Indulge your senses and satisfy your sweet tooth with the heavenly delight of a chocolate fudge cake. Imagine sinking your fork into six layers of decadent chocolaty goodness.
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It happened this week that craving for something chocolaty. Have you had it too? These cravings won't go away until you do something about it. Then the chocolate craving morphed into a chocolate cake craving; it was all I could think about. The only thing to do was bake a cake, but I didn't want a huge layered cake sitting on my kitchen counter. If I had that much cake, I would eat a piece for breakfast, maybe some for lunch and probably another piece for a snack.
There is a solution to all this chocolate cake drama. Bake a single-layer cake and stack it to make a three-layer chocolate cake full of rich chocolate cake and a creamy, sweet, over-the-top delicious chocolate frosting.
Are you counting how many times I've said chocolate?
I personally love the thin layers of cake, and the presentation with the stacked layers adds a bit of indulgence.
Why you will love this cake
It's chocolate; what's not to love?
- This cake uses simple ingredients - no fancy anything.
- You don't need a mixer; a big bowl and a whisk work great for this cake.
- Bake the cake in one pan.
- It's a smaller-size cake - perfect for six servings.
Cake and Frosting Ingredients
Use basic pantry ingredients.
- Flour - All-purpose flour
- Brown sugar - I prefer dark brown sugar
- Butter - Unsalted or salted butter works
- Eggs -Large eggs
- Cocoa powder - use an unsweetened cocoa powder
- Chocolate - use good-quality chocolate
- Vanilla - use real vanilla extract for the best flavor
- Powdered sugar - also known as confectioner's sugar
How To Make A Layered Chocolate Cake: Step By Step
This cake is a dream to make since you don't need all kinds of equipment. Two bowls and a sturdy whisk will do it.
Step 1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2. Mix melted butter, eggs, and vanilla, then whisk into the dry ingredients.
Step 3. Whisk hot water into the batter and stir to incorporate.
Step 4. Pour the batter into the prepared 13" x 9" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes.
When the cake has cooled, please remove it from the pan and get creative. Two simple cuts, and voila, you now have three tiny cakes to stack.
How To Make The Chocolate Frosting
So let's talk frosting; better yet, let's talk chocolate frosting. This is a super easy frosting recipe and turns out to be very soft and creamy with deep chocolate flavor.
Step 5. Melt chopped chocolate in a large bowl over a pot of simmering hot water.
Step 6. With an electric mixer, beat the softened butter, then mix in the powdered sugar and milk until the icing is smooth and thick.
Cutting and icing the cake
Step 7. Remove the cooled cake from the pan and cut into three even pieces. Set one of the layers on your cake try.
Step 8. Start with the bottom layer, frost the top of the cake, then start stacking. Finish the cake by frosting the sides, and if you like, grate some chocolate on top.
Underneath all the creamy frosting is three layers of moist, rich, chocolate cake.
Don't forget to Pin to your Pinterest boards when you want a simple and delicious cake.
More Cakes To Bake
Try another sheet cake recipe, but for this Pumpkin Sheet Cake, you don't have to depan it. Just bake, frost and serve in one pan.
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You can be guaranteed that this Callebaut Chocolate will add that perfect chocolate flavor to all your baked goods. I love this heavy aluminum 13" x 9" cake pan with straight sides and frosting cakes with a 9 inch icing spatula. Don't forget a pretty rectangle platter for your cake.
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So, did you ever notice that there are no recipes for leftover chocolate.....I wonder why!!!
Chocolate Torte Cake
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Chocolate Cake Ingredients
Making the cake
- Preheat your oven to 350℉, and prepare a 13 x 9 x 2-inch sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl add the flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, whisk together.
- In a small bowl add the melted butter, eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine, then pour into the large bowl of dry ingredients. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients, then scrape down the sides.
- Add the hot water and mix into the batter with a whisk. Scrape the bowl and stir until the batter is smooth and combined. Use hot water from the tap.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan and spread the batter to make a thin layer.
- Bake for 14 to 16 minutes.
- Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto a rack. Peel the parchment paper of the cake.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- Melt the chocolate in a large bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring constantly. The smaller the pieces of chocolate the easier it is to melt.
- Remove the chocolate from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
- With an electric mixer, beat the softened butter into the melted chocolate until fluffy.
- Add the 3 cups of powdered sugar and the milk, and continue beating until all ingredients are incorporated, and the mixture is smooth and fluffy. To avoid the powdered sugar from flying out of the bowl, add in one cup at a time.
- You may have to adjust the frosting consistency with more milk if it is too thick or more powdered sugar if the mixture is too thin.
Frosting the Cake
- Cut the cake into three equal pieces and lay one layer on a cake plate.
- Spread frosting on the first cake layer, just on top, then top with the second cake layer and spread with frosting again.
- Add the third layer of cake and spread the frosting on the top and sides of the cake.
- Garnish with grated some chocolate over the top.
- Place any leftover cake in an airtight container for up to three days.
First published: July 5, 2015. Last updated: May 21, 2023, for better readability.
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