Love the idea of yogurt in the chocolate frosting 🙂. If it's going to be chocolate, it has to taste like chocolate," Garten explained. I just don’t want anyone to have that awful experience of not being able to get a layer out of the pan. I made this cake for my birthday. Just split the already baked ones? I don’t have parchment paper can I just butter the bottom of the pan? Love this recipe! Does the coffee leave the cake with a “coffee taste”? Yes but you will lose some of the richness. Thanks!! I have no idea what went wrong though! Kristine Cannon pmc-editorial-manager. The recipe is easy to follow. Privacy Policy, buttermilk (I used half-and-half, which worked fine, too! The icing is SOFT and DELICIOUS. Should the cocoa powder be unsweetened or sweetened. If so what quantities of water and coffee granules should I use? This is seriously the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had. Or, for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, jazz it up with conversation hearts. I made it for my mother in law 93rd birthday and she wouldn’t let anyone take leftovers home! Fans also love her delicious recipes, which often have secret ingredients. Always use unsweetened cocoa powder in baking. I’ve made this cake many times. I never thought of the oven being the issue. This cake is phenomenal! I found it provides a richness to the cake, similar to what coffee would provide, while also providing that dark coloring of the cake. Do you happen to have a similar recipe for a vanilla cake? thanks Joanne. It also works beautifully using measure for measure gluten free flour and “soured” almond or coconut milk for substitutes. More specifically, the one she calls Beatty’s Chocolate Cake. SHARE. I am a proficient cook if I say so myself and have no clue why this has been such an epic fail…twice! I’m horrible at layer cakes! Since it made 2 9-I ch cakes my daughter chose this frosting (used a half recipe), and for the other cake my son chose a cream cheese buttercream dyed Tonka Truck yellow. Don’t worry if there are crumbs showing. If your occasion calls for a little more frippery, here are some ideas…. https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/mocha-chocolate-icebox-cake I did not want to do Ina’s frosting b/c I am not comfortable with the raw egg yolk. I’m not sure how long it would take, I’d check after 40 minutes. Always a favorite of my family & friends. The frosting I used was 1 Tbs of butter in a sauce pan when melted add a 14 oz can of condensed milk and then a 1/4 of cocoa powder just cook until well incorporated. SO GOOD. Will this work in a 9×13 sheet pan? Once incorporated, add the hot coffee, and mix everything until there are no pockets of dry flour left. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Can you sub applesauce for oil? Haven’t made yet… any suggestions using a 6 inch pan instead of an 8 inch? I am making this cake for a simple wedding this weekend.. Making this cake today for our 27th year wedding anniversary. Thank you. Thanks! Your machine would probably work fine for the frosting, but I haven’t tried that to be sure. You might want to make extra frosting for a 3 layer cake. I also subbed 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips and 1 cup of dark chocolate chips for my icing. This is very moist in a very good way and the taste is AMAZING. Correction, make an Ina Garten dessert. You mentioned using a paddle attachment to soften the butter for the frosting. different cookies. One example is using coffee as either an additional ingredient or a substitute in a chocolate baking recipe. Taste of Home recommends switching brewed coffee for the water in a boxed cake mix. I used some leftover cream cheese icing I had leftover and it was great. I do love the tips though. I’m glad to hear this worked so well in a bundt, thanks Grace 🙂. Thank you for sharing. There is no egg yolk in the frosting. More from SheKnows. Made it for my anniversary and it was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted, however my cake sank in the middle any reason why? The cake would be amazing with a vanilla frosting, a peanut butter frosting, a blackberry buttercream, whatever you like! I used 1 rounded teaspoon of expresso powder in one cup of hot water instead of coffee. I’m a avid baker and this is my go to recipe! I made this today and used the half and half as you suggested. Can you be specific on the measures? It’s always nice when your results match the inspiration photo! It’s called Hershey’s black magic cake. Hershey calls it “an especially dark cake.” It has been around for decades. This is nothing but the recipe from the back of Hershey’s dark cocoa. Boy did I choose a great recipe. I’m trying to decide between coffee and hot water. It still tasted good. I’m not a coffee drinker; therefore no coffee in the house. Mix in the eggs one at a time, followed by the chocolate syrup and vanilla extract.  