chocolate ganache loaf cake

681 Shares
672
9
0
0

Chocolate ganache loaf cake is the ultimate cake for chocolate lovers! Rich and fudgy, this deeply chocolate loaf cake comes together quickly and delivers rich chocolate flavor thanks to Dutch-process cocoa powder and premium baking chocolate.

Chocolate Ganache Loaf Cake

Topped with glossy chocolate ganache, this decadent chocolate cake is a must bake for chocoholics. Perfect with coffee (or a glass of milk), you’ll love this cake for any occasion!

Chocolate Ganache Loaf Cake

The Best Chocolate Ganache Loaf Cake

Baking Pan – Use a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan for this recipe. To prepare the pan, lightly spray the bottom and sides with nonstick spray. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper, letting excess extend over sides of pan.

Cocoa Powder – I highly recommend using Dutch-process cocoa powder in this cake (Rodelle is my favorite). Dutch process cocoa has a more intense chocolate flavor and results in a darker, fudgier loaf cake than natural unsweetened cocoa powder.

Chocolate – Use the best quality semisweet or dark chocolate chips for the cake (I love baking with Ghirardelli). For the ganache, you’ll need 4 ounces of quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped.

Room Temperature Ingredients – Bring butter, egg, and buttermilk to room temperature before beginning so that they incorporate evenly into the batter.

Bake Time – Bake cake until the top springs back to the touch and a tester inserted in the center come out with a few crumbs attached, about 50 to 55 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes before gently lifting from the pan and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Ganache – For the ganache, place chopped chocolate and salt in a medium heat-proof bowl. Bring heavy cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, heating until bubbles form at the edge of the pan. Pour warm heavy cream over chocolate. Cover the bowl and let stand for 1 minute, then stir with a spatula until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.

Glaze Cake – Spoon warm ganache over the top of the cake, swirling with an offset spatula or the back of the spoon. Let ganache set before slicing and serving.

Chocolate Ganache Loaf Cake

Print
clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon facebook facebook icon print print icon squares squares icon heart heart icon heart solid heart solid icon
Chocolate Ganache Loaf Cake

Chocolate Ganache Loaf Cake

  • Author: Laura | Tutti Dolci
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf cake, 12 slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Chocolate ganache loaf cake is the BEST cake for chocolate lovers! Rich and fudgy, you’ll love this easy loaf cake topped with glossy chocolate ganache!


Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Ganache

  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 Tbsp heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Line pan with parchment paper, letting excess extend over sides of pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour mixture, beating just to combine. Add buttermilk, then finish with remaining flour mixture. Dissolve espresso powder in boiling water and slowly mix in. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and tap pan sharply to reduce air bubbles.
  4. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached and cake springs back to the touch. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Carefully lift cake from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  5. For the ganache, place chopped chocolate and salt in a medium heat-proof bowl. Bring heavy cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, heating until bubbles form at the edge of the pan. Pour warm heavy cream over chocolate. Cover the bowl and let stand for 1 minute, then stir with a spatula until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  6. Spoon warm ganache over cake and let set before serving. Store leftover cake at room temperature.


Notes

Cocoa Powder – Dutch process cocoa has a more intense chocolate flavor and results in a darker, fudgier loaf cake than natural unsweetened cocoa powder

The equipment section above contains affiliate links to products I use and love!

Keywords: Chocolate, Loaf Cake, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache Loaf Cake

Best chocolate cake recipes:

Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake
Double Chocolate Bundt Cake
Classic Chocolate Layer Cake

14 comments
  1. Such a delicious loaf cake! My family are all huge chocolate lovers and this was a big hit!

  2. Laura whenever I make any of your recipes they are always a hit. Can you please make something marzipan-ish this year? Hugs

  3. Perfect chocolate loaf and such a hit with my family too – they loved the chocolate ganache!

  4. Excellent chocolate cake! So rich and delicious, and the ganache topping is easy and decadent!

  5. Made this loaf cake last week and it is so, so good! I’m baking it again this week and the slices freeze really well too. Thank you for the recipe!

  6. This cake is so, so good…it came together easily…the depth of chocolate flavor was amazing…(I forgot heavy cream at the store and subbed with creme fraiche in the ganache and it was perfectly “sour”) Thanks for the recipe!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.