Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Ganache Frosting Recipe

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Chocolate cake recipe with chocolate ganache frosting / filling. How to make Homemade Chocolate cake with eggs made in the oven. Recipe with step by step pictures.

This is our standard chocolate cake I bake for birthdays at home and for friends and family. This is a no fail chocolate cake recipe. I have made it so many times that I know the ingredient measurements in my head. I never took pictures while making this cake in the past as birthdays are always a chaos with party planning, food and always rushed for time. Finally I got time this year to do it. My son likes to experiment with different flavors of cake every year but Vinodh (my husband) has a standard order. It has to be this cake every year or a fresh fruit cake. This year we went with chocolate. This recipe can be made into cupcakes too and works so beautifully.

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Ingredients
Dark Chocolate Bar
Instant Coffee Powder
Cocoa Powder
Baking Soda
Vanilla Extract
Equipment
Measuring Spoon Set
Whisk
Parchment Paper
Mixing Bowls
Baking Tray
Silicone Spatula
9 Inch Baking Pan
Appliances
45 Liter OTG Oven
Stand Mixer
Heavy Duty Indian Mixie

Here is how to make Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Ganache Frosting
Frosting for the cake
First we will make the chocolate ganache frosting. For making the ganache frosting, We will need dairy cream / whipping cream and chocolate as main ingredients. You can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate. I have used Amul cream (tetra pak) and a local dark chocolate bar (Morde is the readily available brand in India). You can use gourmet chocolate bars, single origin bars etc… Its just up to you. Use whatever you can get hold of. Chocolate chips are also fine. But do not buy / use chocolate compound. Chocolate compound is good for making decorations etc.. but not for making ganache. Compounds usually do not contain cocoa butter. Compound chocolates are made with vegetable shortening. The label should read “dark chocolate” and should not carry the word compound. So buy accordingly.
Weigh the cream and the chocolate. I have used 200 grams of cream and 400 grams of chocolate. The ratio is 1:2. Weigh the ingredients. Chop the chocolate bar into small pieces. Set aside.
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Heat the cream in a kettle / pan until hot. Add in 1/4 teaspoon of instant coffee powder. Whisk well.
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Also add in 1/4 teaspoon of salt and remove the cream from heat. Add in the chocolate pieces. The hot cream will melt the chocolate. Do not cook the chocolate on stove at any time as it will burn the chocolate and the flavour will not be very good. Chocolate is very sensitive to heat. After about two minutes of adding the chocolate, whisk well so the chocolate combines with the cream evenly.
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Set aside in a cool place in the kitchen for an hour or two. If in a hurry, cool the ganache in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and proceed with the next step. Do not refrigerate for a longer time as the ganache will become hard and will be difficult to whip. In case the ganache has become hard, thaw for sometime and proceed to the next step.
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Just before frosting the cake, whip the prepared ganache in a stand mixer / hand mixer for a full five minutes. From a dark brown color, the frosting will become a light brown due to the aeration. Set aside.
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Now Lets make the chocolate cake.
Powdering the sugar
Weigh the sugar. We need 400 grams for this recipe. Grind the regular granulated sugar ( the kind of sugar we use in our coffee and everyday cooking )in a mixie to a powder. Set aside
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Sifting the dry ingredients for the chocolate cake.
Lay a newspaper on the kitchen counter top. We will sift the dry ingredients on a news paper. I find this the easiest and a no-mess method to sift dry ingredients. Take a colander / sifter and add in 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda (leveled teaspoon) and 250 grams of maida (all purpose flour).
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Sift well.
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Transfer the sifted ingredients from the newspaper to a big bowl. Always use a big bowl so mixing will be easy and less messy. To the bowl add in the powdered sugar we made and whisk well to combine. Set aside.
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Wet Ingredients
Take a bowl and add in 1/2 cup (150 grams) of plain yogurt / curd. Home made / store bought all works really well in this recipe. Add in two eggs and a teaspoon of good / real vanilla extract. Whisk well to combine.
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Whisk well. There should not be any lumps. Whisk for a good minute so the yogurt combines well with the egg. Set aside.
Note: The colour of this mixture is slightly brown due to the use of pure vanilla extract. If you use artificial vanilla, use less. 1/4 teaspoon will do in case of artificial vanilla essence. But I strongly advise to use pure vanilla as the flavour and aroma of pure vanilla is divine and makes a lot of difference in the end product.
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Take a kettle and add in 200 grams of unsalted butter and 1 cup (240 ml) plain water. Bring to a boil. Let the butter completely melt.
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In the mean time, take a bowl and in 60 grams of cocoa powder. Add in 1/4 teaspoon of instant coffee powder. Coffee accentuates the flavour of chocolate.
