Monday, January 9, 2012

Just a cake


A cake with a little ganache.


Or maybe a little too much.

Nope. Not possible. Not sure there’s such a thing as too much ganache.

I like to eat it by the spoonful, but by the cakefull is even better.

The cake inside is chocolate. And actually the recipe for the chocolate cake in this post is not the actual cake in these pictures.

Why? Well, while it looks nice enough, it just wasn’t satisfied. So I made a few changes and made a better version the same day that I didn’t have time to decorate.

Instead, I’ve just been eating it straight up.

I like the simple look of the decorated one though.

High contrast.

The cake is frosted in buttercream first.


But for the middle layer of frosting, I tucked away a few of these inside.


Buttercream, speckled with miniature chocolate chips for kicks.




Then the rest of the cake gets covered in plain white buttercream.

Easy enough.


Then comes the best part.

A reason to lick my spoon.


You’ll want the ganache to set up and thicken before you pour any on the cake.


Thicker, like this.


Oh my! Start pouring in the center, but be careful not to go too fast.

Ideally, you wouldn’t want too much to go over the sides and puddle around the cake.


Yeah, like this.

Okay, I got a little excited.

Ganache does that to me.

Now for the recipe of the second chocolate cake I made. The better one.

That said, I welcome any of your chocolate cake suggestions. I’m looking for the best homemade chocolate cake ever. Got one? Know of one? Care to share? This one’s good! But I’m not done searching.

What fun would that be anyway.


Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Frosting …and a good amount of ganache!

Chocolate Cake:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup hot water

Buttercream Frosting:
1 1/2 cups butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

6 cups powdered sugar
4-8 Tablespoons milk

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels, if desired

Chocolate Ganache:
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease the bottom of two 9-inch cake pans. Then place parchment paper cut to size on the bottom of each pan and grease paper. Dust pans with cocoa.
  • Sift dry ingredients together and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add eggs, oil, milk and vanilla and beat for a couple of minutes until combined.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add hot water and mix together.
  • Pour into prepared pans and bake for about 28-30 minutes. Batter will be very liquid.
  • Cool for about 5 minutes in the pan. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

For the frosting:

  • Beat the butter in a mixer until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add the powdered sugar in several additions, scraping down the sides after each addition.
  • Add milk a tablespoon at a time and mix together until you achieve a smooth consistency.
  • Note: If you want your frosting whiter without using shortening, add a little white icing color to tint.

For the ganache:

  • Heat cream and butter in a saucepan until melted and remove before it starts to boil.
  • Place chocolate morsels in a small bowl and pour cream on top. Let sit for a few seconds and whisk by hand until completely incorporated and smooth.
  • Let cool until thick and pourable.
  • The ganache can take a bit to thicken. You can make it before the buttercream, to save time. Just use a wire whisk to stir it every few minutes and keep it smooth

To assemble: trim tops off of cake layers with a long serrated knife so they have a nice, flat top. Place one layer bottom side up on cake stand. Mix about 2/3 cup morsels with about 1 cup of the frosting. Spread frosting on top of bottom layer. Place second layer on top. It helps to have a crumb coat on the outside of your cake first. Simply apply a thin coat of frosting to the entire cake to catch andy excess crumbs. Then place cake in freezer for a few minutes to firm up frosting and cover the entire cake again with a thick layer of buttercream. This will help you keep all those crumbs from getting caught in your pretty work. Slowly, pour ganache over center of cake. Pour just enough to start dripping down the sides.



Joe Ann Kingdon said...

Rebecca Rather’s Tuxedo Cake is the best I’ve had and I’ve done a LOT of chocolate cake. I first saw it in a Texas Co-op Magazine and actually bought her book, Pastry Queen, just for that cake. It’s absolutely worth it!!

January 9, 2012 02:21 PM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

mmm… that looks AMAZING!

January 9, 2012 02:22 PM
Amy said...

Oh.My. I absolutely must try this…I wonder if I could make it gluten free…hmmmm.

January 9, 2012 02:53 PM
jennifer said...

that cake is beautiful!

