Hot Chocolate Cake #CakeSliceBakers

 When I saw that this cake was one of October's choices, I knew I would have to make it. This cake appears on the cover of Zoe Bakes Cakes, and my children have been asking me to make it since the book first appeared in our house almost a year ago. Layers of chocolate cake with a cooked chocolate frosting, topped with homemade, toasted marshmallows, this cake is pretty tasty.

I cook book provides instructions in the back for making marshmallows. It was easier than I imagined, and I plan to make them again. There were plenty leftover that we floated in cups of hot chocolate later in the week.

The recipe says to toast them using your kitchen torch or over a fire, but I don't own a kitchen torch and cooking over a fire seemed a little risky for me, so I just piled them up on top of the cake untoasted. Besides, we don't toast them before we put them in our cups of hot chocolate.

The cake itself had a nice chocolate taste - not too sweet or too bitter. It was also moist. The frosting recipe had you melt the butter and chocolate first and then, after it cooled a bit, pour into your mixer with some heavy cream and then start adding the powdered sugar. The end result is a frosting that is more like ganache in texture than buttercream. It was perfect for this cake.

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Zoë Bakes Cakes by Zoē François. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the links below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - Zoë Bakes Cakes - and our choices for October 2022 were ~

Apple Cake with Honey Bourbon Glaze

Pumpkin-Mocha Swirl Bundt Cake

Hot Chocolate Cake


  1. Aren't homemade marshmallows a revelation? The first time I made them I felt so fabulous! Your cake looks amazing.

  2. That looks wonderful. I'm going to have to try those homemade marshmallows!


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