Ugly Cake: A Delicious Chocolatey Buttercream Mess

Well it’s a beautiful and delicious day, because… MY BLOG TURNS ONE YEAR OLD TODAY!

Very exciting! So, to celebrate I baked a family favorite, a treat affectionately called “Ugly Cake.”


The concept for this cake actually came from my dad. When I first started making my Chocolate Chip Cookie Crusted Pie, he loved the filling so much that he thought I should incorporate it into another dessert. In no time at all, my mom and I came up with a winning trio.

Delicate white cake, sweet buttercream, and smooth dark chocolate.

Sounds perfect right? We thought so, so we started constructing our cake… but there was just one small problem. When we poured my chocolately pie filling over our beautiful white cake, the butter cream melted, the cake lost its shape, and the whole thing was just hideous! It only took one taste to decide we weren’t going to change a thing though! It’s wonderful hot, great frozen, and one of my all time favorite cakes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favorite white cake recipe. (I use the one on the Softasilk cake flour box)

For Chocolate Topping

  •  3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup millk

For Frosting

  • 3 Tablespoons cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cups butter
  • splash of milk

And here’s what you do

  1. Whip up your favorite white cake, separate the batter into two 9×9 inch pans and place it in the oven. Here’s a picture of the recipe I use, which is fantastic. I highly recommend using their cake flour.ImageImage
  2. While your cake is in the oven, place your cream in a sauce pan over high heat until it boils. Then pour in your chocolate chips and whisk like crazy until smooth. Then, continuing to whisk, add your sugar, milk, and egg. Once everything is incorporated, turn off heat and let set.Image
  3.  Place cream cheese, powdered sugar, and butter in a mixer and cream together until a nice frosting is formed. If it is too thick for your taste, add a splash of milk.


Image4. Frost your cake with buttercream between the two layers. The great thing about this cake, is your don’t have to worry too much about how it looks when you’re frosting it. It’s just going to get messed up anyway, so you’d might as well embrace the inevitable. 


5. Lastly, pour that delicious chocolate mixture all over your cake!


It’s so good! I like it best hot, so if you don’t get a chance to eat it until it’s cooled, place it in the microwave for 10 seconds before you dig in! Enjoy!


Until next time,



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