! messy yet beautiful at the same time, Happy Birthday! you have a lovely site

    1. Hahaha, that"s the way I wanted it to look like. Thank you so much:-)
      Thanks for dropping by...

  3. Antworten
    1. Hi Dina, thanks for your awesome compliment. It really means a lot.
      xxx Sabrina

  4. This has got to be the cutest birthday cake ever! Happy birthday! You sure did pick a delicious way to celebrate.

    1. Hi Russell,
      the cake is gone after all that celebrating:-) Next year, next cake. Thanks for joining my blog:-)

  5. Happy belated!!! That's a lovely cake! and i hope to be 60 and still acting like a child... Unfortunately, that dream went to hell when someone said "wow, you're more matured than i had hoped to be when i was 40" (and i was 20 years old). But, I do get silly when the time calls for it. Would love to see what you come up with next year! your pictures are still amazing as always :D

    1. Thanks, for that nice compliment. The same back to you. Mmmmhhhh, next year??? Already thinking about my wish list:-)
      Cheers XXX

  6. I don't like fruitcakes (not the mad kind :) ), but your cake looks really amazing!
    happy very late birthday

  7. Great recipe! I love the pictures- they're so vibrant.

  8. This cake recipe looks great and I’m definitely going to try it. 

  9. Hi Bvira, let me know how the cake came out. I'm so curious ;-)

  10. Happy birthday!!! I hope you had a wonderful day! And your gorgeous cake looks like the best possible way to celebrate. It's so beautiful.

  11. Thanks Jennifer, I had a great day. Already thinking about, what I'm gonna bake next year;-)

  12. That is really awesome!
    Thanks for sharing

  13. @Anna ;-) thanks for your nice comment;)

  14. Making this for my friend's birthday!

    1. Your friend gonna love it. Let me know, how it came out;-)

  15. Such a cute cake, love berry cakes!

    1. Hi Yil-Huei, thanks! I´m a berry lover too.
      Thanks for stopping by;-)

  16. Hello, just came across this recipe! Would you please let me know how much granulated sugar you put into the Raspberry Puree, looks like you missed the measurement above... 1/4 of what (tsp?, Tbs?). Thanks!

    1. Sorry, you´re right, I missed it. I used 1/4 cup sugar.:-)
      Thanks for letting me know;-)

  17. that's a very beautiful cake!too late for a birthday greeting though.hope you had a great one.

  18. Hi, The cake looks great and Im planning to make this now for my daughters 2 year old bday party. There is a thing that I am confused.
    Are we mixing all the puree with the gelatin and the whipped cream?
    Because there is a part that says,

    Meanwhile, in a small measuring cup stir together the gelatin and 1/4 cup of the raspberry puree.
    Let this mixture sit for 5 minutes and then microwave for a few seconds to dissolve the gelatin. Once the gelatin has dissolved, stir the gelatin mixture into the remaining raspberry puree.

    Spread 1/4 cup of raspberry puree ( ARE THERE ANY PUREE LEFT WITHOUT THE GELATIN AND THE CREAM/)on top of the layer. Spread 1/2 of the raspberry cream on top


    1. Hi Ipek,
      thanks for joining my blog. You´re little girl is so cute;-) The raspberry puree, which you spread on top of the first layer is
      an additional cup of raspberry puree (plus). You can also put fresh raspberries on each layer of the cake. That makes it even more fruity.
      Let me know, how it worked;-)
      Thanks Sabrina;-)

  19. Hi Sabrina,

    Just started following your blog, your food looks amazing and the pics you take of it are brilliant! Definitely want to try this cake, looks delish!

  20. Hi Madeleine Rachael, thanks for droping such a nice comment;-) I'm so happy, you like my pics. Drop me a line, when you made the cake! I'm so curious ;-)
    xxx Sabrina;-)

  21. Hi,
    I made this cake last year for my daughters 2 nd bday. And relaized something. İn the recipe for the sponge cake baking powder/ baking soda is missing. I added to my cake and the result was good but my friend made this recipe and her sponge cake did not rise maybe you should consider revising the recipe. Because this cake looks very appealing and many people might like to try.

    1. Hi Ipek,
      thanks for the note. I just adjusted the measurement for the baking powder.



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