Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake

August 13, 2014 by Ali

This Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake is simple to make and topped with a rich chocolate glaze.

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake | #dessert

Over the (now 5!) years that I have been food blogging, I have become accustomed to the random foods that grace my kitchen at some of the most random hours. This was especially true when I had my full-time job on top of blogging.

Grilled steak at 7am on a Tuesday in order to catch the natural light because I would be working late? Sure, we’ll start the day with some protein. Blueberry muffins at 5pm on a Friday after work before heading off to a happy hour? Eh, who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?! Shooting 5 peach recipes in a day because they happened to be absolutely, perfectly ripe that day, and Lord knows when that will happen again? Carpe peach.

But what I have recently realized is that my friends also no longer blink an eye at the quirkyness that is my kitchen schedule. For example, this past weekend I had returned to KC from being out of town and was playing catch up on recipes that I had missed cooking that week. So mid-day, I texted my friend Beth and asked if she’d like to come over for Parmesan baked chicken nuggets, Greek fish tacos (coming soon!), veggie saute, orzo pasta, chocolate cake, and random IPAs that someone left at my house.

Like it was no big deal, she texted back, “Sure!”

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake | #dessert

Lucky Beth arrived to not only a smorgasbord of food, but a kitchen that had been completely tornado-ed in the process of cooking four recipes — which was also no big deal to her. And sure enough, we had a lovely evening just talking and catching up while taste-testing this eclectic little menu along the way.

I have to say, though, I think this chocolate cake kind of stole the show.

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake | #dessert

I have admitted that I seem to becoming less and less of a sweets person in my (ahem) old age. But that day, I had a random craving for a good chocolate cake. So I looked through some old recipes I had bookmarked and found a sour cream chocolate bundt cake recipe from Shutterbean that sounded good.

I substitute Greek yogurt for almost all things sour cream nowadays (except on top of my nachos). And since I had all of the ingredients on hand, I decided to let there be cake.

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake | #dessert

Sure enough, it turned out just as rich and chocolatey and perfectly “m – - – t ” (people freak out when I say that word) as I had hoped. And I also couldn’t resist topping it with a rich chocolate glaze.

However. I realized once the cake was out of the oven that I was out of heavy cream. So I did a quick Google search and learned that you can totally make ganache with a butter base instead of cream. Who knew?? Not this food blogger. But now that I do and know how rich and chocolatey it tastes, I will definitely be using it again. So good!

If you prefer a cream-based ganache, though, we can still be friends. :)

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake | #dessert

Suffice it to say, the cake hit the spot. Definitely the perfect end to a random food blogging day in the kitchen, and an even better time enjoying everything that was cooked in the company of a good friend. That’s just how I like it.

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 10-12 servings


    Chocolate Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2% fat)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Glaze Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 ounces bittersweet or dark chocolate, finely chopped


To Make The Chocolate Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10- or 12-cup Bundt pan and set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, and water and put over medium heat. Cook until just melted and combined, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Combine the flour, sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl and whisk to blend. Add half of the melted-butter mixture and whisk until completely blended (it will be very thick). Add the remaining butter mixture and whisk to combine. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking each to blend completely before adding the next. Whisk in the Greek yogurt and vanilla until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.

Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then invert onto a rack. Once the cake has cooled to room temperature, drizzle with chocolate glaze.

To Make The Chocolate Glaze:

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and let cool and thicken for 5-10 minutes (or until the glaze reaches your desired consistency). Then drizzle over the chocolate cake.

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake | #dessert


About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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32 thoughts on “Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake

  1. I don’t have a bundt pan…do you think it could be baked in a 9×13? Sounds delicious and I would like to try it soon!

    - Kim T

  2. This cake looks gorgeous! I would love a slice..

    - Medeja

  3. Be still my heart … I am in love with this cake!

    - Nicole

  4. I need some of this cake in my life pronto! All my kitchen stuff is in boxes at the moment unfortunately :( We finally move into our new place on Tuesday!! I think this might be one of the first things that graces my new kitchen! I’ve never made either types of ganache, but I usually have butter rather than heavy cream so I’ll have to give this a go!

