A moist double layer chocolate cake is one of the most requested recipes from my channel. Although this recipe is long overdue, I was waiting for the right time to make this recipe because I wanted to shoot it in detail and also a few preparation steps that are needed to make this or any cake successful. Today, we will finally talk about how to make a moist chocolate layer cake covered in a simple yet delicious frosting and ganache.
What is a moist chocolate layer cake?
Basically, a moist chocolate cake is like eating a bar of soft chocolate in the form of a cake. This type of cake is a classic favorite because not only it is very moist, but it also gives an intense flavor of chocolate that everybody loves.
Most importantly, this classic favorite also has a balance of sweetness and chocolatey flavor that makes it unique among the other cake recipes.
How do you make the frosting for a moist chocolate cake?
There are many different types of frosting to choose from when making a moist chocolate cake. For this recipe, I will teach you how to make chocolate buttercream. In addition, we will also create a super delicious and simple chocolate ganache to create a dripping effect for our cake. Lastly, we will top it off with a rosette piping finished with candy sprinkles as our cake decoration.
- 1/2 cup of butter (room temperature)
- 1/4 cup of oil
- 1 cup plus 1 table spoon of sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon hot water
- 1 cup of soft butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- Pinch of salt
- 3 cups of icing sugar
- 3/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 4-6 tablespoons of cream
- 4 ounces chocolate
- 3 ounces of cream
- Grease the 7-inch cake pans
- In a clean mixing bowl, put the sifted flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Put the cocoa powder in a separate bowl and dilute it with boiling water.
- Mix the cocoa mixture until it is well blended.
- In a separate bowl, put the softened/room temperature butter.
- Pour in the oil.
- Add the sugar.
- Beat butter and sugar until it is light and creamy.
- While beating, add the eggs one by one.
- Add vanilla essence.
- Add the cocoa mixture.
- Beat again.
- Add the dry ingredients then beat again.
- Add the yogurt into the mixture then beat again.
- Give it a good stir to ensure a creamy and smooth batter.
- Divide the mixture into the 7-inch cake pans.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 325F for 18-20 minutes until the cake leaves the sides of the pans.
- Cool for 5 minutes, then take them out from the pans to let them cool completely.
- Combine butter and vanilla essence in a clean mixing bowl.
- Add salt.
- Beat to cream the butter.
- Put the icing sugar.
- Add the cocoa powder.
- Beat the mixture.
- Add the cream gradually.
- Brush the first layer with coffee syrup.
- Fill in with frosting.
- Place the second layer of cake upside down.
- Brush it with the coffee syrup.
- Fill in the outer sides of the cake with frosting.
- Melt the chocolate bar.
- Add the heated cream.
- Stir well.
- Pour the ganache into a squeeze bottle.
- Pour the drip on the cake.
- Pipe rosettes with the remaining frosting.
- Top off with candy sprinkles.
- Serve and enjoy!
Tips in making moist chocolate cake
- For a more flavorful chocolate taste, dilute the cocoa powder with boiling water. This will easily blend the chocolate flavor into the cake batter.
- To easily remove the cake from the cake pan, brush the bowl with my easy cake release before pouring in the cake batter. Detailed video here
- Do not overbake, I have talked about baking moist cakes every single time here with my three tips.
- In making the chocolate buttercream frosting, it is best to work with softened butter (not melted butter). The butter must be a room temperature to achieve consistency in taste and stability in texture.
What is a two-layered cake called?
When two cakes of same size are sandwiched together using any kind of frosting or filling, it is called a two layered cake, if the cake sponges are three, it will be a three layered cake and so on. This is usually served at some special occasions.
How do you double layer a cake?
Double layer cake is not a double tier cake. The first is explained above, while the second is basically two or more cakes of graduating sizes, placed on top of each other to get that tall multi-tiered cake.
Can you bake cake layers separately?
That is a matter of personal choice, lot of bakers prefer to bake a tall cake and the tort them using a professional tool or other methods.
I personally like to bake separate layers for ease purpose and also because of less work, leveled cake layers and neatness. You can check out more on this in my detailed video here.
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