Chocolate Ganache Cake

This moist cake has a deep dark chocolate flavor with an amazing spiced chocolate ganache. You could use the same cake batter to make cupcakes! Top with strawberries or shaved chocolate.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
1 cake


For the Cake:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs

For the Spiced Ganache:

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 8 ounces chopped dark chocolate

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 8-inch cake pans and dust with cocoa powder or spray with baking spray.

  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt for cake together in a bowl.

  3. Dissolve cocoa and brown sugar in the boiling water.

  4. Beat butter and sugar together in a separate bowl until creamy. Add vanilla extract. Add of the flour mixture and mix; add 1 egg and mix. Add remaining flour mixture and combine. Mix in remaining egg. Pour in cocoa mixture gradually and mix well until combined. Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cakes cool completely, about 1 hour.

  6. Meanwhile, bring cream to a boil in a saucepan and add vanilla extract. Place dark chocolate in a bowl and pour hot cream on top. Stir until chocolate is melted and a smooth mixture forms. Add cinnamon, chili powder, and salt; mix. Let chill for 30 minutes.

  7. Spread some ganache on top of the cooled cakes and layer them. Spread remaining ganache over the whole cake and smooth out with a spatula. Chill for 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You could use instant coffee instead of the spices to change the flavor of the ganache.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

471 Calories
28g Fat
55g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 471
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 201mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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