I should be clear right off the bat. Layer cakes are not my forte. Not at all. But this cake turned out beautifully. Baking the cakes in three layers (rather than trying to cut cake layers in half) makes things SO much easier. I highly recommend getting a third cake pan if you don’t have one. Using a kicked up cake mix also adds to the simplicity.
If you prefer, you can strain the seeds from your raspberry puree (which I would probably do if it was going on the outside of the cake) but you hardly notice them in between the layers of chocolate. With a dollop of whipped cream and some fresh raspberries for garnish, this is the perfect dessert for Valentine’s day.