Project: a chocolate cake

The Recipe
85 gr butter
30 gr cacao powder + 3 tbsp. hot water
1 egg + yolk
135 gr cake flour
½ tsp. salt
⅛ tsp. baking powder
50 dl. milk 
150 gr (brown) sugar

140 gr dark chocolate
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp. honey
125 ml cream + ½ tsp.    instant coffee
85 gr butter (cold)
Pinch of salt


You might have spotted this badboy before at my IG: this rich moist chocolate cake! 
Now, I have said it before but I love chocolate cakes but I'm not a huge fan of chocolate cakes (say whut). I'm just a regular, normal, average fan of chocolate cakes.
I pick fruity cakes over chocolate cakes anytime but once in awhile I do crave for chocolate cakes.

Thus this recipe. 

I've baked this cake for my friend's birthday and I've decided to bake the exact same one for Christmas 2015. Because 1. chocolate cakes make a good holiday cake and 2. everyone loves chocolate. Even an average fan like me.


Waarschijnlijk heb je hem al eerder gespot op mijn IG, deze deugniet: de rijke smeuïge chocolade taart!
Waarschijnlijk heb ik het eerder gezegd want van chocolade taart, daar word ik blij van! Helaas ben ik geen grote fan van chocolade taart (wat zeg je me nou?). Ik ben maar slechts een gewone, normale, gemiddelde fan van chocolade gebak.
Fruit taarten gaan vaker eerder in dan chocolade varianten, maar soms heb ik van die momenten dat ik wél snak naar een stuk chocolade taart. Dus zo doende dit recept.

Ik heb deze taart eerder gemaakt voor mijn vriendin’s verjaardag. Ik heb besloten om het weer exact dezelfde te maken, maar dan voor Kerst 2015. Want 1. chocolade taart is een blije taart, zo feestelijk en 2. iedereen houdt van chocolade. Zelfs een gemiddelde fan als ik.
The process
This frosting is like, ugh, better than Nutella. There I've said it!

How to pipe decorate the sides (piece of cake):

Decorating time


The Steps

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C and line a cake pan (18-20Ø) with baking paper.
  2. Combine cacao powder + hot water to create a smooth mixture and let it cool down. 
  3. In a new bowl: beat butter + sugar till fluffy and add in the egg and the yolk. When everything is combine pour in the cacao mixture.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and lastly the milk. Fold in everything with a spatula. 
  5. Once everything is combined pour in the prepared cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Once it is baked leave cake cool down in cake pan for 15 minutes. Remove pan and baking paper and leave the cake cool down completely!

  6. In a saucepan goes the cream + salt + honey + instant coffee and bring it to simmer on medium heat. 
  7. Add the chocolate and the sugar.
  8. Add the cold butter. 
  9. Use with a spoon to combine everything and set aside to cool down and finally in the fridge. 

    Cake assemble + piping 
  10. Cut the cake horizontally to have 2 slices of cake. This is a tricky part so don't rush it. Just take your time!
  11. Spread on one cake a layer for about 2 tbsp. of chocolate frosting. Place the other cake on top of it. Now you should have the cake base ready! Time to glaze the outside with the chocolate frosting. 
  12. Also 2 tbsp. for the top and a thin layer for the sides. TIP: leave the cake in the fridge to firm up the frosting.
  13. The rest of the frosting goes into the piping bag. See pictures above to create the lovely side piping cream! Real easy!
  14. Finally, garnish your cake with your chocolate, sweets and/or powdered sugar. Enjoy!


  1. YUM YUM YUM!!! Looks so good! Thanks for the recipe!

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  2. Oh my lord this looks and sounds absolutely amazing!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  3. hmm looks so creamy and nice. looks very yummy with a cup of tea/coffee ^^

    A C Y H O Z - blog


  4. looks so yummy!

  5. I am a chocolate lover and this looks soooooooo delicious. OMG. What worst, I am on diet after Christmas so I have to defense myself against all sweets like this..but..probably for birthday, I will bake one!
    Recipe saved =)
    Thanks a lot,
    All the best and joyful in 2016,

  6. Hello from Spain: great recipe. I just discovered your blog and I like the variety of topics that you write aboutfood. Right now I have a blog dedicated to Barbie dolls that I invite you to visit: If you want we keep in touch. I already made me a follower of your blog.

  7. OMG this look so yummy and delish!! Thanks for the recipe.

  8. This looks absolutely divine! My mouth is watering!!

  9. This looks AMAZING!!! Me and my boyfriends are going to try it tomorrow! :) xx

  10. So much chocolate and the cake is pretty too! Great Post.
    Olive Needs Popeye

  11. Oishii~ Look so yummy :9 Aigoo!! Thanks for sharing and your recipes~

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  12. Looks so tasty! I love chocolate. Looooove. Heck I don't think i'd reject having a chocolate cake every day! Thank you for sharing how you did the sides, it's such a pretty effect.

    becky ♡ star violet

  13. YUM! Your decorating skills are impeccable!

  14. This looks so yummy! And you've frosted it so perfectly. I always screw that part up haha!


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