Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Christy's Top Secret (Shh!) Chocolate Cake Recipe

Is there anything on earth better than a decadant slice of chocolate cake? Well, maybe, but it's gotta be right up there. I've tried and tweaked a lot of chocolate cake recipes over the years and I've finally hit upon one that's just about perfection. It's rich, dark, and moist -- just what you want in a chocolate cake. I don't share the recipe with just anyone, so consider yourselves among the priviledged few. ;o)

Today we had Dominic's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese, since we had to cancel it two Saturdays ago when we all got sick. Though we normally wouldn't schedule a party on a school night, we made an exception this time since they're always so crazy full on the weekends. It actually worked out really well. And of course, I had to make cupcakes! I decorated them with fudge frosting and various sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, and chopped nuts. And they were yummy!

Christy's Top Secret Chocolate Cake Recipe

3/4 cup dark cocoa (regular cocoa is also okay if you don't have the dark)
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup coffee, cooled

In a large bowl, mix cocoa, sugar, salt, flour, and baking soda.
In a medium bowl, beat together yogurt, oil, eggs, vanilla, and coffee.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, whisk until smooth.
Pour into a greased pan (I use a springform pan with a hole in the center, but you can use a bundt pan, 2 9" rounds, or a 9X13" or lined muffin tins)
Bake at 325 F for one hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool for 20 minutes, invert on a wire rack sprayed with cooking spray.
Cool 20 more minutes or longer. Gently loosen from pan with a butter knife or thin rubber spatula.

Decorate as desired.

I hope you enjoy it! Have a great night!


  1. Ohhh wow!! I gained 15 lbs reading the recipe and another 5 while licking the monitor :)~
    I have got to try this one this weekend. I made a coca cola cake last weekend and it was the BEST choclate cake I have ever made. I dunno if you have Cracker Barrel restaurants where you are but its a copy cat version of thiers and OMG!! I think this one might have it beat tho....I'll let ya know this weekend! (wink)

  2. Sounds delicious! We've been to lots of Chuck E. Cheese parties too - good times. :)

  3. Coca Cola cake? I've heard of it, but I've never tried it. Does it taste like Coke? We've got Cracker Barrel here, but I've only been there a few times, and not in a long while. I've never had their cake! Maybe I should plan a trip there in the near future... ;o)

    If you try my recipe, let me know how it turns out!

  4. That looks absolutely delicious!!

  5. OOOOHHHHHH yuuuuuummmmmm!!!! Thanks for sharing!


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