Homemade Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe

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BITE into this amazing chocolate truffle cake. FIGHT over who gets the most truffles.  COVER yourself with the chocolate crumbs. Just GIVE IN to this epic chocolate truffle cake, DEVOUR it like a pig.  It’s so worth it.

Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe

This homemade chocolate truffle cake is a knockout.  If you want to make a cake that will impress everybody, this is the cake to make.  Chocolate lovers will rejoice biting into this chocolate truffle cake!  This is the chocolate cake with the chocolate ganache cream and the chocolate truffles on top – all homemade, including the truffles.

How To Make Chocolate Truffle Cake

Every time I make this homemade chocolate truffle cake, it is the king of the dessert table.  People absolutely rave about this cake!  This chocolate truffle cake is better than most chocolate cakes in the fine restaurants.

As you can see from most of the recipes on this site, I’m a big fan of easy and quick recipes.  However, I do make an exception for this chocolate truffle cake!  Even a lazy cook like me takes the time to make this gorgeous cake because the result is so worth it.  When you taste this homemade chocolate truffle cake, I guarantee you’ll say that you’ve never tasted any homemade dessert as good as this one.

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How To Make Chocolate Truffle Cake

The key to making this amazing chocolate truffle cake is breaking the whole process down into logical steps:

  • Prepare the chocolate cream mixture
  • Prepare the truffle mixture
  • Bake the cake
  • Cut the cake into layers
  • Whip the chocolate cream
  • Assemble the cake and frost each layer with chocolate cream
  • Make chocolate crumbs in food processor and put them on the cake
  • Make the truffles and put them on top of cake

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Even though there are many steps, all of them are pretty straight-forward.  I always make the chocolate cream mixture and the truffle mixture the day before.  The chocolate cream mixture goes into the refrigerator, and the chocolate truffle mixture goes into the freezer.  Then the next day I just bake the cake, and while the cake is baking I whip the chocolate cream and make chocolate crumbs and truffles.  Once you get the process down, making the chocolate truffle cake is a breeze!

This chocolate truffle cake tastes even better the next day, so I recommend making it the day before the party and keeping it covered in a refrigerator.  It allows the cream to fully penetrate the cake, making the texture even more amazing.  Enjoy!

How To Make Truffle Cake

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Homemade Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe

This chocolate truffle cake is simply epic! Chocolate lovers will go crazy over this amazing chocolate layer cake with chocolate cream, chocolate crumbs and chocolate truffles on top! This chocolate truffle cake will make you a star of the party!
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings


Chocolate cake

  • 4 oz dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp espresso powder optional
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 sticks 12 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

Chocolate cream

  • 10 oz dark chocolate
  • 4 cups heavy cream

Chocolate Truffles:

  • 10 oz dark chocolate
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

Chocolate crumbs:

  • 4 oz dark chocolate


Prepare the mixture for chocolate cream

  • Break the 10 oz of chocolate into pieces. Put the chocolate and 4 cups of heavy cream in the pot. Heat until the cream starts to simmer. Don't let it boil - take it off the heat. Stir the chocolate so the cream and chocolate are blended together. Let cool, then put in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Prepare the mixture for the chocolate truffles

  • Break the 10 oz of chocolate into pieces. Put the chocolate and 2/3 cup of the heavy cream in a saucepan. Heat until the cream starts to simmer. Take it off the heat before it starts to boil. Stir it really well so the chocolate and cream are blended together. Let cool, then put in a freezer for at least 2 hours.

Bake the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Break the chocolate into small pieces and put in a bowl. Add cocoa and espresso powder to the chocolate. Pour boiling water over cocoa and chocolate. Let stand for 2 minutes, then mix until the chocolate melts and everything is combined.
  • In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar together. Add eggs and mix. Add the chocolate and cocoa mixture and mix. Add flour, baking soda, salt and sour cream, then mix until everything is combined and smooth.
  • Spray 2 non-stick 9-inch round pans with non-stick spray. Pour the batter into 2 pans. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Invert the cakes out of the pans. Slice each cake into 2 layers.
  • You should now have 4 layers to make one tall cake - the layers will go on top of each other with chocolate cream in between layers.

Whip the chocolate cream

  • Take the chocolate cream mixture out of the refrigerator, and pour it in a large bowl. Whip with a mixer on a highest speed for 5 minutes, or until it's thick and has a consistency of a whipped cream.

Assemble the cake

  • Divide the chocolate cream into 5 parts: 1 part for each of the 4 layers, and the 5th part for the sides of the cake.
  • Put the first layer of the cake on a plate that you'll use for serving the cake. Spread 1 part of the cream on this layer. Put the second layer on top. Spread another 1 part of the cream. Repeat for the 3rd and 4th layer. Smear the remaining 1 part of the cream on the sides of the cake, using your hand.

Make the chocolate crumbs and put on the cake

  • Put 4 oz chocolate into the food processor, and process until it turns into chocolate crumbs. Sprinkle the chocolate crumbs on top and sides of the cake

Make the chocolate truffles and put on the cake

  • Take the truffle mixture that you made the day before out of the freezer. With the spoon, take out pieces of the mixture. Roll them in your hands and make into balls.
  • Put the truffles on top of the cake.
  • Store the chocolate truffle cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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  1. Hi Melanie!

    Terrific looking cake!!! I’ll bet it tastes as good as it looks too. Beautiful kids–but that’s expected because mom’s pretty terrific and smart herself!

    Happy birthday to you and many more.


  2. Well, Melanie, you’re certainly aging well, although one can’t call 33 aging, I guess.
    And after looking through some of those recipes, it sure looks like you’re quite a cook in addition to being a great marketer.
    Keep up the good work – and have many more happy and healthy birthdays.

  3. Melanie, that really looks delicious. I like trying new things on the stove and in the oven. I will try to make this very soon. Thank you for sharing.

    Glenn H. Kipps

  4. I am going to try this cake right away!!! I have not had the best luck with cakes and this one turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing! (Happy B-Day!)

  5. The cake looks gorgeous, thank you for sharing the recipe! I already make truffles, now I can make a cake for them to sit on. Happy Birthday!

  6. I was at IKEA today and bought one of their dark chocolate bars. As Melanie professed – IT’S OUTRAGEOUS! i just ate the whole thing in one sitting. me bad. LOL.

  7. Hello,
    Would you please expand on the type of dark chocolate you used? Percent and/or brand? It looks just right.
    Thanks- love your recipies!

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