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Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe

Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!"

amycello User ID: 6253745 185903
Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"Did I enjoy the cake, yes. Was it easy or worth my while, not so much. The cake part was moist and had great flavor, enjoyed the filling and the ganache had something to be desired. No matter what I used, I still had lumpy filling and ganache.

I thought 16 servings wasn't too bad a size. It was me and another I was making it for, and we thought it would be gone by the end of the week - we never even got through half, it was that huge of a cake. If you have guests, this would be a great receipe to have. If you're like me and don't have many people around, you either need to freeze a good portion of it or find something else to make. I'm sorry I am the party pooper in this review."

rvkreu07 User ID: 5418178 127944
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"Made this tonight for my guests. I will definetly be keeping this in my recipe box! It's a little work, but totally worth it! Guests said it tasted like something you'd eat a restaurant! I'm not a huge fan of cake, and I thought it was delicious!!

I didn't use the frosting/filling though. I used the "Glossy chocolate Frosting Recipe" (Taste of Home, Light & Tasty) as the filling and icing instead. It was fabulous on this cake!"

LisaKB User ID: 4722963 170233
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013


JennTats User ID: 7007311 102833
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"I dusted the top with unsweetened cocoa,

it was a nice compliment to the ganache on
this truffle cake."

JennTats User ID: 7007311 170230
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"I made this for my son's birthday & he loved it. It's not to sweet & tastes like chocolate cake should taste like, moist & not to heavy & it cut very well, I was very impressed with that as well! I dusted the top with unsweetened cocoa it added a nice look & enhanced the ganache taste on top of this truffle cake."

JennTats User ID: 7007311 145779
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"I made this for my son's birthday & he loved it. It's not to sweet & tastes like chocolate cake should taste like, moist & not to heavy. I dusted the top with unsweetened cocoa it added a nice look & enhanced the ganache taste on top of this truffle cake."

JennTats User ID: 7007311 127942
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"I made this for my sons 19 birthday & he loved it. It's not to sweet & tastes like chocolate cake should taste like, moist & not to heavy. I dusted the top with unsweetened cocoa it added a nice look & enhanced the ganache taste on top of this truffle cake."

meenu User ID: 7057476 187470
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"yess..for sure...but without eggs."

chocoholic60 User ID: 1156549 145778
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"I have made this several times. I'm not a big cake lover, but this is a delicious cake! Nice and moist too."

o_donna User ID: 3257415 189135
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"This is one cake I WILL be making very soon!

As described by 'whineybrooke', it is everything I look for in a chocolate cake. Thank you for this yummy recipe."

kkutz User ID: 4198388 145777
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"cake is heavy and is very good i made this for mothers's day had no complaints, i will make again!"

whitneybrooke User ID: 6453008 104712
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"I made this recipe for my family on Valentine's Day. It is a very rich chocolate cake, however I didn't find it to be the slightest overpowering. I do not care for dark rich chocolate cakes, but this one was wonderful, not to rich not too dark it was perfection. My family all loved it too! I will be making this again next holiday season!"

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 187467
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"Wow!! What a cake. If you are a chocolate lover this cake is for you. It not only tastes delicious, but it is nice and moist and it turned out so well. This sounds silly, but after cutting into it, it holds nicely and doesn't fall apart. There are a lot of steps to the recipe, but it is worth it."

deanna77 User ID: 5862785 108742
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"Everyone loved it"

Sandra3 User ID: 5144159 117078
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"This is an absolutely wonderful cake. Moist, chocolately and just delicious. Its a nice solid cake - not all fluffy, light and crumbly. Everybody loves it and asks for the recipe. I have made it several times."

soccermom3x User ID: 1033232 185902
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"I made this cake for my daughter's birthday. Usually I have to throw half a cake away as we all eat one piece, then it sits for a week. This cake was gone in 3 days, and my family was looking for more! This is my new favorite cake!"

Paula802 User ID: 1739951 174456
Reviewed May. 12, 2011

"to the person who wrote the cream is not mentioned in the filling, read the recipe again. It says to add the cream as the last ingredient in the filling."

Marilyn Rae User ID: 396498 145775
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"So many compliments. Makes excellent cake balls, too!!! Keeping in my "tried and true" recipe files. Thanks!"

littlelady88207 User ID: 432885 104698
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"A chocolate lovers dream cake! But not for everyone,some think this gake is too rich.For the lady who asked about the directions----I used the cream and put filling in refridge until spreadable."

janelle.r303 User ID: 5774917 102822
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"This cake is SO amazingly good. It is a a little time consuming but the recipe is not hard at all. I added a few strawberries in the middle of layers. I would reccomend making the cakes a day before then when u make the filling and ganache apply right away so it is much easier to spread."

carpetfibers User ID: 3909487 187434
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"I have made this cake numerous times since I first saw it printed. Because of the ganache coating, I've been able to take creative license with how the cake is styled-- I particularly like making smaller cut-outs of the cake and decorate the pieces as faux-chocolate candies. For this past Valentine's Day, I cut out shapes of hearts, squares, and circles, coated the pieces in the ganache, and then further decorated with fondant pieces. After they were arranged in a box, the entire appearance was on of a box of chocolates! Looked great and tasted even better."

miss kris kitchen User ID: 5648335 185901
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"This is an excellent recipe. I baked this cake today, following the recipe closely. It is a wonderful, chocolaty dessert that won us over as our new Valentine's Day favorite chocolate cake It was moist, rich, beautiful...looked like it came from a professional bakery. The taste was superb and the recipe was not difficult or any more time consuming that any other special cake recipe. I will use this one over and over and over...all 10 people eating this cake for dessert at our house tonight LOVED it. I highly recommend this recipe which is a "keeper" ...and I'm a fussy baker."

bikernut User ID: 5193358 185899
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

""for ganache...bring creme just to a boil..""