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Once the water-butter mixture is boiling, add in the cocoa mixture. Whisk well and let the mixture cook for a minute on a low flame.
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Remove from heat and add it immediately (add the hot liquid) to the dry ingredients kept in the big bowl. Make sure to not waste any butter-cocoa mixture. Use a silicone spatula to get everything in the bowl.
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Gently whisk to combine.
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Add in the whisked curd-egg-vanilla mixture to the bowl. Whisk to combine.
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Prepare two – 9 inch cake pans. Line the pans with parchment paper. Grease the sides of the pan with butter or oil.
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Once the batter is evenly mixed, add it to the prepared cake pans. Divide the batter into two and add it to the pans.
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Place the pans in a preheated oven. The oven needs to be preheated for at-least 15-20 minutes at 180° Celsius / 350° Fahrenheit. Bake the cakes for 20-25 minutes. After 20 minutes, insert a tooth pick, if it comes clean without any wet batter, the cake is ready. If the tooth pick comes wet, bake for a few minutes more. Remove the baked cakes from the oven and allow it to cool completely for an hour.
Note: If your oven is small, bake the cake in batches. while one pan is baking, store the other pan in the refrigerator.
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Run the sides of the cake pan with a kitchen knife and invert the pan to a cake board to release the cake from the pan. Remove the parchment paper.
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Invert the cake again with a cake board on top so the dome / curved side is on top. Cut the top of the cake with a serrated knife so the cake is flat and will be easy to assemble and frost. ( We will be using the cut cake pieces later. Do not throw away.) Repeat the same for the other remaining cake. Set aside.
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Add about 1/3 cup of frosting ( need not be accurate. Just eyeball the frosting) and spread an even layer on the cake.
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Gently invert the other cake on top of this one. Have your palm on the cake to support. The cake is very very soft and delicate. Be gentle or you will break the cake. I make it a point not to keep the cut side on top. The frosting will pick up the crumbs if the cut side is on top. The bottom side of the cake is now top.
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Now, with a help of a spatula, spread the chocolate ganache frosting on the sides and on the top of the cake.
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Once the cake is completely covered, set aside. The remaining ganache can be stored in the refrigerator and used for making hot chocolates etc… The ganache will stay good in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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Place the cake crumbs in a baking sheet and bake for 6-7 minutes at 200° Celsius / 400° Fahrenheit. Let it cool. Once cool, crumble the cake into a powder by gently crushing between the fingers.
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Pick up the cake on one hand and apply the crumbs on the sides of the cake. Have a newspaper below to catch the falling crumbs. Apply generously and gently press in the sides so it adheres to the cake.
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Sprinkle the top of the cake with a slight dusting of cocoa powder. This is optional but gives a nice look to the cake.
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A fantastic home made chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting and dehydrated cake crumble is ready.
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This cake is a stunner and will make any party special. This 9 inch cake weighs roughly about 1300 grams.
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Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Ganache Frosting Recipe

Chocolate cake recipe with chocolate ganache frosting / filling. How to make Homemade Chocolate cake with eggs made in the oven. Recipe with step by step pictures.

  • Total Time: 90m
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale

Dry Ingredients

  • 250 grams maida (all purpose flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 400 grams sugar

Wet Ingredients One

  • 1/2 cup – 150 grams plain yogurt / curd
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Wet Ingredients Two

  • 200 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 cup plain water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Instant coffee powder
  • 60 grams cocoa powder

For the Chocolate Ganache Whipped Frosting

  • 200 grams dairy cream
  • 400 grams dark chocolate
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee powder

Instructions

Here is how to make Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Frosting for the cake
Weigh the cream and the chocolate. Chop the chocolate bar into small pieces. Set aside. Heat the cream in a kettle / pan until hot. Add in 1/4 teaspoon of instant coffee powder. Whisk well. Also add in 1/4 teaspoon of salt and remove the cream from heat. Add in the chocolate pieces. The hot cream will melt the chocolate. After about two minutes of adding the chocolate, whisk well so the chocolate combines with the cream evenly. Set aside in a cool place in the kitchen for an hour or two. Just before frosting the cake, whip the prepared ganache in a stand mixer / hand mixer for a full five minutes. From a dark brown color, the frosting will become a light brown due to the aeration. Set aside.

