Category Archives: Chocolate Cake


Author: Mary Ellen
Recipe type: Cake, dessert
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Serves: Serves 8 – 10
For the chocolate and peanut butter lovers in your family, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Ooey Gooey Butter Cake if sure to become a family favorite dessert.
  • Cake
  • 1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter – melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2nd Layer
  • 8 Peanut Butter Cups – large one
  • 3 small Butterfinger Candy Bars
  • Cream Cheese Layer
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 cups confectionery sugar
  • Chocolate topping
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, 325 degrees if using a glass pan.
  2. Combine the cake mix, egg and butter together. Beat until it is combined. Spray a 9 x 12 pan with cooking spray and then put the cake mix layer over the bottom. Pat it down.
  3. Cut the large peanut butter cups into 4 pieces. Roughly chop the Butterfingers. Spread evenly over the cake layer.
  4. Combine the cream cheese, vanilla and peanut butter together until combined. Add the eggs one at a time and mix them in. Add the butter. When this is all combined together add the confectionery sugar. Spread evenly over the candy bar layer.
  5. Bake for about 50 minutes. I used a glass pan and it took just over an hour. The mixture will be puffed up in the center when done. It will jiggly just slightly. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. Melt the chocolate for 1 minute in the microwave. Add the oil. Stir until combined. Spread over the top of the cream cheese layer.


EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH RASPBERRIESMakes a 6 inch, 3-layered round cake or an 8 inch single cake

1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup boiling water (125 ml)
125 g unsalted butter, softened
11/4 cup castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease 3, 6 inch baking pans and line the bases with non-stick baking paper.
Mix the cocoa powder and boiling water form a smooth, thick paste. Leave aside.

Use an electric mixer or by hand,beat the butter, sugar and vanilla essence together for 1-2 minutes or until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until combined,

Sift together the flours. Use a large metal spoon to fold the flours into the butter mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture, in 2 batches each, until well combined. Divide the mixture equally between the 3 prepared pans. Smoothen the surface with the back of the spoon.

Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Stand for 3 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

Once cooled completely, frost with chocolate fudge frosting, either by spreading the frosting with a spoon or piping it onto the cake layers. Decorate with fresh raspberries.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

120 gms unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup (150 gms) unsalted butter, room temperature
11/3 cups (160 gms) icing sugar sifted
11/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy(about 1 min). Add the sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy(about 2 min). Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the chocolate and beat on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is smooth and glossy (about 2-3 min).


2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup hot brewed coffee
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 175 degrees Centigrade and grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan. In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Create a well in the centre and add all the rest of the ingredients except coffee. Mix well until combined and then add coffee. Mix once again. Pour into greased pan and bake in the middle rack in the oven for approximately an hour or until a skewer comes out just clean. Cool on a wire rack.



1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the sugar, flour and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir in 3/4 cup of the milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk together the egg and remaining milk, then whisk that mixture into the saucepan. Return to heat and cook just until it starts to boil, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Transfer to a bowl; cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard. Chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (can use semisweet)
1 cup heavy cream

Break up the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan just until it starts to boil. Pour into the chocolate and stir until the chocolate melts and becomes smooth and shiny. Let cool about 30 minutes. Stir through again before frosting the cake.




1/4 cup + 3 tbsp (56g) all purpose flour
1/2 cups (104g) sugar
3 tbsp (21g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup (60ml) milk
2 tbsp (30ml) vegetable oil
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg white
1/4 cup (60ml) hot water


6 egg yolks
12 oz can evaporated milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups (310g) sugar
3/4 cup (168g) butter, cubed
2 2/3 cups (227g) sweetened shredded coconut
1 1/4 cups chopped toasted pecans


1 cup (207g) sugar
10 tbsp (140g) unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3/4 cup (98g) all purpose flour
6 tbsp (43g) natural unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt


16 ounces (452g) cream cheese, room temperature
2/3 cup (138g) sugar
2 tbsp (16g) all purpose flour
2/3 cup (153g) sour cream, room temperature
2 tsp coconut extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup (86g | 3 oz) chocolate chips


3/4 cup (168g) butter
1 cup (169g | 6 oz) semi sweet chocolate chips, melted
3 cups (345g) powdered sugar
4-5 tbsp (60-75ml ) heavy whipping cream
2 cups ( | 12 oz) mini chocolate chips



1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Line a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk until well combined.
3. In another medium sized bowl, combine the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and egg white. Whisk until well combined.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk together until well combined.
5. Add the water and whisk until well combined. Batter will be thin.
6. Pour the batter into the springform pan and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few crumbs.
7. Remove cake from the pan and set aside on a cooling rack to cool.


8. In a large saucepan, combine the egg yolks, milk and vanilla extract and whisk until well combined.
9. Add the sugar and butter and cook on medium heat for 12-15 minutes, or until thickened and almost pudding-like and golden brown, stirring constantly.
10. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and pecans.
11. Set in the fridge to cool completely.


12. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Line a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan (the same pan you used for the chocolate cake) with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
13. In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
14. In another medium sized bowl, combine the butter, sugar and vanilla extract.
15. Add the eggs and mix until well combined.
16. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix until well combined.
17. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
18. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.


