Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
Makes 12 to 16 servings

Ice cream and warm Chocolate Ganache are also nice accompaniments for this cake.

How to Make It

Step 1

Spoon batter evenly into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 350° for 55 to 65 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on wire rack.

Step 2

Sift powdered sugar over top of cake.

Ratings & Reviews

Lovely Cake For The Discreet Chocolate Lover

August 23, 2016
For those who like to throw chocolate at a dessert from every possible direction (chocolate! chocolate filling! chocolate frosting! chocolate ganache! chocolate sprinkles! chocolate curls! and some chocolate on the side!) this is not your cake, unless you choose to dress it up a little.BUT, those of you who like chocolate in moderation, you can't go wrong with this cake. The batter is very thin once you add the hot water; I baked it for the maximum recommended time and it came out fabulously. The chocolate flavor is not powerful, but delicate and subdued - it's the texture that I really like about this one, though. It is very resilient, springy, but moist, tender and smooth to the taste, without being dense. It slices very cleanly and has little to no crumble. This cake was lovely at our weekly teatime. It is not only tasty on its own, but also welcomes the addition of a ganache or other side/topping - we served ours with unsweetened whipped cream and strawberries, sprinkled with mini chocolate chips.

August 23, 2016
The recipe can be accessed through the link "Chocolate Velvet Cake Batter" listed under the Ingredients here. The recipe has been categorized here into two components: the cake recipe and the powdered sugar topping. 

charoulli's Review

January 08, 2011
Even though the cake tasted good, the powdered sugar didn't add anything to it. It was just added blah. I will try the other additions for the batter recipe though, because that part tasted good. I don't think I am using the powdered sugar again, but the batter is a keeper recipe.


October 08, 2015
This is a delicious, moist cake with terrific texture. Doesn't need any frosting at all as it has such good flavor on its own. Indeed, frosting would ruin it.

Beauty37's Review

June 11, 2014

MoonLightOnWate's Review

March 31, 2014
Delicious, easy and satisfying!

Edmond231's Review

November 18, 2013
This is an absolutely outstanding recipe. Its very easy to put together and it tastes wonderful. I simply followed the recipe and wound up with one of the best cakes I've even made.

TammySil's Review

July 06, 2013
Excellent! Moist that melts in your mouth. Not too sweet w/just powdered sugar over it. Makes me think of a molten chocolate lava cake w/o the running center. I'll make this cake several more times.

LBuck0328's Review

November 30, 2012
I tried this recipe last Christmas along with the Chocolate Ganache and have made it a few times since. Very easy recipe to follow. I did use only half of the suggested powdered sugar - just seemed like too much 'sweet' - it was still very rich. I don't do a lot of baking and not a big cake fan, but tried this one for my family and everyone really liked it. Stays moist and I like the simple eloquence of the Chocolate Ganache over top.

tacofficer's Review

October 28, 2012