Rich Chocolate Cake

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Yesterday was J’s birthday. What better gift than achocolatecake, covered with chocolate ganacheand decorated with chocolate roses. That is how I set out to make this cake. It came out better than I expected and J sure was elated seeing it. But the irony of the situation was that J was not at home to cut the cake not even to taste it. He had to be satisfied with a virtual birthday cake, while we had the real one.

Even though I have tried out quite a few chocolate cake recipes, the one I am sharing with you today is my favourite. It was taken down few years back from the net and I do not recollect the source. 🙁 I can assure you that this recipe is a keeper. The original recipe calls for boiling water. Adding a teaspoon of coffee powder makes a lot of difference in the flavour. I have always been adding coffee.

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Rich Chocolate Cake
Yesterday was J's birthday. What better gift than achocolatecake, covered with chocolate ganache and decorated with chocolate roses. That is how I set out to make this cake. It came out better than I expected and J sure was elated seeing it. But the irony of the situation was that J was not at home t
  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Powder the sugar finely.
  3. Sieve the dry ingredients together.
  4. In a bowl, beat the eggs till thickened and add the milk, oil and vanilla.
  5. Mix the flour mixture till well incorporated. Add the boiling water (coffee). The batter will be thin.
  6. Pour into baking pan/pans (You may require two 9" pans).
  7. Bake for 35- 40 minutes or till a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Your delicious Rich Chocolate Cake is ready :-).
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  1. anonymous says:

    This is Hersheys dark chocolate cake. I use it all the time.

  2. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Thank you..I had written down from the net and forgotten the source..Thanks for letting me know.. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    how r u???????????? i tried ur rich chocolate cakee…it was yummy….only the decoration part didnt go welll….thanx dear….

  4. Mareena Jerrish says:

    I am good Thank you. Dont be let down if your decoration didnt come out good. You should try give up..Good luck!!! Thank you for trying 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    thanxs for the encouragement…faida Dilshath

  6. ameena says:

    Its a lovely cake… just wanted to know one thing, how did you do the cake decoration… It looks lovely…

  7. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Thank you Ameena.. the cake is covered with white chocolate ganache and the roses , leaves etc are made with moulded chocolate. you can find the recipe in the blog itself..

  8. taslimbanu says:

    Is it one cup of flour only or one and three quarter cup…?Pls verify thanx

  9. anonymous says:

    pls mention about decoration and that icing sugar?

  10. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Its one cup and three quarter 1/4 cup short of 2 cups of flour. Hope you understood

  11. Mareena Jerrish says:


    As mentioned in the write up, the cake is covered with White Chocolate Ganache and Chocolate flowers.

  12. punam says:

    hi mareena how e u??maine ye cake banaya do baar,bahut achcha bana thanku & missing u….

  13. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Thank you Mrs srivastav 🙂 hope u all r doing good there..rgds to all

  14. Pretty says:

    can you please tell me the method to prepare white chocolate ganache?

  15. Mareena Jerrish says:

    The recipe for Chocolate ganache is as follows(Source: Joy of baking)

    Chopped chocolate- 227 gms
    Heavy whipping cream- 3/4 cup
    Unsalted butter- 2 tablespoons
    Brandy or any liqueur- 1 tablespoon


    Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized heatproof bowl. Set aside. Heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. (Can also heat the cream and butter in the microwave.) Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand, without stirring, for a few minutes. Stir gently (as you do not want to incorporate air into the ganache) with a spoon or whisk until smooth. If desired, add the liqueur.

    You can use dark chocolate or white chocolate. Hope you find this helpful..

    Sorry for the delay in replying

  16. Pretty says:

    Thank you so much

  17. Mareena Jerrish says:

    You are welcome 🙂

  18. anonymous says:

    is it possible to make this cake in microwave. pls tel me how.and is maida used here?

  19. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Yes. it is Maida. Any cake can be made in microwave. Though i feel that the texture is better if baked in convection oven

  20. Pretty says:

    I tried this chocolate cake with white chocolate ganache and it came out very well.
    I’ve also tried your simple vanilla cake, cream cake, carrot cake, vanilla cup cakes and vanilla pound cake.
    All are hits, Thank you

  21. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Thank you Pretty 🙂

  22. drsantoshsss says:

    Hi Mareena,
    I made the Rich Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache for my Husband’s Bday and it was the best Chocolate Cake that I have ever made. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  23. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Thats so nice to know.. Belated birthday wishes to your husband 🙂

  24. Himani Vashistha Singh says:

    Hi Mareena, can we use morde compound? Also can u pls share weight of ingrediants as I have scale but not measuring cups

  25. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Yes you could use morde compound. As for the measurements in grams, I don’t have it with me at the moment

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