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My Favorite Birthday Cake - Espresso Chocolate Cake filled with Raspberry and topped with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream | The JavaCupcake Blog

My Favorite Birthday Cake

Rich chocolate espresso cake filled with fresh raspberry and topped with whipped vanilla buttercream make this My Favorite Birthday Cake!  And I didn’t even have to make it!

My Favorite Birthday Cake - Espresso Chocolate Cake filled with Raspberry and topped with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.comIt’s been at least 15 years since anyone has made me a cake for my birthday.  My mom used to make me one every year until I became an adult and then I typically made my birthday cake myself.

(Pardon the camera phone pictures… I wasn’t planning on posting this recipe!

This year, however, my husband asked if he and the kids could make me a birthday cake and I immediately answered YES.

With one caveat…

… he had to use my favorite cake recipe from my blog!

My Favorite Birthday Cake - Espresso Chocolate Cake filled with Raspberry and topped with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.comHe said no problem and printed out the recipe from the link I gave him.   Dave has watched and helped me so many times over the lat 7-8 years in the kitchen that I knew he had the skills to bake.

What I didn’t anticipate was how delicious the cake would turn out.  In fact, it was so good that I didn’t share any of the leftovers with my family for the days after my birthday.

Nope!  That cake was all mine!

My Favorite Birthday Cake - Espresso Chocolate Cake filled with Raspberry and topped with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.comMy Favorite Birthday Cake features a dense, rich, chocolate cake flavored with coffee and espresso.

Inside the cake is a compote made with fresh raspberries and citrus.  I could really eat that compote with a spoon… or on toast… or on ice cream… or off my fingers.

On the outside of the cake was a perfectly sweet, whipped, light and fluffy vanilla buttercream.  The secret to this buttercream is the heavy whipping cream.

I don’t make any of my frosting without heavy cream… it truly makes all the difference!

With that said… I hope you make this cake for yourself some day.  It is truly heavenly!

My Favorite Birthday Cake

Yield: 12-16
Prep Time: 10 hours
Cook Time: 23 hours
Total Time: 1 days 9 hours


Chocolate Espresso Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease and flour 2 8in cake pans.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Each pan should get half of the batter. Bake 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pans to cool on a wire rack.
  7. Once the cakes have cooled, but are still warm, using a cake leveler to cut off the round mound on the top of the cake. Make sure all four layers are the same size.
Raspberry Filling
  1. In a large pan, melt the butter.
  2. Add the raspberries, sugar and lime and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Stir continuously so that the raspberries begin to break down.
  3. Add the corn starch and stir to combine. Continue to cook until the raspberries thicken, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the salt.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before filling cake.
Whipped Vanilla Buttercream:
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. One cup at a time, add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract and pinch of salt.
  4. Add enough heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency. You're looking for light and soft but still holds its shape.
  5. Mix on high for about 3-5 minute until light and fluffy.
  1. Place one layer of cake on a cake stand/board.  Trim the top until it is flat.
  2. Pipe a small border of frosting around the outside edge of the cake.  Fill the middle with the raspberry mixture.
  3. Trip the top of the second cake layer until flat.  Gently press it trimmed side down onto the raspberry layer.
  4. Pipe or spread the remaining frosting onto the outside edge of the cake and smooth out with a spatula.
  5. Decorate as desired.


Easy 4th of July Cupcakes | The JavaCupcake Blog

Easy 4th of July Cupcakes

These Easy 4th of July Cupcakes are not only delicious, but they are simple to put together and will help you celebrate our nation’s independence with style!

Easy 4th of July Cupcakes | The JavaCupcake Blog

I believe that a cupcake isn’t just a personal size portion of cake with some frosting smeared on top.   I believe that an individual cupcake should be as beautiful on its own as an entire cake is.

To achieve this, I start thinking about the cupcake from bottom to top.  First, I plan which grease proof liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique will best fit the theme.  For these 4th of July cupcakes, I decided the only way to go was with red and blue liners.

To compliment the liners and to keep the patriotic theme going, I baked blue and red velvet cake in their coordinating liners.

Easy 4th of July Cupcakes | The JavaCupcake Blog

I topped each cupcake with crisp, white whipped cream buttercream and a combination of red, white and blue sprinkles and jimmies.  To complete the cupcake, each cupcake is topped with a red, white or blue patriotic M&M.

Pure patriotic perfection.

I wish you all a happy & safe 4th of July!

Easy 4th of July Cupcakes

Easy 4th of July Cupcakes

Yield: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 18 minutes



  • 1 box red velvet cake mix + ingredients on the box
  • 1 box blue velvet cake mix + ingredients on the box


  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 lbs powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • red & blue liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique
  • red, white, and blue sugar crystals and/or jimmies
  • 1 bag of patriotic M&M candies



  1. Prepare the cupcakes according to the directions on the box. Bake the red in the red liners and the blue in the blue liners.


  1. Whip the butter, sugar, vanilla and half the cream together until smooth.
  2. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and whip again.
  3. Add the remaining heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency. You may not need all of the cream if you want it thicker or add more if you want it softer.
  4. Add the salt.
  5. Whip for 3-4 minutes or until smooth and fluffy.


  1. Using a Wilton 1M (medium open star tip), pipe swirls of frosting onto each cooled cupcake.
  2. Top immediately with red, white and blue sprinkles/jimmies.
  3. Top each cupcake with one patriotic M&M candy.
  4. Enjoy!