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Smoky Chocolate Cake

    My husband loved the flavors of the smoky chocolate and whisky in this cake. It truly is a man’s cake!

    Smoked Chocolate Cake 3a

    Smoky Chocolate Cake Recipe

    I was so in love with this smoky chocolate cake. My husband loved this cake, and so did the teachers at my daughter’s school. While I was in California, I stopped into a Dean and Deluca and found a jar of Smoked Chocolate Chips. Somehow the jar ended up in my basket and traveled home with me. I didn’t want to waste them on cookies, so I used them in a cake. It was a great decision.

    Smoked Chocolate Cake 2a

    The smoky flavor was amazing. I didn’t want to be overpowering so I just cut in a portion of the chips. It was perfectly balanced. It provided just enough of a smoky hint to not dominate the cake.

    I wasn’t a big fan of the smoked chocolate chips by themselves. I found it to be a bit overpowering.

    Smoked Chocolate Cake

    If you find yourself in a Dean & Deluca, pick up a jar for yourself, otherwise, you can order it online from Hot Cakes.

    If you don’t want to spend the money on the smoky chips, then just swap them out for dark chocolate. This cake will still be amazing!

    smoked chocolate whisky collage

    This cake is part two of a three-part series including Chocolate Whisky Balls and Smoked Chocolate Whisky Cake.

    Yield: 1 cake

    Smoky Chocolate Cake

    Smoky Chocolate Cake
    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Additional Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes


    • 1 1/4 cup flour
    • 12 Tablespoons butter
    • 1 1/4 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1/4 cup Smoked Chocolate Chips or semi-sweet chips
    • 1/2 cup cream
    • 3/4 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup Whisky


      1. Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare two 8-inch round pans with nonstick baking spray and parchment.
      2. Melt the smoked chocolate chips by heating the cream and pouring it over the chips. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then whisk smooth. Set aside to cool.
      3. Beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth. Gradually add in the sugar and beat for 5 minutes. Add the eggs and beat until completely incorporated.
      4. Add in the melted chocolate and then turn the mixer to slow. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Slowly add it into the butter alternating with the milk and whisky.
      5. Divide the batter between the two pans and bake for 25 – 30 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes then turn the cakes out to cool on a wire rack.


      Recipe adapted from Baking Illustrated.

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      Karyn Granrud

      Karyn Granrud

      I'm Karyn, a mom and wife, and I founded this little baking blog. Baking and making desserts have been my passion since I was a kid. I love experimenting with different flavors and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Read more.

      6 thoughts on “Smoky Chocolate Cake”

        1. They sure were different, but I really enjoyed them. I thought they were overwhelming straight, but mixed into the cake and frosting.

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