January 9, 2012 03:17 PM
Rebecca said...

My favorite is Zoe bakes devil’s food cake recipe. Coffee, Rum and chocolate – what’s NOT to like?! She makes it in cupcakes, I usually do one smaller cake and then 24 cupcakes. Moist, rich and perfect with her cream cheese frosting.

January 9, 2012 03:21 PM
Leyla said...

your cake looks so yummy! i am a chocolate cake fanatic! this is the best chocolate cake i’ve ever had. hope you like it too :) just be prepared…it’s pretty chocolatey!

January 9, 2012 03:42 PM
Jen Y said...

I tried making ganache for the first time recently to go on an amazing cheesecake – it was an almost failure. I say almost because my husband wouldn’t let me through it away. He had me put it in a jar & he eats it with a spoon. It looks terrible! I’ll be trying this recipe though – it’s so much simpler.

January 9, 2012 04:36 PM
Rosie @ Sweetapolita said...

Cake, did someone say cake? Angie, this looks divine and is right up my alley. I love vanilla buttercream with chocolate cake, and actually it’s what’s been on my mind for weeks. I love the pouring of ganache over an already awesome cake–it makes it well, even more awesome! ;) xo

January 9, 2012 05:06 PM
jillian nicole {uniquely chic events} said...

Well that’s my New Year’s diet down the drain!!!:)

January 9, 2012 05:35 PM
Melissa // thefauxmartha said...

This cake looks beyond divine. You had me at ganache and then I see mini chocolate chips in the buttercream! Save me a slice! Here’s my go-to chocolate cake recipe:

January 9, 2012 05:45 PM
Christine said...

omgosh this cake is gorgeousss!

January 9, 2012 06:05 PM
Deborah said...

The best chocolate cake I have ever eaten is Rea’s Choc Texas Sheet cake. Does not get any better.

January 9, 2012 06:10 PM
jomamma said...

I make Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake every other Sunday. It’s my hubby’s favorite and thinks we need to have it in the house at all times. I omit the cinnamon that the original recipe calls for.

January 9, 2012 06:11 PM
Kaylyn said...

How on earth do you cut slices that neatly?! I get anxiety every time somebody wants me to cut the cake/pie!

January 9, 2012 06:26 PM
April said...

oh yum!

January 9, 2012 06:26 PM
Benae said...

That looks so yummy! As for chocolate cake suggestions, Paula Deen’s “Dreamy Chocolate Mousse Cake” is absolutely divine! Coffee-infused chocolate cake layers, filled with light and creamy chocolate mousse, topped with the best chocolate frosting I have ever made . . . perfection!

January 9, 2012 06:46 PM
Victoria said...

I like the “Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake Recipe.” (Although it looks similar to the one you tried!)

I always bake this for slightly less time than it calls for, and it always comes out super moist and delicious. My dad used to bake this ever year (by my request) for my birthday, and I’ve been baking it for years since! Everyone who’s tried it, loves it. :)

January 9, 2012 07:58 PM
Baker Bettie said...

LOVE your pictures of the drippy ganache! This cake is perfect. Somewhat elegant, somewhat perfectly messy. Beautiful!

January 9, 2012 08:05 PM
Gena said...

Reminds me of my wedding cake!

January 9, 2012 08:25 PM
Sarah said...

Looks delish!!! I’m always a fan using mayonnaise for chocolate cake. Or, you can take the exact recipe you used and just beat your eggs and oil together first (and I mean REALLY beat) before mixing in the other ingredients (that’s really all mayo is after all). It gives the cake a moister, fluffier texture!

January 9, 2012 08:42 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

I love the cake.. I LOVE the photos!! Thanks Bakerella for another yummy idea :)

January 9, 2012 08:43 PM
Evelyn said...

Oh Angie, how could you do this to us?! That looks sooooo delicious. Happy New Year. :0)

January 9, 2012 08:52 PM
Georgia said...

I love the Coca-cola cake that cracker barrell makes! It sounds a little funky but it’s unique and very tasty!!

January 9, 2012 09:09 PM
Jo said...

