Drunken Chocolate Truffle Cake
This Drunken Chocolate Truffle Cake is made with a moist chocolate cake, chocolate truffle filling and chocolate frosting that are all infused with chocolate liqueur for a delicious “drunken” cake!
One of the questions I’m asked most often about my recipes is where I find inspiration and how I come up with ideas. It’s both an easy and difficult question to answer because the truth is that inspiration can come from just about anywhere.
Sometimes I’m at a restaurant (although not much these days, ha!) and something on the menu catches my eye. Maybe it’s a flavor combination that sounds fun and I want to turn it into a cookie. Maybe it’s a cheesecake I eat and want to recreate. I often get requests from family and friends at this point too. Several years ago, a friend asked me to come up with something “cannoli” and this Cannoli Poke Cake was born (which has now been copied over and over and over). Ever since making that cake, I realized I LOVE the flavors of cannoli and have lots of recipes that are inspired by the flavors.
Other times it’s as simple as buying something at the grocery store, like fruit, that doesn’t get eaten and I think, “What can I make with this so that it doesn’t go bad?”
Along similar lines, I was in the liquor store several weeks ago getting wine as a gift for someone when I walked past a bottle of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I thought, “Now there’s something that needs to go in a cake. Yum!” The next thing I though of was chocolate truffles and this Drunken Chocolate Truffle Cake was born!
Making this delectable little cake begins with making the cake layers. This cake is a chocolate version of my lovely new Moist Vanilla Cake. I’m a big fan and have used it a couple times lately. If you’ve ever had my Best Chocolate Cake, then you know it really is fabulous. But I’ve always wanted a great butter-based chocolate cake and this is definitely it!
Once the layers are baked, they are brushed with the chocolate liqueur. Are you bursting with excitement yet?
The layers of chocolate cake are then filled with layers of chocolate truffle, which is super similar to chocolate ganache. This ganache is a bit thicker than regular ganache though, and it’s made with the Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. Oh my goodness, yum!
And then of course there’s the chocolate frosting made with melted chocolate and more chocolate liqueur that really takes it over the top! So chocolatey and fudgy!
Top off the cake with a chocolate liqueur ganache drizzle and some chocolate truffles and you’ve got yourself a chocolate cake that is not only delicious, but spiked! Does it get any better?!?
This cake is to die for! Totally melts in your mouth and definitely carries the liqueur well. The cake doesn’t overly taste of alcohol, since the liqueur literally tastes like chocolate as well. The cake just has a bit of that alcoholic flavor to it. If you wanted to use something that has a more obvious flavor to it, you could totally swap out the chocolate liqueur for something like Baileys or Kahlua, which I’m always a huge fan of. Either way, this cake is drunk, chocolate and fabulous! And if you really want it over the top, pour a little more liqueur onto your plate when you serve it. Fantastic!!
Drunken Chocolate Truffle Cake
Yield: 12-14 slices
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
6 tbsp (120ml) Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
5 tbsp (105ml) heavy whipping cream
1 3/4 cup (228g) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (85g) natural unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup (168g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups (310g) sugar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups (300ml) milk
1/3 cup Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 1/4 cups (280g) unsalted butter, room temperature
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips, melted
5 tbsp (35g) Hershey’s dark cocoa powder
6 cups (690g) powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (120ml) Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
6 oz (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 tbsp Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
4 tbsp heavy whipping cream
8 Lidor Truffles
Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, for serving
TO MAKE THE TRUFFLE FILLING:
1. Add the chocolate chips to a medium sized bowl.
2. Combine the chocolate liqueur and heavy cream in a microwave safe measuring cup and microwave just until it begins to boil.
3. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate chips and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Cover and put the chocolate mixture in the fridge until cooled.
TO MAKE THE CAKE LAYERS:
4. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare three 8 inch cake pans with non-stick baking spray and parchment paper in the bottom.
5. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
6. Add the butter, sugar, oil and vanilla extract to and large mixer bowl and beat together until light in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time.
7. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until mostly combined after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
8. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until mostly combined.
9. Slowly add the milk and mix until well combined. The batter will look curdled, but that’s ok.
10. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Do not over mix the batter.
11. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
12. Remove cakes from the oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Reserve the chocolate liqueur for the cake layers for later.
TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
12. Add the butter to a large mixer bowl and beat until smooth.
13. Add the melted chocolate and mix until well combined.
14. Add the cocoa powder and mix until well combined.
15. Add about half of the powdered sugar, salt and half of the liqueur and mix until well combined.
16. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
17. Add the remaining liqueur as needed to get the right consistency of frosting. Set frosting aside.
TO BUILD AND FINISH THE CAKE:
18. To layer the cake, first use a large serrated knife to remove the domes from the tops of the cakes so they are flat.
19. Place the first cake layer on a serving plate or on a cardboard cake circle.
20. Add the chocolate liqueur for the chocolate cake that was reserved before to a small bowl and use a pastry brush to brush the cake with about 1/2 of the liqueur.
21. Pipe a dam around the edge of the cake layer with some of the chocolate frosting.
22. Spread about 1/2 of the chocolate truffle filling on top of the cake, in the center of the dam.
23. Add the second layer of cake, then repeat steps 20 thru 22.
24. Add the third and final layer of cake on top.
25. Frost the top and outside of the cake with the remaining chocolate frosting. You can refer to <a href=”https://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2015/07/30/how-to-frost-a-smooth-cake-with-buttercream/”>my tutorial for frosting a smooth cake</a>, if you’d like.
26. To make the ganache topping, add the chocolate chips to a medium sized bowl.
27. Combine the heavy whipping cream and chocolate liqueur in a microwave-safe measuring cup and microwave until it just begins to boil.
28. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate chips and let it sit for 2-3 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
29. Drizzle the chocolate ganache around the edges of the cake, then fill in the center.
30. Use the remaining frosting to pipe swirls around the edge of the cake, then top the swirls with Lindor truffles.
31. Refrigerate the cake if it’ll sit for more than 24 hours. Cake is best served at room temperature and should last best for about 3 days. Serve slices of cake with little drizzle of the chocolate liqueur on the plate, if desired.