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OMG Chocolate Chocolate Cake

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Have you ever tried Chocolate Chocolate Cake? No? Oh, what a mistake! Please, find a way to get a slice of this chocolate heaven as soon as you can! Maybe I will sound a little arrogant, but I can tell you that this is the most delicious cake I ever made and tried. OK, OK, I know that I may be a little over the line, but I’m sure it will be on my table quite often.

OMG Chocolate Chocolate Cake

The whole story started on my birthday, which is, believe it or not, on Halloween day! My husband does not miss the chance to make the joke that he is married to a witch (of course J ). Well, OK, but every Halloween, he gets at least one slice of a very delicious cake, so from “ a witch”, I very quickly become  “a saint”. When he tried this cake, it happened again.

By the way, a few days before my b-day and Halloween, I checked out countless posts on my favorite food blogs looking for inspiration for a birthday cake. I was full of all kinds of ideas. Marshmallow, candy corn variations, Halloween cupcakes and my bookmarks were slowly getting full of recipes, but no real solution! And then, the enlightening! “Hershey’s” chocolate website and the “Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate cake”! Just how many times have I seen this recipe and admired the beauty of this fantastic chocolate cake? Well, there’s a first time for everything.

And so, with a lot of will and strictly following the instructions, with only a little adaptation, there it was, a beautiful chocolate cake on my table! “OMG, OMG”, I was mumbling in excitement and admiration of my cake! I just needed to judge the taste, and that honor fell to my guests at my humble birthday party. Of course, before all of that, I had to stop my husband from “attacking” the cake a few times. I’m happy to inform you that the cake survived unharmed 🙂

OMG Chocolate Chocolate Cake

After a chat with my friends at the party, it was time for desert! I cut the cake, served it to my friends and got ready for comments. And they started coming: “OMG, Vera. This is so tasty”, “OMG, gorgeous”! “Vera, you are a genius”. So, I began to rise, just as my cake did with three layers and two rows of chocolate filling J And when I tried it myself, it was really the most delicious of all the deserts I presented on this blog. I said the now infamous “OMG” myself. And so, after a few OMG-s, the cake got its name! Of course, OMG Chocolate Chocolate Cake.

OMG Chocolate Chocolate Cake

Yields 12

Moist and fudgey chocolate cake with rich and creamy, double chocolate cream cheese buttercream frosting.

1 hr, 30

35 min

2 hr, 5

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For chocolate cake:

2 cups sugar

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cocoa

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee

1 cup boiling water

For chocolate frosting:

1 pound finally chopped semisweet chocolate

6 tablespoons cocoa powder

6 tablespoons boiling water

3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup cream cheese

1/2 cup powdered sugar

pinch of salt


    To make the cake:
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour three 8 inch round baking pans.
  • In a large bowl stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and mix on medium speed 2 minutes.
  • Dissolve coffee in boiling water and stir in the batter (the batter will be thin).
  • Divide batter into 3 prepared pans and bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes in the pans, than remove from pans to wire racks and cool completely.
  • To make the frosting:
  • Add cocoa in boiling water and stir to combine and remove any lumps, set aside to cool.
  • Melt the chocolate and set aside to cool to room temperature ( it take about 30 minutes)
  • Beat the butter and powdered sugar until it’s light and fluffy
  • Combine cream cheese with the cocoa.
  • In the light and fluffy beaten butter and sugar mixture add cooled melted chocolate and continue beating until it’s evenly combine.
  • Then add the cream cheese and cocoa mixture and beat well.
  • Frost the cake.
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings (optional) and set in a fridge for a few hours before serving.
Recipe Type: Dessert

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    1. Dear Rachael, this cake has intense chocolate flavor and I didn't taste coffee. I use coffee just to enhance chocolate flavor, but if you don't like coffee you can use just boiling water and skip the coffee to make sure that it won't taste a bit, or use 1 or even just 1/2 tsp coffee
      1. Hi! I'm very excited to make this cake for Teacher Apperciation Week at my daughters preschool! I would like to know what you meant by "instant coffe". I don't want to buy the wrong thing and mess everything up.Thanks!!
        1. Hi Trisha, you won't mess it, don't worry. I use Nescafe instant coffee granules (Nescafé Originals), but you can use any other coffee that you have on hand.
          1. OMG! Doesn't even begin to describe this cake!! I am at lost for words!! I will now be making my sons first birthday cake in chocolate and I wish I could do the frosting, but it's a dinosaur cake!! I wish I could post pictures on how I decorated it, and I can not wait for the teachers to take a bite tomorrow!!
          2. Hi Trisha, I'm very curious about your dinosaur cake, I would love to see the picture of your cake. I made it as Choo Choo for my son's birthday.
  1. I just tried this recipe. The cake turned out amazi.g, but the frosting doesn't look like yours. I used a pound bag of semi sweet chocholate. Was that right? My frosting was really runny. Thank you. :)
    1. Hi Melissa, I'm glad that you like the cake and I'm sorry that you had trouble with frosting, pound of semi sweet chocolate is correct and I don't know what went wrong to you. I did everything like it said in the recipe. Did it firm up at the end when you cooled the cake or it stay runny?
  2. Hi, I am baking this cake tonight. I have a question about the frosting. The recipe says 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Is that right? I have never made a frosting with only 1/2 cup of sugar. thanks
    1. Hi Sharon, Yes it is correct, just 1/2 cup powdered sugar, because it also has 1 pound semisweet chocolate and it turns out sweet enough,but not too sweet. Happy baking:)
  3. Thank u vry much I cant wait to make it !!!!! Sorry for all the questions but I am making it for a child's birthday party and I was wondering is it too dark flavour and too chocolatey for a child's party ???? Thanx and sorry !!!!!! Xxxxx
    1. I also made it a few days ago for my son's 3th birthday. You can check the pictures at https://omgchocolatedesserts.com/choo-choo-chocolate-birthday-cake/, but I must say that it has rich dark chocolate flavor. You can skip the coffee in the batter and add just boiling water instead, and cut some cocoa in the filling, or add more powder sugar. I didn't do that, but if want sweeter cake you can make a small adjustment. Happy baking:)
    1. Hy Penny, if you have 9 pans, than you can bake two cake layer from this batter and make a lower cake. If you want your cake to be tall, than you can increases the recipe by 1/2 for the cake batter and for the frosting,too.
  4. The recipe calls for cocoa and cocoa powder, are they 2 different things? Just want to make sure I have the right ingredients. Thanks!
    1. Hi Beth, you can use dark chocolate, but you shoul know that the cake is already really chocolatey, and not too sweet, so maybe you could readuce the amount of cocoa in the filling for 1 or 2 tablespoon.
  5. I was going to use dark chocolate cocoa, too. I've made it once following the recipe, but wanted to try it with dark chocolate. I'm not a baker so I didn't know if I needed to adjust the sugar with the dark chocolate.
  6. I absolutely love this cake and have officially made it my go to chocolate cake!I do have one question though, it seems to collapse in the middle even when I follow the directions exactly. Do you have any suggestions or ideas? (Although this never stops me from making it!)
    1. Thanks Shannon. I don't know why your cake collapse in the middle, I usually a reverse problem, my cake usually rise more in the middle and I need to press it by hand when it is still warm to flaten it. Maybe you should bake it a few minutes longer but be careful not to overdo it.
  7. Made this cake yesterday it is amazing! Definitely my new favourite chocolate cake receip, thank you for sharing.
  8. What do you mean by cocoa? I noticed you specify cocoa powder....and then say cocoa. I would like to make this, hope I am not asking a dumb question

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