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Yogurt Cream Chocolate Ganache Cake with Field Berries

Nicoletta May 8, 2019

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Yogurt Cream Chocolate Ganache Cake with Field Berries, a special cake for special occasions. Beautiful and delicious, it is a two-layer whole wheat chocolate cake, with a Greek yogurt and cream filling. Semi-sweet chocolate ganache meets plenty of fresh field berries to top it off.

Song of the day: It’s Alright – Mother Mother.

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Special occasions need special cakes to celebrate. I might have just the perfect cake for a festivity, a birthday, or simply a cake to share with friends and family. A whole wheat chocolate layer cake, with a yogurt and cream filling, a semi-sweet chocolate ganache and plenty of fresh field berries on top. Doesn’t it sound amazing?

 

 

A Birthday Cake

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April ended with Loreto’s birthday. He is my incredible husband, life and business partner and he deserves the most amazing cake on his day. I asked him if he wanted a store-bought cake or I could attempt making one. I was almost hoping he would say store-bought, lol, but no.

After I ‘digested’ the news that I was making his birthday cake, I asked him what his favorite cake looked like and he told me it had to be:

  • a 2 or 3 layer cake
  • a chocolate cake
  • and have some fruit

I am not renowned for my layer cakes, they are definitely not my specialty. So, I almost fainted, and I think I had sweat glowing on my forehead, lol. Nevertheless, I put on my best smile and started planning the perfect birthday cake.

Life -and love- is about compromise

I agreed on a two-layer birthday cake, and together we agreed on making some healthier choices for the ingredients. Researching online some examples of layer cakes with a “healthy spin” I set my eyes on Cooking Light “The Ultimate Decadent Chocolate-and-Cream Layer Cake”. It had everything I liked and I thought it would make Loreto happy, too.

Plan your steps and have fun

You need some time to spend in the kitchen so it is important to plan the steps involved in the preparation.

First step

Firstly I started by making the chocolate cake. The ingredients are probably a staple in your pantry as well: whole wheat flour, cocoa, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda, salt, vegetable oil, vanilla, and some fridge items like eggs, and buttermilk. Ingredients that you can feel good about.

To make the cakes I used:

  • a scale
  • a couple of large bowls
  • a hand-held mixer
  • a whisk and a spatula
  • and two 9-inch cake pans.

That’s it. The cakes were actually ready in almost no time.

Second step

Next on my list, making the yogurt cream. I used the hand-held mixer again, beating the whipping cream with icing sugar, then adding the Greek yogurt and vanilla. The result was a smooth, tangy, and luscious cream that I would have eaten by the spoonful! However, I refrained from that because there wasn’t too much cream. If you see the picture of the cake on their site, the amount of cream filling is enormous, and definitely not done with the ingredients they listed and that I used.

Third step

Thirdly, I made the chocolate ganache with good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk, butter, sugar, and cocoa. Again, the quantities are for a thin layer of ganache and very little chocolate dripping on the sides. But overall, I was good with that. Fewer calories for sure, lol.

Last step

Lastly, assembling the cake was fun and liberating. Hence,  everything was coming together quite nicely I felt a sense of accomplishment. Silly me, this is not actually a layer cake in the traditional sense, but close enough, and I felt proud.

Yogurt Cream Chocolate Ganache Cake with Field Berries

Loreto: I am going to take it from here. Firstly, I am so grateful Amore. You did an amazing job and this cake was artistic ultra fantastic bakery quality. My first bite reveals the depth of dark chocolate.

In comes that light yet moist interior with the yogurt cream lingering in hosting the creamiest, richest yet slightly acidic filling pairing so well with the cake itself. If that wasn’t enough on its own the ganache brings this fudge brownie, chocolatey, rich textural twist and the fresh field berries yet another level of texture and flavor freshness.

I could not have asked for anything more. This was the best Birthday cake ever and again, thank you Amore, you always make me feel special and loved and that I give in return in the folds of millions of ether particles coming at you, get ready…………….

I am blessed!

Mother’s day is coming up, or maybe you have an upcoming birthday to celebrate, this Yogurt Cream Chocolate Ganache Cake with Field Berries would make everybody happy!

Song of the day: It’s Alright – Mother Mother.

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Yogurt Cream Chocolate Ganache Cake with Field Berries

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cakes
  • Method: Baking

Description

Yogurt Cream Chocolate Ganache Cake with Field Berries, a special cake for special occasions. Beautiful and delicious, it is a two-layer whole wheat chocolate cake, with a Greek yogurt and cream filling. Semi-sweet chocolate ganache meets plenty of fresh field berries to top it off.

Recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light


Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 3/4 cups organic whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil)
  • 2 large eggs, organic, free-range
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the yogurt cream:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup icing (powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate ganache:

  • 1/2 cup icing (powdered) sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1-ounce semisweet chocolate chips
  • 23 Tbsp 2% milk
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt

For the fruit topping:

  • strawberries, blueberries, blackberries (or whatever fruit you like)

Instructions

For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C).
  2. Butter and flour 2 x 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper. Lightly coat paper with butter (or cooking spray) and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, place flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Whisk to combine.
  4. In a large bowl, add sugar, oil, and eggs. Beat with a handheld mixer on medium speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Beat in buttermilk, warm water, and vanilla.
  5. Add flour mixture. Beat on low speed just until combined, then increase speed to medium, and beat 1 more minute.
  6. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans (I used a scale).
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a cake tester (or wooden pick) inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool cake layers in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert the cakes onto the rack and remove parchment paper. Let the cake layers cool completely.

