Blackberry + Black Pepper Chocolate Cake

Like most things in my life, I had planned on doing this cake for the holidays, but time got away from me. I had initially imagined an all white cake with the white chocolate tree covering the top like a winter wonderland. A dusting of white edible glitter to finish and bam, you’ve got yourself the perfect white Christmas! I was about to abandon the idea of this cake in utter discouragement and banish myself to the corner; tearfully eating my sorrows away with a bowl of white frosting, when I realized I’m in Minnesota! Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean the snow is. Oh no people, the winter white flurries are still going strong. I will admit, even though I HATE the cold, I do love a good snow storm! I also hate being hot, so apparently I can’t be satisfied, haha!

 

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

So you are probably asking yourself, “well if she was going to go ahead with her winter wonderland cake, why in the world is it a strange lavender color?” Well, I can explain. A few days after the new year, I was feeling a bit uninspired. I had a serious case of the New Year blues or the winter blues – that line is a bit blurry right now πŸ™‚

Anyways, I was hanging out on Pinterest trying to rediscover my design mojo and ran across some stuff on the Pantone color of the year. I’m really loving the new “Greenery” color, aren’t you? However, on my rabbit trail through the world of Pinterest, I stumbled upon an even prettier color of the year (in my opinion). This one was created by the people at Benjamin Moore. It goes by the name of “Shadow” and it’s a very deep moody purple. I’m madly in love and want to make everything in my life this color! I’m not advertising for them in any way, I just really love this color!

 

Bejamin Moore's Color of the Year - Shadow

 

Well, as you can see above, I wasn’t quite able to get to this intense deep purple color. I probably needed a bit more black in the frosting. You can’t win them all, folks! Actually I think my first attempt at this cake was a bit closer to the color. However, like after most of my photo shoots, I end up finding 10 million things I could do better and usually end up redoing it. This was one case in point. 

 

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

Let me break it down for you… I loved the color, but was not in love with simply all chocolate trees. I also felt the trees could be taller and statelier. Oh and I made the mistake of piping the trees on my Silpats instead of parchment paper and lost half of them due to breakage. Apparently, Silpats are not as nonstick friendly as I thought! At least when it comes to chocolate.

I also felt it needed some more interest, hence adding the flowers, blackberries and truffles. On top of this, at the time I didn’t have a cardboard cake bases laying around. Due to it getting later in the day and losing light, I didn’t want to run to the store to pick one up. Hence, the white plate on top of a cake stand. That was the final straw that broke the camel’s back! I could have lived with everything else, but that drove me crazy! So I decided to go for round two. So now we have two huge cakes hanging around at home, lol! Not a good idea in the middle of winter when going outside to run off all of those calories is nearly impossible! But they sure do taste amazing, so I will let future Melissa deal with the repercussions!

And even though the color is still not where I want it, I try to remind myself of a favorite quote:

“I’ve never failed at anything in my life. I was simply given another chance or opportunity to get it right!” – Winston Churchill

 

So keep your eyes out for a future post to come in the next few weeks. We are working on something fun for Valentine’s day and hopefully, fingers crossed, it should turn out pretty cute and a bit closer to the real color!

With love from my kitchen to yours!

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

 

THE RECIPE

[yumprint-recipe id=’41’]Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com

 

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Four layers of rich, chocolate cake, filled with blackberry + blackpepper buttercream and topped with blackberries, chocolate truffles, white chocolate trees and roses. Find the recipe at designsofanykind.com


With love from my kitchen to yours,

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  1. Reply

    Sue Mumm

    January 14, 2017

    Amazing Melissa, just amazing!!!

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      DesAutels Designs

      January 16, 2017

      Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you liked it! And thank you for the incredibly sweet email!

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    Meghan Britz

    December 8, 2017

    I love pepper. Would it be good to add pepper to the frosting and cake battwe as well? Would peaches be good instead of the berries? I even think a little balsamic vinegar might be nice somewhere in there. Looking for a recipe for my wedding cupcakes. Something unique and different. 1-10 how much dod you enjoy eating it?

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      DesAutels Designs

      December 12, 2017

      Hi Meghan! I love that you are thinking about this idea for your wedding cupcakes!!! This is definitely one of my favorite cake recipes and the touch of pepper is not overwhelming. I think I would avoid adding it to both the batter and frosting – I would stick with one or the other. I’m intrigued by the idea of peaches instead of berries! I think that would be a lot of fun. And yes to the balsamic vinegar! I would cook it down just a bit, with some sugar, to add sweetness. Poke a few holes in the cupcakes before frosting and lightly drizzle the balsamic syrup over the cupcakes before frosting… or drizzle the frosted cupcakes with balsamic syrup and garnish with a fresh peach. Do a test run first, before serving it to your guests, just to make sure you like the peach and balsamic combo! If you end up making it, please send photos!! I would love to see how it turned out!!

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    Meghan Britz

    December 31, 2017

    THANK YOU for responding! A detailed response at that. πŸ™‚
    I will def. send you a review and photo when I make it! I will most likely do a test run in a month or so. πŸ™‚
    If you have any other recipes or ideas feel free to share. The cake and cupcakes I will be making will all be combinations of the ‘unexpected’. Black pepper, balsamic vinegar, fennel, goat cheese, herbs, tea. You know, the combinations that most would be very weary on trying. mother in law has been trying her hardest to talk me out of this ‘out of box’ thinking and go traditional…but I’m putting my foot down because I am not a traditional person. hahah

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      DesAutels Designs

      January 3, 2018

      Of course!!! And Happy New Year, my dear!!
      I’m excited to hear all about these amazing “unexpected” combinations! I love that you are into experimenting with flavors! Keep it up!
      I am right there with you when it comes to not being traditional. My wedding was far from traditional, haha! If you find your mother-in-law won’t let go, maybe give her at least 1-2 traditional flavors as long as she allows you to have your awesome, unique flavor combinations, as well. I do find from my years of catering that having both options is a good play. Not everyone is as adventurous as you and I πŸ™‚

      Wishing you great luck and a wonderful, magical wedding day! So excited for you!

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