This delicious Chantilly Cake with Raspberry Mousse recipe has three vanilla layers and a creamy mousse filling.
It’s iced with a chantilly cream frosting, then layered and topped with fresh berries!
Chantilly Cake Copycat Recipe
Years ago, when we first were married, my husband’s family would purchase Chantilly cakes from a local Minnesota favorite, Dorothy Ann Bakery, for family celebrations.
It was everyone’s top pick, and I loved it too!
This recipe is my simplified version of that Chantilly cake. I believe it rivals its predecessor at half the price!
Chantilly Cake Recipe Shortcuts
I added a couple of shortcuts to make the recipe easier and faster!
Now you can make the dessert yourself and still get all the other things done for your celebration.
First, I used a box cake. You could definitely make it from scratch or doctor up the box cake mix if you’d like, but with all the other deliciousness going on, it is completely unnecessary, in my opinion.
Our second timesaver is a two-ingredient raspberry mousse filling.
It’s much quicker than a traditional mousse but does not sacrifice any lush flavor or texture.
Then add a variety of fresh berries, including raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries, in between the layers and on top too!
If you love raspberry as much as I do, you should also try these pretty little raspberry almond thumbprint cookies!
What is a Chantilly Cake?
According to Wikipedia, Chantilly Cakes date back to the 1950s in Hawaii.
Typically, chocolate cakes made with a coconut-style frosting without the coconut were, and still are, referred to as Chantilly cakes.
In the Southern United States, Chantilly Cake is created with round white cakes that are layered with fresh berries and whipped cream frosting.
What is a Chantilly Cake Made Of?
As you see, there are different interpretations, depending on who you ask.
Here in Minnesota, Dorothy Ann’s Chantilly cake (or torte) is the perfect union of soft pillowy cake with rich cream topping. If you prefer to buy it, you can order from the bakery.
They use white sponge cake layered with a creamy mousse filling (available in Chocolate, Raspberry, Strawberry, or Lemon) and then frost it with a non-dairy whipped topping.
I chose a Betty Crocker cake mix in French vanilla, but the choice is yours!
Get more ideas for yellow cake mix recipes here.
Raspberry Mousse Filling
The cake layers today are surrounded by fluffy raspberry mousse. Below are the ingredients for my quick timesaving mousse.
Raspberry Mousse Ingredients
Chantilly Cream Frosting
The photo below has all the ingredients you need to make Chantilly cream frosting.
Chantilly Cream Ingredients
What is Chantilly Cream?
Chantilly cream is simply a sweetened whipped cream.
The biggest difference between Chantilly cream and traditional whipped cream is that Chantilly cream is sweetened or enhanced more. The preparation is nearly identical.
I’ve added mascarpone cheese and cream cheese to the topping in today’s recipe for more flavor. It’s decadent, delicious, and easy peasy to make!
Let’s get started! How do you make a chantilly cake?Print
Alternate Ideas and Versions to Try
If you enjoy experimenting with recipes, here are a couple of variations to try!
I used three 6-inch round cake pans for this recipe. I just love little cakes! They look small, but don’t let that fool you! Each 6-inch cake can typically feed 6-8 people. They are perfect for a family or small dinner party.
I did not cut the three cake layers in half but cut off the cake domes on each layer. Leveling tutorial
You can also use two 8-inch cake pans for a four-layer presentation and torte the layers (slice in half).
Play around with the filling flavors! Try chocolate, strawberry, or lemon.
You could also use Chantilly cream between the layers instead of mousse.
Chantilly Cakes mean so many different things to people, so why not make it your own?
What’s your favorite flavor cake? Chantilly Cream Frosting has such a yummy, neutral taste that I think it will pair well with almost any cake flavor.
Fresh Fruit Ideas for Cakes
Try different berries or fruit varieties to enhance your chosen cake flavor.
Try various peaches, apricots, kiwi, oranges, or pineapple combinations.
You can, of course, stick with the tried and true raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, and blackberry combo. It’s a classic that always works!
Cake Making Equipment
Here’s a list of the kitchen tools that will come in handy for this Chantilly Cake with Raspberry Mousse Recipe.
I do love my Kitchenaid! I’ve had it for nearly 25 years. Mine is white, but this beautiful cherry red seems like a perfect color for today’s Chantilly cake with fresh berries post! 😍 Find the Kitchenmaid here. (affiliate link)
Here’s a smaller mixing option with the same great brand name and gorgeous color selections! Find the hand mixer here (affiliate link)
Round Cake Pans
These pans are recommended by professionals. They will last forever and not disappoint! Find the baking pans here. (affiliate link)
Cake Circles Boards
These cardboard bases make every step easier when moving around, assembling, decorating, and serving your cake. Plus, they are inexpensive. See the 6-inch cardboard base and 8-inch cardboard base here. (affiliate link)
A Serrated Knife
A staple in every kitchen and perfect for slicing and leveling your cake. Find the serrated knife here. (affiliate link)
An Offset Icing Spatula
This spatula set makes frosting a joy. The offset design helps your craftsmanship! 😂 Find this spatula set here. (affiliate link)
Cake Bench Scraper
Smooth out the surfaces of your cake with this OXO bench-scraping beauty. Your cake will look so pretty and professional! Find this cake bench scraper here. (affiliate link)
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Below are more delicious recipes to try!
I hope you enjoy making this delicious Chantilly Cake with Raspberry Mousse recipe! Please let me know if you do with a comment below.
Have a Sweet Day! 😁
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