Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake
2-1/2 cup  all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp  baking powder
1/2 tsp  baking soda
  lt tsp. salt
1   8oz pkg. cream cheese softened
2/3- cup  butter or margarine softened
1 tsp  vanilla
5   ozunsweetened chocolate melted and cooled (white or milk preference
8 cup  sifted powdered sugar
1/3 cup  milk
1 - 2 cup  sifted powdered sugar
3   eggs
1 cup  milk
1/2 cup  seedless red raspberry preserves
  shaved white chocolate
  fresh raspberries
grease and flour three 8 x 1 1/2 or 9 x 1 1/2 inch cake pans, set aside. 
in a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, 
set aside. in a mixing bowl beat together cream cheese butter or margarine 
and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed till fluffy. add melted 
chocolate; beat till well blended. alternatively beat in the 8 cups 
powdered sugar and the 1/3-cup milk. transfer 3 1/2 cups of the mixture to 
another large mixing bowl to use for part of the cake batter and set 
aside. you should have about 2 ups of the mixture remaining, which will be 
used for the frosting. to this mixture, beat in enough to the additional 
1-2 cups of sifted powdered sugar to make it a spreading consistency. 
cover frosting and refrigerate till needed. add eggs to the 3-1/2 cups 
cream cheese mixture beat 1 minute at medium speed. add flour mixture and 
the 1-cup milk alternatively to the egg mixture, beating at low speed 
after each addition just till combined. pour batter into prepared pans. 
(if you don't have 3 cake pans of the same size, chill a portion of the 
cake batter for up to 1 hour before baking.) bake in a 350-deg oven for 
25-30 minutes for 8-inch pans and 22-25 minutes for 9-inch pans or till a 
tooth pick inserted near the center comes out clean. cool in pans for 10 
minutes. remove; cool on wire racks. remove frosting from refrigerator 
about 30 minutes before frosting the cake. place one cake layer on serving 
plate; spread with half of the raspberry preserves. top with second layer; 
spread with remaining jam. top with third cake layer. spread top and sides 
with frosting. garnish top of cake with shaved white chocolate and 
raspberries if desired. 
(ID: 13136) Mirror: Wed, Apr 23, 2003

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