Sweeten Up Your Week With This Decadent Whittaker’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

By Abby Porter
20th Sep 2022

Chocolate lovers rejoice! We've got the cake recipe your dreams are made of. It's rich, it's moist, and it's slathered with chocolate ganache icing. Oh, and it's made with two bars of NZ's all-time fave, Whittaker's chocolate. On board yet?

If you've got a special occasion coming up (or just some serious chocolate cravings on the rise), this is the perfect decadent dessert to get the party started. The addition of coffee in the cake batter enhances the richness of the cocoa, turning up the tempo on all those moreish chocolate flavours. And did we mention the luxurious ganache? In short, this gorgeous cake is guaranteed to be a people pleaser. 

Come one, come all—let's whip up some chocolatey goodness!

Prep time: 30 minutes. Cook time: 35 minutes

Serves 16.



  • 2 ½ Cups Plain white flour
  • 1 ½ Cups Caster sugar
  • ¾ Cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking soda
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • 125ml Neutral oil (such as olive or canola)
  • 1 ¼ Tbsp Vinegar (balsamic or white)
  • 1 ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 2 ½ Cups Coffee, cooled

Chocolate ganache icing

  • 2x 250g Blocks Whittaker’s Creamy Milk Chocolate
  • 2 cups Cream



  • Preheat the oven to 160°C fan bake, and line three 20cm (8 inch) cake tins with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and mix together.
  • Add the oil, vinegar, vanilla, and cooled coffee to the bowl. Using a whisk, gently stir until just combined—do not overmix!
  • Divide the mixture into the three cake tins and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean.
  • Cool in the tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.


  • Gently melt the Whittaker's Creamy Milk chocolate and cream together in a metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir constantly to form a smooth sauce.
  • Transfer to the fridge to cool completely to a solid but soft consistency—be patient, this may take a few hours.

Serve with berries and yoghurt for a fresh touch.

Store cake in an airtight container.

Craving a second serving of dessert inspo? Try this heavenly tiramisu recipe next.

Image credit: Whittaker's Chocolate.

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