For the yogurt cream:

  1. In a large bowl, add cream and icing (powdered) sugar. Beat with a handheld mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Add yogurt and vanilla and beat on high speed until combined.

For the chocolate ganache:

  1. Combine icing (powdered) chocolate chips, sugar, cocoa, 2 Tbsp milk, butter, and salt in a heatproof bowl over a double boiler (bain marie). Melt over low heat, stirring constantly, making sure the water underneath does not boil, until butter and chocolate melt. If too thick, add 1 more Tbsp milk. Let cool slightly.

Assemble:

  1. Place 1 cake layer on a plate or cake stand. Top evenly with yogurt cream, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with the second cake layer. Carefully pour the chocolate glaze over the top of the cake, spreading to the edges so it drips down a little. Arrange berries on top as you most like.
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26 Comments

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    Reply Gloria | Homemade & Yummy May 13, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Well, it was my birthday on the weekend…and THIS would have made me happy too. Love the berries!! What a stunning masterpiece to look at and EAT!! I’m sure you LOVED it!! Happy belated birthday to YOU!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 15, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Happy belated birthday, Gloria! I’m sure you would have loved it. Loreto says thank you for the birthday wishes!

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    Reply Elaine Benoit May 14, 2019 at 6:12 am

    This cake looks so scrumptious!! My absolute favorite is and will always be chocolate. And add delightful ganache and berries? It’s a cake made in heaven!! Awesome recipe Nicoletta!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 15, 2019 at 9:30 am

      Thanks, Elaine! There is something about chocolate cakes… 🙂 The berries are just the right touch.

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    Reply Dan from Platter Talk May 14, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    We are a family of cake lovers and my boys surprised their dad with this chocolate gem for his birthday last night. Let me just say that it won rave reviews and there were no leftovers when I wandered into the kitchen this morning! Great recipe; thanks for sharing!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 15, 2019 at 9:31 am

      Thanks so much for trying the recipe! It is delicious and a crowd pleaser 🙂 .

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    Reply Denise May 16, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    This cake is simply gorgeous! I wouldn’t want to cut into it and eat it…. oh who am I kidding? I would eat the biggest slice!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 19, 2019 at 8:31 am

      The eating is the best part! 🙂

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    Reply Veronika's Kitchen May 17, 2019 at 10:02 am

    This cake looks so scrumptious! My hubby and I love chocolate cakes and I want to make it for our anniversary that’s coming up very soon!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 19, 2019 at 8:32 am

      Thanks! It would make a pretty anniversary cake. Happy Anniversary, by the way!

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    Reply Julie May 17, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Well done on the cake!! I’m new to the term “field berries” though — does this imply that you picked the berries yourself from wild berry bushes? If so, how cool!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 19, 2019 at 8:33 am

      Thanks! Field berries is the exact term that includes strawberries, blueberries, raspeberries and blackberries. And no, unfortunately I didn’t get to hand pick them, but they’re still called that way.

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    Reply Debbie May 17, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    First of all I need this cake in my life ASAP!! As much as I love chocolate cake I think I could eat that yogurt cream by the spoon full. I bet the greek yogurt gives it a little tang!! Overall I beautiful cake!!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 19, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Thanks! Loved the yogurt cream. I hate cakes that are overly sweet so that is perfect!

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    Reply Jenni LeBaron May 18, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I know you’re not supposed to eat chocolate cake for dinner, but now all I want is this chocolate cake for dinner. If it weren’t spectacular enough with the chocolate and berries, that yogurt cream sounds awesome an perfectly creamy in this!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 19, 2019 at 8:35 am

      Yes, it is just the perfect touch. I cannot stand frostings and icings, so to me this was the right addition 🙂 .

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    Reply Marisa F. Stewart May 19, 2019 at 8:17 am

    This is simply a gorgeous cake. Frankly, I’d love to have someone make it for me. The yogurt cream sounds like it compliments the chocolate cake beautifully. We have two family birthdays coming up back to back. This cake would be ideal at the family gathering.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 19, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Thank you, Marisa! Plus, it is made with whole wheat flour and a lot healthier than most layered cakes 🙂 .

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    Reply Natalie May 19, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    This cake looks amazing. Beautiful ganache and toppings. Really delicious. And you used whole grain flour which make this cake a guilt free treat. Can’t wait to make this.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 20, 2019 at 7:45 am

      Thank you! It was so delectable, and kind of “guilt free”. Hope you try it!

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    Reply Analida Braeger May 19, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I have never heard of a yogurt cream before , but from the looks of this I’m sure it is DIVINE !

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 20, 2019 at 7:47 am

      Thank you, Analisa! You just add Greek yogurt to some whipped cream, it makes for less calories and a tangier cream. Absolutely delicious!

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    Reply Jo May 19, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    That ganache , the cake everything looks amazing! Love the berries on top. What a stunning presentation of this cake

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 20, 2019 at 7:48 am

      Thank you! My husband was happy with his cake. For both the looks and the taste 🙂 .

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    Reply WWill August 18, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Was the cake light and fluffy or dense similar to a pound cake?
    I baked the cake, but not sure if the texture is correct.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 19, 2019 at 7:09 am

      Hi! The texture was light, tender and very crumbly, not dense like a pound cake. I’m thinking the texture depends on the type of whole wheat flour you used. Or maybe didn’t beat the eggs/sugar long enough?

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