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Three Layer Hot Chocolate Cake Recipe

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This dreamy hot chocolate cake has everything to love! It has three layers of fluffy chocolate cake that are super moist, and it’s filled with dark rich chocolate. The frosting is a cream cheese hot chocolate frosting with marshmallow cream.

On top of the hot cocoa cake is melted marshmallow cream that’s been roasted and mini marshmallows. Every bite of this magnificent chocolate marshmallow cake is mind-blowing good.

I’ve had and made a lot of cakes in my time, and this one is one of the best and most incredible cakes I’ve ever tried. 

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Three Layer Hot Chocolate Cake Recipe

If you’ve been on the hunt for a pretty chocolate cake that’s perfect for all occasions, you have hit the lottery. This chocolate marshmallow cake impresses anyone who eats it, and it’s positively gorgeous! A few years ago, I was going to Valentine’s dinner that everyone needed to bring something.

I was in charge of the dessert. I was craving something super chocolatey and everyone except chocolate on Valentine’s Day, so I had the perfect solution. That’s where my chocolate layer cake got an upgrade. I added in dark chocolate and played with the frosting until I got it perfect.

Needless to say, by the end of the night, I didn’t have any leftover cake, and everyone raved about how amazing my hot chocolate dessert was. You have to try it to believe it!

piece of chocolate marshmallow cake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake Ingredients

Odds are, you probably have most of the ingredients for this hot chocolate cake recipe in your kitchen already. The only thing I forget to keep on hand is the marshmallow cream, and other than that, I almost always have the rest of it.

Take a peek at what you need for this sweet dessert. 

  • Flour
  • Cocoa
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Dark chocolate
  • Unsalted butter
  • Canola oil
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Eggs

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:

  • Unsalted sweet cream butter
  • Cream cheese, soften
  • Hershey’s special cocoa powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Powder sugar
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Marshmallow creme

slice of hot chocolate cake

How To Make Hot Cocoa Cake

If you’ve never made a 3 layer cake before, don’t worry, it’s pretty simple. It looks like it would be hard, but it’s actually easy. I’m so excited for you to try this hot cocoa cake because I think you’re going to become obsessed with its terrific flavor. Take a look at how to make a hot chocolate cake. 

Chocolate Cake Instructions

First Step: Prepare three 9-inch round cake pans with some cooking spray and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Second Step: Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. 

Third Step: Heat the water and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved and it’s boiling. 

Fourth Step: Remove the sugar and water mixture from the heat and add in the chocolate and butter until it’s melted. 

Fifth Step: Slowly add in the canola oil and pure vanilla extract. 

Sixth Step: Next, add in the eggs rather quickly, whisking them the entire time. Be careful because the hot chocolate mixture can cook the eggs if you don’t do this fast enough. 

Seventh Step: Mix in the dry ingredients gradually until they are all combined. 

Eighth Step: Pour the chocolate cake batter into the three cake pans and bake them for 30-35 minutes. 

Chocolate Frosting Instructions

First Step: Beat the cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer until they are creamy and smooth. 

Second Step: Pour in the cocoa powder, vanilla, and kosher salt and combine. 

Third Step: Beat in the powdered sugar very slowly. If you put it in too fast, you will have a mess on your hands. 

Fourth Step: Pour in the heavy whipping cream and mix until the frosting is creamy, smooth, and fluffy. 

Building The Cake Directions

First Step: After the cakes have cooled, remove them from the pans and cut off the domes on top. 

Second Step: Put the bottom layer of cake on a cake board. Put one cup of the frosting in a piping bag and pipe a ring of filling along the edge of the first layer of cake. 

Third Step: Put 1/2 of marshmallow cream in the middle of the cake and spread it out, so it’s even. 

putting layered cake together

Fourth Step: Add the second layer of cake. Then add another ring of frosting on top and add some marshmallow cream to the center. 

layers of cake with frosting in between

Fifth Step: Add the top layer to the cake and finish by frosting the entire cake. 

