There’s a reason that this recipe has the title best chocolate cake EVER!!! Because it really is!!! It’s one of those recipes that goes down in the family history books as truly memorable. It tastes amazing, it looks amazing, it makes everyone’s mouth water and I guarantee if you make this for a party…there’s not going to be enough to go around.
I made this for my husbands 40th Birthday and it was a hit.I can’t remember where I got the original recipe from so I apologise if its yours.
Disclaimer: **Nurtured Ground and the author are not responsible for any diet breaking nor for the onset of diabetes that may result from overindulging in this recipe. 😉
- For the Cake
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 4 tsp. honey
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/3 cup whole milk (maybe a drop or 2 more depending on consistency)
- Chocolatey Liqueur*
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- semi-sweet, bittersweet or dark chocolate chips
- Chopped up candy bars (go with your faves)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease & line two 9 inch cake pans
- Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt together.
- In a separate bowl cream together the milk, honey, vanilla and butter.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture a 1/3 at a time and mix until combined.Then fold in the chocolate chips
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle, comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and cool for 10 mins before removing from tins and cooling on a cooling rack.
- Ensure cake is completely cool before decorating otherwise the next stage will not go well!
- To Make the Frosting
- Sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the butter, vanilla extract and milk. Slowly mix together.
- Once ingredients are combined beat the mix until fluffy.
- To Make the Drizzle
- Add the chocolate chips and heavy cream to a pan.
- Heat slowly over a low heat until melted.
- Now to the important bit......assembly and decoration!!
- Place the first layer of cake on a plate and drizzle with the liqueur.
- Spread an even layer of frosting on top. Place the second cake layer on top of the frosting and drizzle with the liqueur.
- Cover the top and sides of the cake with remaining frosting.
- Press the chocolate chips onto the side of the cake a handful at a time. (make sure the kids are near by to eat any that fall off)
- Take your chosen chopped up candy bars and literally chuck them on top. (this cake is going to look so messy so there's no need for delicate placement here). Go nuts after all at this point what's an extra calorie (or 1000).
- Drizzle the melted chocolate all over the top and sides of the cake, letting it drip and run all over.
- Cut a huge slice and find your happy place!!
*We Used Godiva Chocolate Liqueur for this recipe because we had some in the cupboard, however you could use Bailey’s Kalua, or if you don’t want the alcohol taste and want to make it child friendly, you can use flavored coffee syrup
We’d love to hear from you in the comments below if you try this recipe and what you think.