25 September 2011

She Ate A Raspberry Beret ...Cake!

I heard Lady Gaga's 'You and I' single and thought the cover looked very similar to Prince! So I created a playlist with some of his hits and other beautiful men that I would like to cook for. The song 'Raspberry Beret' inspired me to make these cakes because I had it on most of yesterday and had a pack of raspberries that had to be used.
 These cakes were my second attempt to relive my first baking disaster which was a chocolate meringue roulade- so gutted it went wrong. I wasted 8 eggs (1 egg yolk from the first 4 leaked in the egg white mixture, then the second batch went well but the meringue looked awful).

With one egg left and Prince blasting in the kitchen, I made these cupcakes which turned out amazing.


'Raspberry Beret' By Prince
'She Wants To Move' By N.E.R.D
'Are You Gonna Go My Way' By Lenny Kravitz
'Live Your Life' By TI Featuring Rihanna
'American Woman' By Lenny Kravitz
'Alright' By Jamiroquia
'About A Girl' By Nirvana
'Diamonds and Pearls' By Prince and The New Power Generation
'Banana Pancakes' By Jack Johnson
'Hero' By Dave Grohl Performed for Radio One Live Lounge
'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World' By Prince
'Chop Me Up' By Justin Timberlake Featuring Timbaland & Three 6 Mafia

Makes 12 


100g plain flour (approx 3.6 oz)
50g cocoa powder (approx 1.7 oz)
1 tsp baking powder (4.8g)
1 tsp lemon essence or zest (5ml)
3 raspberries
50g chopped dark chocolate (approx 1.8 oz)
100ml milk (approx 3.4 oz)
1 medium egg
100g caster sugar (approx 4 oz)
150g butter (approx 5.3 oz)


Raspberry jam or any dark fruit conserve.


100g soft butter
22 raspberries (11 for buttercream and 11 to decorate)
125g icing sugar (approx 4 oz, or one cup)

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Preheat oven 180°c

: For the sponge, whisk butter and sugar until fluffy, add the egg.

: Fold in the flour and everything else apart from the chopped chocolate. Stir until batter is smooth and drops away from the spoon.

: Split the mixture in two separate bowls and in one mixture stir through the chocolate.

: With the mixture that doesn't contain the chocolate chunks, divide into cases.

: With a small spoon, scoop in small amount of jam.

: Spoon the chocolate chunk mixture on top of the jam, and press down lightly with back of spoon.

; Bake for 25 minutes, and leave to cool until cold to touch.

: Make the topping by whisking everything until it is a pink colour. I didn't want the traditional buttercream smooth look, so that's why there is a higher amount of raspberry flavour than butter.
: Squash down the raspberries so they resemble a beret*.

< Share and enjoy.x

Next Time:
Muffin cases!

Favourite Song:

ê 'Diamonds and Pearls' By Prince

*A beret is a snug fitting hat that can be shaped in a variety of ways, mostly pushed to one side. I see a lot of pretty ladies and men in Shoreditch wearing them, and the hat itself has been known to symbolise many things. I am not a fashion expert, so if you need to know more please google!!