Triple Chocolate Ganache Cake: a Secret Bakery Recipe

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This secret bakery cake recipe is fudgy, moist, and dense with a rich chocolate flavor.  The chocolate ganache cake is almost brownie-like with a thick and fudgy chocolate ganache filling.  It’s delicious on its own, or perfect with a glass of milk, scoop of ice cream, or cup of coffee. This is the very first Amycakes Bakery recipe that I’m sharing!  In addition to it being the 2nd most requested recipe (don’t worry friends, the most requested recipe is coming your way soon!), I wanted to share this one first because it is one of my easier cakes to bake. 

Don’t let the number of ingredients or length of the recipe scare you away.   Keep in mind that after owning a bakery for over 11 years, I can’t help but write these recipes like I’m training an employee…We’ll see if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. 😂 You may need a few extra ingredients on hand, but most of these are ingredients that I use in all of my cake recipes.  And with a few simple steps, you’ll have this cake baked in no time.

Two-Bowl Method

To make the cake all you really need are two bowls–one for wet ingredients and one for dry ingredients.  This is called the Two-Bowl method, and I use it in several (though not all) of my cake recipes.  I learned this method from Barb Baker who owned The Bakehouse in Springfield, Missouri for over 20 years.  I trained under Barb for a couple months after my parents and I bought her business, which later reopened as Amycakes Bakery.  Barb shared her knowledge and taught me some very important skills, including that cake methods don’t have to be overly complicated to create a really moist and delicious cake!  Whisking the dry, then whisking the wet in the Two-Bowl Method prevents the batter from overmixing and makes a very moist and tender cake. 

Instant Clearjel enhances this Chocolate Ganache Bakery-Style Cake

This recipe recommends Instant Clearjel, a modified cornstarch that retains moisture and allows me to include extra moisture-generating ingredients like buttermilk and oil. (Update: I’ve tested out a readily-available substitute with great results: You can also use Jello Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix as listed in the recipe. Instant Pudding mix has Instant Clearjel (aka modified cornstarch) as the second ingredient. This makes a slightly denser cake than the Instant Clearjel version, but it is still delicious.) Make sure the Instant Clearjel you use is labeled as “Instant.”  Cooktyle Clearjel is a different product that does not work the same in cakes.  

If you have a kitchen scale, please use it for the grams (g) and ounces (oz) provided for more consistent results. If you don’t have a scale, no worries!–just be sure to “spoon and level” your dry ingredients, and to fully pack your brown sugar into its measuring cup.

Easy Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Even easier than the Two Bowl Method cake batter is the chocolate ganache filling.  I can’t tell you the number of times we were complimented on our fudgy chocolate ganache filling at Amycakes Bakery.  And now everyone will know that it’s the easiest filling ever, with only two ingredients–chocolate chips and heavy cream!  You can choose any semi-sweet chocolate chip brand, but I’ve always stuck with good ‘ole Nestle chocolate chips, which I use in many of my recipes.  You’ll also be using some of these chocolate chips in the cake batter.

Fluffy Chocolate Buttercream

A stand mixer will make this buttercream much easier, but you can use a handheld mixer as well.  Cream Cheese gives the buttercream a creamy texture and balances the sweetness, but most taste-testers won’t know that it has cream cheese as an ingredient.  A little bit of shortening and corn syrup help with the stability and texture. Pure Vanilla is recommended for the best flavor.  I save my treasured Pure Vanilla for my buttercreams and don’t mind using a more cost-efficient Vanilla Blend in my cake batters or baked items where it is hard to tell a difference. (Olive Nation, where I buy many of my extracts, has provided Amycakes Bakes readers with a coupon code AB20 for 20% off).

Layering the Chocolate Ganache Cake.

My preferred baking method is to bake all the batter in a half sheet pan (typically 18″x13″x1″ tall) and use what I call the Cut and Stack Method to assemble the cake (Inspired by Christina Tosi’s Milkbar cutting method).  This provides a flatter, more even bake (a less domed cake in the middle and no dark edges). I leave my cake in the pan when I cut them because my cakes are so moist that I have to take extra care with them. Then I layer the cakes when they are cold or frozen. Watch to the end of my video in the recipe below to see how it’s done.

Troubleshooting Overflowing Sheet Pans--
All my cake recipes are a tight fit in my recommended 1" tall sheet pans.  I love baking cakes in these pans, but a couple of readers have had their cake overflow slightly while it bakes in their oven.  I'm guessing this has to do with either:
1) Lower oven temps causing the cake to bake slower and not bake as quickly as it rises, therefore overflowing.  You can check your oven with an oven thermometer.
2) Uneven spreading or warped or shorter sheet cake pans.  The sheet pan I use is this 1/2 sheet (for 1x batches) and this 1/4 sheet (for 0.5x batches).
3) Slight Measuring variations when using measuring cups instead of a kitchen scale.  
If you find this to be a frequent issue, I would recommend baking in a 12x18 sheet-cake pan (for 1x batches) or a 9x13 sheet-cake pan (for 0.5x batches), which are 2" tall instead of 1" tall.  With these pans, you'll still be able to easily cut the cake out with a cake ring, and use the ring as a guide when cutting the two half pieces of cake. Just fill in the middle of the bottom pieced layer of cake with cake scraps as needed.

You’ll be amazed to see how much easier it is to stack and layer cakes when they are cold or frozen.  My extra-moist cake recipes are too soft to layer right after cooling. (It can be done, but I don’t recommend it. 😬 The cakes are so soft and moist at room temperature that they will be extra crumby and might break as you layer them!)  The easiest way is to cut the cake with cake rings when it is at room temperature, then wrap and freeze the whole cake pan for around 2 hours or overnight so it is cold or frozen before layering. If you are layering and decorating your cake the day you plan to serve it, I recommend keeping the cake in the fridge instead of the freezer overnight. It will not be quite as easy to work with as frozen, but we don’t want to risk serving a frozen cake.

Make Easy Cake Truffles

Once you’ve stacked your cake you’ll have some delicious cake scraps to munch on or to just test your creation (I always felt better serving a cake when I had already tried the cake scraps and knew it was delicious!). You can also turn the scraps into easy cake truffles, cake pops, or mini cake parfaits. (For the easiest cake truffles for garnish, you don’t even have to dip them! Just smash and roll the cake into 1″ balls, then press jimmy sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or chocolate flakes into the outside of the balls. You can also roll them in cocoa powder. They taste similar to fudgy brownie-batter bites!

Baker’s Shortcut

Most of my cake recipes have a timesaving method which I call the Baker’s Shortcut.  There’s nothing wrong with not having the time or the patience for layering a cake–sometimes and we just want to eat cake NOW!  For this cake, if you just want to be able to enjoy a fudgy delicious sheet cake as soon as possible, follow the Baker’s Shortcut in the Notes section of the recipe.

Decorating the Cake

One of the reasons I love the Cut and Stack Method is it lets me choose which cake size I’m going to make after I bake it! You can even cut little Cakelets with 4″ cake rings or 3″ or 2″ round cookie cutters. Use a piping bag and frost the cakes like a cupcake for an adorable mini dessert!

The layer cake pictured is an 8″ round, but you could make an extra tall 6″ cake or even two 6″ cakes (freeze one for later!) 😊

You can decorate this cake any way that strikes your fancy. You could use a small offset icing spatula to add a simple fluffy homestyle texture. To decorate the cake like the video in my recipe, use reserved chocolate ganache to drizzle around the edges in a squeeze bottle. Then fill a disposable piping bag with a 1M star tip and swirl some easy rosettes around the edges. I topped my rosettes with another drizzle of ganache and the easy cake truffles that I made with the extra cake scraps.

Serving the Cake

Nearly all of my cakes are best at room temperature! They’ll still taste yummy out of the fridge, but will be firm and a different texture due to all the yummy butter in the cake and buttercream.  I want to make sure you enjoy the soft and moist cake texture that is intended by eating the cake at room temperature cake.  You can refrigerate the cake after decorating it, but allow it to come back to room temperature 2-3 hours before serving. (Keep in mind the buttercream can melt in warm conditions). I keep my leftover cake out of the fridge for up to 24 hours, but I’ll refrigerate or freeze anything that won’t get eaten within that time.

I think you’re ready to go!  You’ll do great! This is my very first recipe post, and I’m sure I have a lot to learn–comment below with any questions or let me know what you think of the recipe! If you make this cake, I would absolutely love it if you would snap a photo and tag me @amycakesbakes, or share this recipe using the social share buttons below. 😊

Thanks for Reading. ❤️

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5 from 18 votes

Triple Chocolate Ganache Cake

This bakery-style secret cake recipe from Amycakes Bakery is fudgy, moist, and dense with a rich chocolate flavor.  It’s almost brownie-like with a thick and fudgy chocolate ganache filling.  It’s delicious on its own, or perfect with a glass of milk, scoop of ice cream, or cup of coffee. By baking it in a sheet pan and cutting out rounds of cake with cake rings, you can make easy cake truffles with the cake scraps. Or choose a different cake pan size using the chart in my post about Half-Batches and Cake Pans.
If you have a kitchen scale, please select grams above the ingredients for the most accurate results. If you don’t have a scale, no worries!–just be sure to “spoon and level” your flour and cocoa, and to fully-pack your brown sugar into its measuring cup.
Servings 14 generous slices
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 26 mins
You may halve the recipe by selecting 0.5x above–Please read Half Batches and Cake Pan Sizes: Everything You Need to Know.
Select “grams” if you have a kitchen scale for more accurate baking.


Dry Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cup All-Purpose Flour (I use Gold Medal)
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ cup Instant Clearjel OR use Jello Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix See Note #1 and #2
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I use Hershey's)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup packed Brown Sugar

Wet Ingredients

  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1 ½ cup Buttermilk
  • ½ cup brewed Coffee
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp Dark Corn Syrup (or use light corn syrup)
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Butter Mixture

  • 1 ½ sticks (6 oz) Salted Butter
  • ½ cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (I use Nestle)

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (I use Nestle)

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 3 ¾ cup Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ cup Instant Clearjel (optional) See Note #1 and #2
  • ¼ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I use Hershey's)
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) Salted Butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup Shortening
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Syrup (light or dark)
  • 1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Easy Cake Truffles (optional)

  • ½ cup Chocolate Jimmy Sprinkles (or use mini chocolate chips, cocoa powder or chocolate flakes)


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Make Chocolate Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 1" tall 1/2 sheet pan with parchment paper, then spray the bottom (on top of the parchment) and sides of the pan with cooking spray. Or choose a different cake pan(s) using the chart in my post about Half-Batches and Cake Pans.
  • Using a sifter or fine mesh strainer, sift the first seven Dry Ingredients into a large bowl, then add brown sugar. Whisk until well blended. If you see any large brown sugar clumps, break them up and blend them in with your fingers.
  • Combine Wet Ingredients in a separate large bowl and whisk until smooth and well-blended.
  • Melt salted butter in the microwave (or over the stove) until just melted. Avoid overcooking. Add semi-sweet chocolate chips and whisk until melted and smooth (Whisk for 30 seconds to 1 minute–the heat from the melted butter plus the whisking will melt the chips).
  • Pour Wet Ingredients into Dry Ingredients and whisk until incorporated. Pour Chocolate Butter Mixture over batter and whisk until smooth and lump-free. (A few teeny brown sugar lumps are ok and will dissolve as it bakes).
  • Pour batter into the prepared 1/2 sheet pan and smooth out batter until even (an offset icing spatula works well for this). The batter will be about 1/4 inch from the top of a 1" tall sheet pan.
  • Allow pan to set for 5-10 minutes before putting it in the oven. This will give time for the instant clearjel (or instant pudding mix) to thicken the cake batter before it bakes, allowing for a better rise.
  • Bake in the middle or top rack (avoid bottom rack) of a preheated 325-degree oven for 16 minutes. Without opening the oven, turn the temperature down to 300 degrees and bake for another 8-10 minutes. Check the cake at this point. See if it is done by lightly touching the top of the cake–try to avoid moving the cake pan or baking rack, which could cause an underdone cake to sink. If jiggly at all to your touch, bake for another 1-5 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick or small paring knife comes out clean when quickly stuck in the cake. A few moist crumbs on your knife are fine, but they shouldn't look wet.
  • Allow cake to cool completely. To make a sheet cake, follow the Baker's Shortcut (Note #5), or choose your round cake size using the Cut and Stack method (Note #3). Leave the cake in the sheet pan, and using a slight sawing motion, cut the cooled cake into your desired cake size with cake rings (You can use a knife and the cake rings as a guide for any halve pieces that you cut.) Brush lightly with simple syrup (optional, Note #4).
  • Wrap thoroughly in plastic wrap and freeze cake in the pan for 2 hours or overnight. (You can even bake the cake up to a week ahead of time and freeze). The cake will be much easier to layer if it is cold or frozen. To wrap the cake, place another sheet of parchment on top of the cake (this will prevent the plastic wrap from sticking to the cake), and wrap the whole pan with plastic wrap. (I pull the plastic wrap out and place the pan on top of it. Then I wrap 2-3 ways horizontally and one way vertically so that there are two layers of wrap on all sides of the pan including the bottom).

Make Ganache Filling

  • Combine heavy cream and semi-sweet chocolate chips in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 30-second increments, stirring for 30 seconds to one minute in between each heat. (It should only take two to three heats in the microwave. Lots of whisking will melt your chocolate faster and prevent the chocolate chips from overcooking in the microwave.
  • Once all the chocolate chips are melted and your ganache is shiny and smooth, place it in the fridge to cool. Stir occasionally until it is has cooled to a very thick and fudgy consistency. Once it is the right thickness, remove it from the fridge until you are ready to fill and layer your cake. (If your ganache gets too cold, it will be too thick to spread. Simply reheat in the microwave at 5-10 second increments, stirring frequently, until it is the right consistency.)

Make Fluffy Chocolate Buttercream

  • Whisk the powdered sugar, Instant Clearjel, and unsweetened cocoa powder together until well-blended. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer (preferred) or handheld mixer and a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until broken up and softened.
  • Add the room temperature salted butter and continue to beat, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the shortening and beat and scrape the sides until there are no lumps.
  • While the mixer is on low, slowly add the powdered sugar mixture.
  • Add the corn syrup and pure vanilla, and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Then beat the buttercream on high for three minutes. This will add air into the buttercream and make it light and fluffy. The Instant Clearjel will cause the buttercream to thicken slightly during the next 10 minutes as it sits.

Layer, Decorate, and Serve

  • The easiest way to layer the cake is to layer the cake from frozen the day before you plan to serve it. If serving the cake the same day you are layering it, use refrigerated cake layers instead of frozen.
  • Reserve 1/2 cup chocolate ganache for drizzling down the sides of the cake (optional). Use your two half-circles of cake to make the bottom cake layer (fill in with scraps if needed to make a level surface). Fill your three cake layers with 2 layers of fudgy chocolate ganache, and frost on the outside with the fluffy chocolate buttercream. An offset icing spatula (I use the small and medium size on all my cakes) helps with this. I recommend frosting a thin crumb coat of buttercream on the outside of the cake which will catch all the crumby edges, then allow it to set up in the freezer for about 10 minutes until the buttercream is firm. Then spread another layer of buttercream over your crumb coat. (I just lightly ice my cakes on the 2nd coat and smooth it with a bench scraper, as I don't mind cake showing through as long as the sides are smooth, but there is enough buttercream for you to fully-ice it.)
  • While your crumb coat is setting up in the freezer, make easy cake truffles with some or all your cake scraps! (I decorated the cake with eight truffles in my video, and there were several left over). Simply squish together room-temperature cake scraps until it becomes a smooth dough. Divide the cake truffle dough into 1" pieces and roll into balls. Press chocolate jimmies into the sides of the balls (The dough is thick so you have to press the sprinkles into the balls to get them to stick instead of just rolling them). Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Microwave the reserved ganache until thin, and drizzle down the sides of the cake using a spoon or squeeze bottle. There is enough fluffy chocolate buttercream to frost a row of rosettes around the top of the cake using a pastry bag and 1M star tip (or get creative with a different design!). Top the cake with easy cake truffles if desired.
  • You can let the cake set up in the fridge, but remove it from the fridge 1-3 hours before serving so it can come back to room temperature. This cake has the best texture at room temperature. Enjoy!


  1. Read my article Instant Clearjel: a Magical Little-Known Bakery Ingredient to see why I think this ingredient is worth having in your pantry.  Instant Clearjel must always be whisked thoroughly with other dry ingredients before added to wet ingredients to avoid clumping.  I have tested this recipe with the following Instant Clearjel brands: Prepared Pantry, Hoosier Hill Farm, and Ingredion (Make sure what you purchase is labeled as “Instant.”  Cooktyle Clearjel is a different product that does not work the same in cakes). 
  2. If you don’t have Instant Clearjel you can substitute 1/4 c (46 g) Jello Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix in a 1x batch, or 2 Tbsp (23 g) in a 0.5 batch..  Instant Pudding Mix contains Instant Clearjel (modified cornstarch) as the second ingredient which is why it provides similar results .  Cakes with Instant Pudding mix instead of Instant Clearjel tend to need around 5 more minutes of baking time.  In the chocolate buttercream, if you don’t have Instant Clearjel, just leave it out.  You can add a little bit extra powdered sugar to get a thicker buttercream if preferred.  
  3. When baking cakes in a sheet pan, the cake bakes more evenly (flatter on top and with no dark edges), and you get to choose your cake size after baking!  With a 1/2 Sheet Pan you can make a three-layer 8″ cake (two full rounds, one pieced round from two half-circles), an extra tall six-layer 6″ cake (5 full rounds, one pieced round from two half-circles), TWO 3-layer 6″ cakes (eat one now and freeze one for later.  🙂 Or have a baking party with a friend and you each get a cake!) or several little Cakelets using a 4″ cake ring or 3″ or 2″ round cookie cutters.
  4. Simple Syrup is optional, but I use it to seal in the moisture for cakes that will be refrigerated or frozen.  While the cake cools, make a simple syrup by combining 1 T water and 1 T sugar in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until the sugar is dissolved after whisking, about 20-30 seconds.  You can also make a larger batch of this (1 part sugar to 1 part water) and keep it in the fridge if you’re doing a lot of cake baking.  Always cut the cake with cake rings before brushing the cake brush simple syrup, to avoid the cake being too sticky when cut.
    1). Make a sheet cake instead!  While the cake bakes, make the ganache and the chocolate buttercream.  Don’t refrigerate the ganache, but allow it to cool at room temperature until it is about the thickness of yogurt and easily spreadable.  Reserve 1/2 cup ganache for drizzling if desired.
    2). Once the cake is fully cooled, keep the cake in the pan and spread the thickened ganache on top of the cake.  The ganache should be thin enough that it doesn’t damage the cake as you spread it.  Set the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes so the ganache can set up.
    3). Spread the fluffy buttercream on top of the set-up ganache.  Drizzle with some reserved ganache, if desired.  Serve cake slices out of the pan and enjoy at room temperature.
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Calories: 1031kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bakery cake, Cake, cake truffles, chocolate cake, fudgy cake, ganache, ganache cake
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  1. 5 stars
    Looking forward to making this recipe! One of my family’s favorite Amycakes!

    1. Thanks so much, I hope you all enjoy it!

  2. 5 stars
    My Husband asks for this cake every year on his birthday! I can’t wait to try to make it on my own!

