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Italian chocolate cake on a plate

Soft Italian Chocolate Cake (torta al ciocolato)

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5 from 3 reviews

This soft Italian chocolate cake is not too sweet and decadent with a deep chocolate flavor. The best part? It is an easy one bowl recipe, win-win! Enjoy it for breakfast, snack, or add whipped cream and berries and serve it for dessert.

  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


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  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons (14 g) baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons (21 g) cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon (pinch) kosher salt
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cups (245 g) plain whole milk yogurt (also use greek yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs*
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) vanilla extract
  • Confectioner sugar for dusting
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet baking chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips, melted until smooth and cooled slightly


  1. Line a 9.5 inch round baking pan with parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven at 350 degrees F
  2. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, whip the sugar and eggs until you obtain a creamy and fluffy texture. About 5-8 minutes.
  3. Stir in the yogurt, butter, melted chocolate and vanilla extract. Use a fork or spatula to combine until smooth (not the electric mixer)
  4. Sift in the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients: flour, cacao or cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir gently until well combined.
  5. Place the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If the cake starts to brown too much on top tent with the top with foil during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
  7. Cool and dust cake with confectioner sugar. If desired, serve with freshly whipped cream. Enjoy!


* best if room temperature

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Sweet
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian