Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 40 mins

(Mean Chef adoptee) I have tried many versions of the famous New York blackout cake. After many trials I have settled on this one by Wayne Harley Brachman - Retro Desserts. It is awsome. Source: "Retro Desserts". Use Dark Chocolate Ganache for icing. Adopted 9/06

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the Pudding: Melt chocolate and butter in bowl over simmering water.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk cornstarch, cocoa, and 1/4 cup of the sugar into 1/2 cup of the milk.
  3. Then whisk in eggs and yolks.
  4. In saucepan bring 2 cups of milk and 1/4 cup of sugar just to a simmer.
  5. Temper with egg mixture, return all to pan and whisk constantly until bubbles boil up for 3 seconds.
  6. Remove from heat and strain.
  7. Thoroughly mix in melted chocolate.
  8. Cover surface with plastic.
  9. Cool for 1 hour then refrigerate.
  10. For the Cake: Preheat oven to 350.
  11. Spray and line with parchment 1 8-inch cake pan.
  12. Tripple sift together: flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  13. Cream butter and sugar.
  14. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated.
  15. Beat until light and fluffy- 6 minutes Mix liquid ingredients together.
  16. Alternately beat in wet and dry ingredients.
  17. Pour into cake pan.
  18. Bake until tests done.
  19. About 30-40 minutes.
  20. Cool.
  21. Make ganache.
  22. Let sit until spreadable.
  23. Turn cake out of pan.
  24. Trim top to flatten (save scraps) and slice into 3 layers.
  25. Toast scraps on sheetpan for 5 minutes, cool and process coarsley in food processor.
  26. Spread pudding between layers, frost with ganache and coat sides with crumbs.
Most Helpful

5 5

I've made this and it's fantastic. For anyone still dreaming of Ebinger's famous blackout cake, this is it.

3 5

Considering the name, I was hoping for more chocolatier cake than this was. It was a nice cake overall, but not chocolatey enough for my family and me, sorry.

5 5

I have never had a Blackout cake before as Ebinger's not in India - but this cake I made for my b'day and many more birthdays since is a real Chocolate knockout cake. I stuck to the recipe as closely as I could and it was so well described. I did not have buttermilk in hand so I curdled 1/2 a cup of milk with a tsp of vinegar. The batter was thinner than I am normally used to and took 10 mins more to cook to perfection. I made the ganache (Mean Chef's recipe) too and the whole effect was perfect. I used r/toasted walnuts and chocolate slabs at the side to decorate. It looked so good (I've posted a pic!) and everyone said sinful after the first bite but then sin catches on fast as they came back for more. ;) Fay