Torta al Cacao {Chocolate Cake}

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Torta al Cacao {Tore-ta all K-Cow} brings back so many fond memories for me. I can’t tell you how many times I ate it in Italy. It seems it was on the table of every birthday celebration I attended. So simple, but so elegant.

But fear not, you don’t have to wait for a birthday to bake one. Oh no, to me it’s the quintessential un-birthday cake! I LOVE this cake.

Come on I know you’re not surprised about that, I have a wicked, wicked sweet tooth & I’m a sucker for anything Chocolate. Milk or White Chocolate all the better. You’ll be amazed at how quick & easy it is to pull this cake together & trust me you’ll be licking the bowl, the beaters, the spoon & your fingers. No batter will be left to slip down into the drain. Nope. It’s simply finger licking good! It’s so good it should be illegal kinda good! Oh yeah, I said it.

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You’ll want to use the best baking chocolate you can find for this one. It’s the star you know. I grate it as fine as possible with my box grater (be careful when grating you don’t want any skin going into the cake, not so appetizing) This cake is so unassuming in appearance but don’t let that fool you. It’s moist and incredibly luscious (love that word!) Pretty much irresistible.

If you don’t have a stand mixer you can certainly use a hand held mixer or even a whisk (you’ll get a great workout tee hee) it will just take a little longer (but it’s SO worth it!)

Tanti Auguri (or not, wink wink)!

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What you’ll need:
200g Sugar
50g Butter (plus additional to butter pan) – room temp
1 cup Milk
1 large Egg
50g Unsweetened Baking Chocolate – Grated Finely
1 capful of Pure Vanilla Extract
125g of Greek Yogurt
1 tsp Baking Soda
110g of Cake Flour
Powdered Sugar – to garnish

What to do:
Preheat oven to 355 degrees. Using a stand mixer: Add the sugar, butter & eggs to the mixing bowl. With the paddle attachment mix until creamy & very light in color (this will take a few mins) Once mixture is creamy, add the Baking Chocolate & mix well. In a bowl, combine the yogurt, milk & Vanilla Extract & then add to mixing bowl. Stir until incorporated. Add the baking soda to the flour & GRADUALLY add to mixing bowl. Stirring until well incorporated.

Butter & flour a 10″ round cake pan. Add batter to pan. Tap pan so that air bubbles are released. Place cake into oven and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test. Allow cake to cool. Move to your serving platter or cake stand & dust with Powdered Sugar!

Buon Appetito!

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69 Comments

  1. 1

    Paula Dear,

    For those of us who do not own metric kitchen scales, what are the volume measurements for those ingredients given in grams? I’m salivating looking at your pictures and feel that I may indeed have to bake this cake before the week is done. Grazi!

  2. 2

    Mmm… this looks divine! I just baked a Zebra cake, and it was so good too! Have to give this recipe a try as well, it’s a bit different from my usual chocolate cake recipe… Thanks for sharing! =)

    • 2.1

      Thanks Leyla! It’s def finger licking good. So good I’m making another one this week tee hee!

  3. 3

    paula,i have a coffe in my hand…can i try a little cake,please?it looks so fine!

  4. 4

    Oh my word this was our all time favorite dessert when we were in Italy……well that a tasty gelato……thanks for the recipe. Think this will be on the Thanksgiving menu then we can make espresso with my new espresso maker woo hoo

    • 4.1

      Thanks so much Doodles! Yes, Gelato is in a category all by itself. I swear when I’m there, I eat it at least 3 times a day! It’s a requirement LOL

  5. 5

    This sounds like it would be deliciously moist with the addition of the yogurt. YUM!

    • 5.1

      Thanks TheWoman! Yes, the yogurt makes it so incredibly moist & delicious. Just love that about it.

  6. 6

    I’m not going to wait for someone’s birthday to make a chocolate cake. Oh yum, it’s so moist and full of chocolate.

    • 6.1

      LOL Divina, I don’t wait either. Just can’t help myself around Chocolate.

  7. 7

    I love the simplicity of this dish. The quality of the ingredients are really key.Wonderful!!!!!

    • 7.1

      Thanks so much Nina! Yes, the ingriedients are definitely key. You can taste the difference.

  8. 8

    PERFECT dessert!

  9. 9

    Chocolate Yummy! While you’re cutting Alison a piece, cut me one too please. This looks fabulous Paula!

    • 9.1

      Ciao Kathy! Of course, I’ll save you an extra large piece (well technically there are no skinny pieces of cake in my house, I tend to go heavy handed on the portions ; )

  10. 10

    This sounds really wonderful and looks very decadent! Yum!

    • 10.1

      Thanks a bunch ABowlOfMush! It’s incredibly decandent, but I could still manage to eat the whole thing – tee hee, don’t tell!

  11. 11

    Paula- This looks amazing…definitely going to try this one. Do you have any tips on taking good food photos? My photos never look as good as the food tastes!

    • 11.1

      Ciao Gina! Thank you so much. I reallly appreciate that. My biggest tip would be to use natural lighting and don’t be afraid to get close up when you’re shooting (you want that deliciousness to ooze from the screen – well at least that’s my goal!)

  12. 12

    Paula,
    This is a very lovely cake! I love chocolate. I won’t be baking! I have to live in an extended stay for a month!!! I am getting it out of my system this week before my move. LOL.
    Maybe I will make this lovely cake.