I made the mistake of reading through this, and looking at the pictures, while I’m at work….. at night…. and hungry. I want to lick my computer screen. :)

SO making this cake!!!! Thanks for posting the photos and recipe!!

January 9, 2012 09:31 PM
Suzanne said...

mmmm. noting this via Pinterest so I can use it for hubby’s Bday. I can totally picture this with minty green butter cream.

January 9, 2012 10:45 PM
julie @ the semi-reformed nerd said...

Holy. Dude. Yes, please and thank you. AWESOME.

January 9, 2012 10:48 PM
Rachel Watters said...

Hi Bakerella! Here’s my “go to”, all-time-favorite, chocolate cake recipe. It is the moistest chocolate cake I’ve ever had, and kind of resembles an oreo cookie in flavor (especially when paired with vanilla buttercream!) Also, it’s incredibly simple to make and fun to watch the vinegar and baking soda do their thing!

I’ve done the cupcakes and cake, and both are wonderful! Also, I don’t think I’ve ever made one entirely organic as the recipe calls for. I usually substitute unrefined coconut oil for the canola oil, which I think is a super yummy alternative.

Hope you like it!

January 9, 2012 10:50 PM
Natasha said...

WOW!!!! That looks AMAZING!!!!!
I love, love, love, the black and white effect, what a simple but brilliant idea :)
Angie, you’re a genius! x

January 9, 2012 11:18 PM
Michelle said...

I agree with Mimi, coffee instead of water is the best. My customers rave over it. I also use unsweetened and bittersweet chocolate combo.yummm

January 9, 2012 11:27 PM
Kristen said...

Oh my goodness that looks so yummy!

January 9, 2012 11:39 PM
Katie said...

Absolutely delicious! :)

1 cup milk
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup strong brewed coffee, cold
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make sour milk by combining milk and vinegar. Set aside. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, coffee and vanilla. Stir in the sour milk. Gradually beat in the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated.

January 9, 2012 11:52 PM
Sarah K. said...

I’m on that same search for “the best” homemade chocolate cake! My current go-to recipe is from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe:

January 10, 2012 12:06 AM
Helen said...

I have never been really satisfied with chocolate cake until I made this black magic cake:
It’s super moist and the coffee kicks up the chocolate flavor. I even prefer it over my white cake recipe, which is saying a lot.

January 10, 2012 12:30 AM
Claire said...

Wow! I’ve been searching for a cake for my birthday and I think I’ve found the perfect one!! Thanks :)

January 10, 2012 12:54 AM
backcountrybelle said...

Oh-Me-Oh-My! I don’t think I would have titled that post “just a cake” more like “Heavenly Cake,” “Chocolate Dream Cake,” or uhm… “Triple Chocolate Lovers Cake.” What a beautiful cake you made anyway!

Now I’m really wanting to make some ganache!

January 10, 2012 02:04 AM
Bryn said...

Mary Ellen from Whisk Together posted a fantastic chocolate cake recipe. So moist with a rich chocolate taste. Her recipes have all been tried and tried again so I always feel confident that any recipe I try from her site will be wonderful.

January 10, 2012 05:24 AM
pierre said...

how to resist? happy new year 2012 !!Pierre de Paris

January 10, 2012 06:28 AM
Mary Lynn said...

I know what cake I’m baking for Hubby’s birthday next month. Thanks

January 10, 2012 09:54 AM
Ann said...

My daughter will turn 4 on Thursday and I will celebrate my birthday tomorrow. Today we will make this cake. Thanks for the recipe for our birthday cake!!

January 10, 2012 10:35 AM
Zahra Ali said...

WoW .. It looks soooo yammi. I’ll make it soon.

January 10, 2012 11:11 AM
Allison said...

I can’t believe I’m doing this, but here is my choc cake recipe. It’s THE best chocolate cake, EVER! I don’t have an actual bakery, but I sell alot of cakes and this is my #1 request.

