Classic Dark Chocolate Cake


45 minutes


  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Ghirardelli 100% Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 3/4 sticks (14 tablespoons) Butter, unsalted, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Boiling water
  • 1 bag (10 oz) Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 2 tablespoons Ghirardelli 100% Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup Boiling water
  • 3/4 cup Butter, unsalted, softened
  • 1/4 cup Confectioner's sugar
  • Pinch Salt


  • DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE or CUPCAKE - Preheat oven to 350F. Grease the bottoms of two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans, and line with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients Granulated Sugar, All Purpose Flour, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt. Add Milk and Butter; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the Eggs and Vanilla Extract. Mix until incorporated. Stir in boiling water.
  • Divide the batter evenly between two prepared pans. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the tester comes out clean when inserted into the cake’s center.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes. Remove cakes from pans, discard the parchment paper, and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.   
  • Dark Chocolate Cupcakes: Fill liners 2/3 full with batter (yields 24); or fill 1/2 for smaller cupcakes (yields 30). Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans then remove and place on wire racks. Frost cupcakes once completely cooled.
  • CHOCOLATE FROSTING - Melt chocolate in a double boiler; stir occasionally until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the cocoa and boiling water. Let both the chocolate and the cocoa mixture cool to room temperature.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, and salt on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the chocolate on low speed, and then beat in the cocoa mixture.

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