Death by Chocolate Cake Recipe

I made this homemade Death by Chocolate Cake recipe for my mother’s birthday, which happens to be on Halloween. Whenever anyone asks what kind of cake she wants, she quickly blurts out, ‘Chocolate!’ and nothing else. So… here you go, a cake made of chocolate and nothing else. This Death by Chocolate Cake will include two layers of chocolate cake filled with a chocolate whip, topped with chocolate ganache and dark chocolate chips. These are modified from a modification from an original recipe so I have no idea where the originals come from, sorry. (If anyone knows, give me a shout and I’ll give credit where credit is due.)

Death by Chocolate Cake Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup chocolate milk (I used Kansas City local Shatto Chocolate Milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • A bit of raspberry or other liqueur to “baste” the cake with
Death by Chocolate Cake Recipe Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two 9″ round cake pans. I grease and flour and line mine with parchment paper rounds. In your kitchen mixer give a quick whisk to the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then, with the mixer on a low-medium speed add the eggs one at a time, then the milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Beat for a couple of minutes, but don’t overbeat. Slowly stir in the boiling water and get a thin Death by Chocolate cake batter to pour into your pans. Bake about 30 minutes, or until your tester comes out clean. When you pull it out of the oven, let the cake layers cool in the pans for 10 to 15 minutes. Then turn them out of the pans and cool completely at room temperature on wire racks. Before adding the whip and ganache, poke holes in the cake with a toothpick and “baste” the cake with a mixture of 2 teaspoons of the liqueur and 1/4 cup water.
Death by Chocolate Whip Recipe Ingredients
  • 3 ounces Swiss dark or bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Death by Chocolate Whip Recipe Directions
This will be your filling between the cake layers. Chop 3 ounces of bittersweet chocolate. Boil the heavy cream and sugar in a saucepan, then add the chopped chocolate and mix well. Cool at room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours. When you are ready to whip the filling, pull it out of the fridge and lay the bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice water. Beat the cream with a hand mixer until you get stiff peaks, the tell-tale sign of a good whipped cream. I prefer to make this when the cakes are ready for it and use it right away, but you can refrigerate for a while if you’re not quite ready.
Death by Chocolate Ganache Recipe Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Swiss dark or bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Dark chocolate chips for garnish
Death by Chocolate Ganache Recipe Directions
Assembled the Death by Chocolate cake and then prepare your dark chocolate ganache to pour over the entire cake. Chop 8 ounces of dark chocolate. Heat the cream just to a boil, then add the chopped dark chocolate and stir it gently to incorporate. Cool to room temperature, then pour over a completely cooled cake. Top the cake with chocolate curls, or I used dark chocolate chips, or whatever else you want. Refrigerate until ready to eat and serve chilled!

Cake 13: Chocolate Cake, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filling, Chocolate Glaze

I did something I called “PumpkinPalooza” at my house last night. I spent 5 solid hours baking everything I possibly could using pumpkin guts, since I had so much fresh pumpkin puree left from carving pumpkins. And I still didn’t use it all and ended up feeding pumpkin guts to the dogs. I made another pumpkin cream cheese roll, pumpkin guts bread, this chocolate cake with pumpkin cream cheese filling, and I attempted pumpkin fudge but failed miserably at that one (it never set) – all the recipes using pumpkin guts. Baking with pumpkin guts is super easy and I was glad that none of it went to waste! Below is the recipe for the double-layer chocolate cake with pumpkin cream cheese filling and chocolate glaze. Enjoy!

Chocolate Cake Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups  unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 0.75 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup  buttermilk (Don’t have buttermilk on hand? Try this substitute. I used 1 tablespoon white vinegar in 1 cup of milk, set for 5 minutes as a substitute for buttermilk)_
  • 1 cup  warm water
  • 2/3 cup cooking oil
  • 2 cups  sugar
  • 2 eggs

Chocolate Cake Recipe Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease two 8″ square pans, and line the bottoms with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine all the chocolate cake ingredients and beat until smooth. Split the batter between the two prepared pans. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until your toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, and the center bounces back when you gently poke it. Cool in the pans on wire racks for about 15 minutes, then turn out of the pans to cool completely. Use a serrated bread knife or cake leveler to level one of the layers – this will become the bottom layer.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filling Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup  pumpkin puree
  • 0.25 cup  sugar
  • 0.25 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filling Recipe Directions

Beat all the pumpkin cream cheese filling ingredients until you have a smooth, creamy filling. Plop the blob of filling onto the leveled bottom cake layer, and gently spread with a spatula. Top with the second cake layer and smush it down a little.

Chocolate Glaze Recipe Ingredients

  • 0.5 cup heavy  whipping cream
  • 4 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, chopped

Chocolate Glaze Recipe Directions

Chop the semisweet baking chocolate and set aside. Bring the heavy whipping cream to a boil over medium to high heat. Remove from heat, add the chopped baking chocolate, and let it stand for about 5 minutes without stirring. After 5 minutes has passed, go ahead and stir the  mixture together until you have a smooth glaze. Let it sit and cool for about 15 to 20 minutes to thicken up. Pour it over the center of the cake and use your spatula to push it toward the edges and just let it drip over the edges. Yum! To garnish mine, I used a few fresh raspberries I had on hand, a little orange zest, and some of the chocolate shavings from the glaze process. Anything that reminds you of fall would do perfectly, though.

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