Very chocolaty chocolate cake made from scratch! Perfect for kids' birthday parties and it is good they learn to appreciate the taste of real chocolate and real whipped cream!

Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr
cook:
30 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Cake:
For the Simple Syrup:
Italian Meringue-Chocolate Cream Filling:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan or line it with parchment paper.

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  • Sift the flour and cocoa powder together and set aside. Combine the eggs and 3/4 cup sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until very thick, about three minutes. Use a spatula to carefully fold in the flour mixture. Gently scoop the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top springs back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

  • To make the simple syrup, bring 1/2 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

  • To make the Italian meringue, combine 1/4 cup water with the 7/8 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar (don't stir once the mixture begins to boil). Use a candy thermometer and bring the sugar to the soft ball stage (240 degrees F/115 degrees C). While the sugar is boiling, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until soft peaks form.

  • When the boiling sugar syrup has nearly reached soft ball stage, increase the mixing speed for the egg whites to high. Carefully pour the hot sugar syrup into the egg whites between the beaters and the side of the bowl. Continue beating on high speed until the meringue has cooled to room temperature.

  • Melt the bittersweet chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just-barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, just until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool until the chocolate is room temperature but still fluid.

  • Whip the 1 3/4 cups cream until medium-stiff peaks form.

  • Use a rubber spatula to fold the melted chocolate into the egg white meringue. Add 1/3 cup of room-temperature cream and mix gently until blended. Fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the chocolate meringue mixture to lighten it; then gently fold in the remaining 2/3 of the whipped cream.

  • To assemble the cake, split the sponge cake into two layers. Set one cake layer on a turntable or plate. Brush the cake well with the simple syrup. The cake will literally act as a sponge and absorb the syrup, which will keep it from being dry. Spread 1/3 of the chocolate cream on the cake, and top it with the second cake layer. Repeat with the syrup and the cream. Spread the remaining chocolate cream on the sides of the cake. Refrigerate until serving.

Cook's Notes

For best results, make sure your mixing bowl and beaters are completely clean and free of grease before making the meringue. Separate the eggs into small bowls before combining the egg whites to ensure no traces of yolk get in the whites.

Before you whip the cream, chill the mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer for about ten minutes.

Nutrition Facts

378 calories; protein 6.2g; carbohydrates 59.6g; fat 15g; cholesterol 101.1mg; sodium 185.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2012
I've been having a hard time rating this recipe. The frosting/filling is a definite 5 stars wow! What a lovely chocolate mousse! The sponge cake though that was tough. And I mean that literally. I soaked it with the entire amount of simple syrup but even a day later the cake was very chewy. I think if I tried again I'd split the cake into three layers rather than two; the cake is easy to slice and handles well so it wouldn't be a problem to cut it into thinner layers. However I think I'll probably just use a different sponge cake recipe. I love the frosting part though and will definitely make it again. Oh and it goes without saying (but I'll say it): high-quality ingredients really matter in this cake. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/15/2014
Not stoked on this recipe. I made this recipe into cake pops. While the balls popped out of the iron easy as a dream and LOOKING fabulous they were dry and a bit bitter tasting. I am not a fan of simple syrup glaze so that could be part of my problem. Butter vanilla and a bit more sugar should do the trick to keep this moist and a bit sweeter. I will try again. Read More
(1)
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2012
I've been having a hard time rating this recipe. The frosting/filling is a definite 5 stars wow! What a lovely chocolate mousse! The sponge cake though that was tough. And I mean that literally. I soaked it with the entire amount of simple syrup but even a day later the cake was very chewy. I think if I tried again I'd split the cake into three layers rather than two; the cake is easy to slice and handles well so it wouldn't be a problem to cut it into thinner layers. However I think I'll probably just use a different sponge cake recipe. I love the frosting part though and will definitely make it again. Oh and it goes without saying (but I'll say it): high-quality ingredients really matter in this cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2013
i loved it! Read More
(1)
Rating: 1 stars
04/14/2014
Not stoked on this recipe. I made this recipe into cake pops. While the balls popped out of the iron easy as a dream and LOOKING fabulous they were dry and a bit bitter tasting. I am not a fan of simple syrup glaze so that could be part of my problem. Butter vanilla and a bit more sugar should do the trick to keep this moist and a bit sweeter. I will try again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/26/2013
The cake bakes small and dry adding the simple syrup helps but makes it too sweet. The frosting tastes good but does not set up as firm as the picture leads you to believe. In addition you could find a less labor intensive recipe for a similar frosting. This cake is not worth the effort. By the way 7/8 of a cup is 14 tablespoons. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2016
Yessss havent tried iut yet but looks great Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2016
Love it Read More
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