Powdering the sugar
Weigh the sugar. We need 400 grams for this recipe. Grind the regular granulated sugar in a mixie to a powder. Set aside

Sifting the dry ingredients for the chocolate cake
Take a colander / sifter and add in 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 250 grams of maida (all purpose flour). Sift well. Transfer the sifted ingredients to a big bowl. To the bowl add in the powdered sugar we made and whisk well to combine. Set aside.

Wet Ingredients
Take a bowl and add in 1/2 cup (150 grams) of plain yogurt / curd. Add in two eggs and a teaspoon of good / real vanilla extract. Whisk well to combine. Set aside.

Take a kettle and add in 200 grams of unsalted butter and 1 cup (240 ml) plain water. Bring to a boil. Let the butter completely melt. Once the water-butter mixture is boiling, add in the cocoa powder and coffee. Whisk well and let the mixture cook for a minute on a low flame. Remove from heat and add it immediately (add the hot liquid) to the dry ingredients kept in the big bowl. Gently whisk to combine. Add in the whisked curd-egg-vanilla mixture to the bowl. Whisk to combine.

Baking and Frosting the cake
Prepare two – 9 inch cake pans. Line the pans with parchment paper. Grease the sides of the pan with butter or oil. Once the batter is evenly mixed, add it to the prepared cake pans. Divide the batter into two and add it to the pans. Place the pans in a preheated oven. The oven needs to be preheated for at-least 15-20 minutes at 180° Celsius / 350° Fahrenheit. Bake the cakes for 20-25 minutes. Remove the baked cakes from the oven and allow it to cool completely for an hour. Run the sides of the cake pan with a kitchen knife and invert the pan to a cake board to release the cake from the pan. Remove the parchment paper.

Cut the dome from the cakes. Place the cake crumbs in a baking sheet and bake for 6-7 minutes at 200° Celsius / 400° Fahrenheit. Let it cool. Crumble the cake into a powder by gently crushing between the fingers.

Frost the cake and apply the cake crumble on the cake.

Notes

This recipe is made with weight. Cup measurements are not available. Baking by weighing is more accurate and more dependable.

The recipe can be halved. Use two 6 inch baking pans to bake the cake if you are halving the recipe.

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 60m
  • Cook Time: 30m

Keywords: chocolate cake

29 thoughts on “Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Ganache Frosting Recipe”

  1. Rebecca John Lippert

    how many cupcakes, as you said at the start of the recipe, would the recipe yield & what would be the bake-time ?

    Thanks,
    Rebecca

  2. Vinothini Subramaniam

    Hi Ma’m,

    I love your recipes and planning to try the Chocolate cake recipe with Ganache this weekend. Have a few doubts, can you clarify?
    1. Can the ganache mixturenbe prepared and kept outside overnight before whisking(I stay in Bangalore and this being winter)?
    2. Do we need to wait for the batter to cool before adding the wet ingredient of curd and egg?

    Thanks

    1. Hi,
      1. Yes you can store the mixture at room temperature overnight
      2. No need to wait for the batter to cool. You can add it to the hot batter.
      Thanks

      1. Vinothini Subramaniam

        Thanks for your response. Will let you know how it comes. I am planning to try it for my birthday on Sunday.

          1. Vinothini Subramaniam

            Sorry for responding so late. The cake came out good and everyone liked it. But, I felt I need to improve more. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

  3. Made it for my friend’s birthday. Taste turned out great even though shape was not as refined as yours. Thanks for the great recipe.






  4. Hi akka how are you. Your recipes all super duper. Now only I started to learn baking. The cake recipes was really awesome and decoration ideas was simply superb. I am going to try on our wedding day.






  5. Thank you for the recipe Suguna. I have tried many chocolate cake recipes and they usually ask for espresso powder/black coffee which I skip.When you say instant coffee powder, does it mean we can use Bru/Narasus instant coffee granules?Which brand do you use?

    1. Yasothai Senthilkumar

      I Tried many recipes. But Really this one is , delicious ,fluffy, moist & must try recipe.
      Thanks Kannamma for perfect chocolate cake

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