Chocolate Labneh Cake with Chocolate Ganache

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I believe there is no dearth to recipes of chocolate cakes, definitely no. πŸ™‚ So today, I go ahead and post my current favorite. I mention “current”, since my preferred chocolate cake keeps changing whenever I bake a new recipe and fall for it. πŸ˜€ I first loved the Steamed Chocolate Cake, till I made the One Bowl Chocolate Cake, and then the vegan one and the eggless one are constantly in the competition. The final cake I fell in love was with buttermilk, and now, it has got replaced by this… πŸ˜‰

 

To make the story short, I love chocolate cake. I only have one condition – they need to be soft, fluffy and moist. Somehow the dense cakes like the devil’s food does not appeal to me much, even though I love brownies. But I guess, slowly I am slowly warming up to those type of cakes too.

 

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Yogurt is definitely an ingredient used in chocolate cakes, like this French version but I wanted to make something different. That is when my mind suddenly went to the pack of labneh in the fridge. I don’t buy labneh that often, except when I see it on offer, since Rasha loves it slathered on her bread and sprinkled with some zaatar. The pack I usually buy is the small one, which gets over soon, but this pack was big and I had to finish it before its date. That is when I thought, why not try replacing yogurt in a chocolate cake?

 

The labneh gave such an amazing moistness to the cake that I can’t explain. It was such a satisfying bake, to the say the least. I normally don’t frost my cakes, but I went ahead with making a ganache and it was a win. The girls ate up half the cake without even waiting it to cool completely. I could hear “mmm” and “yumm” as they enjoyed their slices. πŸ™‚ Isn’t that all what a mom needs? πŸ˜€

 

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This is what happens when you are craving for the cake and your focus goes awry… πŸ˜•

 

 

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4.78 from 9 votes

Chocolate Labneh Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Course Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 170 gm labneh
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour'
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • FOR GANACHE:
  • 120 gm cream
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips packed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 inch pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, labneh and sugar till smooth. Whisk in the oil and vanilla.
  • Add the coffee and cocoa powder and whisk till smooth.
  • Sift in the ingredients from flour to salt, and fold till all moist. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes till skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before flipping onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.
  • For the ganache, scald the cream, do not boil. Add the chocolate chips and keep it undisturbed or five minutes.
  • Mix well till combined and allow to cool completely.
  • Spread on top of the cake once both are cool. Slice and serve.

 

Linking this up to Valli’s Bake-a-Thon 2018 event…

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  1. 5 stars

    We love any type of chocolate cake. As long as there is chocolate and cocoa powder in the batter, we are fine with it. Using labneh is such a brilliant idea and the texture of the cake is too good.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gayathri…

  2. I can never turn down a chocolate cake πŸ™‚ That ganache looks amazing.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie… πŸ™‚

  3. Wow, labneha in chocolate cake. Cant resist to this absolutely incredible chocolate cake. Wish i get few slices of this chocolate labneh cake. Drooling here.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  4. Don’t you love it when an experiment turns out so good? The texture looks perfect.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Of course yes! Thank you so much Varada…

  5. 5 stars

    Looks perfect and delicious Rafee! amazing!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Gloria…

  6. Interesting chocolate cake,looks so moist.I do like the soft and moist cake.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Nalini…

  7. This cake has all my favourite ingredients except for egg . πŸ˜’. I love labneh and whoever is traveling from Dubai has to get it for me . I love chocolate and chocolate cakes , I love ganache !!!
    Super moist and delicious cake ! Loving it .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      You can very well replace the egg dear, with more labneh or maybe even flax egg! Thank you so much Vaishali…

  8. Chocolate cakes are just amazing and my kids love them. Labneh is something new to me though it seems similar to cream cheese or sourdough.. such a declicious bake!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Swati… Labneh is a thicker version of yogurt, very similar to Greek yogurt…

  9. Well when one can try so many different cakes, why not! When it means more chocolate cakes, I will surely go for it!..this one is excellent..I am surely enjoying all your chocolate bakes. I always had a theme with Bake-a-thon, but only chocolate never struck me!..next time for sure..:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha, that’s so true! Thank you so much Valli… πŸ™‚

  10. there is always another interesting recipe with chocolate, love this one too rafee!
    By the way did you bake it in a rose-shaped mould? Why didnt you click one without the frosting! With the frosting it looks delicious, but i would have loved to see that beautiful shape of the cake!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha yes it is a rose silicon mould. I had baked another chocolate cake in it but I kept it for later since the pics didn’t come out well. InShaAllah will share it in some other post… Thanks a lot Priya…

  11. 5 stars
    I know how it is to pick a favorite Rafeeda. I can never pick a favorite – especially for a chocolate cake πŸ˜‰ This version made with labneh looks so moist and delicious. Good one to have in the repertoire.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Such a tough choice, right? πŸ˜€ Thank you so much Pavani…

  12. 3 stars

    Love the way you described it Rafi.. My hubby is so crazy of chocolate in any form.. Love to make it for him one day..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Seena…

  13. 5 stars
    Awesome rafee , you show beautiful variations in this chocolate cake.. PErfect for this holiday season..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila…

  14. Chocolate cake with ganache frosting looks irresistible and soft . My kids love ganache frosting very much than the buttercream.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  15. 5 stars
    Please pass on that slice of cake with that melting chocolate on top ….I am drooling here….my type of cake. Love the texture. Simply awesome.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Renu…

  16. Chocolate is my all time favourite too..and it’s keep changing within it.. Love your cake texture.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila…

  17. Honestly Rafeeda , am not one of those who love chocolate based dishes ! But this cake has definitely caught my attention with its smooth silky ganache and a moistness that’s felt thru your pics ! I have a couple of chocolate cake recipes that I bake for the kids but I think yours will top that on my to-do list !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… we don’t necessarily need to love it… Thank you so much Kalyani…

  18. The experiment has turned out good. The cake looks moist and must have been delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Suma…

  19. 5 stars
    what a great idea to use labneh -cake looks so soft and fluffy

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Mir…

  20. 5 stars
    Wow that is an interesting one and my chocoholic daughter would love this for sure. Will bake when she vivits me next time

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena…

  21. 5 stars
    Don’t we all have the current best recipe? Finally, there are times I get so confused as to what recipes I am mixing up together. Love the cake Rafeeda. I am going to try it out soon as Apeksha comes down.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha yes, especially with chocolate cakes! Thank you so much Archana…

  22. Chocolate is almost everyones favorite and I think we keep changing our favorite recipes from time to time! The clicks looks so delicious and would have tasted so good!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much PJ…

  23. Julia Zaidenberg says:

    Hi, do you know if this would work with a different size pan? Like a medium size loaf pan or 9x 13 pan? If so please advise?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hi Julia… This recipe should work in a brownie pan (8 inch square) and/or a medium loaf pan. 9X13 would give an extremely flat cake. Hope to have cleared your query…

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