You may think I’m crazy, but this cake isn’t that sweet.

It’s soft and dense, yet fluffy at the same time. It’s chocolaty but has a smooth tang that can only be achieved by adding creamy, thick yogurt. It appears spongy, but melts in your mouth.

 

Does this not look like pure fudge?

It appears to be, but it’s not. This cake has a completely different consistency from anything I’ve ever made – almost appearing somewhat rubbery straight from the oven, but not like that at all once tasted. I adore this dark cocoa powder I’ve been using, which yields a very rich, chocolate flavor without the sweetness.

 

Have I lost my mind? Since when do I want something that won’t give me cavities?

The cake is great, but the saving grace is the slightly sweetened fresh whipped cream on top, which cuts through the richness of the dark cocoa like a fat cloud. And the cocoa syrup… now that’s the best part.

It gives this seemingly light dessert a decadent touch that is necessary in my opinion. I considered trying to convince you that this cake is healthy since it has lots of protein-packed greek yogurt and dark cocoa full of antioxidants, but who am I kidding? Even I can’t be fooled when I have two layers of cake in front of me with a glaze made of pure sugar.

But that didn’t stop me from having two servings. Because I do things like that. I’m such a lady.

Dark Chocolate Yogurt Cake

serves  4-6

3 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder

3/4 cup plain greek yogurt (I used Fage 2%)

1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour (or use cocoa powder) an 8×8 cake pan.

Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined. Add yogurt and mix until batter is smooth. Add in milk and mix until batter comes together. Pour into pan.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until cake is set. Cake will be thin, and appear a bit spongey.  Serve with fresh whipped cream and cocoa syrup.

ETA: some are saying the cake is taking longer to cook – around 25-35 minutes. Just keep an eye on it!

 

Dark Cocoa Syrup

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon water

Mix all ingredients until a smooth glaze forms. If mixture is too thin, add more sugar. If too thick, add more water one drop at a time.

I may have also slurped some of that dark cocoa syrup. I’ve now learned that life isn’t really complete without it.

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166 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Yogurt Cake.”

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    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate — April 1, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    That looks like a flippin brownie. Mmm…

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — April 1, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Oh yum, look how dark and rich it looks! This looks fantastic.

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    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — April 1, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    I love using dark cocoa powder too! Which brand do you like best?

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 7:24 am

      I’ve only ever used Hershey’s.

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    mary (sisters running the kitchen) — April 1, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    is this more cake-like than a brownie?

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 7:30 am

      Yes, it’s not like a brownie at all even though it looks like one. It’s more spongy but really soft once you bite into it.

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — April 1, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    This looks amazing!! So rich & decadent :)

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    Melanie @ SpareTimeBaker — April 1, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    This looks amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzingggggggg! I heart dark chocolate!!!

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    Cara — April 1, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    This looks wonderful! Perhaps this will be the fate of the strawberries that are dying in my fridge! I agree with you, it is totally healthy and loaded with protein because of the yogurt!

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    Heather — April 1, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    all i can think about is burying my face in that cake pie-eating-contest-style. is that normal?

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — April 1, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    Yum! It looks really fudgy… but you said it’s fluffy? Who cares, really! Whatever the texture… it looks like a chocolate lovers dream!!

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 7:48 am

      Yes! Even though it looks fudgy, it isn’t at all.

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — April 1, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    I love how dense it looks — like a brownie or a bar or something. Yum!

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    Melissa — April 1, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    I love how I was in a hurry while reading and specifically thought, “I really want to get to the part where she justifies the healthfulness of the dark chocolate and yogurt and how her and Mr. How Sweet deemed it a healthy dessert.” And then laughed out loud as I read, “but who am I kidding?” haha :) Looks awesome though; very clever!

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    Erin — April 1, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    That looks freaking amazing!!! YUM!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — April 1, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    That cake looks so moist, decadent, dark…just perfect!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — April 1, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    Yummmm! I’m thinking this might feel a bit like the texture of a brownie, but I might hae to make it just to confirm!! Sounds delish!

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    nikki — April 1, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    um yum! want it now! yes now at 7:55 am!! yum yum!
    Could I use Chobani 0% if thats what I have aaround? or do you think the yogurt needs some fat content?

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 9:22 am

      I think it’s probably better with a little fat, but let me know if you try it! I can’t really say since I didn’t try.

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      • Christine — April 1st, 2011 @ 10:29 am

        I was wondering the same thing, and also about skim milk since that’s all I ever have.

        • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 10:37 am

          Yep skim will work, that’s what I used!

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    Dishes of Mrs. Fish — April 1, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    This looks like hot fudge cake. We can get those to go in a jiffy at local fast food place. They’re open now. Maybe I’ll go get one for breakfast.

