This rich layered chocolate cake has a delicious whipped chocolate ganache filling and is frosted with a chocolate buttercream. The cake is finished with a drippy chocolate glaze and decorated with chocolate balls and buttercream.
This cake is seriously chocolate, chocolate, chocolate-y! I made this cake for my boyfriend's birthday. His one request for the cake was that it was chocolate, so me being me, I decided to make an over the top chocolate cake. I am so happy with how it turned out! The cake itself is a moist chocolate cake with a medium crumb. The cake is filled with a whipped chocolate ganache and topped with a chocolate buttercream frosting. I love the way drippy cakes look and used a chocolate ganache glaze to create this look. I finished the cake off with some chocolate balls and extra chocolate buttercream.
Making layered cakes can be intimidating. I know I've had my fair share of lop-sided cakes or icing that seems to melt right on the cake - this usually happens when I don't give myself enough time. It is important that your cake cools completely before you assemble it. For this cake - I made the cake and the filling the day before I needed to assemble the cake. Once I fill my cakes and give them a crumb coating I put them in the fridge to allow them to set up. A nice stable cake is a lot easier to decorate! Once I frosted the cake, I knew it needed a little something extra and decided to add a drippy chocolate glaze to finish it off. I love the monochrome look of this cake and that all of the different textures keep it visually interesting.
Yield: Two 8 inch cakes
Time: Prep 20 mins, Bake 36-40 mins
Chocolate Ganache Filling
Yield: Enough for 1 layered cake, or 24 cupcakes
Chocolate Ganache Glaze
See recipe above for chocolate ganache filling and follow up to the third step. Place in a squeeze bottle.