    1. Yay, I hope he loves it! 🙂

  3. April Scott says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

    1. Thank you, I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  4. Amy McGee says:

    5 stars
    Wowza! I think that you’ve got to be about the most generous baker around to share this delicious recipe with your fandom. I loved learning that your cakes are baked as a sheet cake and then cut into circles. Thank you for sharing all your amazing tips.

    1. Thank you, it’s been fun to share! 🙂

  5. Clancey Mills says:

    5 stars
    I ended up getting the wrong clearjel for this cake, so I used the pudding mix substitute. It was so delicious! I definitely want to try it again sometime with the instant clearjel though.

    1. Thank you Clancey, so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. mary powell says:

    5 stars
    Made this cake and used the leftover cake to make parfaits. Not as pretty as yours, but darn tasty.

    1. Thanks so much Mary, so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  7. Valerie Litwinick says:

    5 stars
    We made the chocolate cake for my Bachelorette party. It was the best tasting chocolate cake I had ever had. Can’t wait to try the others too!!!

    1. That’s wonderful to hear! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  8. My first attempt at this cake wasn’t pretty but it was so delicious! Can’t wait to try again 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! Taste is the most important part after all! 😄

  9. Shari Ennes says:

    I am a chocolate lover!! I can’t wait to make this for my next girls event!!

    1. Yay, I hope you enjoy it!

  10. Nicole Grant says:

    This is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had in my life. I can’t wait to try and make it myself. Thank you for sharing your recipes!

    1. Thanks so much Nicole, I hope you enjoy it!

  11. Karen Scott says:

    Can this recipe be made into cupcakes? If so, how full do you fill the cupcake liners, and how long do you bake?

    1. This recipe works great as cupcakes! I haven’t had a chance to test it extensively in my residential oven, but when I did try it I baked them at 350 degrees for 8 minutes, then turned the oven down to 300 for 6-8 more minutes. A 0.5x batch makes around 16 cupcakes. I use a 2 oz scoop for mine, which is about 1/4 cup batter per cupcake.

    2. Lindsey Yocum says:

      5 stars
      I would like to try this too!

      1. Thank you, I hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂

  12. Anonymous says:

    5 stars
    Love the sheet cake method! I admit—I didn’t make any truffles because I ended up eating all the scraps! 😂

    1. That is usually is what happens in our house too! 😂 So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

    2. 5 stars
      This has to be the best chocolate cake ever! Thanks for sharing!

      1. Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed it!

  13. 5 stars
    Oh my word this recipe makes a delicious cake. My family loved it and thank you so much for sharing it. The ganache was soft when the cake was at room temperature and caused the layers to slide on the 3” piece that wasn’t devoured. Is it supposed to be, or did I make a mistake on the consistency?

    1. That is so wonderful to hear! 🙂 I’m so happy that you liked the recipe and thanks for commenting! 🙂 When I make it my ganache is still thick at room temp, so I’m wondering if it was due to the either a different brand of chocolate chips, or maybe it’s the warm weather we’ve been having? Letting the cake get nice and firm in the fridge before bringing it out a couple hours before serving to get back to room temp can also help with stability. 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! I just finished icing this cake. We iced the scraps so we could taste it. Amazing!!! It is not nearly as beautiful as your cakes. (Trouble with the getting the drizzle to drip nicely.) I can’t believe that something this yummy came out of my oven. Thank you! Thank you for the way that you wrote the recipe. It was very easy to follow. Having the video, as well, was extremely helpful. I appreciate you sharing your recipe.

    1. This made me so happy, thank you Rebecca! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the recipe. 🙂

  15. Melissa M says:

    This recipe launch has been the highlight of my week!! I never ordered the chocolate so I baked it today. I thought I followed the recipe but it’s overflowing my sheet pan. I can’t figure out what I did wrong? Thanks so much for all your hard work! I love it.

