This Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake has got everything a cake needs: chocolate, chocolate chips, and a gooey chocolate center. I would have left it at that, but then I remembered my local bakery’s chocolate blackout cupcakes. Those cupcakes have chocolate cake, a chocolate icing center, and then more icing on top! Yes! If it’s good enough for cupcakes, it’s definitely good enough for cake.
I found this recipe on dessert for two. Since it’s already a small portion, I didn’t change it much, but I did make a few tweaks.
Because I don’t use cooking spray, I prepared my mini baking pan with butter and a dusting of flour.
Keep Your Cake From Sticking
Just rub the butter over the bottom and sides of the pan, then sprinkle flour over it and spread it around with a butter knife.
Also, I didn’t have chocolate chips, so I cut up part of a bar of chocolate with a large knife (a mini-chopper would work too). Since I was going to add the icing, I cut the amount of “chips” to 1/4 cup. I don’t like espresso powder, particularly not with chocolate, so I left that out.
Finally, I topped it all with a ganache topping, which is simply equal parts chocolate bar and butter. Just combine 2 oz. of chocolate with 2 oz. of butter and melt that gently in a small saucepan. Let it cool for fifteen minutes (or it will just soak in to your cake and disappear) and then and spread it over the top of your cake. If you want, you can add a splash of vanilla extract to the mixture.
Since this is a small cake, you don’t need to use your mixer. You can easily make the whole thing by hand in a single medium-size bowl.
Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake
There's not one, not two, but three kinds of chocolate in this Greek yogurt chocolate cake. Yum!
1/2 C white granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 C plain Greek yogurt
2 large eggs
1/2 C flour
5 T plain cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 C chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
2 oz dark chocolate
2 oz (2 T) unsalted butter
Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a mini baking pan (6 inches).
Add the sugar, vanilla extract, yogurt, and eggs to a medium size bowl. Whisk thoroughly until the mixture becomes smooth. It should be a pale, lemony color.
Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Whisk that all together thoroughly. It should now look dark, smooth, and fudgy.
Fold in the chips/chopped chocolate.
Pour the batter into the baking pan, scraping it out with a rubber spatula.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. The usual toothpick test won’t work here (it will still be gooey inside when it’s done), but the top of the cake will be solid and start to pull away from the sides of the pan.
Let cool a few minutes, then top with the ganache.
While the cake is baking, melt 2 oz of chocolate and 2 oz of butter in a small saucepan. Let stand for fifteen minutes, and then spread over the cooled cake with a spatula.
Tools and Ingredients for Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake
HIC Porcelain Square Baking Dish 6.5- by 6.5- by 1-inch
This dish is the perfect size for this cake, a small coffee cake, brownies, or apple bread. It cleans up easily and you can put it in the dishwasher if you like. It’s also microwave safe.
Cadbury Bourneville Cocoa
This cocoa is far richer and more full-flavored than the usual American cocoa. It’s darker chocolate and has no added sugar or fillers. Just plain cocoa.
Silicone Spatula Set
It’s getting harder and harder to find these in the stores. They’re all too wide: fine for turning fish or an egg, but useless for scraping cake batter out of your mixing bowl or spreading icing. Since they are silicone, they’re more heat-resistant than rubber would be. They’re also dishwasher safe and have built-in holes for hanging.
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