Chocolate Truffle Cake

Chocolate desserts and posts of other delicious desserts are popping up on social media and everywhere around in the past few days.It is of course the Valentine’s day month to indulge in chocolates and desserts guilt free! I wanted to do my bit for the special day coming up .Not that I need any excuse to make a dessert . I have always wanted to try and make a chocolate truffle cake with chocolate ganache frosting. Ganache is a fancy name given to chocolate and cream and it has a glaze like look used to frost cakes.

After reading through many recipes from various sources , I arrived at my version of this delicious cake . This was my first attempt and I was quite happy with the way it turned out . The glaze could have been smoother.However after poking with my fork on the top cake layer to add syrup, it got some loose crumbs . The fix is to add some extra thick ganache frosting and smoothen it out before pouring the thin ganache. Oh, well there’s always a next time to perfect it. It does need some effort and time as it involves making two versions of the ganache, a thick one for the crumb coating and a thin version for pouring in the end to get a glaze effect. .

We first start with making a regular chocolate cake, cool , level it and use sugar syrup to moisten the cake . The thick ganache is used for frosting and making a crumb coat. Finally the thin ganache is poured on the cake. Decorate and Frost with the choice of your fruits , candies or sprinkles. Hope you enjoy this recipe .Wish you and your loved ones a very happy Valentine’s day!

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5 from 1 vote
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Total Time
1 hr
 

A delicious chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting and strawberries

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 1 cup All purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 eggs Room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Sugar Syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Thick Ganache for crumb coating
  • 1 cup baking chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
Thin Ganache for glaze and frosting
  • 1 cup baking chocolate chip
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tsp butter
Instructions
Chocolate Cake Preparation
  1. Sieve the All purpose Flour, cocoa powder, salt  and baking powder  into a bowl so that there are no lumps

  2. Using the mixer and beat the eggs for about a minute till they are pale yellow.

  3. Add sugar and beat for about 5 minutes or until you get a ribbon like stage when you lift the whisk .

  4. Add oil and vanilla extract.

  5. Add flour in 3 or more additions and gently mix with a spatula.

  6. Evenly distribute the batter to two 8 inch round pans which are greased and lined with baking sheets.

  7. Pre-heat to 356 degrees and bake for 30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

Make Sugar syrup
  1. Heat sugar and water until dissolved . Cool it .This will  be used to spray on the cake wile assembling and frosting.

Thick Ganache Preparation
  1. Heat the whipping cream until it is just about to boil .Take care not to burn.

  2. Pour this warm cream into the bowl containing the chocolate chips , close with a lid and wait for about 3 minutes to let it sit .

  3. Using a whisk gently mix until it is smooth with no lumps.

  4. Cool in the refrigerator for about 2 hours and this will thicken.

Cake Frosting
  1. Make sure the cake layers are even and poke some holes with a fork if necessary

  2. Sprinkle the sugar syrup generously on both the cake layers and wait for 2 minutes 

  3. Add frosting of the thick ganache on the first layer. Keep a cup of hot water to dip the spatula in case you are not able to spread it easily.

  4. Place the other layer of cake , sprinkle the syrup and frost again.Cover on all sides to get a thin coating. 

  5. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes

Thin Ganache Preparation
  1. Heat the whipping cream until it is just about to boil .Take care not to burn

  2. Pour this warm cream into the bowl containing the chocolate chips , close with a lid and wait for about 3 minutes to let it sit .

  3. Add the butter 

  4. Using a whisk gently mix until it is smooth with no lumps.

  5. Pour the thin ganache on the cold cake and let it spread evenly. Tap the container so it is levelled.

  6. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes

  7. Frost and decorate with sprinkles. strawberries, chocolate chips or anything that you desire. Enjoy!

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Lorelle Catalano
    February 14, 2019 at 5:20 am

    That would make a lovely birthday cake too Nisha. X

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 14, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Yes I agree Lorelle cake for any special occasion ! Thank you so much .

  • Reply
    Megala
    February 14, 2019 at 7:31 am

    5 stars
    Wow! Lovely cake encased in luscious chocolate ganache, perfect for special occasions! Happy Valentine’s day!!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 14, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you so much Megala as always for the constant support ! Happy Valentine’s day to you as well!

  • Reply
    Deeksha
    February 14, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Such a tempting treat for valentine’s day!!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 14, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you so much Deeksha for the wonderful comment! It is tempting indeed 🙂

  • Reply
    Richa
    February 14, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    5 stars
    Wow.. This looks out of the world! AWESOME!❤️

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 14, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks a lot . I had a great time baking it and was loved by all .

      • Reply
        Richa
        February 15, 2019 at 12:49 am

        Showed the picture to my Huz and now he wants me to make it! 😉

        • Reply
          InspiresNish
          February 15, 2019 at 1:18 am

          Aww so sweet, I’m sure you guys will love it . It’s disappearing fast here , having a slice cold and then microwaving to have a warm fudgy one :). Have to run miles to burn all of it now !

          • Richa
            February 18, 2019 at 4:08 pm

            Hahaha #guityPleasures 😉 😛

          • InspiresNish
            February 18, 2019 at 4:45 pm

            True that! 🙂 🙂

  • Reply
    Khanak
    February 14, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    5 stars
    This cake looks delicious, it’s literally making my tummy growl. I need me some ASAP, haha.

    Khanak x
    http://www.khanakm.com

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 14, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️for the kind comments . I hope you can bake this sometime , it’s really good!

  • Reply
    Diane
    February 14, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    I have died and gone to heaven looking at that cake!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 14, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      Awww Diane , Thanks 🙏 for such a wonderful compliment . It also tastes as good as it looks ☺️. Have a wonderful day !

  • Reply
    Smitha
    February 15, 2019 at 3:25 am

    5 stars
    The truffle cake looks gorgeous and decadent Nisha!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 15, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Thank you so much Smitha !

  • Reply
    Vidya Narayan
    February 15, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Gosh, they looks so heavenly! Perfect Valentines Bake! Nisha, this is too good dear!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 15, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you so much dear Vidya! So glad to hear from you 😊

  • Reply
    Caz / InvisiblyMe
    February 16, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Oh wow, this looks soooooo good! You always write your recipes so clearly and in a common-sense fashion anyone can follow, and you have the most delicious photos! xx

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 18, 2019 at 12:14 am

      Thank you so much Caz for the kind feedback, appreciate your comments! Have a wonderful day 🙂

  • Reply
    Sandhya Nadkarni
    February 18, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    5 stars
    That certainly is a gorgeous and yummy cake Nisha. the chocolate ganache, the presentation and the photo all spectacular!

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 18, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya for the wonderful comments , appreciate it!

  • Reply
    Lynn
    February 20, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    This cake is so beautiful! We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but we absolutely love the idea of a treat every now and then. This definitely fits the bill. Hope you had a great V Day, Nisha 🙂

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      February 20, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you so much , this cake is indeed a treat anytime and for any special occasion .Yes we had a wonderful day!

  • Reply
    Neetha
    March 4, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Such a delicious and beautiful cake Nisha.. Love strawberry and chocolate together 🙂

    • Reply
      InspiresNish
      March 4, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you Neetha, yes love the combination of the two !

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