They both bake up perfectly with a nice deep rich color and fabulous chocolate flavor. I am going to make it as a Black Forest Cake for my husband’s birthday in a few weeks. How to Make Ina’s Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes You’ll begin by creaming the butter and sugar together until fluffy. In a challenging time, why would you be so negative. Can I use cuisinart food processor with the plastic blade to make both the cake batter and the frosting? I chuckled at the thought of a chocolate cake around here that would last long enough for the frosting to get crusty. As seen in her recipe, per the Food Network, Garten's chocolate cake uses both hot brewed coffee in the cake batter and instant coffee grounds in the chocolate icing. You would want to make it into hot espresso before adding. Beat the room temperature butter in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment for a couple minutes until smooth and noticeably paler in color. I’ve made like 3 homemade cakes my entire life. Ina Garten was interviewed by Katie Couric on Instagram live and shared that this Swiss brand makes her favorite baking chocolate. Does the coffee bring a mocha flavor or just a more rich flavor? Is that OK in the refrigerator until I’m ready to use it? Tastes great just didn’t stay in pieces. It hangs on one of the racks and you can see if, when you set it to 350F is actually gets to that temp. It’s a pretty tall cake as is, so my advice would be to divide the batter into thirds and bake in the 8 inch pans. The cake is sturdy, so that should be fine Alex. I loved the tang from the sour cream with the richness of the cake. I worry they will be dry versus a cake. This cake will work fine as cupcakes, just don’t cook them very long, cupcakes generally take 15-20 minutes. Can I use 3 6 inch pans? The chocolate cake itself is similar to my Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream, but even a little bit simpler to put together as it calls for oil and cocoa powder rather than melted butter and chocolate. This was the best chocolate cake recipe i’ve ever tried. Fabulous with a whip cream frosting. I am from South Africa. This recipe is amazing and so deliciously moist! Can I use more of baking soda if I don’t have baking powder? Ina Garten's Signature Birthday Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting Only Takes 45 Minutes to Make Southern Living - Perri Ormont Blumberg. Do you think you can add sour cream to the cake mix as well to make it moister? Thanks for your feedback, your frosting sounds interesting! I find that in some recipes the correct method matters. The cake is delicious and moist. We’re all a little cranky these days because it’s winter, it gets dark early, and we’ve been dealing with the virus for… Cooking. You could use 6-inch pans if they have at least 2 inch sides. Amazing! It looks absolutely delicious! what can I do to replace it ? Love the simplicity of this recipe. Do you taste the coffee a lot, or can you just add plain water? I have been making this cake for over 30 years. I’m making this recipe for Mother’s Day tomorrow, but I’m attempting cupcakes instead of 8” cake pans. By combining coffee with the chocolate, the flavors complement each other. Amazon Associates is designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. I’d check them around 25 minutes. I’m so sorry Julie, I don’t want you to miss out on this epic cake. I am going to be making this at a high altitude location. Thank you.. You’d be surprised…I don’t think I’ve ever had an oven that cooked at an accurate temperature, I’ve always relied on my thermometers. Usually that would be a sign it didn’t bake long enough Dee, possibly your oven is running a little low? The cake is nice and moist, so not sure you need it , Suzanne, but you could probably substitute some of the buttermilk with sour cream. Everybody loved it and went for seconds. Thanks Peg ~ what flour do you use for the gf version? Coffee can be bitter, which brings out the bittersweet flavors in chocolate. This cake is decadent! I decided on this cake for my first made from scratch cake and frosting…. This is a great recipe! I’ve been making it long before ina published this recipe. Hershey should be given credit for this cake! Thank you! Can I use 2 9 inch pans instead of 8 inch? This recipe is absolutely incredible! It was THE BEST ever! It's a classic flavor combo and one that Ina Garten knows very well. Any tips for those of us who don’t have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, for the butter? That’s it. My husband loved it and this cake will definitely be used for many occasions. The double coffee boost, further accentuates the chocolate flavor. I received compliments ranging from this being the best chocolate cake they had ever had and another who thought this was the most delicious frosting ever. I’m glad someone else commented on it. It sounds like it isn’t cooking long enough, so I suggest checking your oven temperature with an oven thermometer. I’ve made the cakes and am freezing them to take on a trip in 3 days. Thanks for sharing this is definitely my go to recipe from now on for chocolate cake! Any idea of what might have happened? can i bake this and make it an ice cream cake ? I don’t like coffee :p. You don’t taste the coffee, it just serves to enhance the chocolate flavor, promise! Do you think this would transfer well into a four-layer cake? Butter two 8-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper discs. When you made more batter did you half the recipe or just make the full recipe and only use half? I would make it again. You could also use 9 inch cake pans, but the cooking time would be a little shorter. What size pans does this recipe require? If i want to increase the amount of cocoa powder to 1 cup in this recipe, should I reduce the amount of flour by 1/4th cup or just let it be as it is? The right amount of sweetness with the strong delicious taste of chocolate. My picky husband couldn’t even tell the difference! I had a little trouble with the middle not getting as high as the rest of this delicious cake. You can make it in a 9×13, the temp will be the same, and the cooking time should be very similar. Love many scratch cake recipes I have found using buttermilk, but this tops it with the added coffee. Thank you so much ! Hi! I have a hand mixer! I love your recipes. Just wondering if I should store leftovers in the refrigerator due to the sour cream in the frosting. Thank you. Epic fail for me. Carla is joined by the ultimate contessa Ina Garten to make chocolate-pecan scones. I used a Bundt pan with this recipe and left it in oven about 8 minutes longer. Thanks for this recipe. Everything seems perfect until I open the oven door and then the cake starts sinking in the center. and 9×3 round pan…at what temp and for how long? I am thinking about making this recipe into cupcakes also. Everyone absolutely loved it It came out absolutely perfect and I will be making this again Thanks Ina! Saving this to favorites for the next birthday! made this cake yesterday, best cake ever, used homemade vogurt in the chocolate icing delicious. Ina Garten’s Chocolate Cake recipe ~ it’s a classic! I LOVE YOUR RECIPES <3, You can always make buttermilk using milk and lemon juice, using the ratio of 1 cup of milk to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Instead, the flavors in the coffee bring out the richness, depth and even bitterness of the chocolate.Â. I think if your pans were smaller this might have been the issue. The Kitchn has sung the praises of this recipe, and revealed that the secret to this chocolate cake relies on one ingredient: coffee. This cake recipe is top notch. Baking is always a science experiment here. Do you think this cake is too soft to make a 3 Tier cake out of? Made with common kitchen staples like sugar, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking soda, semisweet chocolate chips, butter, and more, Garten recommends topping this cake off with chocolate candies like M&M's, but we think extra chocolate chips or sprinkles on top would be excellent pinch hitters. Hi, is it possible to substitute the cocoa powder for Dutch Process ? Can I use espresso powder instead of hot coffee? Could this be made into cupcakes? If your chocolate is dry you can microwave it for a few seconds to soften it so that you can get it to curl beautifully. I can’t wait to make this for Mother’s Day! Barb Cattie. Can I substitute cake flour for AP? Next time when you are thinking about making a chocolate cake, consider adding some coffee into the mixing bowl, not just serving a cup of joe with that slice of cake. My dad even liked it and he is not a chocolate person at all! Would you decrease baking temperature and increase time? To get you fired up about good food! The batter will be very thin. Hi! One of my favorite ways to decorate any chocolate surface is with chocolate shavings: just take a bar of chocolate and a vegetable peeler and peel off little curls. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave using short bursts. Yum… I will make it again when the family gets back together. I didn’t have any buttermilk and sub-ed it with greek yoghurt which worked just fine as well. Or do you think they would be too thin/need more frosting? You probably could do a vanilla sour cream frosting, I think it would be tasty. Do you continue to use it or switch to whisk when later mixing all ingredients? I don’t normally frost bundt cakes with thick frostings like this one, it would be a little tricky, but I guess you could. You can, for sure. The Reason Ina Garten's Chocolate Cake Is So Good. My mission? Same as you though they were super delicious. I was thinking cupcakes too. That idea is why adding coffee to a baking recipe works well. Garten might be famous for her roast chicken but another dish that ranks high among fans is her chocolate cake. Julie P. Oh no! I want to try this recipe for my dads birthday but I don’t have any sour cream. Add the chocolate and sour cream mixture to the mixer bowl and beat on low speed until everything is smooth and combined. Otherwise, 100% will be making this again. Add a thin layer of ice cream in the middle? Thanks. Please help, what am I doing wrong? To make an additional layer to make a 3 layered cake, how much of the ingredients would I need? How much of ingredients do I use? These changes help to bulk up the frosting a bit so that there’s plenty to generously frost a double layer cake (I’m paranoid about running out!). Made multiple times. Very fluffy and light. I know it sounds weird but its a great substitute for coffee and it is naturally caffeine free. Hello! Pour the chocolate over the toffee, using a spatula to spread it evenly. Thank you so much , it looks reaallllyy good , exited to try it! What brand do you use ? Immediately sprinkle on the cashews, pistachios, ginger and cranberries so they’re evenly distributed. My cake batter ran out all over my oven! I made the cake in the morning and frosted it in the late afternoon and it all went so smoothly. I made this recipe tonight as the first ever homemade cake I’ve made. I will get an oven thermometer and check the temp. She swiped it from Hershey’s. I even went up a size on the baking pans and it was still an awful mess. It turned out just as pictured on Pinterest and was delicious also! Is there anywhere where it says how many calories per slice? Garnish with cocoa powder and fresh strawberries and it looks like a 5 star dessert! While both coffee and chocolate stimulate, the roasting of the different beans creates the flavor similarities. Regardless, every chocolate cake has the basics. This is my 1st cake made from scratch, that I ever made .. this cake is Amazing. Thank you! Definitely a keeper. Ina Garten's Signature Birthday Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting Only Takes 45 Minutes t. Duration: 00:51 16 hrs ago. Thank you!! Man oh man is it delicious!!! How will this affect my cake. Arrange malted milk balls or other chocolate candy around the perimeter of the cake. Just made this cake for my husband’s birthday it really was easy to make and it taste awesome. And watch videos demonstrating recipe prep and cooking techniques. Both to crawl miles just for one bit of each if necessary. I suspect your oven is cooking low, and so your cake isn’t getting enough time. it ended being amazing !! Thank you ps did you know you can’t press more than three stars to rate this recipe? No, you can’t taste it, but it does subtly enhance the chocolate flavor. Kristine's Most Recent Stories. Thanks so much for posting this recipe! Will not be disappointed. My “icing lover” friend loved the cake part because it was so moist. You would use the same recipe, but your cooking time will be shorter. Once cooled down stir again and covered this delicious cake and we had the most amazing combo of sweet and chocolate in just one slice of chocolate cake heaven. Lol I made this had all my ingredients set up and all just forgot to add the cocoa powder ? If you run out of parchment, can you just spray with nonstick spray or do you need to flour as well. You can also find 1000s of Food Network's best recipes from top chefs, shows and experts. I made this cake for my son’s 21st birthday last week. For the frosting I used a brigadier o style one and paired so delicious. I am not a fan of cakes, but this cake has me swooning. You can bake the third layer after the first two if you only have 2 pans. Pero can usually be found in most grocery stores near the coffee. Yes, I always baked with unsweetened cocoa powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients EXCEPT the coffee. Followed the directions and it came out perfect. The cake batter recipe is super easy and not fussy. I used a 13×9 pan and it was rich, sweet and moist. Thank you! Combined with the delicious frosting, this dessert is an easy crowd