Decadent Chocolate Cake With Ganache

Recipe by NolansMom
READY IN: 1hr 5mins




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