    - Alexis @ Upside Down Pear

  5. Let there be cake indeed, this is chocolate perfection!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  6. I am literally about to drool at my desk as I bask in the beauty of this cake. Yummmm.

    - Sarah | The Budding Table

  7. This looks so decadent! Drooling!!

    - Tiffany

  8. This cake looks like the perfect ending to dinner with friends. I am loving the sound of the butter based ganache!

    - Jamie

    - Jamie | My Baking Addiction

  9. On any given day, you can find at least 2 large tubs of Greek yogurt in our fridge…I love subbing in Greek yogurt for many of my recipes too because it adds protein and such m—tness:) Gorgeous chocolate cake! My husband will love it, especially the ganache.

    - Heather @ Shards of Lavender

  10. Absolutely drool worthy! Gorgeous cake – and chocolate ganache? Mmmmm

    - Jessica @ Sweet Menu

  11. Ha! I’m still in the I-have-a-full-time-job-but-need-to-get-these-recipes-photographed-any-way-I-can stage of food blogging,so I was totally nodding my head and laughing as I read this. I’ve never been much a sweets person myself, but for some reason I’ve always loved a good, simple cake! This one looks to die for!

    - Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

  12. Now, this is my kind of cake!

    - Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

  13. This cake looks so delicious!! Will be making this weekend!

    - Ami@naivecookcooks

  14. Holy goodness, Ali – this looks amazing! And might just make up for the cookies I’ve been promising my husband and haven’t gotten around to making yet…

    - Melanie | Melanie Makes

  15. I love using Greek yogurt in my recipes…where’s the yogurt in the ingredients for this?

    - Niki

  16. Love this post! there’s nothing better than a chocolate cake!

    - Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

  17. This looks so great, but where is the Greek yogurt in the recipe? Sub for sour cream maybe?

    - Jessica

  18. These pictures… my stomach is growling! Chocolate on chocolate is the best :)

    - Medha @ Whisk & Shout

  19. Gotta love greek yogurt. Easy to make, so creamy and delicious.. and great to cook with!

    - ana @ eats and shoots

  20. Girl, this post totally hit close to home. I work full time and am a food blogger on top of it and I have the weirdest things at weird hours as well…or before my hubby is about to take a bite of something I’ll be like ‘NO! that’s the dish I’m photographing!’ lol. Anyway, congrats on 5 years of blogging (wow, that’s amazing!) and this recipe sounds fantastic!

    - Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

  21. ahhhhhh, I just love this!

    - Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

  22. Wow congratulations on 5 years of blogging! I totally agree on the random cooking schedule. I’ve only been food blogging for about 4 months, but have already found myself making desserts at 5pm before dinner in order to photograph the recipe. No complaints obviously :) This look super yummy btw!

    - Matt @ Plating Pixels

  23. Greek yogurt in such a decadent cake sounds great to me. You are a master of light, Ali, I can’t get enough of your photos!

    - sue/the view from great island

  24. Haha, thanks for omitting the ‘m’ word!!

    - Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates)

  25. Did you end up using sour cream or Greek yogurt to make the cake? The recipe name says Greek yogurt but the recipe ingredients and directions call for sour cream!

    - Pam

  26. There’s nothing prettier than a chocolate cake! I want a big ol’ slice!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  27. Yes please….the whole cake :) xo

    - Jenny Flake

  28. You sound like a great friend! Nothing hits the spot like chocolate cake :)

    - Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

  29. It has yogurt in it. And eggs. Can we please call it bread and eat it for breakfast?! Mmmm, breakfast cake!

    - Jessica | Saucy Pear

  30. Wow this looks gorgeous Ali! That glaze!!!

    - Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

  31. Butter based ganache just blew my mind. I have been making ganache a lot lately, and I hate buying cream just for it, and I always have butter on hand!
    Plus, a cake with Greek yogurt that has ALL THE CHOCOLATEY goodness? Yes puhlease!

    - Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness