Easter Chocolate Cake

Spring has officially arrived… And Easter is almost here! What I have for you is a decadent, moist Eater Chocolate Cake!!! Excited?

In my home country of Brazil, as in many other Christian countries, Easter is about Jesus’ resurrection which, as you may know, is symbolized by Easter eggs. Yes, you read that right! Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus, who rose from the grave….

Easter eggs

It was the early Christians of Mesopotamia who initiated the custom of the Easter egg by staining eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at his crucifixion. This custom was only officially adopted by the Catholic Church in 1610 A.D. Although traditionally Easter is commemorated with painted or dyed chicken eggs, in modern times chocolate eggs or plastic ones with sweet treats inside have become more common.

In Brazil, unlike in the US, there is no tradition of plastic eggs filled with jelly beans or Easter egg hunts. It’s all about chocolate eggs, which are brought to children by the Easter bunny. This is why our dessert for Easter this year, an extremely moist Easter chocolate cake, is decorated with chocolate eggs… And you can see the Easter bunny in the background of our pictures.

Easter Chocolate Cake

Well, I do hope you enjoy our Easter chocolate cake as much as my family and I did… And most of all, I wish you and your family a very Happy Easter!

xx

“Bless, O Lord! we beseech thee, this thy creature of eggs, that it may become a wholesome sustenance to thy faithful servants, eating it in thankfulness to thee on account of the resurrection of the Lord.” (Pope Paul V Prayer)

 

Easter Chocolate Cake

Easter Chocolate Cake
 
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A moist and decadent chocolate cake decorated for Easter!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • For the Cake:
  • 1-1/4 cups plus 1 Tablespoon whole milk
  • ¾ cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large whole eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups plus 1 Tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean pod, split in half lengthwise and seeds scraped out (optional)
  • 2-1/2 cups, plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, sifted
  • For the Glaze:
  • 4 ounces (113.4 g) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 12 tablespoons (or 1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • ¼ cup sour cream, at room temperature
Instructions
  1. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 F (180 C). Grease and flour a 10-inch/25.4 cm bundt pan and reserve.
  2. To make the cake batter: In a small, stainless steel saucepan, combine milk and cocoa powder together and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Remove from heat and let come to room temperature. In a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together the sugar, salt, baking soda, eggs, and egg yolk on low speed for about 60 seconds. Add the buttermilk, oil, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean seeds (if desired), mixing on low again just until combined. Add the flour and mix on low for about 15 seconds; then, increase speed to medium and mix for about 45-60 seconds. Add the cooled cocoa mixture and mix on medium speed just until combined. The batter will be very loose!!! Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  3. Let the Easter chocolate cake cool completely in the pan over a rack, and invert onto a serving plate.
  4. To make the icing: Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl or a double boiler, and set the bowl over a pot of barely simmering water. Please, make sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the boiling water!!! When the chocolate has melted completely, remove the bowl from the heat and whisk the melted butter and the vanilla into the melted chocolate until thoroughly incorporated. Sift in half of the powdered sugar, add the sour cream, and whisk to combine. Then, sift in the remaining powdered sugar and whisk until smooth (The glaze should be thick and shiny). Pour the glaze over the Easter chocolate cake, covering it completely, and let cool down. Decorate the Easter chocolate cake as desired and enjoy!
  5. Storage: Easter chocolate cake should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container.

 

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46 Responses to Easter Chocolate Cake

  1. Juliana March 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Denise, I love how your chocolate cake rised…looks so pretty all decorated with the Easter eggs…I miss so much the huge Easter eggs that we used to get back in Brazil…it wa so much fun, finding our what was inside in the eggs :)
    Have a wonderful week my dear :)

    • Denise Browning March 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

      Thanks a lot, Juliana! Me too…I so miss Páscoa in Brazil that I had to make a dessert filled with chocolate eggs to remind myself all the delicious stuff and fun that I used to have there. My children loved it!

  2. Liz March 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    What a spectacular Easter cake! I love how you decorated it with chocolate eggs (my kids would always pick chocolate eggs over jelly beans :)).

    • Denise Browning March 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

      Thanks, Liz! My children loved this cake and, of course, all the eggs that come with it!!!

  3. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com March 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    What a gorgeous cake! Was so interesting to read a bit of history you shared here with us about the custom of staining eggs – I didn’t know that. I will have to look into that further, it’s very interesting. And yes, I think I prefer those chocolate eggs on your photos over the plastic eggs filled with jelly beans. :)

    • Denise Browning March 26, 2013 at 12:30 am #

      Thank you, Julia! It was very interesting for me to learn about the history behind the Easter eggs.

  4. Veronica March 26, 2013 at 3:39 am #

    Such a pretty cake! Where did you find the hollow chocolate eggs? Did you make them yourself?

    • Denise Browning March 26, 2013 at 6:44 am #

      Veronica: Thanks! I wish I had had time to make the chocolate eggs as well…I bought the big hollow Lindor egg at the supermarket.

  5. Kate@Diethood March 26, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    I’m so glad you shared this! Where I come from, Macedonia, we don’t do hunts and bunnies, or chocolates, either… it’s about the resurrection of Christ.

