Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe

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Love chocolate? Then this tender, luxurious layer cake is for you. With a ganache glaze and a fabulous bittersweet filling, the indulgence is so worth it. —JoAnn Koerkenmeier, Damiansville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 676 calories, 38g fat (22g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 299mg sodium, 84g carbohydrate (63g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the milk, butter and chocolate over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat; let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, beat eggs and vanilla; stir in chocolate mixture until smooth. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture and mix well (batter will be thin).
  3. Transfer to three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For filling, in a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate. Stir in confectioners' sugar and cream until smooth.
  5. For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool, stirring occasionally, until ganache reaches a spreading consistency.
  6. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of the filling. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread ganache over top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Truffle Cake in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p45

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Laurelsinthekitchen User ID: 8250122 245069
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"Made this for my son's birthday; the family loved it. Loved the dense moist texture of the cake but prefer a stronger chocolate flavor; this was more of a cocoa flavor. The filling and ganache were wonderful. Would definitely make again, maybe experimenting by adding more chocolate or cocoa to the batter. By the way, allow the filling as well as the ganache to cool and thicken to spreading consistency as indicated in the recipe."

omamakhan User ID: 8258975 231104
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015


vizagcake User ID: 8203716 217254
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"I'll give it 4 stars for taste amazing, It was my first time at making a cake.. and I end up being a proud cake making girl.. yaaaayyy.. thanks.. and yes, I am here to share the applauds I got from my family.. :)"

Nettra User ID: 8183567 215972
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"Simple for even 1 st timers.!"

kalarotti User ID: 8087095 118897
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"This cake took me a few hours to make. I'll give it 4 stars for taste, but it was a disaster when trying to layer it. Second layer kept sliding off and once I put the third layer on, the whole cake tumbled and the top layer broke into 3 pieces. chocolate was everywhere. Presentation was not good. I think I needed to trim the layers before layering it. First time making a 3 layered cake. I have a challenge now because the flavor received rave reviews by those who ate it. My Sis's fianc?, who is a huge dessert guy, said it tasted better than anything he'd had in a restaurant."

kcrihfield89 User ID: 5121811 174457
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"I made this for my family and it was a huge hit! The cake was extremely moist and just the perfect amount of chocolate and sweet. The ganache smoothed out and made the cake look gorgeous too."

ammut User ID: 7652920 185978
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"I found this cake little hard.. Its not very soft.. Any idea what went wrong? I used this recipe exactly as mentioned"

Lavenderworld User ID: 7444381 189142
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"Amazing cake - It was my first time at making a cake.. and I end up being a proud cake making girl.. yaaaayyy.. thanks.. and yes, I am here to share the applauds I got from my family.. :)

Great Recipe!!!
Thanks a ton!!!"

loola User ID: 7418613 185977
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"I have tried this cake yesterdays. It looked just like in the picture above. My husband was impresses. Although it took me 2h to make it. I have a really small oven and had to cook each layer individually. It was worth it. I thought it to be really simple to make, it is tasty and not so sweet. I will make it again for my son's 1year birthday but this time ... with white chocolate"

JKvigne User ID: 6814027 188662
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"It was absolutely amazing! Everyone loved it... some said it was the best they had ever tasted!"

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