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70% would make again

4 Layers 4 Textures, 1 Chocolate Cake

by Pierce Abernathyfeatured in 5 Layered Cake Recipes We Promise Are Worth The Effort

Ingredients

for 12 servings

  • 10 graham crackers, crushed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar (150 g), plus 3 tablespoons, divided
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder (70 g), plus 4 tablespoons, divided
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 3/4 sticks, melted, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour (60 g)
  • 2 cups whole milk (480 mL)
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream (360 mL)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 357
    Fat 29g
    Carbs 21g
    Fiber 0g
    Sugar 13g
    Protein 6g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Line an 8-inch (20-cm) square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and 6 tablespoons of melted butter until fully incorporated and the mixture looks rich and chocolaty.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and pack down to cover the bottom of the pan in an even layer.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool.
  5. Reduce the oven temperature to 325˚F (160˚C).
  6. Separate the eggs into two large bowls.
  7. Add the remaining ¾ cup (150 G) of granulated sugar to the egg yolks and whisk until pale yellow.
  8. Add the remaining ½ cup (115 G) of melted butter and the vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.
  9. Sift in the flour and ⅓ cup (40 g) of cocoa powder and mix thoroughly.
  10. Slowly add the milk, stirring continuously, until a very wet batter forms. Set aside.
  11. Beat the egg whites with an electric hand mixer until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until medium peaks form. Whisk ⅓ of the egg whites into the egg yolk batter, then gently fold in the remaining egg whites with a rubber spatula.
  12. Pour the batter over the graham cracker crust and bake for 40 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center jiggles slightly. Let cool for at least 1 hour.
  13. In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form and the cream has doubled in volume.
  14. Sift in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and the powdered sugar and fold with a rubber spatula to incorporate.
  15. Invert the cooled cake onto a cutting board. Remove the parchment paper and flip the cake again so the graham cracker crust is on the bottom.
  16. Spread the chocolate whipped cream onto the cake.
  17. Slice and serve.
  18. Enjoy!