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Ganache-Topped Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ganache-Topped Chocolate Cake Recipe

Although this cake looks very elegant and like something you'd only serve at special occasions, it's really, really easy. As one of our Test Kitchen Professionals put it, “It's the easiest cake you could ever make.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces 53% cacao dark baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • GANACHE:
  • 3 ounces 53% cacao dark baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream

Directions

  • 1. Place chocolate and butter in a large bowl; add boiling water and stir until smooth. Stir in the sugar, buttermilk, egg and extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; beat into chocolate mixture just until blended.
  • 2. Transfer to a 9-in. round baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Place rack on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet.
  • 3. 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 for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • 4. Slowly pour ganache over cake, allowing some ganache to drape over the sides. Refrigerate until serving. Cut into wedges. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 179 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 236mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Ganache-Topped Chocolate Cake

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c2foster
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"One of the easiest and most delicious cakes ever! I made just a few changes by adding orange zest and using 60 % coco for the ganache so there is a contrasting sweetness between it and the cake. This is truly an exceptional dessert recipe.

P.S. runny ganache means too much cream."

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busynursemom
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"It is so quick and easy to make. I can whip it up last minute. The ganache didn't turn out the first time but tried it again and had it turn out. My family likes it."

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Cahira
Reviewed May. 6, 2012

"Delicious! Love the combination of chocolate and orange."

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busynursemom
Reviewed May. 2, 2012

"The cake tasted excellent. Unfortunately the gnache did not turn out well for me, it was more runny and did not firm up. My kids loved it and it was easy to make."

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nellbell21us
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"I've made this a few times and it comes out great each time. Its a gorgeous dessert whose flavor doesn't disappoint! Only suggestion, line bottom of pan with parchment paper."

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Mags500
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"My husband devoured the cake. Made a few mistakes and conscious alterations....added 3 oz chocolate, coffee instead of hot water, kaluha instead of orange extract and regular milk instead of butter milk. Delicious. Making it again for New Years party!"

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jshearer
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"This is an excellent light chocolate cake! I used 60% cacao dark chocolate chips, and I used fat free half-and-half for the ganache (which still worked and tasted great). The amount of ganache was perfect, and it is not difficult to cut a 9in cake into 12 pieces. If you want larger pieces (though not necessary for me, it is pretty rich and chocolate-ty), you can cut it into 8 slices and it is still relatively light for cake. I made the cake the night before and the ganache the next day, for convenience, and it was easy and excellent. I might try different extracts in the future, like almond instead of orange, just for something different."

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pvnm
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"I used dark chocolate chocolate chips as I din't have the dark chocolate to grate. They worked fine. This was one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever eaten, my company just raved over it for the past three days. The cake and ganache are easy to make also"

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Theresasyrs
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"My fiance and I made this cake to take over to his parents house for a game night, and i instantly fell in love with this cake. It is easy to make and satisfies your chocolate craving. It was very rich and moist:-) I would definitely

make this again for any occasion. we stewed and pureed some strawberries and mixed it with a little lemon juice along with some sugar. then we strained all the seeds and used it as a drizzle over the cake that complimented the chocolate well."

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matteliz@swbell.net
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"Super-easy, light and tender. The ganache icing couldn't be easier, and it's rich and chocolate-y. This is a hit with my church small group."

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Lornabentley
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"Excellent-made it for our New Year dinnner, delightful with ice cream"

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missb1108
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"Oh my gosh!!! This is so delicious that I could have ate the whole thing but I had to share. Not only was it wonderful to taste but easy to make. I will definitely make it again. I melted a little white chocolate to drizzle on the top to make it pretty. Next time, I plan to add a dollop of whip-cream and drizzle of raspberry sauce either on top or just on the plate. Thanks for the recipe."

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Defiance
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"I just finished making this for the 2nd time in a week for holiday partys. It is easy and is excellent for chocoholics like me."

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paulaf
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"Very decadent !"

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retire04
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"forgot to give it 5 stars."

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retire04
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"The cake is much better if made a day ahead. By the second day it was very moist and very good. We served it with whipped cream. Being lower in carbs and calories then most cake was the reason we tried this cake. Glad we did. Everyone loved it."

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seestor1
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"I tried twice to bake this and get it out of the pan. Both times it stuck and fell apart. I'm glad I tried making it ahead of time, before I served it to my guests for Christmas. This was a nothing special recipe that I won't make again."

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agronomy1
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"Just to let you know, the 53% cacao is very easy to find.  Most of the bars in the store (I went to my coop) were 62% up to 100% cacao.  Just didn't want people to think this was a difficult product to find - it was harder to find anything that was less than 60%, but I didn't worry about that.  I used the higher percent chocolate bar, and the cake came out fine."

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jswat5
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"This is okay, but it's pretty hard to get 12 slices of cake from one 9 inch cake pan. The serving size is the only thing that makes this "light"."

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agronomy1
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Just to let others know, the 53% cacao is very easy to find. All of the baking cacao at my local coop was between 62% and 100% pure (and very good!) So was the cake."

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clown19
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"I made it for my church's potluck, and it tasted awesome. It is a very easy recipe to do."

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matteliz@swbell.net
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"I didn't realize this was "healthy" until later. It sure was good! The frosting is simple and chocolatey enough to satisfy even chocolate-loving pregnant me."

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ronaldwessinger
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"Excellent presentation. I sprinkled chopped almonds over the top also. One can not tell it is a healthy recipe."

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mikelssword@msn.com
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"This is a wonderful dark, rich cake. I melted milk chocolate and white chocolate and drizzled both on the top of the cake and added fresh raspberries. It was a very impressive dessert."

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nellbell21us
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

"I tried this last week as a "trial run" before a dinner party Satuday. It was AMAZING. I did use parchment paper the second time around just to ensure a pretty cake. For the ganache, I used 4 oz of chocolate, 1 Tbsp butter, and 1/3 C of cream, so not so low fat in the end. I sliced a strawberry to put in the center and it looked as good at it tasted! Definitely a keeper recipe.

Bonnie"

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nellbell21us
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

"I tried this last week as a "trial run" before a dinner party Satuday. It was AMAZING. I did use parchment paper the second time around just to ensure a pretty cake. For the ganache, I used 4 oz of chocolate, 1 Tbsp butter, and 1/3 C of cream, so not so low fat in the end. I sliced a strawberry to put in the center and it looked as good at it tasted! Definitely a keeper recipe."

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Aquarelle
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2009

"First of all, the 53% cacao dark baking chocolate is not easily found. I did not have time to hunt for it all over town so I substituted Hershey's Special Dark baking chocolate, which is only 45% cacao. Therefore, my finished product was a bit lighter and sweeter. I probably should have used one ounce of the Special Dark and one ounce of unsweetened chocolate.

Secondly, there wasn't enough ganache to satisfactorily cover the cake. I ended up making a second batch.
That said, everyone who ate the cake, which I made for a gathering to celebrate my 50th birthday and a good friend's 49th, really enjoyed it. We garnished it with whipped cream and sliced strawberries."

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msblueribbon
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2008

"This is Chocolate Ganache Cake I made last Valentines.. The decorations are all piped melted chocolate..

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