JoiaLee User ID: 3692137 170203
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"I am confused about the filling. I read all the reviews to see if someone commented on the filling - it says 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream but in the directions, nothing is mentioned about this. Any ideas from those who've made it would be much appreciated - trying to get this done for V-day dessert tonight! TIA"

SouthernPrincess=) User ID: 5815330 187428
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"It is so rich. But yummy!! I made it for the Johnson County youth fair and it won me the cake division. I decorated it with fresh raspberries =)"

alannanc User ID: 4370759 174455
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"This is a labor intensive cake, but the reward is outstanding!!! Very delicious cake, I too, took the idea of decorating it with the strawberries, I think it needed something to cut the chocolate, but I will definatly be making this again, my son has already requested it for his birthday this year!"

sallymischief User ID: 4021225 145774
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"i thought this was good. My cake came out a bit dry and to me it took a long time to prepare... but the ganache pairs well with it. I will be making this again!"

jordie89 User ID: 1323364 117077
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"This cake is all-around amazing! Its moist texture and rich, chocolaty flavor were to die for. I will definitely be making this again!"

maria37 User ID: 4812543 104697
Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"This chocolate cake is out of this world. I would make this again. Thank you for this recipe!!"

echase User ID: 4997210 104686
Reviewed May. 10, 2010

"I made this cake and then snagged the chocolate Celebration cake decorating idea (with the strawberries and chocolate swirls) and it was sensational!! Very yummy and decadent!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 117076
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2010

"I cut the cake recipe by a third since I only have two cake pans, but it was delicious for us chocolate lovers."

kristinscotth User ID: 2609242 145771
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"Considering this cake is not made with cake flour, it was very light, tender, and moist. For me, the cake itself has a less intense chocolate flavor--more mild like a German chocolate... I think. The ganache on the outside pairs well with the cake. I live at high altitudes, so I always have to worry about cakes sinking. I'm very happy and relieved to say this one did not. I thought the outside of the cake looked quite plain, so I melted some white chocolate and drizzled it over the top of the cake, and just by doing that one simple thing, it looked fancier to me. I really like this cake."

jayhawkbabe User ID: 1193352 108738
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"I made this for my hubby's birthday in Jan. and it was an instant hit. Made it for my sister's wedding shower and everyone loved it. My family wants it made at least once a month and it is so much better after it has been in the fridge for a day or two. It is a family favorite in our house now."

hollyce24 User ID: 2447428 189134
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"Rich and moist without being dense. I cut the recipe by a third and made it a double layer cake instead- a little bit goes a long way!"

craybern User ID: 1392024 118896
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"This cake was amazing and easy to make. Definitely would make again!"

hmblunck User ID: 1740482 185863
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2010

"Very rich, moist cake. I only made two layers and cut the amount of filling in half, and it was still delicious."

bullock8 User ID: 2695889 189133
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"I made this cake and it was very good. The only things is I made it the day before and refrigered it like it said to do. The flavor

wasn't as strong so I left it out it's has a
better. I'm not for sure if other one ate
it right after they made it or they ate it after
they refrigerate it. Next I make it I won't be putting it in the fridge."

lbatton User ID: 1558160 188606
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"This cake is a crowd favorite and a chocolate lovers fantasy. Worth the effort."

HeatherHH User ID: 1550099 104685
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"Wonderfully moist cake! To avoid the decorating with half the filling, I just used all the filling between the layers, and it was much better with twice as much filling in between! If made as stated, you really wouldn't be able to taste the filling that well, and I think it's the best part, much better than the ganache. Of course, my husband liked the ganache best. My 8 yo son has already said he wants this cake for his birthday in September."

tsg177 User ID: 1852595 118895
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"My daughter and I made this cake for her Jr. Troop's bake-off and we won 1st place. We will move on to the next level. Everyone said the cake was delicious and moist. If you like chocolate cake this is for you. I would definitely make this again."

cookin2 User ID: 4737444 185862
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"My daughter made this chocolate cake for Christmas. It's undeniably the best chocolate cake ever!"

Joyce Lundeen User ID: 4512215 211357
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"This cake has a nice moist dense texture. It is delicious and very rich. A small piece will definitely do. All three of my layers stuck to the bottom of the pans even though I greased and floured them as directed. When I make it again I will put parchment in the bottom of each pan."

sammj User ID: 4717636 187426
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"This cake was very easy and very rich. Every chocolate lovers dream."

Juliadp User ID: 622462 104662
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

"Wow -- a truly moist cake & the combination of light chocolatey filling & rich ganache icing is wonderful. However -- not for the kids who prefer milk chocolate; my daughter passed on this one - too rich"

espressomom User ID: 1007888 117075
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"This cake has an excellent texture. Went together beautifully and really enjoyed by the family. A definite keeper!"

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