Chocolate Chocolate Cake

April 5, 2013

Chocolate Chocolate Cake

Everybody must have a good chocolate cake recipe. Everybody. The kind that you scribble down in your notebook, the kind you memorise, the kind your friends keep asking you to make over and over again. And I think, that with this recipe, I’ve found one I love and can see myself going back to, time after time.

It’s not like I’ve not made good chocolate cakes before, but nothing made me save the recipe or go and scream from the rooftop about it (the internet being my rooftop). But this cake? I’ll categorise this one as a great cake. It has a fantastic, moist crumb. And the ganache, silky with full fat cream. At first it might seem a bit runny, but let it rest a bit and you’ll have a lovely spreadable consistency. If you want a thin shiny coat of ganache, simply make half of the ganache and pour it over the cake when it’s still a bit still runny. And if you’re planning on making a thick ganache icing – because that’s clearly the way to go – pour over a third of the icing to lock the crumb in so that icing the cake will be a breeze.

The only thing I’d say is to be sure to eat this cake at room temperature. Refrigerating it firms up the cake because of all that butter in it, and makes you think that it has dried up. You don’t want that. I made the cake three days ago, and it’s been perfectly fine sitting on the table at room temperate (with the single digit temperatures here). Needless to say, I’ve been shaving off sliver after sliver of it and even eating it for breakfast at 7 AM (because I can).

I made this for Arjun, so it had to be without any fruits. Just an overload of chocolate. But next time I’m going to sneak in some fresh raspberry coulis between the layers before I spread the layer of ganache. I’m also hoping for a party of some sort soon so I’ll have an excuse to make this again, doubled up and sky high.

Chocolate Chocolate Cake

Adapted from: Tartine (USA | UK | India)
Yield: 6-8 servings

Chocolate Cake

125g flour
30g cornflour
40g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
125g yoghurt
30g water
115g butter
275g sugar
125g eggs (2.5 eggs)

Equipment: 9 inch round cake pan, cooling rack, offset spatula.
  1. Preheat oven to 170ºC. Line a 9 inch round cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk and then sieve together all the following: flour, cornflour, cocoa, baking powder,baking soda and salt.
  3. Whisk together the yoghurt and water in another small bowl.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until the butter has lightened in colour. It won’t dissolve into the butter because there is more than twice the sugar, but that’s fine. Next, beat in one egg at a time, making sure it’s fully incorporated before add the next one. Also, make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula between additions.
  5. Next, switch to a spatula and alternately mix the dry ingredients and the thinned yoghurt until fully incorporated into the batter. Start and end with the dry ingredients.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let it cool completely on a cooling rack before cutting.

Chocolate Ganache
300g dark chocolate
375g full fat cream
30g butter, cut into small cubes

  1. Place the chocolate in a bowl.
  2. Bring the cream to a full boil in a thick bottomed pan.
  3. Pour it over the chocolate and let it rest for a few seconds before you being to whisk it gently to bring the emulsion together.
  4. Finally, stir in the pieces of butter until fully incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature until you want to use it.

Assemble the Cake

  1. With a serrated knife, slice off the domed portion of the cake.
  2. Next, cut the cake into half horizontally. Place the bottom half on a plate or a cake board. Spread a thick layer of ganache on it making sure to leave a little gap around the circumference – otherwise when you place the top half of the cake, the ganache might ooze out.
  3. Place the top half of the cake. Spread a thin layer of ganache on the cake – you could pour it while it’s runny or spread it with an offset spatula when it has firmed up slightly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then finish icing the cake with the rest of the ganache.
  4. You might need to refrigerate the cake between coats of ganache for ease of icing.
  5. Always serve this at room temperature or slightly warm with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a little ice cream on the side.

{ 87 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anupama September 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Hey me again… Just can’t get enough of this piece of heaven!!! Can you tell me one thing, if we reduce the quantity by half does the baking time also reduce by half? I made half the quantity and it got skewer-clean done in 20 mins… But the bottom was a bit sticky.. Not sure if it was raw or moist…


2 Shaheen September 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Always use the baking time as a guideline and not as an absolute. If your skewer comes out clean, it’s done!


3 Manisha September 30, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Hey Shaheen, I made this and it came out really well. The only thing is, I’d like to make the cake a bit darker. I used Cadbury’s cocoa. Which cocoa do you recommend?


4 Shaheen September 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

You can use Hintz Cocoa.


5 Anusha October 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM

omg this one is cake of my dreams..i wish i could get step by step picture of this since i have never baked any cake


6 Neha Dayal December 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

This looks awesome!
Can I make an eggless version of this by adding some liquid soda?



7 prachi December 14, 2013 at 5:15 AM

hi shaheen !!
for chocolate ganache do we need to melt the chocolate before we add the cream intobit ?


8 prachi December 14, 2013 at 5:16 AM

for chocolate ganache do we need to melt the chocolate before we add the cream into it ?


9 Hanna December 26, 2013 at 4:58 PM

I have just made the cake (after a lor of mesurement conversions since i dont have a working scale right now)
Unfortunately my ganache wont firm up at all. I really dont want it runny. It looks perfect on the picture you have. What can I do?

Thanks from Sweden


10 Shaheen December 27, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Hi Hanna – I’m so sorry it’s runny! Maybe you could slowly whisk in more melted chocolate in increments of 25 grams. Although, if you refrigerate it, it will firm up and reveal true texture after which you can see how to adjust the consistency.


11 Geetanjali January 9, 2014 at 6:10 AM

I made this cake for my daughter’s birthday and she just loved it. It was really good. Thanks Shaheen for a wonderful recipe.


12 Meenal Pradhan January 25, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Hey Shaheen

Awesome cake it turned out to be .. Followed the recipe to the T .. and it was just perfect ! Thanks !! Just a query .. do we need to moisten the cake after slicing it .. before icing it ?

Everything was just great !! But it wasn’t very soft after icing it !

Can you please help !



13 Shaheen February 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM

If I’m eating the cake the same day I don’t mositen it with syrup because it’s quite moist with the butter in it. Although I don’t see why you can’t if your cake dried out a bit while baking.


14 vineeta February 1, 2014 at 10:17 AM

hey…i am a huge fan of urs….pls plss share a non-egg version of ths cake or gimme a substitute for egg…i need to bake one for my dad…


15 Jibran July 8, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Hi, I really like your recipe and cake, and I will be trying out it for the first time later in this month, but before I try it out I have some questions.

1. Is the flour same as all purpose flour? Also, is the corn flour must ingredient?
2. Is the picture of the cake shown at the top yours? Or you have taken it from somewhere else? I wanted to know because if its yours then I will match it with my cake to see the difference.

Thanks. :)


16 Shaheen July 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Plain flour = all purpose flour = flour
You could skip the cornflour of you’d like, just replace it with the same amount of regular flour
This picture, and all the pictures on are mine.


17 Mayanka Khetarpal July 21, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Hey Shaheen,
I tried the cake it turned out yummy, but for some reason it’s very crumbly.
I let it cool completely and put the ganache but it’s just crumbling .
Any idea why this would be happening ?


18 Drushti November 27, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Hi do you possibly have a good alternative eggless chocolate cake recipe ?


19 Shaheen December 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Sorry, I don’t, but I’ll work on it!


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