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup cream
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup BOILING water

Combine all ingred’s except the water. Mix for couple minutes. Slowly add the boiling water. The batter will be runny. Bake at 350 for 30-40 mins. Cake is overdone if toothpick comes out clean! You want a little crumb on the toothpick. Flip them out of the pan onto saran wrap. Let them sit for 10-15 mins then wrap up and put in freezer. This is my secret for super moist cakes :-) I’ve left them in the freezer for 3 hours or even 2 weeks and it always tastes amazing.

January 10, 2012 11:37 AM
Mary said...

I agree with many of the others here – Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate cake is the way to go for me! The frosting is thick, chocolatey, fudgey heaven. I made it for a cake class once and the instructor said she’d never seen such dark brown chocolate frosting – she thought I must have used food colouring. It’s sooooo good. I keep the extra in a container in the fridge and have a spoonful when I’m craving something sweet after making a cake!

January 10, 2012 12:14 PM
Jaana said...

This looks awesome… I’m thinking of making it but putting a bit of mint or orange in the buttercream…. YUM!

January 10, 2012 12:19 PM
Anna Grace said...

the best chocolate cake is definitely the pioneer woman’s. i use it for sheet cake, layer cake, and cupcakes!!!

January 10, 2012 12:44 PM
Ellen said...

Oh my gosh, I think I’ve died and gone to heaven! I’ll be thanking you the rest of my life (or cursing you, depending on how much weight I gain).

January 10, 2012 02:13 PM
Judy Workman said...

We really love the Hershey’s choc cake recipe found on the back of Hershey’s cocoa. Oh my goodness, it is good!

January 10, 2012 02:33 PM
Nicole Maki said...

Holy cow, yum!

I had no idea that you’re supposed to let your ganache thicken before pouring it over cake. It’s all coming clear to me now. Thank you.

I’ve tried zillions of chocolate cake recipes and my very favorite is chocolate beet cake (sounds gross, tastes great):

My second favorite, a very, very close second but since I eat it unfrosted it’s not quite first is mocha snack cake. It’s a very rich chocolate with a touch of coffee to heighten the chocolate flavor:

January 10, 2012 03:40 PM
Stephanie said...

Such a lovely cake. I’m going to try this recipe just as soon as I can.

I love chocolate.

January 10, 2012 04:17 PM
Lily @ Sugar and Slice said...

I was just wondering what cake to make for my grandfathers 80th birthday and this looks like the perfect one!
thank you angie once again!

January 10, 2012 04:22 PM
Katie Brown said...

I really do love the simple decoration of this cake. Yummy

January 10, 2012 04:47 PM
Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

This looks delicious! This is my favorite homemade chocolate cake EVER:

January 10, 2012 04:51 PM
Lisa said...

Wow, I love the high contrast look and I just drooled, a. lot! Now I want to go make this but I need more ingredients first. Is it too late to nip out to the supermarket at almost 10pm? lol.


January 10, 2012 04:54 PM
Penny H said...

Here is a sour cream devils food cake recipe for you. I think it is a winner. Try making it into three layers and filling the layers with chocolate pudding and ice the outside with whip cream. Yummy!
1/2 cup cocoa. Put in a 1 cup measuring cup and keep filling with boiling water and stir to a smooth paste to make 1 cup. Let cool. Add 1 1/4 cups sugar, 1 cup sour cream, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 3/4 cup flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt.
Mix all together in a bowl
Bake at 350 for about 25 – 30 min. Enjoy!

January 10, 2012 05:41 PM
Jacqueline said...

Hey girl!!

I JUST posted the best chocolate cake recipe I’ve ever come across on my blog a few minutes ago…and then I stumble across this! Great minds think alike. My recipe is for cupcakes…I actually prefer cupcakes, but I’m sure it’ll work just fine for cakes. It’s a ‘mocha’ cake, but you can’t really taste the coffee IN the cake…I think it just adds a little sumpin sumpin…ya know!?

January 10, 2012 06:30 PM
Jill Mant (SaucyCooks) said...

Just a cake my #$$%! And I agree there is no such thing as too much ganache. Go big or go home! Thanks for giving me inspiration to diet: I’m going to reward myself once I get this holiday weight off by making this cake.

January 10, 2012 07:02 PM
Meadow Mitchell said...

