12 X 12 Chocolate Challenge … The Light One

4 Apr

The creative minds of my fellow chocolate lovers amaze me. It never occurred to me that someone could create a Hot Chocolate Cake. How do people come up with that?

I’m a tea drinker myself, but just because I enjoy my Yogi Tea before bedtime doesn’t mean I don’t savor a good cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows on an extra cold day. So it wasn’t a surprise that I enjoyed the chocolatey treat of this week’s 12 x 12 Chocolate Challenge.

Hot Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

It was definitely moist and rich on the cocoa bean side, but lighter than the other cakes in this challenge. Probably had something to do with the fluffy frosting. It’s no wonder my kids particularly enjoyed this cake, especially the frosting. They are taking the taste testing phase of these challenges very seriously. So glad I eased up on the sugar used for the frosting otherwise it would have been too sweet and my kids would have never gone to sleep. Also glad their portions are on the tiny side, nothing like mom portions. I feel my stress level requires larger pieces. All moms deserve bigger pieces. It’s how they get to their Zen State of Mind.


My tasty end of day  portion with my cup of tea.

My tasty end of day portion with my cup of tea.


So if you’re looking for a chocolatey cake that’s not too heavy you might want to give it a try. Although I’m not sure how many calories are in this thing … I figure a lot. So if you’re on a diet, this might not be for you.




1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c. hot chocolate (I use 1 cup of hot water mixed with 1.25 oz. of hot chocolate powder)
1 ΒΎ c. granulated sugar
1 ΒΎ c. all-purpose flour
2 Β½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 large eggs
3/4 c. whole milk
1/2 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. Greek yogurt or sour cream (not fat-free)
2 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and hot chocolate; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  4. With an electric mixer (either hand or stand), beat eggs for 1 minute.
  5. Add milk, butter, and yogurt. Beat until well-combined.
  6. Stir in vanilla extract until incorporated.
  7. Add hot chocolate mixture, and stir to combine.
  8. Add flour mixture, and stir in until just combined.
  9. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.
  10. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  11. Cool in pans for 10 minutes.
  12. Remove cakes from pans and cool on wire rack until room temperature.
  13. The cake is now ready to frost and assemble


Recipe courtesy of I Heart Eating.

17 Responses to “12 X 12 Chocolate Challenge … The Light One”

  1. haridasgowra April 5, 2014 at 2:00 AM #

    choco choco choco heaven post……….i like this post post post chocolate….#wordpress!

    • The Guat May 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM #

      It was super tasty and surprisingly light. I’m finding out all these ways to make chocolate cake and being the choco choco choco lover that I am it’s an amazing run. Very tasty. Thanks so much for stopping by. Sorry it took me a while to get back to you…ended up in my spam.

  2. susielindau April 5, 2014 at 8:38 AM #

    I might have to make myself a birthday cake this week!

    • The Guat April 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuuuude these are some awesome recipes and I’m finding that my love for chocolate is deep with every cake. You should definitely try one … my favorite so far has to be the raspberry chocolate cake, but it was also the one one that took a lot of work…just ask Brick House. But it was worth it πŸ™‚

      • susielindau April 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM #

        I’m really craving chocolate now! πŸ™‚

  3. brickhousechick April 5, 2014 at 2:46 PM #

    Another killer cake! Sigh.

    • The Guat April 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM #

      Dude…yes. But this one was an easy one. Nothing with too many attachments, plus it’s not as rich as the others. So if you’re looking for something on the light side this would be it πŸ™‚

  4. anotherday2paradise April 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM #

    Calories be damned! This looks to die for. πŸ™‚

    • The Guat April 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM #

      Yes! I’m finding that throughout this 12 x 12 chocolate challenge that this is becoming my personal motto πŸ™‚

  5. lameadventures April 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM #

    Wow, you are a talented baker, Guat! Your cakes look so scrumptious. With my endless scroll of dietary issues, this one would kill me, but while eating it, I’d be in my bliss. These food porn posts of yours are a reliable turn-on.

    • The Guat April 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM #

      Food Porn Posts! HA! I love it! you had me rolling! That is like my quote of the week. Oh My God … You made my day that one. And yes these cakes are super awesome. I think I gained like 10 pounds, but it’s a good ten pounds πŸ™‚ But I think I lost them all at this weekend. πŸ™‚

      • lameadventures April 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM #

        I have been wondering how that race went … But I figure you’ll discuss it when you feel ready. It sounds like you once again made it to the top. You’ve definitely earned all the cake you can eat.

        • The Guat April 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM #

          Yeah I had a big piece and I’ll probably post something tonight πŸ™‚ Thanks for asking πŸ™‚

          • lameadventures April 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM #

            Hey, no pressure from me! Post about it when you feel ready to post about it.

          • The Guat April 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM #


  6. Cayman Thorn April 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM #

    So Cal- You are my chocolate 411, and this here? It’s ridonculous! I’m gonna have to give it to my daughter for a try. She’s my little baker. And don’t worry about diets. Kate Moss will take care of that stuff. She’s not having any fun anyway . . .

    • The Guat April 14, 2014 at 4:28 PM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude. Nice. Never been a chocolate 411 before, but I definitely think that could totally be my middle name. πŸ™‚ And you can totally have a father-daughter bake off with this recipe … you can be the pourer πŸ™‚

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