"Happy excess" are two words we associate with this pretty little cake that is crowned with bright red raspberries. Bursting with intense chocolate flavor, just a sliver satisfies most people, and when it's frosted with a thick, raspberry-spiked ganache, it becomes a virtual chocolate powerhouse. Don't overbake the cake; it's meant to be moist.
Beverage recommendations: If it's a dessert wine that you're looking for, Bonny Doon Vineyard's nonvintage Framboise, made from three varieties of raspberries in Washington, is the perfect raspberry-licious foil to the cake's fruit accents. A Zinfandel Port from, say, California is also an option—they're big on fruit, and quite rich. On the other hand, have you ever had anything wash down a rich, chocolate cake better than a glass of whole milk?