Here is a recipe for Screwball Cake that my Grandma passed on to my Mom, and that she has passed it on to me and my sister!

Screwball Cake
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder (scant) (or full 2/3 for more chocolate!)
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons vinegar
3/4 cup oil
1 egg
2 cups cold water

Mix dry ingredients well with a spoon.
Dig a deep hole.
Add wet ingredients and mix by hand. A few small lumps is just fine.
Bake at 350.
Makes a 9″ x 13″ pan, or two layers.

This cake batter does not like sitting after it is mixed. So make sure to have your pans ready, and the oven preheated. :)
This cake is easy, chocolaty, and moist! What is more to love about a cake? Enjoy!!

January 10, 2012 08:07 PM
Robin Nelsonq said...

My favorite choc cake is very similar with the exception of a tsp of Organic Cinnamon and 1 cup hot coffee in place of the water. I cannot wait to try this recipe! I LOVE the looks of this.

January 10, 2012 08:57 PM
Taylor said...

Agreeed- Ina’s (or actually Beatty’s) Chocolate Cake is the best! The coffee is what makes it. I’ve used it for cupcakes and they have been great also. Martha Stewart’s One Bowl Chocolate Cake recipe when I’ve not had coffee on hand. It is pretty similar to the one you used I believe.

January 10, 2012 09:06 PM
sherri lynn @ life of a wife said...

This is such a beautiful cake! I love the chocolate, white, chocolate look :)

January 10, 2012 09:35 PM
Joy said...

Awesome variation on a BOX cake……..yes box cake.

8oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 Chocolate box cake mix
1 4 serving size chocolate flavored instant pudding
4 eggs
1c. sour cream
1/2c. oil
1/2c. water with 1tsp. instant coffee

Preheat oven 350. Grease 2 9″ pans.
Beat all ingredients except chocolate chips for 2 min. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter in pans. Bake for 30 to 35 min.

I like to use a simple chocolate sour cream frosting.
12 oz semi sweet chocolate
1/2c. butter
8 oz sour cream
1 lb. powder sugar

Over low heat melt chocolate and butter. Cool 10 min. Stir in sour cream and sugar until smooth.

January 11, 2012 12:03 AM
bk said...

350°Celsius ?? so much ?

January 11, 2012 08:34 AM
Sara (Belly Rumbles) said...

Simply stunning

January 11, 2012 08:59 AM
Carrie Rhoades said...

My favorite chocolate cake, the BEST I have ever made is Hershey’s Best Chocolate Cake! The recipe is right on the side of the cocoa can! Very moist and yummy.
BTW- I have to tell you, I have become a cake poppin’ fool, love them, love you, I sound like a freak but I just had to tell you and say, THANKS, your’e the BEST!

January 11, 2012 09:56 AM
Susie said...

Even if you don’t like malted milk (which is only in the frosting) this is by far the best chocolate cake ever!

Chocolate Malted Cake (from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book)

6 ounces best-quality unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup canola oil
2 & 2/3 cups sugar
1 & 2/3 cups AP flour
1/3 cup of unsweetened dutch cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon of kosher salt
2/3 cup of sour cream
3 large eggs
1 & 1/3 cups of hot fresh brewed coffee

1 pound best quality milk chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup malted milk powder
¼ cup light corn syrup
8 tablespoons of butter, at room temp.
8 ounces of malted milk balls

January 11, 2012 11:29 AM
Jenny S said...

When I saw this Tuesday (at work!) I knew I had to make it that night! I ran home and started in on it. I told my daughter I was making her an early birthday cake (her birthday is Friday), that we could enjoy all week long. And enjoy it we have been!!! This is the best cake we have ever had! Thank you so much for the recipes for chocolate cake, buttercream frosting and (the best part!) ganache! SOOOO good!

January 11, 2012 02:52 PM
Libby Dodd said...

My rule of thumb is, almost anything with chocolate benefits from a bit of coffee (usually powdered) added in. This looks fabulous. Now to find enough people to help eat it so I don’t OD by myself.

January 11, 2012 03:03 PM
Kelsey said...

