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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168 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Yogurt Cake.”

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    WenDee Riffe — April 1, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    ewwwwwww~~~oooooooo~~~~now thats what i am talkin’ about guuuurl friend!!!! this is gonna be the first thing i make after my recovery!!!!let ya know how they turn out!!!!!!!woooohooooo!!!!!!!

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    Ari @ ThE DiVa DiSh — April 1, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    Holy Heaven! You are truly amazing! Can I come over and eat all your delicious food one day?!? lol

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

      Yes please! :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 1, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    That is some cake! What I wouldn’t give for a slice of that for breakfast…

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    Sues — April 1, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    Wow, it looks so chocolatey and delicious! And I love that it’s made with yogurt… I bet vanilla Greek would be fabulous, too!!

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

      I bet it would too!!

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      • kate — April 4th, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

        i made it with vanilla chobani today. it was great!

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    Michelle — April 1, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    This cake looks like a cross between a brownie and dark chocolate fudge. It just looks so decadent!

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    Newyorkerbyheart — April 1, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    woooow – it looks good!! I’m drooooling :-)

    My best,
    Birthe

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    Maranda — April 1, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    This looks like a mixture between cake and brownie. Fabulous!

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    Kylie — April 1, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    I love your blog… your words and pictures are so clever and fun to read! And this cake… don’t even get me started. I’m a sucker for dark chocolate. And whipped cream. And hot fudge. Ohhh goodness!

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

      Thanks so much Kylie!

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    Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite — April 1, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Oh my, I am currently craving a decadent treat and this looks fab!

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    Allison — April 1, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    Ok, this looks amazing!! I’m definitely going to have to make it soon just so I can taste it!

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    jenna — April 1, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    Jess! I’ve been lurking on your blog for about a year and I adore you/your recipes. Everything I’ve made from you has gotten rave reviews– even my mother who declares everything that isn’t terrible for you has “no taste,” enjoys some of your “healthier” recipes. Anyway, I’m making this cake. now.

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

      Thank you so much Jenna!

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    Natalia - a side of simple — April 1, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    You weren’t kidding yesterday, were you ;)

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    J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — April 1, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    The consistency sounds like No Pudge Brownies when I make them with canned pumpkin or yogurt. Yum! I’d love to have a not-so-sweet cake. Then the ice cream and syrup and sprinkles won’t be too much. ;)

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    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat — April 1, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    Yum! And with yogurt it is healthy!

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    Andrea @ Vegvacious — April 1, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    Your pictures look amazing. This is a dessert my husband would LOVE!

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

      Thank you Andrea!

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    alison @ Ingredients, INc. — April 1, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    super!! Love this one

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    Jenna — April 1, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    Oh wow this look amazing! I love the idea of combining the tart yogurt with chocolate. It looks so dense and moist! I’m not a big cake person either but this looks amazing! Its hard to keep up will all the amazing recipes you put out!

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    Michelle — April 1, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    Oh my goodness that looks way too good to be healthy!

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    Ally @ Sweet & Savory — April 1, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    Wow..can’t say much more than that…do you ship???

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    Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique — April 1, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    Wow! This looks right up my alley. I want it now! :)

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    Kelly — April 1, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    I actually prefer chocolate desserts that aren’t that sweet. I’ve often found that so much sugar really mutes the chocolate flavor. I bet this would also be great with fruit to offset the chocolate’s richness.

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    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking — April 1, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    omg, Jessica… this is my kinda cake! woohoo. You always make me drool with all your other treats – especially those oreo stuffed cookies, but this is something i’m actually drooling over, bookmarking, and will be making in the near future… so thank you!
    :-) great pics.

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

      Thank you!

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    Jennifurla — April 1, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    It’s gorgeous!

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    Cami — April 1, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    Jessica you are such a genius! I adore, ADORE, your blog. My husband would LOVE this cake. Can’t wait to make it!

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

      Thanks Cami!

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    Kristina — April 1, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    I made a cake like this not too long ago (although I used box mix, shame on me), and FYI it gets even better after a couple days. If you can keep it around a few days without eating it all, it gets less spongy and more like a decadent fudgy brownie.

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

      I wish I had some left to be able to do that!

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    Brooke @ Bittersweetb — April 1, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    This looks sinful….and I love it!!

