This is the best easy recipe for homemade chocolate honey cake. The simple batter is made entirely from scratch and can be whipped up in just one bowl. The super moist cake is then covered in ganache frosting to turn it into a decadent birthday treat.
Trust me, this cake has a fantastically rich taste and nobody will believe you how quick it is to put together. Those recipes are my favorite – quick and easy to make, but impressive enough to serve to guests!
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This batter comes together easily: You melt the chocolate and butter, whisk in the eggs one by one, then add the remaining wet ingredients. Sift the dry ingredients on top and stir into a smooth batter!
Then, just bake, cool and cover in ganache!
- Let the chocolate/butter mix cool for a few minutes, then work fast when whisking in the eggs. You don’t want them to scramble!
- You’ll taste the honey in the cake, so use one you enjoy the taste of.
- The cake will rise a lot during baking, then sink back down as it cools. Do not worry! This is completely normal!
- Allow the cake to cool completely before adding the ganache. Otherwise, it will melt on the cake.
But really. This cake is so, SO simple. You’ll need one bowl, ten ingredients and a whisk.
OK, a bit of arm strength and another small pot and cream if making the ganache but PLEASE, do you see this melty-runny-puddle-bliss of chocolate ganache?
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Easiest Ever Chocolate Honey Cake
- 4.4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup butter plus 1 tablespoon
- 4 large eggs
- 1/3 cup runny honey
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
For the Ganache
- 10.5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 cup cream
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 inch springform pan and line the bottom.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl combine the chocolate and butter and microwave until in 30 second bursts (stirring every time in between) until melted. This should take about 90 – 120 seconds.
- Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until fully combined. Add the honey, milk and sugar and whisk well. Sift in the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and baking soda and stir until just combined.
- Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. The cake will rise quite a bit but it should NOT overflow. Once the baking time is up it will still feel very soft and it will also lose some height, especially in the center. But don’t worry – it will be completely fine. Let it cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing the sides and allowing the cake to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Once the cake has cooled, level the top with a sharp knife. You shouldn’t need to slice off too much and small differences in height can be made up for with ganache as well.
- Make the ganache by combining the chocolate and cream in a small saucepan. Gently heat over medium-low heat while stirring with a spatula or wooden spoon. Once the chocolate has completely melted and the mass is smooth, cool to room temperature before coating the cake. Allow the ganache to settle before slicing.