Have to pipe up as another in support of Hershey’s. I’ve been making the cake off the back of that can of cocoa since I was about 14, and it has never failed me. So delicious.

January 11, 2012 03:20 PM
Caroline @ Sifted Couture said...

Bakerella! This cake is gorgeous! I love the ganache on white buttercream look! So classy!

January 11, 2012 04:37 PM
Heather said...

Ya gotta try P-Dub’s chocolate cake! :)

January 11, 2012 06:31 PM
Linda Maxwell said...

Gosh that looks good… everything you post looks so delicious. Thank you for such a beautiful blog full of such tasty treats!!

January 11, 2012 06:37 PM
Cali said...

I saw this the day you posted and bought the ingredients immediately. Just made it, and WOW! Delicious and generally very easy to make!
Thank you for all your amazing recipes and inspirations!

January 11, 2012 09:05 PM
Maria said...

Bakerella, you’ve outdone yourself yet again! It’s my husband’s birthday tomorrow, and he’s a chocoholic…guess what cake I’m making for him? Yup Just a Cake. So far the cake has turned out beautifully! I”m off to do the ganache…wish me luck! God Bless!

January 11, 2012 09:47 PM
Genevieve said...

Omg, i can totally lick it off my screen now! Want to attempt it for my cousin’s bday, can i half the entire receipe and put it in a 5″ tin insteaD?

January 12, 2012 01:55 AM
Guenther said...

Your cake looks great and I expect it to taste as well as it looks. I will try it soon.

So far my favourite chocolate cake is “Auntie’s Chocolate Torte” from the blog “Zabrovaljene poslastice”. You should try it:

January 12, 2012 04:41 AM
Stefanie said...

If you have never tried Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake, you must! When I have company, I will often serve that and a caramel macchiato cheesecake and the cake always wins out, which always surprises me!

January 12, 2012 06:03 AM
The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh said...

I think I love you.

And that cake.

That is all. :-)

January 12, 2012 08:57 AM
AzMom said...

From my mother-in-law, big fav where she lives.

Use a sheet cake pan (11×17).


4 Tablesp Cocoa
1 C Water
1 stick margarine (or butter) (Don’t know if it matters but I use
margarine for all my baking)
1/2 C Shortening
2 C Flour
2 C Sugar
1 Teas Baking Soda
1/2 C. Buttermilk (can use milk and 1 teas vinegar)
2 Beaten eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla

Combine cocoa, water, margarine and shortening. Bring to a boil and
add to flour and sugar mixture. Dissolve baking soda in the milk.
Add eggs and vanilla to mixture and stir well. Pour batter into a
greased/floured sheet cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

4 Tablesp Cocoa
6 Tablesp Milk
1 Stick Margarine (or butter)
1 Box Powdered Sugar (I would have to look up how many cups that is:)
1 Tablesp Vanilla

Bring cocoa, milk and margarine to a boil. Add to mixer with powdered
sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Pour directly on HOT finished
cake. Let cool before cutting.

January 12, 2012 05:11 PM
Kiersten said...

That is by far the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made. It comes out moist and perfect every time!

January 12, 2012 07:04 PM
K. Gardner said...

The chocolate cake recipe on the back of the Swan’s Down Cake Flour box is pretty good. Very moist as the recipe calls for sour cream and you are using cake flour which is lighter in texture than AP Flour.

January 12, 2012 07:52 PM
Annie said...

I’m craving chocolate now!!

January 12, 2012 08:00 PM
Ana Maria said...

Sorry if there are any mistakes, because I wrote with the help of a translator. I am Brazilian and I love your blog, and I would say that your photos are misused to promote some sellers on eBay.
I would say that you are a warrior people and winning, we Brazilians have a motto, we are persistent and get everything we want, and you are well.
Know that I am praying for you here so that you recover soon and can live well and happy.
I hope your books are translated in Portuguese as soon so I can enjoy them. haha
Stay with God and improvements.

Ana Maria
Sao Paulo, Brazil.

