Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate Splash Cake Recipe

Ghirardelli Chocolate/Lisa Silmser


Chocolate Cake

  • 2 Cups  white sugar
  • 1 3/4 Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cups  unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Ghirardelli
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon  salt
  • eggs
  • 1 Cup  milk
  • 1/2 Cup  vegetable oil
  • 2 Teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup  steaming hot cocoa, such as Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa prepared with water

Hot Cocoa Frosting

  • 1 1/2  sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup  cocoa powder, such as Ghirardelli
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  salt
  • 2 1/4 Cups  powdered sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon  vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons  milk
  • 1/2 Cup  heavy cream
  • 1/3 Cup  hot cocoa mix, such as Ghirardelli

Chocolate Splash Decorations

  • 1 Cup  white chocolate chips, such as Ghirardelli
  • 1 Cup  chocolate chips, such as Ghirardelli
  • 1 Cup  bittersweet chocolate chips, such as Ghirardelli

Lisa Silmser's cake is another original hailing from the Minnesota State Fair. After her batter "splashed" a mess in the kitchen, she decided wild chocolate decorations should commemorate the "disaster" with a Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate Splash Cake. This decadent dish proudly features with three types of chocolate, which she makes so eye-catching with her decorating skills using a bull's-eye of milk and white chocolate and spreading it out with a knife.


Chocolate Cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8-inch round pans. Sift together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. With an electric mixer, beat in the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed. Carefully pour in the hot cocoa at the last moment — batter will be thin. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes.

Hot Cocoa Frosting

Cream together the butter, cocoa powder, and salt. Add the powdered sugar, then the milk and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and hot cocoa mix. Slowly add to the frosting until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Drink whatever is leftover while you stack and frost your layer cake.

Chocolate Splash Decorations

Melt the chips in separate containers in the microwave on medium heat for 30-second increments, stirring often. Repeat until fully melted and smooth. On a parchment-covered tray, pour approximately 16 quarter-sized dollops of bittersweet chocolate 4 inches apart. Then pour a circle of milk chocolate around each dollop. Repeat with a circle of white chocolate. The dollops will have a target-like pattern. Using a skewer or thin paring knife, drag across the 3 types of chocolate into irregular, 3- to 4-inch splash-like patterns. Avoid over swirling. Place tray in refrigerator to set for about 15 minutes.

When the chocolate has set, gently peel the "splashes" from parchment and use to decorate the frosted layered cake. To make a tiered effect, cut a ½-inch deep groove into the top of the cake, 1 inch from the edge. Slide the chocolate splashes into the groove to create the faux top tier of the cake.


Calories per serving:

1,230 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 495g 761%
  • Carbs 1,380g 460%
  • Saturated 241g 1,204%
  • Fiber 100g 399%
  • Trans 7g
  • Sugars 1,056g
  • Monounsaturated 160g
  • Polyunsaturated 32g
  • Protein 114g 228%
  • Cholesterol 994mg 331%
  • Sodium 6,623mg 276%
  • Calcium 1,857mg 186%
  • Magnesium 1,265mg 316%
  • Potassium 4,466mg 128%
  • Iron 51mg 283%
  • Zinc 20mg 135%
  • Phosphorus 3,109mg 444%
  • Vitamin A 1,935µg 215%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 6%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 144%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 173%
  • Niacin (B3) 18mg 92%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 35%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 555µg 139%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 44%
  • Vitamin D 9µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 32mg 158%
  • Vitamin K 32µg 40%
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