Sixth Step: Melt the rest of the marshmallow cream in a microwave-safe bowl for 15 seconds in your microwave. Give it a stir and pour over the cake. Carefully, use a blow torch and toast the marshmallow topping. Slice the cake and enjoy!

chocolate frosting on hot cocoa cake

Hot Cocoa Cake Variations

I know this seems like a pretty straightforward recipe, and it is! However, there are some additional things you can do to this 3 layer cake to change the flavors. If you are making several cakes, it’s fun to try out some new things for each one. Take a peek at these ideas:

  • Mint Chocolate – Instead of using dark chocolate in the cake, chop of mint chocolate like Andes Mints! It’s a fun and refreshing flavor. 
  • White Chocolate – Use white chocolate chips in the batter, and not only will it look amazing, but it will also taste heavenly. 
  • Chocolate Chips – If you don’t want to chop up dark chocolate, that’s okay! Just use chocolate chips instead. It will taste just as amazing and save you a couple of minutes. 

How Do You Store Chocolate Marshmallow Cake?

You should store this hot cocoa cake in an airtight container. I prefer to keep it in the fridge, but you could also leave it on the counter. It’s only going to last one day on the counter, but up to three days in the fridge. It’s just essential to keep it away from hot things like your stove, dishwasher, or other appliances that get warm, so you don’t melt it. 

hot chocolate cake ready to serve

Still craving chocolate? I’m excited to share some of these other delicious chocolate desserts. 

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Three Layer Hot Chocolate Cake Recipe

This Decadent Three Layer Hot Chocolate Cake Recipe is dreamy and incredible. Moist chocolate cake with marshmallow hot chocolate frosting topped with roasted marshmallows.
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Chocolate Cake Ingredients:

  • 4 C flour
  • 1/2 C cocoa
  • 4 TSP baking powder
  • 4 TSP baking soda
  • 2 TSP kosher salt
  • 4 C water
  • 4 C sugar
  • 10 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 12 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 4 TBSP canola oil
  • 2 TSP pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1 - 8 oz cream cheese, soften
  • 1 1/2 C Hershey's special cocoa powder
  • 1/4 TSP kosher salt
  • 7 C powder sugar
  • 1/4 C heavy whipping cream
  • 2 containers of marshmallow creme

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Chocolate Cake Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 and using pam baking spray, spray 3 each of 9 inch round cake pans
  • Using a medium whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • Using a medium saucepan over medium to high heat, combine the water and sugar.
  • Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. About 1 minute
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the chocolate and butter until melted
  • Whisk in the canola oil and vanilla extract
  • Quickly whisk in the eggs to avoid them cooking into the chocolate mixture.
  • Gradually whisk in the dry ingredients until combined
  • Divide the batter between the three round cake pans
  • Bake cakes for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Chocolate Frosting Instructions:

  • Using the standing mixer again, beat the cream cheese and butter until combined and smooth
  • Gradually mix in the cocoa powder, vanilla and salt
  • Very slowly, beat in the powdered sugar until combined
  • Whisk in the heavy whipping cream until the ice cream is smooth and fluffy

Building The Cake Directions:

  • Remove the cakes from the pans
  • Cut the domes off the tops of the cakes
  • Place the first cake layer down onto a cake board
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting into the piping bag
  • Pipe a ring of frosting around the edge of the cake layer
  • Scoop ½ C of the Marshmallow creme into the middle and spread evenly
  • Place the second layer of cake on top
  • Pipe another ring of frosting on top and scoop another scoop of marshmallow creme in the middle
  • Place the last cake on top
  • Frost entire cake in the frosting
  • Scoop remaining marshmallow creme into a microwave safe bowl and heat up for 15 seconds
  • Mix until smooth
  • Pour over the top of the cake
  • Use a blowtorch and toast parts of the marshmallow
  • Cut and enjoy!
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