19. In a large mixer bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar and flour until well combined (Use low speed to keep less air from getting into the batter, which can cause cracks). Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
20. Add the sour cream and coconut extract, mixing on low speed until well combined.
21. Add the eggs one at a time, beating slowly and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
22. Stir in the chocolate chips.
23. When the brownie is done baking, reduce the oven temperature to 300°F (148°C). Remove the brownie from the oven and top with about 1/3 of the coconut pecan topping, then pour the cheesecake batter evenly over the topping.
24. Wrap the outside of the pan with aluminum foil, then place the springform pan inside another larger pan. Fill the outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.
25. Bake the cheesecake for 45 minutes. The center should be set, but still jiggly.
26. Turn off the oven and leave the door closed for 30 minutes. The cheesecake will continue to cook, but slowly begin to cool as well.
27. Crack the door of the oven for 30 minutes to allow the cheesecake to continue to cool slowly. This process helps prevent cracking.
28. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and water bath wrapping and refrigerate until firm, 5-6 hours or overnight. Once completely cool and firm, remove from the springform pan.


29. Beat the butter until smooth.
30. Add the melted chocolate and mix until smooth and well combined.
31. Slowly add the powdered sugar, mixing until smooth and well combined.
32. Add 4-5 tablespoons of cream, as needed, to get the right consistency frosting.


33. Place the cooled and firm brownie cheesecake onto a serving plate and top with another 1/3 of the coconut pecan filling and spread into an even layer.
34. Add the chocolate cake layer to the top of the cake.
35. Frost the sides of the cake with chocolate frosting, then press mini chocolate chips into the frosting.
36. Pipe swirls of the remaining frosting around the top edge of the cake and add the remaining coconut pecan filling to the top/center of the cake.
37. Refrigerate cake until ready to serve. Cake is best for 4-5 days.

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  • 2 sticks (226g) unsalted butter, slightly softened but cool to the touch and holding it’s shape
  • 7 cups (690-805 grams) powdered sugar (depending on desired consistency. More sugar=more crusting). If you prefer a frosting that crusts less, see our note at the bottom of the recipe.
  • 2 tsp. vanilla (8 grams), use clear imitation vanilla if you like a whiter frosting
  • 1/4 c. (60g) whole milk or more if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (3g) to cut the sweetness (preferably fine grain or popcorn salt). Adjust to taste.
  • Oreos- We used about 10 crushed Oreos for this recipe but use however many you’d like!


  • Cream the (slightly softened) butter until smooth. Blend in the vanilla.
  • Add half of the powdered sugar and most of the milk. Beat at medium speed until the powdered sugar is incorporated.
  • Add remaining powdered sugar and milk and mix at medium speed another 3 to 4 minutes scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. I slow down the mixer to very slow. (#2 on the Kitchenaid) for 1 to 2 minutes. This will help eliminate air pockets in the buttercream. The texture will become very smooth.
  • Crush the Oreos. We used a food processor for a finer crumb so that the frosting would spread more easily. You can also place them in a Ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  • Fold Oreos into your buttercream.
  • This recipe can be doubled or halved.
  • Yields approximately 4 1/2 cups of frosting. Enough to frost a two layer 8 or 9 inch cake.
  • Can be frozen in air tight container for at least three months . Thaw on countertop.
  • If your buttercream is too thin, add more sugar. If the consistency is too thick, add a bit more milk.
  • **For a Softer Buttercream with a much lighter crust, I cut the amount of sugar from 6 cups to 4 cups, and cut the milk from 1/4 cup to 3 tablespoons, and cut the salt to 1/4 teaspoon. This lighter consistency of buttercream works great with cupcakes or cakes that don’t require the Viva method of smoothing.

Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Cake

⅔ cup sweetened condensed milk
3 oz. semisweet baking chocolate squares
3 oz. bittersweet baking chocolate squars
½ cup plus 1 tbsp butter, softened and divided
¾ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1½ cups all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ cup toffee bits
4 to 6 tbsp jarred salted caramel (found with ice cream toppings)
12 dark chocolate truffles, chopped ( I used Lindt)
1.75 qt premium chocolate ice cream, softened
8 oz Cool Whip (or you can make it homemade)
Topping: Chocolate syrup and salted caramel
9 in. springform pan
Preheat oven to 325. Spray springform pan with cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan, add sweetened condensed milk, chopped chocolate, and 1 tbsp of butter. Stir until chocolate is melted and then remove from heat. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter with sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.
In another bowl, mix flour and salt.
Slowly add to sugar mixture beating well. Stir in melted chocolate and toffee bits until well combined.
Pour batter into pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until center is mostly set.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Drizzle salted caramel onto brownie. Top with chopped truffles. When ice cream has softened, spread it over truffles carefully. Top with Cool Whip. Freeze overnight.
Take out when ready to serve and let it sit out for about 10 to 15 minutes for easier slicing.
Release the pan and run a knife along the edge to help release it some more. Remove ring of pan.
Drizzle with salted caramel and chocolate syrup. Slice and serve.
*The brownie layer will be frozen and a little hard to cut through, so allow it time to set out before slicing.