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The best chocolate cake you will ever make at home! - Recipe & Video

Are you craving a decadent chocolate cake that is super easy to put together? Well look no further, because this chocolate cake is EXACTLY what you need!

I'm a firm believer in chocolate cake actually having chocolate in it, not just cocoa powder. Trust me, this is what sets rich and creamy chocolate cakes apart from your average chocolate cake. The only thing is, dealing with chocolate when baking can add extra steps to the process which can sometimes feel like a little too much extra effort! But not to worry, because with this chocolate cake recipe, I've made it super easy to put everything together and you still end up with the most delicious chocolate cake!

If you'd like to watch just how easy it is to put this cake together, check out my YouTube video below!

YouTube video on how to make this delicious chocolate cake!


Prep time: 10 minutes │Cook time: 1 hour │ Total time: 1hr 10mins

Yield: One 8 inch cake or two 6 inch cake layers


Chocolate cake:

- 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp (100g) butter

- 1/2 cup (125ml) milk

- 1 cup (180g) dark chocolate (50%)

- 1/2 cup (123g) yoghurt

- 1/2 cup (120g) vegetable oil

- 3 eggs

- 1 cup (200g) white sugar

- 1 teaspoon (6g) instant coffee powder

- 1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder (sifted)

- 1 + 1/4 cup (150g) flour (sifted)

- 1/2 teaspoon (3g) baking soda

- 1 tablespoon (14g) baking powder

- Pinch of salt

Chocolate Ganache*:

- 2 cups (400g) dark chocolate (50%)

- 1 and 2/3 cups (400ml) heavy cream

*If you're making an 8 inch 1 layer cake, use 1 cup (180g) dark chocolate (50%) and 3/4 cup (180ml) heavy cream


1) Preheat oven to 150°C and prepare your cake tin/s (grease and flour or line with parchment paper).

1) Combine butter, milk, dark chocolate, sugar and instant coffee powder in a large microwave safe bowl and mix together.

2) Place bowl in the microwave for 20 second bursts, mixing in between each burst until all the ingredients are melted and combined.

3) Mix in the oil and yoghurt until well combined.

4) Add in the eggs and whisk for about 2 minutes.

5) Sift in the remaining dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

6) Transfer cake batter to your cake tin and cook on fan bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Once baked, allow it to cool in the cake tin for 30 minutes, then remove it from the cake pan and leave it to completely cool.

7) While the cake is baking, prepare the chocolate ganache by combining the dark chocolate and heavy cream together, and melt in the microwave for 20 second bursts at a time, mixing in between each burst until fully melted.

8) Allow the chocolate ganache to cool and thicken up for a few hours. You can speed up this process by placing the ganache in the fridge.

9) Once the cake is cooled, pour the chocolate ganache over the top of the cake and enjoy!

If you do try this recipe out or have any questions, then please leave me a comment below! I'd be happy to answer any questions. Also, I'd love to see pictures if you try this recipe out, so don't forget to tag me on Instagram @cakesbymk.nz :)


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