died and gone to chocolate heaven cake is my fave

July 15, 2013

 Today’s cake post is from Rebecca of First Mate Photo. I’ve never met a dessert I thought was too rich so this chocolate goodness is going in the Blodgett household rotation of treats.

died and gone to chocolate heaven cake

This cake is my fave. It’s my go to birthday cake. It’s not for the faint of heart. This thing is dense and chocolatey. Basically, it’s perfect. Chocolate cake with chocolate chips in it, chocolate chips between the layers. And all covered in a delicious chocolate ganache. Don’t be intimidated, it’s actually REALLY easy to make.

Chocolate Cake
1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 small box chocolate pudding
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs (beaten)
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups mini chocolate chips

This cake is so easy to make, you guys. Are you ready? ARE YOU READY?

Preheat your oven to 350.
Mix everything together.
Spread into 2 greased and floured cake pans.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let the cake cool before frosting.

died and gone to chocolate heaven cake

died and gone to chocolate heaven cake

Buttercream Frosting
1 1/2 cups butter (room temperature, VERY IMPORTANT)
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups powdered sugar
4-8 tablespoons milk

Beat the butter in a mixer until smooth. Add vanilla and mix until combined.
Add your sugar in several batches and scrape the sides after each addition. Beat until light and fluffy.
Add the milk until the frosting is smooth and has reached your desired consistency. I usually do 5 tablespoons to that it still has some body to it.

Chocolate Ganache
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat cream and butter in saucepan until melted and remove it before it boils. Pour in your chocolate chips. Let it sit for a few seconds and then whisk until smooth. Let it cool until it’s thickened.

Cover your cake in frosting and then pour the cooled ganache on top. I love to keep mine in the fridge because nothing is better than a nice cold piece of chocolate cake.

died and gone to chocolate heaven cake

See more from Rebecca at First Mate Photo and her Etsy shop!

8 Comments »

 
  • On July 15, 2013 , Kimberly Lewis said:

    Oh my goodness, I am making a birthday cake tomorrow and I think I may use this recipe instead of my stand by. This looks delish and so easy!

  • On July 15, 2013 , Kelly said:

    Are you kidding, this looks so good.

  • On July 15, 2013 , Lena said:

    This looks MAGICAL.

  • On July 17, 2013 , Natalie said:

    I’m feeling a baking session coming on!

  • On July 24, 2013 , Zet said:

    yummo!!!

  • On July 26, 2013 , Debra said:

    This is a drop dead gorgeous cake! I will definitely have to make this. Did you use 8″ or 9″ cake pans?

  • On July 26, 2013 , Betty said:

    Looks fantastic, sounds pretty do-able, can’t wait to try it. I had no idea ganache was that simple!

  • On July 30, 2013 , Rebecca said:

    I used a nine inch pan! Either will work though. You’ll just have to adjust your bake time and watch it carefully.

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