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Chocolate Raspberry Snack Cake

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Chocolate Raspberry Snack Cake is ideal for an after school or tea time snack plus this easy snack cake recipe is special enough to serve to dinner guests. 

Slice ofChocolate Raspberry Snack Cake on a white dessert plate with fresh raspberries

Chocolate Raspberry Snack Cake

Don’t get me wrong. This chocolate cake recipe is pretty darned tasty on its own. But I remember my mom smearing jam between the layers of a chocolate cake to add an extra dimension of flavor.

I took the idea, then pouring a splash of Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur, into both the batter. The jam filling created a to die for dessert recipe! I served this snack cake when our oldest stopped by to join us for dinner on Sunday. He and Bill are die-hard chocoholics and gave this chocolate raspberry snack cake their ringing endorsement. And I love how the raspberry layer provides a boost of moisture as well as flavor.

Chocolate Raspberry Snack Cake slice on a wite dessert plate with a biteful on a red handled fork

The Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission

The ORBC is an agricultural organization representing the growers of Oregon’s magnificent berries. Regular readers of my blog know I use fresh raspberries in my baking and garnishing as much as possible. But when the growing season is over, frozen raspberries are an outstanding option. 90% of Oregon’s berries are flash frozen within hours after being picked ensuring the best taste and nutrition. Those frozen berries are sold as is or made into jams, jelly, marinades, etc. Oregon’s berry jam was recently awarded the title of Best Jam in America by America’s Mart, so I knew it would be a top-notch product to use in my snack cake recipe. As terrific on buttered toast as in a dessert, this Sweet Creek Organic Raspberry Fruit Spread hit the mark in my Chocolate Raspberry Snack Cake!

Sweet Creek Organic Raspberry Fruit Spread

Learn more about Oregon Berries on their Website.

Check out the Oregon Berries’ Recipe Box for more fabulous inspiration.

Overhead view of a slice of Chocolate Raspberry Snack Cake

A couple of things to help you make the most delicious snack cake recipe ever:

Chocolate Raspberry Snack Cake | A layer of Chambord spiked jam adds a delicious element to this dessert

Chocolate Raspberry Snack Cake

A scrumptious chocolate cake with a boost of flavor from red raspberry jam and Chambord liqueur.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 20 servings


  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Chambord, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (less 1 tablespoon if using Chambord)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs

For Filling:

  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam or fruit spread
  • 1 tablespoon Chambord, optional

For Frosting:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan (or spray with Baker's Joy). Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Place 1 tablespoon of Chambord in a 2 cup liquid measuring cup, if using. Add buttermilk to the 1 1/2 cup mark. Just use a full 1 1/2 cups buttermilk if not using Chambord. Add butter, buttermilk and vanilla and beat for a couple minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Add eggs and beat for 2 more minutes, scraping sides of bowl often.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes or till center of cake bounces back when pressed with your finger. Cool pan on wire rack.
  5. Mix together raspberry jam or spread and Chambord. Set aside.
  6. When cake is almost fully cooled, make the frosting.
  7. Mix sugar and cocoa in a saucepan. Add butter, milk and corn syrup and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and place pan in cold water (I fill my sink with ice and water).
  8. When the mixture is cooled, stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. You may thin frosting with a little milk if desired.
  9. Spread jam filling over top of the cake, then carefully frost with an offset spatula. If cake is not eaten the day it is baked, store in refrigerator.


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20 comments on “Chocolate Raspberry Snack Cake”

  1. The cake has such a light, smooth and moist texture..yum!

  2. Oh boy, this sounds amazing! I’m gonna have to go make some breakfast:@)

  3. Dear Lizzy, what a beautiful dessert. The raspberries and chocolate together sound wonderful. I would love a slice of this cake. Wishing you and you family a beautiful Christmas dear! xoxo, Catherine

  4. Liz, love this cake!!!! I LOVE the Chambord Liqueur!!!!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous, Liz. As usual!

  6. I love the addition of the jam. It adds such great flavor to all kinds of baked goods. This cake is perfect for Christmas.

  7. I bet the flavors really pop with each bite.

  8. Wow I would like a slice now please. I actually have some Chambord at home and frozen raspberries.

  9. My mother used to make a similar chocolate cake to the one your mother made with the raspberry jam layer. I do love the combination of raspberries and chocolate. I always have bags of frozen raspberries in my freezer as the season when they’re available fresh is very short. Your cake looks really inviting and I wouldn’t mind a slice or two xx

  10. With a cake this divine, Liz, I’d be stopping by your place pretty darn frequently. That cake looks scrumptious and the frosting. . . mmmmmmm. Plus you can never go wrong when you pair raspberries with chocolate. Did I say mmmmmmmmm?

  11. This cake looks and sounds SO incredibly delicious!! Love the raspberry flavors – Oregon raspberries are amazing 🙂

  12. I love a good snack cake! I like to think it gives me an excuse to eat cake all day long ;).

  13. This just looks perfect!! Can’t wait to try it!

  14. This looks absolutely decadent and delicious!

  15. You always make the most beautiful desserts and the chocolate + jam sounds just lovely!

  16. Raspberries and chocolate are a heavenly match. The Chambord takes this one over the top.

  17. Lizzy,
    Raspberries and chocolate are delicious together. Love the combination in this cake.

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