Dark Chocolate and Matcha Layer Cake
Dark Chocolate and Matcha Layer Cake is a delightful dessert that combines the rich flavors of dark chocolate with the earthy notes of matcha. This decadent cake is perfect for special occasions or as a treat for yourself. The combination of these two ingredients creates a unique and delicious flavor profile that is sure to impress your friends and family.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 tablespoons matcha powder
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dark chocolate shavings for garnish
1. Preheat the oven and prepare the pans
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
2. Mix the dry ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
3. Add the wet ingredients
In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
4. Incorporate the hot water
Slowly pour in the hot water and mix until the batter is smooth. The batter will be thin, but that’s okay.
5. Prepare the matcha mixture
In a small bowl, whisk together the matcha powder and 2 tablespoons of hot water until smooth. Set aside.
6. Layer the batters
Pour half of the chocolate batter into one prepared cake pan. Pour half of the matcha mixture on top and use a toothpick or skewer to swirl it into the chocolate batter. Repeat with the remaining batters in the second cake pan.
7. Bake the cakes
Place the cake pans in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
8. Prepare the whipped cream
In a chilled mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
9. Assemble the cake
Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread a layer of whipped cream on top. Add the second cake layer and cover the entire cake with the remaining whipped cream. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings.
10. Serve and enjoy!
Slice the Dark Chocolate and Matcha Layer Cake and serve it to your guests. This cake is best enjoyed fresh, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Indulge in the delightful combination of dark chocolate and matcha with this delicious layer cake. The rich flavors and beautiful swirls make it a showstopper dessert that will impress everyone who tries it. Whether you’re a fan of chocolate, matcha, or both, this cake is a must-try!