    1. I’m so glad you made it today and thanks for writing! I’m guessing you did nothing wrong—Probably has to do with either scale vs measuring cups or ovens baking differently or brand of sheet pan–was it just a little bit overflowing? When I bake it in my oven it mounds at the edge but doesn’t overflow, so it is a tight fit. It should not affect the flavor at all and I would just continue baking it like normal. (I’m sorry about the mess though!). If this happens to others I will look into downsizing the recipe. Let me know how it turns out!

      1. Melissa M says:

        Yes! Just a little and only on 2 sides. I thought maybe I didn’t spread totally even when I used my offset spatula. I’m going to finish it Saturday so I’ll post then. Thanks so much. I appreciate all your feedback.

        1. That could have something to do with it! Another reader told me hers overflowed sligthly as well, so I have updated my recommendations under the heading “Layering the Cake” on this post. For most people it seems like the 1/2 sheet pan is fine, but I am also recommending a 12×18 sheet-cake pan that’s 2″ tall for anyone who has problems with it overflowing. 🙂

    2. 5 stars
      I was so excited to try your chocolate cake recipe and it was amazing! We loved it!! I made the cake for Father’s Day and used German Chocolate Icing because that’s my husband’s favorite. Can’t wait to try the rest of the recipe. I had never used instant clear jell before. I’m excited to add it to my cookies and pies. Is there a formula for how much you add to a recipe? I’ve done a little research and it suggested adding a teaspoon per cup of flour used. Do you make any adjustments with the other ingredients, or just add it to your recipe? Thank you so much sharing your recipe, Amy!! I look forward to trying the next one you share!

      1. Yum, German Chocolate icing would be great with this! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the cake recipe and thanks for commenting! The amount of Instant Clearjel I use varies between my recipes, but for me it tends to be around 1 Tbsp Instant Clearjel per 1 1/2 cup flour in cakes. As long as you mix it with your dry ingredients first you don’t have to do anything different, but I’ve found I can usually add around equal parts additional moist ingredients like vegetable oil, because the instant clearjel allows the cake to retain more moisture without getting heavy. Cookies and pies vary a lot more depending on the ingredients. I hope you have fun working with it, and I think I’m going to work on updating my Instant Clearjel article with more specifics for bakers who want to experiment! 🙂

        1. Thank you, Amy! I tried the Clear Jel in an apple pie over the weekend and it worked great. I’ve always used cornstarch for my thickener. I haven’t been able to bake much in months and you have stirred up a fire in me.👩‍🍳

          1. I love hearing that!! Thanks so much for sharing, Patsy! 🙂

  16. Christy Welty says:

    So excited to try your recipe. I was so sad when you closed your shop. Thank you for sharing your lovely cake recipes.

    1. Thank you, I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  17. Looks amazing, can’t wait to try it 🙂

    1. Yay, thank you! Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  18. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing Amy! I ordered the cake rings and they will be here tomorrow. I have all of the ingredients and can’t wait to make the cake!

    1. Oh good, thank you so much! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

      1. Jenny Curtis says:

        I made it, but have a little bit of work to do on the drizzle:) Can’t wait to try it!

        1. Yay! Can’t wait to hear what you think! 🙂

          1. Jenny Curtis says:

            It was delicious!! I posted a picture on the Facebook post and my mom posted one that tagged you on her facebook:)

          2. That photo on facebook seriously made my day! Thank you Jenny!! So glad you guys liked it. 🙂

  19. Paige Schwent says:

    5 stars
    This will forever be the BEST cake and I can’t wait to make it at home myself! The step by step photos and videos are so helpful! ❤️

    1. Thank you so much Paige! ❤️❤️❤️

  20. Jennifer M. says:

    5 stars
    I’m so excited to make this! Thank you so much for sharing. The step by step instructions and photos will be a tremendous help. ♥️

    1. Yay, thank you so much Jennifer! 🙂

  21. Laura Moore says:

    5 stars
    Thank you! Can’t wait to try and make it!

    1. Thank you Laura! Let me know what you think! 🙂

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