You Betcha Chocolate Cake!

by zesty on February 13, 2009 · 37 comments

Happy Friday the 13th! To end treat week what better way to end it than with a simple easy homemade chocolate cake. Not just any chocolate cake however, this one is crusted with fudge cookies, topped with fudge icing and drizzled with warm caramel. How does that sound? Yeah I know – I love chocolate!!

I guess the good thing about this cake is that it’s super easy. I adopted this recipe from Anna Olson on The Food Network. This recipe actually has enough batter to create two cakes.  You can choose to stack them with icing in the middle or make two cakes and ice them separately as I chose to do.

As I was taking multiple pictures of the cake to trying to get a good shot, some of the caramel started to drip, so I could not resist sharing this picture.

Craving chocolate for Valentine’s Day? Try this recipe!  Be careful though, it may knock the socks off your loved one.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream (low fat)
  • 1 cup fudge cookie crumbles


  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 12 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • Caramel for drizzling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter and flour 2 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a small pan stir water and chocolate over low heat until melted. Allow to cool slightly before beating into butter mixture.
  4. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter alternately with sour cream.
  5. Divide evenly between the 2 pans and bake for 25-35 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool 15 minutes in the pans, then turn cakes out onto a plate to cool completely.


  1. Beat butter on high speed, scraping sides frequently, until light and fluffy.
  2. Add melted chocolate and mix in.
  3. Add vanilla, salt and icing sugar and beat until smooth.
  4. Spread icing on cake in whatever pattern you like and then coat the outside in the fudge crumbs by pressing them into the icing… it is messy but don’t worry  – it will taste great.

Zesty Tip: Chocolate should only be melted over low heat. The microwave is a good appliance to use because the cooking time is so controlled. If you stand there at the stove and stir constantly, you can melt chocolate in a pan set over very low heat. A double boiler (watch out for condensation) is a good method; make sure the water in the bottom is barely simmering.

Well there you have it!  I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s day and I welcome your favorite chocolate cake in the comments. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

Take care


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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lindsey (Mrs. LC)

Wow Zesty, that looks divine! I’m definitely going to have to put this on a “make list”. (And I love that luscious caramel drip!)


2 VeggieGirl

LOOOOOVE Food Network recipes and CARAMEL!!! :-D

By the way, I have a question for ya – contact me when you have a moment (no rush!! I know you’re busy, as am I).


3 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

oh my god that looks awesome. Seriously amazing.


4 Meg

WOW! Look at that cake! It is amazing. It might just have to receive a HOLY YUM! Award. Happy Valentine’s Day Zesty!


5 Tracy

You sure know how to make a girl drool! I want to reach through my screen and grab this.


6 Missy (Missy Maintains)

YUMMM!! I need that!


7 Peter

This is dripping decadence!


8 Pearl

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Hehe, usually Friday the 13th is supposed to be scary, and here you are, making chocolate cake. When did you decide Friday the 13th should be Day of the Yummy?


9 Marianne

Mmmmm, chocolate cake. Not that I need any more sugar this week!


10 ttfn300

holy cow. caramel sauce on chocolate cake? you betcha i’d love it!


11 Bob

Oh wow, that looks amazing!


12 Kath

Oh my!!!


13 Donna

How does that sound? Are you kidding me? It sounds absolutely perfectly wonderful. I could be so all over that in a matter of seconds. It looks perfect.


14 Larissa

Wowzers, that looks yummy.


15 Erica

What a delicious looking cake! Perfect for this Valentine’s day weekend :) Pet your family is excited to sample this baby!


16 Erica

*bet not pet!


17 amsie

Oh yum yum yum!!! Looks so professional :) so divine.


18 marisa (trim the fat)

Oh my greatness! What is NOT to like about that??!!!! YUM!


19 Marlow

Oh YUM!!!!!! This looks incredible!!


20 Heidi / Savory Tv

Gorgeous! Come visit and bring the cake! :)


21 Sara

This looks AMAZING – I can never resist chocolate cake!


22 RecipeGirl

There really is nothing better than a good chocolate cake is there?? Caramel sauce probably put it over the top. This is a diet-breaker for sure :)


23 Sharon

Oh my gosh, that looks divine!


24 eatingbender

GLORIOUS!! That drizzle…holy yum, Zesty! I had some chocolate cream pie this weekend…now I’m thinking I should have Zestified it instead! ;)


25 Kevin

That chocolate cake looks so good!


26 Dani

chocolate and caramel are two of my fav indulgences, and that pic is simply amazing!


27 Carine

The drizzle…..oh my lord


28 Cathryn Pachew

I tried your cake recipe yesterday but somehow couldn’t achieve the same result as you, my cake clearly wasn’t looking that good (atleast it tasted good). What kind of chocolate do you use? Maybe it’s coming from the flour I used, I have a gluten intolerance so I used chickpea flour instead of normal wheat flour.


29 ZestyCook

Hi Cathryn, I would have to agree with you on guessing that the flour was the difference. I am not an flour expert by any means but I would conclude that that is likely the ingredient causing the varying results from the original.


30 Bibi

I baked this cake Saturday 09/10/2010 and my GOODNESS, it was chocolate heaven. My family enjoyed it so much. Soft and moist and decadent. This is my new recipe from now on. I was sceptical about the sour cream but now understand that it also made the cake soft and moist. The ganche like frosting was divine. I just melted some caramel fudge and poured it over…yummy. it was delicious.


31 ZestyCook

Bibi – I am really please you and your family enjoyed it so much. Moist cake is always the success gauge for me and like you said – the sour cream does a great job ensuring that. Thanks again for your support.


32 Bibi

Today 13/11/2010 I baked this cake again his afternoon and my goodness it was even better than the first time I baked it.
Whoever you are that made this recipe in your head. You are awesome.
ZestyCook this cake for me is by far the best recipe I,ve tried on the net.


33 ZestyCook

Bibi – I am glad you love this cake! It is pretty tasty and thanks for saying I am awesome :)


34 Amy

This is without a doubt the best cake I have EVER tasted. It should be made illegal :)


35 zesty

Thanks Amy


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