    Yours is probably way better though. :)

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 9:21 am

      That sounds like my kind of breakfast. :)

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    Corinna @ The Fire Chiefs Wife — April 1, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    That looks so decadent and delicious, I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — April 1, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    I don’t have words…

    Ok, I do, I need that! I’m pretty sure that would make any rotten day better!

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    Rachel — April 1, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    Oh yum! I love dark chocolate so this is my kind of cake :)

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    Gen — April 1, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    That looks sooo awesome! And because its dark chocolate, you HAVE to eat more, right? hahaha

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    Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine — April 1, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    That looks SO dark. Oh my gosh, right up my alley!!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 1, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    You had me sold from the beginning but topping it with fresh whipped cream put it over the top!

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — April 1, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    I make a salted chocolate sour cream cake much the same way. Love the lightness of it! This looks heavenly with that chocolate sauce!

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 9:21 am

      Um, that sounds SO much better than this!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — April 1, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    Your dark choco yogurt cake looks amazing girl – especially with a hearty serving of the drizzle :) xo

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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers — April 1, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    Oh goodness that looks like pure chocolate deliciousness!! And that sauce..um hi, can we come over?!

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 9:21 am

      Yes!

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — April 1, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    Dark chocolate is about 3000x better than anything else. Just sayin.

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — April 1, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    Wow, that cake looks beautiful!!! It really looks dark and chocolately-almost like a brownie!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — April 1, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    I love you. This is so easy for me to adapt. Looks amazing!

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    brandi — April 1, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    it looks great! I love anything with cocoa powder – I just love flavor compared to other chocolates.

    and i could take a spoonful of that syrup in my coffee right now :)

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — April 1, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    That cake looks like a super fudgy brownie. YUM!

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    Clare — April 1, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Pure perfection!

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    Cait — April 1, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    soo yummy looking!

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    Kim in MD — April 1, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Chocolate heaven on a plate! I read your comment that you use Hershey’s cocoa. Does Hershey’s make a dark cocoa? Do you mean “dutch” cocoa? I just want to make sure I get it right the first time I make this! ;-)

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 10:05 am

      Yes! Hershey’s makes a dark cocoa now – it is their Special Dark. It is right near the regular cocoa in my store!

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    chloe@ 321delish — April 1, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    this reminds me a little of a little yogurt chocolate secret of mine…mix trader joe’s no pudge brownie mix with greek yogurt. serve as a dip with apples or french bread and voila…masterpiece!

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 10:05 am

      Yum!

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    Kacy — April 1, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Sounds really great! I don’t like overly sweet chocolate cake, so I bet I’d love it.

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    Lora @cakeduchess — April 1, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    Gorgeous chocolate yogurt cake! I love to bake with yogurt. I think I could eat a bowl of the syrup alone!!

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    Erica — April 1, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    Yayyy for greek yogurt! It does awesome things to baked goods. I’m not a big cake person (as I’ve told you before)- but I don’t mind the more spongy like cakes like this one. I could eat whipped cream by itself and call it the best dessert ever :)

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 10:04 am

      I’m not a huge cake person either and I think that is why I liked this too!

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    Kelly — April 1, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    YUM! The dark chocolate cocoa powder is my favorite!! I love bitter chocolate!

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    Tracy — April 1, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Wow, this sounds amazing! I love anything dark chocolate…yummm.

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    Anne @ Baking Me — April 1, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    This cake looks and sounds incredible! I have never heard of dark chocolate cocoa powder, I will have to keep my eye out for it. I love the idea of using cocoa powder the flour the pan, may as well add chocolate anywhere you can :)

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    Hannah — April 1, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    that is one dark cake. and I’m in love.

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    Lauren — April 1, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    Friday is definitely off to a great start by beginning the day with a glaze of pure sugar. Brilliant.

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    Amelia — April 1, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Hello chocolate! I can see my hips expanding just reading this. .;) What a great weekend treat!

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    Melissa — April 1, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    This is right up my alley. I prefer my cake/brownies/cookies to be drenched in syrup. I’d like to take a bath in this!

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    jenna — April 1, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    i bet your husband is so thankful he married you!! This looks downright amazing!! :)

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    EatLiveRun — April 1, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    I’m intrigued! (and drooling)

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    Camille — April 1, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    It’s like a brownie cake! Yum!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — April 1, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    This cake looks sooo insanely good. I would love to be your taste tester for all of your recipes. Your blog is just amazing Jessica.

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 10:41 am

      Thank you so much! You are the best. I wish we could bake together and hang out all day!

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    Alicia — April 1, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    That looks so good! its like a ‘healthy-ish’ brownie. Covered in goodness. Yum!!

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    Jess — April 1, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    a chocolate lover’s dream come true.

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