Cold Chocolate Snacking Cake

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Cold Chocolate Snacking Cake - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.comDesigned to be served cold from the refrigerator, this is a rich dark chocolate cake topped with an absolutely amazing chocolate frosting. It’s wonderfully unique and completely unforgettable. 

Just thinking about this cake was enough to have me making it again this week. I told myself that I was making it so that I could shoot a video (see below) and share it with you, but really?

I just wanted to have this awesome cake tucked into my refrigerator this week. It’s disappearing a sliver at a time, just the way it’s supposed to.

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My friend Sue shared this Cold Chocolate Snacking Cake recipe on her blog years ago and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

In this food laden world of blogging, I run across a whole lot of recipes that make my mouth water. I have Pinterest boards filled with other blogger’s creations and binders overflowing with my own recipe ideas as well. There just isn’t time to try them all!

However, this cake stands out among so many other chocolate cakes. It truly rocks and you do not want to miss a chance to make it.

Consider yourself warned, it’s almost impossible to just eat one sliver. I loved the cake and the frosting… oh my heavens. The frosting is amazing!

I recommend just leaving a knife in the pan with the cake. You’ll need it each time you open the refrigerator to trim up the edges on the cake.

Cold Chocolate Snacking Cake is an irresistible late night snack! get the recipe at

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Kitchen Tip: I use this pan to make this recipe. (I LOVE the lid for in the refrigerator!)

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Cold Chocolate Snacking Cake - get the recipe at

Cold Chocolate Snacking Cake

3.67 from 3 votes
Cold chocolate snacking cake topped with a thick layer of chocolate ganache frosting is the ultimate answer to late night cravings!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 12 -18 servings, depending on size


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour*
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

*Gluten-Free Alternative

  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 or 10-inch square pan with butter. (You can use a 9×13 pan, but the cake will be thinner, so reduce the cooking time accordingly.) Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again to combine. Add half of the dry mixture, beat to combine. Add the sour cream and stir again to combine. Finish with the last of the dry ingredients.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Tap the pan several times on the counter to force out any air bubbles. Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, with only moist crumbs. Let the cake cool to room temperature. The cake will be slightly domed when you first remove it from the oven, but it should level out on top once it cools.
  • While the cake is baking, make the frosting. Heat the cream on the stove-top over low heat until steaming, or in a medium size glass bowl in the microwave until simmering. Add in the chocolate and let it sit for a few minutes. Stir or whisk to combine, until the chocolate mixture is smooth and glossy.
  • Add the sugar and cocoa powder and stir until completely smooth. Refrigerate the frosting for about an hour and then spread it over the cooled cake. Place the cake in the refrigerator to chill until the frosting is set, at least two hours. Serve cold. Enjoy!


I love using this pan for this cake. The handy lid makes it super easy to store and the transport the cake, if needed.


Calories: 422kcal · Carbohydrates: 41g · Protein: 6g · Fat: 29g · Saturated Fat: 17g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 8g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 100mg · Sodium: 167mg · Potassium: 279mg · Fiber: 4g · Sugar: 28g · Vitamin A: 773IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 60mg · Iron: 3mg
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{originally posted 6/11/13 – recipe card updated 6/13/22}

Cold Chocolate Snack Cake is a rich dark chocolate cake topped by a chocolate ganache frosting. Designed to be served cold from the refrigerator, this is a wonderfully unique cake! Get the recipe at

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. connie says

    This cake sounds amazing! Especially like the fact that the frosting doesn't have a ton of sugar. Sometimes, you want something sweet but not so sweet that it feels like your teeth are going to fall out.

  2. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says

    I have also been eye-ing this recipe for years! I am scared to make it haha. I know I would leave the knife in the pan – and every single time I pass the refrigerator I would eat a piece! It looks wonderful – hope you are having a super week 🙂

  3. Anonymous says

    I know you are moving, but if you have time for a question…I wonder if you can substitute canola oil for the butter in this cake. It is a lot of butter and I was hoping to save on some of the sat fat. What do you think?

    • Mary says

      I use oil in cakes on a regular basis, so I'm guessing that will work fine. You might get a slightly different flavor, but overall, about the same. I haven't tried it myself though. If you do, please let me know how it turns out!

  4. Victoria says

    The last line of the first paragraph, under instructions, is to mix dry ingredients. Granulated sugar is a dry ingredient. That line should be after cream butter & sugar. My kid follows directions, needless to say, had to start over. No, did not watch the video. Taught to follow directions. I also had to bake cake for extra 3 minutes, as every oven is different. Looks good, tastes good, thanks for sharing.

    • Mary says

      Thank you for the feedback! I will edit the recipe to more carefully explain the ingredient process. I appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback. I’m glad you like the cake!

  5. Joy Agbo says

    Good day, please can I replace the tapioca for potatoe starch. Where I am in Nigeria I can’t get tapioca.
    Thanks you

  6. ella says

    i absolutely love this recipe!! super easy to make and delicious. the frosting is so rich and yummy!! this is amazing one of my new favs, definitely recommend 🙂5 stars

  7. Luke Garman says

    I’m gonna call this Cursin’ cake!! I just made this cake for my wife’s Birthday and I’ve never heard so many curse words thrown out in a loving way. LOL Eyes rolling back, mouths open, blissfully moaning!
    One said ” this tastes like a cosmic brownie!….. if cosmic brownies were real!” I doubled the recipe and baked in 2 9″ cake pans, made a simple cream cheese frosting like in a pumpkin roll, and stacked them.
    It’s not too sweet, It’s not too chocolaty (you know what I mean), It’s super smooth and perfect!
    Thank you so much! This is now in my arsenal!5 stars