Chocolate Berry Cake

by Monica Lazăr on December 27, 2012


I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Mine certainly was great and that’s because I had the opportunity to share the joy with beautiful people, even if only virtual path.

I’m not in my best shape and that’s because my tonsils are not my friends anymore. So I replaced the mulled wine with hot tea and more time spent under the blanket. However, I couldn`t resisted not sharing this wonderful cake recipe, the star of our holidays.

The cake has a moist dough with intense chocolate taste. For berry mousse I used frozen fruit, kept for this special occasion. Sweet and delicate, this dessert ends a great holiday meal!

Chocolate berry cake

Chocolate Berry Cake


1 3/4 cup  flour

1 1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup  cocoa

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup oil

2 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla essence

1/2 cup strong coffee

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease with butter and dusted with flour a cake with a diameter of 20 cm.

Mix sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder.

In another container mix the eggs for 2-3 minutes. Gradually add the oil, then buttermilk and vanilla.

Sift the dry ingredients over the eggs mixture alternating with coffee, mixing at low speed.

Pour in the pan and bake for 35-40 minutes (test with a toothpick). Allow to cool inside the pan for 10 minutes then remove the pan and allow to cool completely.

Chocolate ganache

2 cups heavy cream

14 oz chocolate

Place 8 oz of chocolate and the heavy cream in a sauce pan. Be careful not to boil the cream, just to melt the chocolate.  Leave to cool overnight. The next day mix the composition until it becomes creamy.

Make the same thing with the remaining heavy cream and chocolate, but prepare them just before you assemble the cake. This composition must remain liquid to be poured over the cake.

Berry mousse

1 1/2 cup berries

1/4 cup sugar

3 sheets of gelatin

1 cup heavy cream

Hydrate gelatin in cold water for 10 minutes.

Mix sugar with berries and heat the composition until sugar dissolves (careful not to boil). Leave the composition to cool a few minutes then add the gelatin (if the temperature is too high, fibres in the gelatin will be destroyed).

Wipe the heavy cream, then incorporate the fruit mixture.

Cut cake into 3 layers. Fill the first layer with chocolate ganache and the second layer with the berry mousse. Cover the cake with a thin layer of creamed ganache then pour over the liquid ganache. You can decorate with berries.

Chocolate berry cake

I wish you have a good time preparing  for the New Year`s eve.  Hope I get better soon and see you this year’s  last post about New Year’s Resolutions!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Angie@Angie's Recipes December 28, 2012

A stunning berry cake! Perfect for the celebration.
Happy New Year!


Daniela January 23, 2013

Arata foarte bine acest tort. Daca nu ma infrange lenea sau constiinta, o sa incerc sa fac acest tort. Te anunt:) Ai un blog foarte dragut!


Monica Lazăr January 24, 2013

La reteta asta mi-a placut mult blatul. E ciocolatos si deloc uscat. Iar combinatia de ciocolata si fructe de padure este excelenta :)


Anonymous May 31, 2013

Abia astept sa-l incerc! arata absolut demential! Felicitari! :)


KayleneP July 16, 2013

Wow this cake looks very nice and doesn’t sound too hard to make either, thanks for sharing the recipe!


Anjali September 3, 2013

This cake recipe is fantastic but is there any substitute of egg as my mother in law doesn’t eat egg and i want to make this cake for her


Monica Lazăr September 5, 2013

Thank you! I don’t know any egg substitute that would work for a cake batter but you can search for some vegan cake recipes.


Melissa December 15, 2013

This looks delicious! I’m curious, if I don’t want to use coffee do I just leave it out or do I need to make a substitution? Also, when making the chocolate ganache, can it be put into a covered bowl and let cool overnight on the counter or does it need to be refrigerated? Thank you so much!


cristina February 20, 2014

Abia astept sa-l fac pentru ziua parintilor mei si am sa va anunt cum a iesit.


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