Raspberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Raspberry & chocolate Buttermilk Cake

I love a simple recipe, one of those that uses up ingredients from what you have to hand in your press, fridge or freezer.  Thrown together in a few minutes, bakes fast and most important of all tastes delicious… Yep this Raspberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Cake is most definitely my kind of bake…..

We all have our “Go To” recipes.. I have 3  favorites  that I always use to adapt for other recipes

Lemon Drizzle Cake (this was the first cake i ever baked in Home Economics Class)

My Nana’s Chocolate Cake

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

The Strawberry Yum Yum is what this Raspberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Cake is based on. It was nicknamed the Yum Yum cake by my kids, because that’s what everyone says after the first mouthful…..

Strawberry Yum Yum

Yesterday I found a bag of frozen raspberries in the bottom of the freezer whilst I was looking for fish fingers for a Fish Finger Buttie, one of the very  few things I can cook without burning. Did I ever mention that I CAN’T cook,  bake absolutely but cooking is definitely not a skill I possess in ANY shape or form.  Any way back to the bag of frozen raspberries!!

Well what can I do with these?  Muffins sound good with a chocolate topping and maybe some raspberry jam in the middle , but a Strawberry Yum Yum sounds even better especially if you swap the strawberries for raspberries then add some chocolate.

A little chocolate never hurts in a cake, and what a cake , this Raspberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Cake is so delicious. Eaten warm on a plate with a dollop of custard  just heaven  or let it go cold and it’s just perfect with a cuppa!!


Raspberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Cake


What’s so good about this recipe that it works better with frozen fruit then it does with fresh fruit. If you are anything like me you will always have a couple of bags of frozen fruit in the freezer and sometimes it’s much easier to bake with frozen fruit then fresh especially with fresh raspberries, which tend to go mushy if they are too ripe.


Raspberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

This recipe is quick and easy and most of all it tastes absolutely delicious. You can never go wrong with a Raspberry and Chocolate partnership

If you have no buttermilk  just replace it with natural yogurt


Raspberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Cake


Raspberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8 slices

Raspberry & Chocolate Buttermilk Cake


  • 110g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • ½ pkt milk chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 175g caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 125ml buttermilk
  • ¾-1 cup fresh raspberries


  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
  • In a mixing bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.
  • In a larger bowl, beat the softened butter and of sugar with an electric mixer (or hand-held mixer) at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Now beat in vanilla, add the egg and beat well.
  • Mix in the flour mixture in 3 batches alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into a cake pan and smooth the top. Place the raspberries evenly in the batter.
  • Bake until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then invert onto a rack or platter and continue to cool for another 10 to 15 minutes. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.


This would work equally with any kind of frozen berries




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  • liz July 8, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Hi absoloutely love raspberries and chocolate.. great recipe and love the photos…The strawberry yum yum sounds great love the name! Will you be posting that recipe?

    • Karyn July 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Liz…I will defo post that recipe before then end of the summer

  • Lauren and Rachel July 9, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    We just came across this post on Twitter and wow it looks so yummy! Really want to make this now!! X

    • Karyn July 10, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you 🙂 It really is delicious and a very easy bake. Great way to use up frozen fruit

  • Hellen March 10, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Yum. On my to bake list! What topping did you put on top? (Besides the raspberries)

    • Karyn March 14, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Hi Hellen..Apologies for the late reply I was on Holidays and under an “internet” Ban Hubbies idea lol.. I used a fresh Raspberry Glace icing on top to get the pink colour. Thawed frozen raspberries would work as well 😉

  • Joanne February 10, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Really nice cake Karyn. I just made it this afternoon for my son’s birthday. Chocolate raspberries and buttermilk, total winner 🙂

    • Karyn February 27, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Joanne… So glad you liked it. Hope your son had a lovely birthday!


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