Dark Chocolate Naked Cake Recipe

The naked cake's charm comes from its simple, rustic look.

The naked cake’s charm comes from its simple, rustic look. This is a simpler naked cake recipe version that highlights the classic vanilla and chocolate flavors. It has four layers of vanilla cake with dark chocolate butter cream in between. For a pop of color, add fresh strawberries in between the layers and as a garnish on top!

Dark Chocolate Naked Cake Recipe

Carmela Villegas
The naked cake's charm comes from its simple, rustic look.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Cuisine Others
Servings 1 (9-inch) cake


Dark Chocolate Naked Cake Ingredients

  • 3 cups cake flour sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 medium Egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup full cream milk
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons Coffee
  • 400 Grams Bittersweet chocolate
  • 3 cups unsalted butter
  • 1 Cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 (9-inch) round pans.
  • Make the vanilla cake: Sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream butter on medium-low speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar on low speed. Beat on medium speed for 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture is light, soft, and pale yellow. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla; mix. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk. Mix on medium-low speed until well combined. Divide mixture between pans. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven; cool. Remove from pans; transfer to a rack.
  • Make the chocolate frosting: Dissolve cocoa powder in 11/2 cups boiling water. Add coffee; set aside. Melt chocolate in the microwave; let cool. Using an electric mixer, cream butter for 2 minutes. Turn down speed to low; add sugar. Increase speed; cream mixture for 4 minutes. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Add cocoa mixture and vanilla; mix. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Slice cakes in half. Spread frosting on top of one layer and top with another layer. Repeat with the rest of the cakes, ending with frosting. Chill before serving.
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