Decadent Chocolate Cake With Ganache

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 25 mins

This gorgeous layer cake comes from a Taste of Home magazine. The cake is moist and dense with a rich ganache filling. Enjoy it with alone or with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, combine cocoa and water; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Beat in vanilla.
  5. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture, beating well after each addition.
  6. Pour into three greased and floured 9" round baking pans.
  7. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. For Ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl.
  10. In a small heavy saucepan over low heat, bring cream and sugar to a boil.
  11. Pour over chocolate; whisk gently until smooth.
  12. Refrigerate for 35-45 minutes or until ganache begins to thicken, stirring occasionally.
  13. For frosting, in a large mixing bowl beat butter until fluffy.
  14. Add confectioners sugar, cocoa, milk, and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  15. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1 cup of frosting.
  16. Top with second layer and one cup ganache and sprinkle with 1/2 cup almonds.
  17. Top with third layer, frost top and sides of cake.
  18. Warm ganache until pourable; pour over cake, allowing some to drape down the sides.
  19. Sprinkle with remaining almonds.
  20. Refrigerate until serving.
Most Helpful

I've died and gone to chocolate heaven!!!!! I've been craving something chocolatey for a couple days now and decided to make this recipe. I am so glad I did. One of the best cakes I have ever made and tasted!!!! Thanks for an awesome recipe!!!!

Meggy Boo September 16, 2010

My family loved this cake! but i personally dint want to add nuts...i used lesser sugar for the frosting and the cake....i made a cake for 6 servings....:)

Alrette April 20, 2009