Chocolate & Pistachio Naked Layer Cake

With lovely layers of moist chocolate cake, dark chocolate ganache, crunchy chocolate crumble and a luxurious pistachio buttercream, this chocolate pistachio naked cake is a three-layer masterpiece! Naked cakes (called so because they don’t have an outer layer of frosting) are impressive and surprisingly easy to assemble, resulting in a stunning presentation that shows off […]

With lovely layers of moist chocolate cake, dark chocolate ganache, crunchy chocolate crumble and a luxurious pistachio buttercream, this chocolate pistachio naked cake is a three-layer masterpiece!

Naked cakes (called so because they don’t have an outer layer of frosting) are impressive and surprisingly easy to assemble, resulting in a stunning presentation that shows off the different layers of texture and flavor.

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Naked Layer Cake on a white background with a bowl of pistachios and cake server.

It’s January again… and you know what that means.

It’s Taylor’s birthday!

Which means… cake. Chocolate cake, if we’re being specific.

I didn’t have any grand plans to make an over-the-top fondant-covered masterpiece this year (been there done that have no desire to do it again lol), but still wanted to make him something extra special, and extra delicious.

He only ever wants chocolate cake, so I’ve had to get creative over the years to give him the chocolate cake he wants but also something unique and interesting that would make for a good blog post.

I hadn’t done a naked cake in a while, so I flipped through the Milk Bar cookbook for some inspiration and stumbled across the pistachio layer cake recipe. I still had a few jars of pistachio butter/cream/paste leftover from previous pistachio experiments, so I decided to combine the pistachio buttercream recipe with a moist chocolate cake, chocolate crumb, and chocolate ganache for good measure (because there is no such thing as too much chocolate).

The gorgeous layers of this chocolate pistachio layer cake, with a crunchy crumb topping.

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Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cloud Frosting

If you’ve been searching for the ultimate chocolate cupcake recipe… look no further. These moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with the most divine chocolate frosting you’ve ever had! Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate, what could be better? These cupcakes will be your new go-to: ultra moist and topped with a cloud-like chocolate buttercream. Don’t forget […]

If you’ve been searching for the ultimate chocolate cupcake recipe… look no further. These moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with the most divine chocolate frosting you’ve ever had!

Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate, what could be better? These cupcakes will be your new go-to: ultra moist and topped with a cloud-like chocolate buttercream. Don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles!

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe

I’ve gotten a number of questions and comments on my ultimate chocolate cake recipe about whether it’d work for cupcakes.

Normally cake recipes can be scaled down to cupcake-size pretty easily, and this recipe is no exception. Still, they turned out so fabulous that I figured they more than deserved their own post!

The recipe isn’t exactly halved, I tweaked a few proportions just to make a slightly thicker batter that’d be easier to scoop into cupcake papers (although the batter is still quite thin compared to a lot of recipes). It’ll still rise beautifully in the oven, with a gentle dome that’s perfect for frosting.

The only other change I made was to use hot coffee in place of the hot water (I often add a bit of espresso powder to chocolate cakes to intensify the richness of the chocolate flavor; the coffee here serves the same purpose). That said, you can certainly use water instead.

Cupcakes from above: Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

These cupcakes are nothing short of incredible, and I’ll reiterate that this frosting is absolutely divine.

I called it chocolate fudge frosting in the original recipe, but chocolate cloud frosting or chocolate silk frosting are probably more appropriate monikers (it’s so light and creamy it’s ridiculous!)

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Chocolate Sheet Cake with Candied Walnuts

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’m a fan of cake, of course, and while I’ve made plenty of layer cakes and snack cakes on this site, I realized that I could also do with a sheet cake,…

chocolate sheet cake

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’m a fan of cake, of course, and while I’ve made plenty of layer cakes and snack cakes on this site, I realized that I could also do with a sheet cake, an essential for birthday parties, picnics, and other large get-togethers. This one is double chocolate, with sides coated in candied walnuts.  I’ve teamed up with California Walnuts to bring you some recipes over the past year (such as this walnut snack cake with raspberry buttercream and  these raised donuts with chocolate glaze and candied walnuts). Over 99 percent of walnuts grown in the U.S. come from California’s walnut orchards, many of which are on family owned and operated farms that have been around for generations. Walnuts are nutritious and heart-healthy*, and offer 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per ounce. Walnuts are also the only nut with a significant amount of plant-based omega 3 ALA (2.5 grams/ounce). You can check out the CA Walnuts website for more nutrition info, research, tips for cooking with walnuts, and recipes. I’m excited to share more recipes with you! Chocolate Sheet Cake with Candied Walnuts A few notes: This cake […]

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Walnut Snack Cake with Raspberry Buttercream

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’ve teamed up with California Walnuts to bring you some recipes over the following year (such as this chocolate walnut cake and these chocolate…

walnut snack cake with raspberry buttercream

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own.  I’ve teamed up with California Walnuts to bring you some recipes over the following year (such as this chocolate walnut cake and these chocolate donuts). Over 99 percent of walnuts grown in the U.S. come from California’s walnut orchards, many of which are on family owned and operated farms that have been around for generations. Walnuts are nutritious and heart-healthy*, and offer 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per ounce. Walnuts are also the only nut with a significant amount of plant-based omega 3 ALA (2.5 grams/ounce). You can check out the CA Walnuts website for more nutrition info, research, tips for cooking with walnuts, recipes. This month California Walnuts is focused on reviving your lunch, and you can learn more about it here (and pick up some great tips for making lunchtime nutrious). ********************************************************************* “We glean what is public primarily, but not exclusively, from media. We are asked to abandon much of mental, political, market, and now security needs. Part of the anxiety about the porous divide between public and private domains certainly stems from reckless application of the terms… There is private space (atriums, gardens, […]

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