A Simple Chocolate Cake

simple chocolate cake with ganacheThis cake is simple—but good. It’s a moist, dense cake, nearly like a pound cake. It only has a few ingredients, is simple to mix, and uses one pan. Yet it is attractive enough for company. Serve this cake with a scoop of ice cream for a knock-out dessert.

This is best topped simply. We recommend an easy ganache. (Catch the easy ganache recipe here.)


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces (about 3/4 cup) bittersweet chocolate or dark (semisweet) chocolate wafers (chips can be used)

1 cup buttermilk


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

1. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together. Set aside.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat after each. Continue beating until light and fluffy.
3. Melt the chocolate. Drizzle the chocolate into the egg mixture while the beaters are running.
4. Fold the flour mixture and the buttermilk into the mixture, about a third at a time alternating and starting with the flour mixture.
5. Spoon the batter into a prepared bundt pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a center crack comes out clean.