This incredibly delicious Mini Chocolate Cake recipe features a layer of whipped chocolate ganache, a layer of silky chocolate ganache and is topped with piped whipped chocolate ganache!
This Mini Chocolate Cake with Chocolate is a cocoa based, ganache topped chocolate lover’s dream! It’s moist, fluffy and, of course, deeply chocolatey. Bonus: it’s beyond easy to whip up!
This isn’t the first chocolate cake recipe here on Parsley and Icing and it won’t be my last! This Nutella Peanut Butter Cake is made with an ultra moist chocolate-Nutella cake batter. My Chocolate Chip Cake Loaf is another must-make chocolate cake!
This is my second six inch layer cake! I had so much fun making this Lemon Lavender Blackberry Cake. Six inch pans are smaller and as fun to make as cupcakes! They bake up quickly and are fun to decorate.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS CHOCOLATE CAKE
- DEEPLY CHOCOLATEY: The batter is made with a half a cup of cocoa and it’s filled and topped with mousse-like whipped chocolate ganache and silky ganache!
- MOIST AND TENDER: The olive oil makes this cake so moist and tender.
- EASY: Considering how delicious it looks and tastes, you’ll be surprised by how quickly and easily it comes together! Anyone can make it!
- PERFECT FOR ANY OCCASION: Make this cake when you have unexpected guests, for a birthday or anytime you’re craving chocolate!
WHAT’S IN THIS MINI CHOCOLATE CAKE?
- Olive Oil (Canola or Vegetable Oil can be substituted)
- Granulated Sugar
- Brown Sugar (Light or dark)
- One Egg
- Vanilla Extract
- Boiling Water
- All Purpose Flour
- Cocoa Powder
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
BAKING WITH OLIVE OIL
Olive oil is a healthy fat and I like to think it makes my baking a tad bit healthier. I have loved baking with olive oil ever since I made this Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake last year.
If you enjoy baking with olive oil or are curious to try it, I highly recommend trying this delicious Lemon Rosemary Olive Oil Cake! Another must try olive oil dessert is this incredible Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Tart which features an olive oil crust and lemon curd!
OLIVE OIL AND CHOCOLATE
I can confirm that olive oil and chocolate are delicious together! Recently I made these Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies. They were as good if not better than cookies made with butter!
Olive oil takes the place of vegetable or canola oil in this recipe. It adds so much moisture to the cake. That said, you can absolutely use vegetable oil or canola oil here.
ABOUT THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE TOPPING
What’s the best way to top a chocolate cake? With more chocolate, of course! The toppings and filling for this cake are from a simple two-ingredient chocolate ganache recipe.
THIS CHOCOLATE GANACHE IS:
- Silky Smooth: Easy to spread or pipe.
- Not Too Sweet
- Shiny: So pretty both when it is spreads piped.
- Simple: It’s made with just two ingredients!
- Easy: It takes little effort and just minutes to make!
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
- Chocolate: I use semi-sweet bars of chocolate. I recommend chocolate bars over chocolate chips. To ensure even/faster melting, chop the chocolate into small, even pieces.
- Heavy Cream or Heavy Whipping Cream: Makes it super rich and spreadable.
HOW TO USE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
- SPREAD OR ADDED AS A DRIP: Once mixed, spread over the top of the cake.
- WHIPPED: Chocolate ganache will thicken as it cools. Once cooled, the ganache will be thick enough to be spread as a frosting or piped. For an even thicker consistency, whip the cooled ganache with a whisk attachment on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes.
HOW MUCH FROSTING BETWEEN CAKE LAYERS?
I spread about 3/4 cup of whipped chocolate ganache between these two 6″ cake layers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Ganache is made with chocolate and heavy cream whereas frosting is usually made with butter and powdered sugar. Ganache has a pourable consistency while frosting has a fluffier, usually sweeter texture and taste. For more information, check out this article called Ganache VS Frosting by foodiosity.com.
To make perfect layers, you need nonstick cake pans. You’ll want to use layer cake pans because the sides are perfectly straight. I use 6 by 2 inch pans. I grease them with butter and line them with parchment paper.
This Mini Chocolate Cake with Chocolate is a cocoa based, ganache topped chocolate lover’s dream! It’s easy to whip up, moist, fluffy and, of course, deeply chocolatey. You seriously won’t believe how easy and DELICIOUS it is!Print
Mini Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Fluffy, moist chocolate cake filled with a layer of whipped chocolate ganache and topped with a layer of silky chocolate ganache and piped whipped chocolate ganache.
FOR THE MINI CHOCOLATE CAKE
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil (canola or vegetable oil can be substituted)
- 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar, light or dark, packed
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 3/4 teaspoons vanilla
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- chocolate sprinkles, for decoration (optional)
FOR THE GANACHE
- 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 10 ounces heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
FOR THE CHOCOLATE CAKE
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line the bottom of two 6″ straight edge cake pans with parchment paper. Spray the sides with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk to combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk the egg, oil, sugars, buttermilk and vanilla extract until combined.
- Use a rubber spatula to gradually stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Pour in the hot water and stir until combined.
- Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack and allow to cool in the pan for 30 minutes then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. Cool completely before decorating with chocolate ganache.
FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
- Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan on medium heat, bring the heavy cream to a simmer. Do not let it get to a boil. Pour the heavy cream over the chocolate. Do not stir. Let stand 3-4 minutes then stir slowly with a metal spoon until the chocolate has melted and is completely combined with the heavy cream. Scoop out about 1/2 cup of the chocolate ganache for the drip or glaze on the top of the cake. Set aside.
FOR THE WHIPPED CHOCOALTE GANACHE
- Let the ganache stand at room temperature until it has cooled completely. Once cooled, the ganache will be thick enough to be spread or piped. To make it even thicker, whip the ganache. To do this, transfer the cooled ganache to the bowl of an electric mixer. Use the whisk attachment to beat the ganache on medium-high for 4-5 minutes until the ganache is a lighter shade and has also lightened in texture.
TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE
- Use an offset spatula to spread about 3/4 cup of the whipped ganache over the first layer of the cake. Place the second layer on top. Spoon or drizzle about 1/2 cup of the reserved (non-whipped ganache) over the top layer. This ganache may need to be reheated* to get back to that ganache consistency. Use an offset spatula to spread the ganache. Use an open star tip (such as the Wilton 1M to pipe more whipped ganache on top. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles, if desired!
To reheat ganache, place bowl on top of a pot of simmering water being careful not to let the bottom of the bowl touch the hot water so as not to burn the chocolate. Stir the ganache til it has returned to that stirrable consistency (this should not take long at all).
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