January 12, 2012 10:30 PM
Elizabeth said...

that looks like a slice of amazing!! looks like an end of winter cake

January 12, 2012 10:59 PM
Amy Powell said...

that’s just absolutely stunning! it looks so perfect!

January 12, 2012 11:30 PM
Sarah said...

I LOVE IT! bakerella, the cake and the ganache, wwwwheew! thank you for the recipe, I’m planning to make this on Valentines day. :) ???

January 13, 2012 02:04 AM
Kezia said...

Oh dear, why did I come a visit bakerella when I’m on a diet?Maybe after the diet I’ll have to try this cake out – that is if I don’t give in and try it out sooner.

January 13, 2012 02:41 AM
Kaitlin said...

This is my absolute favorite chocolate cake recipe! And I couldn’t even try to count how many others I’ve tested. It is moist with a richness and slight sharpness that everyone can detect a hint of, but no one can pinpoint. You MUST try it!

Love your photos! Such a simple, clean approach to decoration.

January 13, 2012 08:57 AM
Aikko said...

Hi Bakerella!

Hope you can try my mom’s chocolate cake recipe. I love that it’s moist, crumbly and oh so chocolatey! It’s so easy to prepare, only has 8 ingredients and guess what, it has mayonnaise in it! One friend even likened it to Chicago’s infamous “portillos chocolate cake”

from the sunny Philippines :)

January 13, 2012 10:29 AM
Kiran @ said...

Mmmm.. I could seriously drown in that chocolaty goodness :D

Happy 2012, Angie :)

January 13, 2012 12:53 PM
Sara Kate said...

Mom’s Chocolate Cake from Food and Wine Magazine is my go-to! It always turns out perfect and is wonderfully moist and delicious. And it’s fairly easy to make!

January 13, 2012 02:14 PM
Susan Doherty said...

So pretty. I heard that ganache means idiot in French, maybe because you’d have to be an idiot not to like all the chocolate!! :) Regardless of what the word means, your cake looks nummy!

January 13, 2012 03:23 PM
Leslie said...

I just made this, I was inspired!! I have never made a cake from scratch before, but I will be now. This is soooooo GOOD!!!! Thanks for sharing!

January 13, 2012 05:15 PM
paolo said...

hello! I have the perfect recipe for a chocolate cake.
is a moist cake that can be eaten alone or with frosting.
Sift 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 cup cocoa and 1 teaspoon of salt. separate mix 1 ½ cups milk with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. 5 minutes after mix 3 eggs 1 ½ cups oil, milk, vinegar and a teaspoon of vanilla. whisk well and mix with dry ingredients. when you have fought well, add all at once 2 cups of sugar and mix. have to go through to the letter. sorry about the grammar im peruvian.

January 14, 2012 06:14 AM
Lady Jennie said...

I’m going to try this one. Looks great.

January 14, 2012 11:15 AM
Brittany said...

I made this today! wheeeee!

January 14, 2012 12:41 PM
Courtney B @The Messy Texan said...

Is that cake stand the Jeanette Glass harp pattern in shell pink, manufactured between 1957 and 1959?

In your first picture, I recognized the shape. I just bought that stand a few weeks ago when I was antiquing with my mother.

FYI, cream colored cake pops look really elegant on that stand with the stick part pointing up.

January 14, 2012 12:57 PM
Jenna said...

Just the most amazing looking cake ever. I could see myself eating the filling by the spoonful. Yum.

January 14, 2012 02:33 PM
Mackenzie said...

I love love LOVE your website! It is so amazing!

I just got your cake pop book and I love it! I know I’m going on and on but what you are doing has changed my life.

January 14, 2012 03:30 PM
jociandi said...

This is the best chocolate cake EVER.

January 14, 2012 06:40 PM
Carly said...

This post came up in my recommended reader feed and stopped me in my tracks instantly. Your photos are amazing and after familiarising myself as much as I can without it taking months, I am loving your blog. What an inspiration. Thank you!

January 15, 2012 03:29 AM
Stephanie said...



Sincerely Steph.

hey i had to get your attention some how ;)
at least i hope i do

January 15, 2012 05:56 AM
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