Vanilla Cake with Raspberry Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting

I have been making this cake in one format or another for years now. I keep several jars raspberry jam in stock at all times! In fact, you can find the recipe for my Raspberry Jam here. The raspberry jam soaks into the air bubbles in my dense vanilla sour cream cake and saturates it with even more flavor. Because of this, I prefer to make my cream cheese frosting a bit under-sweetened, so you are not overloaded with sugar. I am an advocate of thin layers of cake, so I slice my cake layers into 1/2 inch slices, so each round is always a 4 layer cake….it brings me raspberry flavored joy! Each slice is the best slice if you don’t have to look for one with enough filling and frosting! Don’t freak out, remember, I said under-sweetened. Better yet, the longer the cake sits in the fridge, the more time the layers have to meld…and the more delicious it i

Raspberry and Cream Cheese Hand Pies

These babies were developed for my New Orleans Dinner, but I planned way too many desserts, so I haven’t served them to a large crowd until our Memorial Day Steak and Cake Cookout on Monday. What makes this pastry special is the sweet pastry crust that is used. I generally prefer a simple pastry flour…