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Ganache-Topped Chocolate Cake

To say this cake is elegant would be an understatement. It’s worthy of special occasions, but so easy to whip together you can enjoy it any day of the week. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Pour boiling water over chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk in sugar, buttermilk, egg and extracts. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; whisk into chocolate mixture just until blended.
  • Transfer to a 9-in. round baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-22 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Place rack on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet.
  • For ganache, bring cream just to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Slowly pour over cake, allowing some ganache to drape over sides.
  • Refrigerate until serving. If desired, sprinkle with raspberries, confectioners' sugar and cocoa. Cut into wedges.
Nutrition 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.
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  • suejjj
    Apr 9, 2020

    Fantastic! Did not have a problem slicing it in small pieces as it is rich enough that you would not want much after a meal. Did not have orange flavoring but thought vanilla was enough. Cake could easily stand on its own without berries as well. Super easy and worthy of company. Thanks for sharing!

  • karen
    Mar 29, 2020

    Any recipe will be diabetic friendly if you cut it into minuscule pieces. Was anyone able to cut a 9 inch cake into 12 pieces? Giving it a one.

  • Kathys Kandles
    Apr 6, 2019

    Made this recipe a few times for barbecue get togethers, pretty easy to make but it definitely doesn't stretch far. If I make it again, it'll be for a party of 4.

  • Jacqueline
    Feb 5, 2019

    This is actually a Sacher Torte. This recipe eliminated the step of melting a cup of apricot jam to brush over the cake before topping with ganache.

  • svognarek
    May 1, 2018

    Too much fat and not a good ratio of percentage Cocoa

  • Suzanne
    Apr 25, 2018

    If I could give this recipe 10 stars, I would. It's terrific. I'm not a very good baker, but this came out just great.So moist and delicious, can't say enough about it. Will make this again and again.

  • KD89
    Mar 25, 2017

    For a diabetic friendly dessert, this certainly is better than most! I have made it several times to accommodate guests with sugar issues and it has always been well liked.

  • c2foster
    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.

  • busynursemom
    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.

  • Cahira
    May 6, 2012

    Delicious! Love the combination of chocolate and orange.