Once again, I contemplated skipping out b/c the cake didn't sound fabulous to me, but I forged ahead and made it very last minute...to the point where I had to stick the cake in the fridge and cut and frost it while it was still pretty warm in order to have it done by 10 pm!
Despite my procrastination, I thought it was a pretty quick and easy cake to throw together. I made a few substitutions based on what I had on hand: I ran out of regular cocoa powder halfway through so I used half regular, and half hershey's special dark. I also didn't have enough sour cream so I used half sour cream and half vanilla yogurt. I was kinda worried b/c both my yogurt and sour cream were low fat and I was afraid that it might make the cake less moist, but I was wrong! (and seriously, how can you be worried about not having enough fat when there are 2 sticks of butter?!?) I also really think that the dark cocoa was a change for the better--I ADORE dark chocolate w/raspberry and that's what it tasted like :). Oh yeah, and I used raspberry rhubarb jam for the filling, but I told my coworkers it was just raspberry...ooops! I also was using a slightly smaller pan than specified so I only filled it just over halfway full and baked the remainder in my freestanding heartshaped silicon cupcake liners.
With my cupcakes I sliced each one in half and tried a few different fillings: nutella, chocolate peanut butter, and one with the jam. As much as I love those chocolate spreads, the jam was definitely my favorite. I don't know why, but the one I filled with nutella tasted very cinnamonny--and of course there was no cinnamon in the cake...weird.
Sadly, I did not get good pictures. I waited until right before leaving for work this morning to try and get a good natural light shot, but it is so miserably hot and humid that this is what I got:
It fogged my lens up!
The first one up towards the top is somewhat clear, but it did not take any time at all to feel like I was photographing a fog, and by the time I got home from work, this is all that was left:
The cake was a hit at the office, except for sweet Larissa (though she still ate two pieces I think...). She took a bite before I told her there was a fruit filling and just looked at me weird. Then she asked it it was orange or pineapple! heehee--silly friend. Hubs was also intrigued by the cake--he saw it on the counter and said "Cool! It looks like a meatloaf!" which I don't understand b/c he HATES meatloaf and usually refers to it as gross. But he didn't try it due to the jam. Silly boy.
Thanks so much to Amy Ruth for this pick, and be sure to visit the TWD LYL post to see who baked along this week!