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    Moni'sMeals — April 1, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    For real? No wait it is April Fools Day! jking

    This recipe is too good to be true. :)

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    Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons — April 1, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    I would butcher this! But i’ll let you make it for me anytime!

    and my balls don’t look any better than your balls btw =) bahahaha! I made them 100% your way too and they rooooock! Hooray for a new staple in my kitchen. well, when I want to eat 4oz of cheese in a sitting <3 which is most days! Thanks for the recipe doll!

    xoxo

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    Elaine — April 1, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

    Mmm that sounds so good. I love using yogurt in baked goods-they come out so moist!

    On a separate note: peanut butter oatmeal is delicious in the morning, but have you ever put bacon in it? I wonder if that would be good, or if it would just be weird.

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

      I haven’t… but I’m sure I’d love it. I’m weird.

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    britt+whit — April 1, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    I am offically drooling all over myself! This looks amazing! WOW

    I will def be back for more amazing recipes!

    love from San Francisco,

    http://www.brittandwhit.com

    Britt+Whit

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    Sarah — April 1, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    This looks sooooo good……well so much for that diet and avoiding food like this. I read the name and didn’t think I would like it just cause it said yogurt (don’t get me wrong I love yogurt)…..then I looked at the pictures and you had my heart once again. I can not believe the stuff you come up with!

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    Serena — April 1, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    Oh my god. Just kill me now. I can’t go on a diet with desserts like that lurking in the corner of my brain! That’s it, I have to make it right now with my remaining greek yogurt. Yes, that’s exactly what I’ll do, though I know my hips will regret it ;)

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    Eliana — April 1, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    Hmmm – sinfully delicious.

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    Jen H — April 1, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    this sounds unreal, I wonder how it would work with sour cream?

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    • Jessica — April 1st, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

      Probably great!

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    vanillasugarblog — April 1, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    isn’t that greek yogurt the best to create with?
    love it
    love THIS!

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    Tracie — April 1, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    I think you should make a category for glazes under the recipe section. Easy access to add a glaze to anything and everything :)

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    Kat @ Cupcake Kat — April 1, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    Oh wow this cake looks so good. Almost like a brownie! I would never have guessed that it has yogurt in it

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    elle marie — April 1, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    Super uber-delicious… never had yogurt cake, the photos look dreamy..swoon…

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    Courtney — April 1, 2011 @ 11:56 pm

    DIE!!! I am making this right now! Do I care that it is 11:00pm? No. This simply can not wait!

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    Hannah — April 2, 2011 @ 12:24 am

    This sounds perfect! I have a sweet tooth in that I love desserts and chocolate and so on, but I prefer sweets that aren’t too sweet. The tang of yogurt sounds wonderful :)

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    Katrina — April 2, 2011 @ 4:21 am

    I’m swooning! Yum!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — April 2, 2011 @ 5:15 am

    That picture with the chocolate drizzling down on the cake is just sinful!

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    The Manly Housewife — April 2, 2011 @ 5:52 am

    Pass me a glass of milk these look amazing….

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    Lisa — April 2, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    I love using dark cocoa for baking. I usually by Hershey’s brand too. I also have used yogurt in my cakes and brownies, it make them real moist almost fudge-like moist…at least that is how my brownie’s turn out. Yummy post as always! :)

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    Heather @ Multiply Delicious — April 2, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    I love dark chocolate and this cake looks and sounds delicious! Looks nice and moist too…and then you add chocolate sauce to it. Yum!

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    kate@ahealthypassion — April 2, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    I love how deep chocolate that is yum!

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    Jenny — April 2, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    Good lord that cake looks so ridiculously fudgey and delicious! :)

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    Jess — April 2, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    Oh my gosh! These brownies look out-of-this-world-delicious.
    When you have time, stop by my blog, I nominated you for an award!
    Jess = )

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    Amanda — April 2, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    I think I need to sample this immediately. Quality testing you know. ;)

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    Ellie@fitforthesoul — April 2, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    ahhhh for Pete’s sake!! this is awesome!! love love love the ingredients!! and g.yogurt?! my fave…haha! I was like, “baaannnnng!!” when i scrolled down and saw the fudge/cream lol. Here i was, tihnking it was unbelievably healthy. :P have a beautiful day <3

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