Fraisiers and framboisiers may be two of my favorite cakes. They feature two layers of sponge cake (génoise) with a buttercream filling or even “chantilly” cream, and a layer of fruits (fraises—strawberries, or framboises—raspberries). The cake is traditionally topped with marzipan, dyed a lovely shade of pastel pink, though sometimes it is simply topped with a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar.
In my mind, the fraisier is definitely a celebration cake. When I was baptised, my parents served a fraisier in celebration to our family. Fraisiers were served at countless birthdays, and always from the same patisserie in town. And today is my blog’s first birthday, so I felt a framboisier (the raspberry version of the fraisier) was called for to mark the occasion.
I’m both proud and amazed that my little blog made it to a year. At the 6-month mark, I was ready to quit. I was drained from work and couldn’t take a photo for my life (in fact, I think at some point, my photography actually got worse instead of improving). Somewhere between the exhaustion and frustration of it all, my blog just wasn’t me anymore, or the “me” was gone from my blog. It was kind of sad. I was disappointed.
My blog means a lot to me. I’m not blogging because I want to be the next Food Network star (hell no!). I’m not looking for fame as others are. I’m not really looking for fortune either (though I do have some google ads on the site, they may never pay even a single bill….). I’m pretty sure that I’m not here with the goal of publishing a cookbook either.
I have no idea what makes a good blog. All I know is that I have a blog as an outlet, mainly for all the baking I do. I love to bake. Baking is my passion. It has been for years. I want to bake for others. I want to share my baking with you (and maybe a story or two about how I can’t change a lightbulb, or that I’m thinking about taking up tennis just to meet my potential-future-husband).
My blog is not perfect, and neither am I. My framboisier is not perfect either. When I began putting together this post, I had visions of a perfect layer cake that did not quite become reality. I should probably have been more vigilant with the placement of the raspberries. Perhaps I could have been a little more careful when photographing because a couple of the raspberries got “weepy,” and dribbled a little of their juice. I could’ve selected raspberries from the pint that were more close in size, and not a mix of big ones and small ones….
Well. It is what it is. I’m not going to fret over it more, and it tastes really good, so really, what am I complaining about? This is my go-to celebration cake, and I love it just the way it is.
A framboisier to celebrate a year aka vanilla sponge layers filled with raspberries and white chocolate buttercream
- 1 génoise cake I use this recipe from Ricardo, and I baked it in an 8-inch springform greased and lined with parchment for 35 min at 350°F, trimmed and split into two
- 50 grams granulated sugar ~1/4 cup
- 100 mL water ~3/8 cup, ie less than 1/2 cup
- 2 –4 tbsp Chambord or any liqueur you’d like to use
White chocolate buttercream (I used about half of this recipe and froze the rest for another day)
- 1 batch swiss meringue buttercream I used Sweetapolita’s recipe
- 114 grams white chocolate 4 oz, melted and cooled slightly
- 200 grams marzipan dyed with a few drops red food coloring, rolled and cut to fit the top of the cake</br></br>OR
- Powdered sugar
To make the soaking syrup
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water on medium-high heat. Bring it just to a simmer, and leave it to simmer, swirling often, until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat to cool completely.
When the syrup has cooled, add the Chambord (to taste), and stir. Set aside for later.
To make the white chocolate buttercream
Combine the swiss meringue buttercream with the melted chocolate. You can do this in your mixer with the paddle attachment, or with a spatula by hand. Personally, I like to do this with the mixer. It’s easier.
To assemble the framboisier
Place 1 cake round on your cake turntable, cut-side up.
Brush on a couple tablespoons of soaking syrup
Meanwhile, brush the cut-side of the other cake round with a couple more tablespoons of syrup and set aside.
Top the cake round on the turntable with a scant 2/3 cup buttercream, and spread it to cover the surface of the cake.
Sprinkle the raspberries over top
Top with another scant 2/3 cup buttercream, and spread it carefully over the raspberries.
Place the second cake round, cut-side down, over the buttercream layer. Press it down gently.
If you are topping your cake with a marzipan layer, spread a thin layer of buttercream over top to adhere the marzipan. If not, dust generously with powdered sugar just before celebrating.