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Dark Chocolate Ganache Birthday Cake

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Melenie baked this Dark Chocolate Ganache Birthday Cake for her daughter’s birthday, it is a dark chocolate cake covered in chocolate ganache.

Yield: 1 double layer large cake; 12-14 slices depending on size

Dark Chocolate Ganache Birthday Cake

Chocolate cake covered with red roses and candy

Bake in 2 round 23cm tins

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Cooling and Decoration Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes


  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g softened butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 75g soft butter
  • 200g sifted icing sugar
  • 30g sifted cocoa
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 250ml fresh cream


Chocolate cake

Beat butter until soft and fluffy, add sugar and beat until creamy, add vanilla essence, and 1 egg at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Sift flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder in a separate bowl, then fold in a little at a time into butter mixture.

Add milk to the mixture.

Divide into 2 round 23cm tins that are greased, smooth down the mixture in tins with a spoon, and bake for 15-17 min at 180C.

Cool in tins for 10 min before turning out, cool thoroughly.


I don't really measure when I do the icing. 

Cream butter, add the icing sugar a little at a time.

Add the vanilla essence, then the cocoa powder, and set aside.

The cream I whipped with an electric whisk.

Add a splash of vanilla essence and ±1tsp icing sugar and fold it in (if you use it, as I didn't add it as the butter icing and ganache topping is richly sweet).


Before sandwiching the two layers with fresh whipped cream, cover it with chocolate buttercream icing.

Chocolate ganache:

Place 250ml fresh cream in a pot over medium heat, let it warm through but not boil.

Remove from heat.

Add 200g dark chocolate, let it sit for 5 min, then stir well.

Cool before pouring over iced cake and decorate as desired.


Prepared, tried, and tested Melenie Govender Pillay from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes From Home Chefs

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What is Ganache?

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2 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Ganache Birthday Cake”

  1. This recipe looks delicious! It reminds me of a chocolate ganache lava cake that I used to make and now after seeing this I might have to make it again very soon. I also look forward to trying out this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Erika. Thanks, Hope you will test this one and let me know how it turned out for you. Come ad join the recipe groups and then share your chocolate ganache lava cake and others recipes for cooking and baking with us. What do you think?


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