Weeknights, date nights, birthdays, parties: this simple and easy single layer chocolate cake with chocolate ganache is perfect for them all. No butter, eggs, or mixer required! (Jump to Recipe)
True story: I was not planning to share this recipe on here. In fact, even after Brian and I made it together for my birthday this past weekend, and demolished nearly half of it in 24 hours, I still wasn’t planning to share it. It’s…simple. Humble. Unassuming. Not really earth shattering – just a good, back-pocket chocolate cake with a tender, light crumb. And chocolate ganache, because chocolate ganache may sound fancy, but it’s actually the easiest thing to make.
We made this cake because I wanted a simple, unfussy cake for my birthday. Ever since I joined him in Chicago a few years ago, Brian has been making me a homemade birthday cake each year, and I try not to make it hard for him. He’s quite good as a baker, actually, but he requires very clear instruction and limited steps, or else he gets nervous. So I don’t like to give him difficult recipes to contend with in hopes he’ll make me cake more often 😉
Last year, we made a chocolate fudge bundt cake from King Arthur Flour, and man, was it good. Super dense, super fudgy, intensely chocolate. The only problem? It was a LOT of cake for two people. You know in the depths of February in Chicago, no one is leaving the house unless absolutely necessary — so it was just us, alone with a giant chocolate cake for days. Not a bad problem to have, some might say. We managed.
But I knew I could find something just as satisfying, just as chocolatey – in more appropriate portions. [Read More…]