    • 12.1

      Ciao Miranda! So glad to hear you’re going to give it a try. You might want to make a double batch & take the second one with you (I know you’re going to want more)

  13. 13

    I really need chocolate today and this is calling my name! Gorgeous!

    • 13.1

      Thanks Wendy! I have felt the same way all week. I’m thinking some Chocolate Biscotti is next on my list!

  14. 14

    I could go for a piece of that RIGHT NOW. :D

    • 14.1

      Thanks Christine! I picked up some more Greek Yogurt yesterday. I didn’t get enough of the last one – tee hee. Perhaps I’ll make this one tomorrow while the bambini are at school & then I won’t have to share ; )

  15. 15

    Holy yum. Looks delicious.

  16. 16

    Yup and whilst you are at it, send one piece over here too!!! So decadent!

  17. 17

    ciao!! splendida torta!!! una delizia per il palato!!! complimenti!

    • 17.1

      Grazie mille Federica per i complimenti! Hai ragione e’ proprio una delizia per il palato. A presto…

  18. 18

    yes, paula, the measurement converter came so handy now, cos i cant wait to make this simple, beatufiul and i bet very delicious cake!

    • 18.1

      Oh so glad to hear LuLu! Somtimes I get so excited when I’m cooking I forget to convert ; )

  19. 19

    mmmm….is this to celebrate having made it through the $30 a day project? What an amazingly sinful looking cake. a must try for sure!!!

    • 19.1

      Hi Danielle! Thank you so much! It’s quite delicious & definitely worthy of any celebration (however big or small)

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    Dee /

    This looks delicious!

    I tried to find a chocolate conversion for this recipe with no luck. How many cups is 50g of grated chocolate?

    • 20.1

      Ciao Dee! Thank you. It’s about 2 oz of Baking Chocolate. If you go over it’s alright, it will just be more chocolately ; )

  21. 21

    I would love a slice of that decadent cake, yum!

  22. 22

    Yum… Your cake looks beautiful. Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • 22.1

      Thanks Jen! I’m so making cannoli’s soon! I bought some forms this past weekend. Yours looked divine!

  23. 23

    Mille grazie Paula. This looks delightful. Will probably make it this weekend. mmm……Amy

  24. 24

    The cake looks so delicious.

  25. 25

    I can tell already that this is going to be a dangerous blog! Beautiful photos and even prettier food. Glad I met you through Tasty Kitchen! :0)

    • 25.1

      Ah, thanks so much Jen. I’m glad I met you as well! I’ll try to be less dangerous ; )

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    Christina /

    Hi Paula,
    This cake looks so delicious!
    But I’m wondering – isn’t there any cocoapowder in the cake? Or more than 50g of chocolate? Because it seems like an awfully little amount of chocolate in a chocolate cake, I think?
    And the greek yoghurt seems like a fab idea to getting a more “mushy” cake :D

    • 26.1

      Thanks Christina! Nope, that’s all I put was 50g of finely grated baking chocolate in there & it’s incredibly chocolate-y. & LOVE the greek yogurt. Makes it super moist.

  27. 27

    What a wonderful cake!
    I have been looking for a super moist cake and I think I just found it!
    Thank you!

    • 27.1

      Thanks Danielle! I hope you <3 it! It is incredibly moist. I’ve already been asked to make it again so many times : )

  28. 28

    Its easy to convert those measurements to ounces (first comment) use Google! Anyway, that looks so fluffy and professional, I can’t wait to try it my self. I suppose you could go for a chocolate sauce covering instead of powder?

    • 28.1

      Hi Heather! Of course, a sauce would be great. You can never have too much chocolate ; )

  29. 29

    This cake looks delicious. And finally a place where the ingredients are by weight – thank you!

  30. 30

    Hello Paula! I am dying to make this cake but could you please please please give the recipe in cups and spoons instead of grams? Thank you so much in advance :)

    Sending you loads of sunshine from Cairo, Egypt!

  31. 31

    We can’t wait to try this tonight.

  32. 32

    this looks gorgeous!!

  33. 33
    Courtenay /

    Simply amazing….LOVE IT!!!

  34. 34
    lisa bailey /

    Delicious and beautiful.

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    jovy /

    hey paula,

    ive just put my in the oven..
    but then the mixture came out something like melted vanilla ice cream with chocolate bits in it instead of a chocolate color mixture..

    what have i done wrong?

  36. 36
    Eileen Goodall /

    Does it have to be baking chocolate, all I have is the realstuff

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    Manda /

    Hi – tried making this but I didn’t seem to get it right – it was in the oven for 45 minutes but maybe I overcooked it? The top centre of the cake had the right texture and was amazingly moist but the edges and bottom seemed not so chocolatey and a little tough.

    Not sure it matters but I am cooking in a gas oven for the first time – could that be a factor?

    My madrina use to make a cake like this – so would love to crack this recipe.

  38. 38
    rs /

    Please beware that something can not be right about the recipe!

    Even before baking the consistency is too liquid, color white with chocolate shavings (just as Manda/Jovy wrote).

    We tried to fix it by adding more four and cocoa before putting it into oven. Fingers crossed….

    • 38.1

      Hi RS, Yes the batter is very loose but if you’ve followed the measurements the cake should come out just fine once baked. I just re-made this cake again this week and didn’t have any issues.

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