pleaser. I’m really glad to know about the gf and milk substitutes, thanks Melissa. Thanks! Chocolate Cake with Cranberry Buttercream, Banana Cake with Spiced Vanilla Buttercream, https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/mocha-chocolate-icebox-cake. Do you have this receipe adapted for two 9 inch round cake pans? I don’t like mocha flavor at all. It’s incredibly tender, moist, and full of chocolate flavor — basically everything you’d dream a rich chocolate cake to be. Can you make it a day ahead and store in the refrigerator? Was trying to give it 5 stars and your site won’t allow me to. 5 Star for sure! Thanks for posting! Oops I added hot coffee to wet then to dry. Considering white but it’s consistency is quite different. I used Special Dark cocoa, and I recommend that for the deep dark richness. 15 minutes of … Could you use espresso powder rather than hot coffee? Carefully mix in the flour and instant coffee and continue mixing until just combined. So if you don’t want caffeine sub decaf instant. For the Super Bowl game on Sunday, how about something refreshing and cool to go with those salty snacks and rich dips?… Cooking. great and delicious recipe, I love the texture of the cake although I think my espresso was rather strong 🙂 I was wondering though whether reducing the baking soda would affect the outcome? Hi, did you use dutch processed cocoa? Moist, perfectly balanced chocolate flavor, and super soft, cloud-life buttercream- this is what my chocolate cake dreams are made of, and what I found in this. Thanks so much! This cake is amazing! Could be baking in a high altitude city or my oven. It also caved in the centers. This is a must make. 15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of cook time is all you need to put together this wow-worthy cake. I love the frosting it was so easy. I don’t see why not, just be sure it’s nice and soft. Mine did the exact same thing!!! Hoping to double and make two 13×9 layers but I wasn’t sure about how I should adjust. Best cake ever! This was my first time baking a cake from scratch. It was so moist and delicious. Ina Garten's Chocolate Cake Recipe is the ultimate chocolate layer cake from the Barefoot Contessa herself ~ it makes the perfect birthday cake! You can just use water, or decaf coffee if you prefer. All Rights Reserved. Rigatoni with Lamb Ragù. thank you. I always check by gently touching the center of the cake, it should spring back when done, and I will check with a toothpick as well, if I’m not sure. When they're good, they're light and flaky and FULL of flavor! Thanks. Happy Holidays! Made this for my boyfriends birthday, not only is it thee most delicious chocolate cake and most gorgeous frosting but we had so much fun making it as well. I don’t bake very often because nothing seems to come out right. Stir until smooth and … its the only thing i have on hand. It’s actually Hershey’s black magic cake. One of Ina Garten's most popular desserts is her chocolate peanut butter globs, and they're so simple to make — and even easier to devour. Ina Garten captivates food lovers with her dishes and her personality. Thanks! Allow the cakes to partially cool in the pans, then turn out onto a cooling rack to completely cool before frosting. Your frosting looks good but could I reduce the powdered sugar or would that cause problems? Made this for our Birthday Week (3 of us born within 5 days of each other). The added sour cream also makes for a slightly softer frosting that doesn’t go quite as crusty over time as a plain buttercream frosting tends to do. I’ve made this a few times and the cakes always sink in the middle even though they are done. Paddle all the way, and Happy Anniversary <3. Stir until smooth and set aside to cool slightly. Is that a mixing problem or overlooking? I think this cake is the perfect celebratory cake for any and all occasions ~ it’s a great recipe to have in your back pocket for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties, you name it. Why would it have fell in the middle it was like that when I took it out of the oven. I recently made Ina’s chocolate cake and it is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten. I’ve tried it before in my Mint Chocolate Chip Sheet Cake, and the same temp and time works great, good luck! This is my favorite cake to bake! I need a light tan frosting so what can I use instead of semi sweet chocolate? I’d like to try this recipe but don’t have a coffee machine for the hot coffee. I am so excited about trying this recipe! This will be my go to chocolate cake from now on. I hate coffee, so I never have it around. My husband was licking his plate.

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