    The cake is beautiful! My husband would be head over heels if this is what he saw on the dessert table for Easter! :)

    • Denise Browning March 26, 2013 at 9:45 am #

      Thanks, Kate! I wish I could share at least a slice… :)

  6. Deb March 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    As a child Easter was always celebrated with sweet treats. My parents held their Christian heritage in high regard and wished to pass their beliefs on to their children. Easter was as much of a celebration as Christmas. I enjoyed learning about the traditions of Brasil. And chocolate cake is always a good thing! Especially at Easter!

    • Denise Browning March 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      I do agree with you, Deb! Wishing you a very Happy Easter!!!!!! May the Lord live in our hearts…

  7. Sugaretal March 27, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    Gorgeous cake! I can eat it all by myself. Love the way you have decorated it..so pretty and colorful:-)

    • Denise Browning March 27, 2013 at 7:15 am #

      Thanks a lot, Sonali!
      Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter!!!!!

  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 27, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    How beautiful! Stunning photos. I have to admit the prayer of “this thy creature of eggs” made me chuckle. :)

  9. Purabi Naha March 28, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Now this chocolate cake is something really really delicious!! I love using canola oil in my cake recipes as well!!! Awesome recipe and the picture is so good….it makes me drool!

    • Denise Browning March 28, 2013 at 7:22 am #

      Thanks, Purabi!!!! Oil helps to make the cake batter moist and much lighter than if I have used butter.
      I am glad that the cake makes you drool. :)

  10. Mi Vida en un Dulce March 28, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    The cake looks delicious, and I like so much how you decorate it. Happy Easter…!!!

    • Denise Browning March 28, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      Nydia, querida! Thank you so much…Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter as well!!!! xx

  11. Lail | Wiith A Spin March 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    What a pretty cake. Love the decoration also, Denise.

    Happy holidays to you and your family.

    • Denise Browning March 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      Thank you so much, Lail! I am glad that you’ve stopped by…Wishing you a very happy holiday as well.

  12. The Café Sucré Farine March 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Your cake is beautiful and I love your description of Easter. So true and how often we forget what really matters! It’s all about Jesus, isn’t it? Have a blessed holiday!

    • Denise Browning March 29, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

      Thank you so much, Cris! It’s so true: Easter is all about Jesus who died on the cross for each one of us. Have a great Easter!

  13. Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice March 31, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    Amazing work, Denise! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, celebrated with loved ones and plenty of this sensational looking chocolate cake :)

    • Denise Browning March 31, 2013 at 7:51 am #

      Thank you so much, Yasmeen! It’s so good to have you visiting me. I miss it… I wish you and your husband a wonderful holiday!

  14. Amira March 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Happy Easter Denise, It is a lovely and delicious cake, it makes me wanna gobble some chocolate right now …. I am a chocoholic ;)

    • Denise Browning March 31, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Amira: It’s so good to have your visit… Thank you for your kind words!!! I hope you are having a great holiday.

  15. Raymund April 1, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    Really nice and cute cake, Happy Easter to you!

    • Denise Browning April 1, 2013 at 7:16 am #

      Thanks, Raymund! I hope you have had a great Easter as well.

  16. Jill April 2, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    The cake looks delicious, I know I’m a little late for Easter but may just have to make one anyway. Hope you had a great Easter.

    • Denise Browning April 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Jill, thanks! I am happy just because you have stopped by.
      I hope you make the cake and enjoy it. Mine disappeared pretty quick. Have a great week!

      • Jill April 9, 2013 at 3:55 am #

        Hi Denise, just wanted to let you know that I made the cake with my little boy and it was delicious. We really enjoyed it, will definitely be making it again :)

        • Denise Browning April 9, 2013 at 7:02 am #

          Thank you, Jill! I am so glad that y’all enjoyed it to the point of making it again.
          My family enjoys this cake as well. Thank you for stopping by and let me know. I do appreciate it…

  17. Ana Helena Campbell April 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Chocolate cake is always my favorite cake and yours look absolutely delicious. I can see you had a great Easter:) Have a great week!

    • Denise Browning April 3, 2013 at 7:28 am #

      Ana: Thanks so much for stopping by! It is always great to have Brazilians visiting me. I hope you have had a great Easter as well. xx

  18. Nami | Just One Cookbook April 6, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    Gorgeous chocolate cake!! Sounds like your Easter was extra special with the beautfiul cake. :)

    • Denise Browning April 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

      Thanks, Nami! My children and husband gobbled this cake like there was any other thing to be eaten in the house. :)
      I hope you have had a great holiday.

  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    Such a pretty Easter cake, I love the chocolate egg topper!

    • Denise Browning April 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

      Thanks, Laura! My family and I are chocoholics. :):) This cake is death by chocolate!!!!

  20. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen April 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    Beautiful Easter chocolate cake, Denise! Just saw this over at PInterest and had to scoot on over to tell you. So pretty and nostalgic! Thank you for including the history of Easter eggs and how the dying of eggs relates to Christianity. And yes…chocolate eggs are much nicer than the plastic ones! Thanks for sharing. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter! xo
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    • Denise Browning April 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

      Thank you, Stacy, for kindly stopping by and leaving a comment. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter.

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