The Best Chocolate Ganache Cake Recipe

Chocolate cake from scratch.

Who doesn’t love a delicious, homemade cake? This chocolate cake is the most moist, chocolate heaven  you’ll ever put in your mouth!

I usually opt for vanilla when it comes to cake. Chocolate cakes tend to be on the dry side, in my experience.

But not this recipe. It keeps well for several days and is just as moist and delicious on day three as on day one!

A vintage recipe.

When I was growing up, my mom always made this chocolate cake on special occasions. I’m sure she had been serving it up since the 1950s!

She called it Brownie cake. But don’t think it’s chewy like a brownie. It’s so tender that it melts in your mouth.

Years ago, after much pleading, she hastily wrote it down for me.

Every time I make it, I think of all of the love, and effort she put into cooking daily for our family.

The recipe makes a large  9×13 cake. This is farmhouse food at it’s finest.  Unpretentious, and ridiculously delicious!

The addition of a small amount of cinnamon in the batter and coffee in the ganache icing add an amazing depth of flavor.

During holidays, there is always a Chocolate Ganache Cake on the dessert table.

However, no one seems to get tired of it.

Putting it all together.

Admittedly, this is probably a different kind of recipe than you’re used to. If you’ve baked a cake from scratch before, you usually just add wet ingredients into the dry and go from there.

With this one, you have to use a pot on your stovetop to melt some butter in with other ingredients.

But don’t let it scare you off. It’s very simple and so worth it.

I promise.

Ganache icing.

What else do I need to say? I could just eat this with a spoon. It’s rich and fudgey and really easy to make.

I just use the same pot that I used for the cake. No need to wash it out.

Don’t worry. It will make sense when we get to that part!

Chocolate Cupcakes too.

I’ve also made this batter into cupcakes. I used jumbo muffin tins. Only fill it two thirds full and spoon your ganache icing onto each cupcake while they’re still hot.



Bottom line.

If chocolate desserts are your thing, try this one out.

I think it will end up being a favorite.

If you want to treat someone and make them feel special, you’ll succeed!

Of course, if Chocolate Mousse/Pudding is more to your taste, check out my simple three ingredient recipe.

It’s so delicious with a dollop of whipped cream.

The Best Chocolate Ganache Cake Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Tanya Pace
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12 large pieces
Moist, and fudgey. This is the best chocolate cake you’ll ever eat!
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Ganache icing:
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans
  1. Mix together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon into a mixing bowl.
  2. In a saucepan on medium heat, melt butter with water, and cocoa powder.
  3. In a small bowl, mix eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla.
  4. Add melted mixture, and egg mixture into flour.
  5. Mix to combine. It’s ok if there are some small lumps in the batter.
  6. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. It should slightly be pulling away from the sides.
  8. Icing:
  9. Using the same saucepan as above, melt icing ingredients over medium heat. Pour over cake while it’s still hot. Sprinkle pecans over the top.
Serving size: 12 large pieces

Want to keep baking?

If you want to keep going and try some other chocolate cake recipes, these are some of my favorites!

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever, and it only takes one bowl!

Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake. You can’t go wrong.

The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake Recipe.  I’ll take some amazing chocolate cake any day.

What do you think? Will you bake this cake for someone special (or just for yourself)?

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