Ganache-Filled Devil's Food Cake

Ganache-filled Devil's Food Cake Recipe

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1.75 c
water, boiling
6 oz
semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 c
cocoa, unsweetened
2 c
cake flour, sifted
2 tsp
baking soda
1/4 tsp
10 oz
butter, unsalted and softened
1.75 c
brown sugar, dark and firmly packed
4 large
2 tsp
vanilla extract


1/2 c
heavy cream
2 Tbsp
butter, unsalted
4 oz
semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped


2.5 stick
butter, unsalted and softened
2 Tbsp
butter, unsalted and softened
4.5 c
confectioners' sugar
1 c
cocoa, unsweetened
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1/4 c
2 Tbsp

How to Make Ganache-Filled Devil's Food Cake


  • 1MAKE THE CAKE: Preheat oven to 350; butter two 9-inch cake pans, and line the bottoms with circles of wax paper, then butter and flour the paper.
  • 2In a medium bowl, pour the boiling water over the chopped chocolate; set aside for 5 minutes.
  • 3Add the cocoa and stir until the mixture is smooth; set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • 4In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • 5In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar and add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in the vanilla.
  • 6Add the flour mixture and half the chocolate mixture; beat on low speed to combine and then on high for 1 1/2 minutes.
  • 7Add the remaining chocolate mixture and beat on low speed to combine.
  • 8Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • 9Set the cake pans on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes, then invert the cakes onto the racks to cool completely.
  • 10TO MAKE THE GANACHE: In a small saucepan, bring the cream and the butter to a simmer; add the chocolate, cover for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth.
  • 11Refrigerate the ganache until firm enough to spread.
  • 12TO MAKE THE FROSTING: In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the butter.
  • 13In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar and cocoa; beat one-third of the sugar-cocoa mixture into the butter.
  • 14Mix in the vanilla; add the rest of the sugar-cocoa mixture alternately with the milk and beat until the frosting is smooth.
  • 15TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE: Top one layer with the ganache; add the second layer of cake and frost the sides, and then the top.
  • 16Decoratively pipe frosting around the base and top edges of the cake.

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About Ganache-Filled Devil's Food Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Other Tag: Quick & Easy