Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep Time
35 Mins
Cook Time
32 Mins
Other Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Makes 12 servings

Chocolate and spices mingle with sweet blackberries under a robe of chocolate fudge icing drizzled with blackberry sauce. Even grandmothers would be pleased with this updated classic.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans, and dust with cocoa. Set aside.

Step 2

Beat cake mix and next 11 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute; beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Fold in chopped chocolate. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 30 to 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely. Wrap and chill cake layers at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

Step 4

Using a serrated knife, slice cake layers in half horizontally to make 4 layers. Place 1 layer, cut side up, on cake plate. Spread one-third of blackberry filling over cake. Repeat procedure twice. Place final cake layer on top of cake, cut side down. Spread chocolate fudge frosting on top and sides of cake. Drizzle remaining filling over top of cake, letting it drip down sides of cake. Cover and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve. Just before serving, garnish, if desired.

Step 5


Chef's Notes

As a general rule in cake baking, grease cake pans with shortening unless the recipe states otherwise.

Ratings & Reviews

eckehoe's Review

April 21, 2012
I skipped the blackberry filling and just used a good chocolate frosting and some orange marmalade between the layers. Next time I would even forego the marmalade, but this was a very good, very simple recipe. People liked the bit of heat from the spices and the crisp contrast from the chocolate bar. Def worth trying again.

ak47gramma's Review

May 21, 2010
A very pretty cake, but not near as good as the old fashion. It has way to many strong flavors jumping at you. I didnt lioke the choice of candy, didnt need the over the edge, thats where you have to be careful, alot isnt always better, sometimes you just leave a good thing alone.

Amesy77's Review

August 24, 2009
I was soooo looking forward to making this recipe! I had fresh blackberries and everything! But I have to say that I was a little let down. There is just too many flavors going on in this for me to truly enjoy! I think it would have been fine, maybe even perfect, without the addition of the orange chocolate bar at the end. It just pushed it a little too far over the edge, making it hard to enjoy the blackberries. The mixture of the orange and the blackberry isn't my favorite, and the chunks in the cake take away from it's inherant moist texture that could stand all on it's own! I will make again, but not with any candy bars next tiime!