Decadent Chocolate Cake with Whipped Chocolate Frosting


  • 2 cups cooked and cooled quínoa (see note above)
  • 1/3 cup mílk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanílla extract
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bakíng powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bakíng soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 2 1/4 cups heavy whíppíng cream
  • 1 1/4 cups semísweet or bíttersweet chocolate chíps


  1. For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Líghtly grease two 8-ínch round cake pans. Líne the bottoms of the pans wíth parchment paper.
  2. Combíne the mílk, eggs and vanílla ín a blender or food processor. Process just untíl combíned. Add the cooked quínoa and the butter. Blend well untíl smooth.
  3. ín a large bowl, whísk together the sugar, cocoa, bakíng powder, bakíng soda and salt. Add the contents from the blender and míx wíth a wooden spoon or whísk untíl combíned.
  4. Dívíde the batter evenly between the two pans and bake on a rack ín the míddle posítíon for 28-30 mínutes or untíl a knífe or toothpíck ínserted ín the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and cool for 10 mínutes. ínvert the cakes onto coolíng racks (remove the parchment paper stuck to the bottom of the cakes).
  5. For the frostíng, place the chocolate chíps ín a medíum bowl. Heat the whíppíng cream ín a saucepan untíl ít gently símmers. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chíps and let the míxture sít for fíve mínutes. Whísk to combíne untíl ít ís glossy and smooth. Cover the bowl wíth plastíc wrap and refrígerate untíl completely chílled and cold (2-3 hours). You can speed up thís process by placíng the bottom of the bowl ín an íce water bath and stírríng untíl cool. When fully chílled, use an electríc míxer (stand míxer or handheld) to whíp the míxture to soft peaks.
  6. Place one cake layer upsíde down on a servíng platter or plate. Top wíth a generous portíon (about half) of the whípped frostíng, spreadíng to wíthín 1/2-ínch of the edge of the cake (ít wíll press to the edge when the top cake layer ís put on).
  7. Gently put the other cake layer upsíde down on top of the frosted layer. Spread the remaíníng frostíng over the top of the cake. You could defínítely frost the sídes, too, but í líke the more rustíc look for thís cake – frostíng just the míddle and top.
  8. Chíll the frosted cake ín the refrígerator for at least 2 hours before servíng to let the frostíng set up a bít.