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Simple Chocolate Cake Recipe

If you are searching for a simple Chocolate Cake Recipe, look no further! This soft, rich and super moist Chocolate Cake topped with Silky Chocolate Ganache ends your search.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 Slices
Calories: 348kcal
Author: Neha


  • 9 inches Square Pan


  • 1 large Egg (at room temp)
  • ½ Cup + 1 Tbsp Buttermilk (at room temp)
  • 2.5 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup (207 g) Granulated sugar
  • ½ Cup (120 ml) Hot Brewed Coffee
  • 1 Cup (130 g) All purpose flour
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 16 ounces Dark or semi sweet Chocolate
  • 8 Ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat your oven to 350 deg F and line an 9 inches square pan with a parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl mix all the liquid ingredients together (egg, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla) except coffee. Next add in sugar and beat it in too. You may use a hand beater or a hand whisk for this step.
  • Now sift in all the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda) over wet and mix lightly. Pour in hot brewed coffee and combine just till the batter is formed.
  • Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Allow the cake to cool down for 5-10 mins in the pan and then loosen the edges of pan with a knife for easy removal..

For Chocolate Ganache (that sets):

  • Heat cream in a microwave safe bowl. Cream can also be heated on stove in a sauce pan. You don't have to let it come to a boil. Add chocolate over cream and allow it to sit for 1-2 minutes. Whisk cream and chocolate together to form ganache.
  • Cover and allow to set for a few minutes before topping on cake. The ganache will thicken and set during this time.


Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 229mg | Sugar: 23g