My Chocolate cake is one of the most delicious, rich, dense, moist cakes you’ll ever try and makes the perfect basic layered cake but it’s also the PERFECT cake for carving and building 3D cakes as well!
This recipe is probably my most requested. Anytime I share one of my cake tutorials someone always asks about my cake recipe that carves so well. Not only does it carve well but it tastes AMAZING too! Super rich, decadent (one of my favorite words) and moist (yes I know some people hate that word, but how else would you describe a cake – super not dry???).
Now the reason I’ve never shared this cake before… I’ve been protecting my cake recipes hoping to someday share them in a cookbook. But I figured after so many requests I should simply share it. So that people following my cake tutorials will have a good cake for carving.
Not only do I use this recipe for almost all my carved cakes but also anytime I simply want a delicious cake for myself. Pretty much every holiday or anytime I’m asked to bring a cake this is the one (my second favorite to bring is my Cinnamon Chocolate cake recipe – I’ll share that next month).
When I’m carving a cake I use straight ganache for frosting. In fact often when I’m simply making it as a layered cake to enjoy I use straight ganache. But sometimes I want a softer frosting (as the ganache sets and firms up – which is great for under ganache, but not necessarily what you want for a simple layered cake.). So this mix of buttercream and ganache is my go-to. It’s rich, creamy and smooth. I’m slightly obsessed!
AND of COURSE I had to make a video for my favorite recipe ever! Seriously I make this cake probably about 3-4 times a month. Always my first choice for pretty much any cake.
Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe with Ganche buttercream- rich, dense and delicious
Perfect Chocolate Cake
- 8 oz unsweetened chocolate
- 4 C granulated sugar 3 3/4 C for high altitude
- 3 C all-purpose flour 3 1/4 C for high altitude
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 1/4 tsp for high altitude
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 C boiling water 2 1/4 C water for high altitude
- 10 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 C sour cream OR greek yogurt
- 1 C oil
- 4 lrg eggs slightly beaten
Chocolate Ganache buttercream
- 20 oz chocolate chopped
- 1 C heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp light corn syrup
- 2 C butter slightly softened
- 3-4 C powdered sugar
Perfect Chocolate Cake
- Preheat the oven to 345 (370 for high altitude)
- Prepare three 8 or 9 inch round cake pans (if doing 8 inch pans I suggest 3 inches tall pans, or four of the 2 inch tall 8 inch pans) I use parchment paper circles on the bottom and a non stick spray on the sides
- Melt the baking chocolate in double broiler (or in a bowl over a simmering pot of water) then let it cool.
- In a large bowl, or bowl of a mixer add the sugar, flour, soda and salt and whisk together.
- In a separate bowl (or a large glass measuring cup) mix the boiling water and cocoa and let sit for a min (this lets the cocoa bloom and bring out a richer flavor)
- Then add the sour cream and oil and whisk.
- Add the wet mixture in a stream to the dry ingredients and mix until blended.
- Add the lightly beaten eggs slowly while beating on low.
- Add the cooled melted chocolate and mix until uniform in color.
- Bake at 345 40-45 mins (raise the heat by 25 degrees and lower the time by 5 mins for high altitude)
Chocolate Ganache Buttercream
- Place the chocolate into a large bowl
- in a saucepan heat the cream - until just about to simmer
- Pour it over the chocolate and let it sit for 5 mins - then stir
- Let the ganache cool to room temp
- Beat butter and add 1 C powdered sugar
- beat in the corn syrup
- add more powdered sugar 1/2 cup as a time until you achieve a thick buttercream
- pour the ganache into the buttercream and beat.
- Chill for 5-15 mins in the fridge, beat again, chill, beat, chill, beat - until your happy with the thickness
Here is a sampling of the Cakes I’ve carved that use this chocolate cake recipe!
And it’s time for this month’s Food Holiday – today is National Chocolate Day!!! Seriously could there be a better food holiday to celebrate?
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- Vegan Chocolate Waffles – Namely Marly
- Selfish Bars – Foodie with Family
- Brownie Delight – Real Mom Kitchen
- Cocoa Chipotle Spice Rub – Hey Grill Hey
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- Spanish Hot Chocolate with Coconut Churros – The Noshery
19 of my most Chocolaty Recipes
- Flourless Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Cheesecake
- Salted Chocolate Brownie
- Ganache – frosting, truffles and drips
- Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream
- Hot Fudge Sauce
- Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
- Worlds Best Hot Chocolate
- Pain Au Chocolat (chocolate croissant)
- Chocolate Eclairs
- Rocky Road Fudge
- Texas Sheetcake
- Homemade Nutella
- Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Microwave Chocolate Fudge
- Chocolate chocolate chip bagel
- Homemade Choco Taco
- Basic Chocolate Ice Cream
- Salted Caramel Chocolate brownies