Favorite Moist Chocolate Cake

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Category: Desserts & Sweets | Blog URL: http://kitchensimplicity.com/moist-chocolate-cake/

This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup baking cocoa
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 package (4oz) cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup pureed strawberries
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped


To Make Cake:
Sift together dry ingredients. Add oil, coffee and milk. Whisk until combined. Add eggs and vanilla. Whisk until well incorperated (about 2 min.). It will be quite runny.
Grease and flour 2- 9 inch round pans. Pour the batter into the pans and bake at 325ºF for 25-30 min until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 min. before removing to cool completely.
To Make Strawberry Mousse:
Mix together the cream cheese and sugar until completely smooth. Mix in the pureed strawberries.
Whip the cream to stiff peaks and fold into the strawberry cream cheese mixture.
Line a 9 inch round pan (the same size you used for the cakes) with plastic wrap and pour the mousse inside. Freeze until solid.
To Make Ganache:
Bring cream to a boil over medium heat.
Poor over chocolate. Let sit for a moment then stir until smooth.
Let cool to room temp.
To Assemble:
Remove mousse from freezer and unwrap.
Place one cake layer on serving platter. Position frozen mousse in the centre and top with remaining cake layer.
Allow to thaw for 30 min, or so.
Meanwhile drizzle with ganache and garnish with fresh strawberries.




Helen Pitlick's picture

This is a stunning photo- I want to just sweep my finger through that mousse and lick it before cutting myself a generous slice.

marilyn's picture

Can i use strawberry jam instead of fresh strawberries

Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity's picture

You can, I would just cut down on the sugar or leave it out all together. Taste it first and then add additional sugar if needed.

Jean Ackley's picture

Nice picture of a beautiful cake. I will send you my picture of your recipe of the chocolate cake erupting all over my oven. This recipe is horrible and you need to recheck your ingredients because this cake will not turn out like your picture if you follow your recipe. Cook better than your mother???????? Hate to taste anything your mom cooked

Jill's picture

Random commenter online vs. published blogger? I trust the recipe. What would possibly cause it to erupt? Turned out just like the picture for me.


When I was in high school my sister-in-law and I decided to make a cake as a surprise for my mom’s birthday. We successful snuck her trusty mixer out of the house to the church next door, giddy with excitement that we were going to pull off such a wonderful surprise. We got to work, with me manning the mixer and feeling ultra important. I was doing so well and everything was going swimmingly. I left the mixer for a moment and continued on my merry way to complete the other important tasks in front of me. Suddenly we were startled by a grinding, gargling sound as the mixer gasped for air. We rushed to it’s aid and discovered that I had left the spatula in the bowl and it had gotten tangled in the beaters. We tried to free it from it’s agonizing pain, but it was too late. The motor had burnt out. It had died a painful and tragic death. We hung our heads and carried the lifeless mixer back to the house. Happy Birthday Mom! Surprise?

Thankfully I have an understanding Mom who likes to laugh in the face of adversity (in this case probably to keep from crying). Since then I have become a much better cook and hopefully a little wiser. I have made many a cake with no ones mixer being the worse for it. Including this one. I actually like to mix this cake by hand because it is so easy to whip up and only dirties one bowl. I have made this cake on numerous occasions and it is a definite favourite. It is chocolatey, moist, and delicious. It goes with numerous amounts of fillings and variations. The cake pictured above was for my son’s 1st birthday back in June. I froze it, along with it’s filling of Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse and topped it with Ganache. Which made for an icy delight. The one below is simply filled with a Coconut Creme Filling. But, this is one cake that I can eat completely on it’s own with no added icings or fillings. Not too sweet and just perfect!




Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 9:03am


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