Chocolate covered cakes

As you probably realized if you have been following me for a while, I am not much of a baker. In fact, I am a pretty horrible baker (see disaster cake over here). My successful to horrible cakes ratio is probably 1 to 1. Not a great score. However, for some reasons there are some people around that still consider me a good enough baker. Actually some get so far as to ask me to bake their birthday cake.

Now, when that happens it is usually because I baked them a successful cake, usually either this orange cake or this chocolate cake. And this was the case last week when a friend of mine asked me to bake the orange cake for his birthday party.

Now, this was a busy weekend and I knew I had to get the cake done Friday night. I also didn’t have time to go grocery shopping and i didn’t have any oranges, so I decided I was going to try baking something different with the ingredients I had on hand, that did not include butter.

I was also feeling guilty because I wasn’t going to make the cake he requested, so I decided to make up for it by baking two cakes. I scouted the web and found two great cakes: olive oil and lemon cake and yogurt and coconut cake. They both seemed like ideal starting points and didn’t require any butter. I made some minor tweaks and glazed the cakes in chocolate to make them more festive and we were ready to party!


On a separate note, my friend Sofie over at the German Foodie decided to feature me in her Sunday series “Bloggers I follow“. I am so honored she chose me for this week feature! Please stop by and check out her blog, she is an amazing baker!

I really didn’t modify the lemon cake recipe at all, so I will just send you to Amelia’s blog to check out her recipe. The cake turned out great and to make it even more lemon-y after baking I added  layer of lemon marmalade in the middle of the cake. To make it more festive and party looking I melted a bar of white chocolate with 1/4 cup of milk and used it as a glaze.

I also didn’t modify much the other recipe, but since that one is in Italian, let me translate it for you.

Chocolate covered yogurt and coconut cakes

Chocolate covered yogurt and coconut cakes

adapted from Il Cucchiaio d'Oro


    For the cake
  • 3 eggs
  • 7 oz. sugar
  • 6 oz. flour
  • 2 oz. olive oil
  • 5 oz. greek yogurt
  • 3.5 oz. coconut flakes
  • 1 pouch Italian baking powder (substitute with 2 teaspoons regular baking powder + 2 drops vanilla extract)
  • for the glaze
  • 2 and 1/2 bar dark chocolate
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • coconut flakes


    For the cake
  1. Beat the eggs with the sugar until the mixture doubles in volume and becomes pale in color.
  2. Add the flour, the yogurt and the coconut and mix until well incorporated, then the oil and finally the baking powder.
  3. Pour the mixture in a cake pan and bake at 375F for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  4. For the glaze
  5. When the cake is cold, slice it in half. Fill the cake with a layer of chocolate cream made by melting half of the chocolate with 1/2 cup of milk.
  6. Recompose the cake and cover it with a glaze made by melting the remaining chocolate with the remaining milk.
  7. Use the coconut flakes to dress the side of the cake.

I’m sharing these cakes over at Sweet as Sugar Cookies:

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63 Responses to Chocolate covered cakes

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  2. Vijitha says:

    Pola this cake looks fabulous! I love the use of Greek yogurt. Good job!

  3. Sarah says:

    Chocolate covered cake?! How could that ever go wrong?

  4. Gio says:

    il cocco Γ¨ sempre il benvenuto in questa casa e una fetta di questa golosa torta farebbe proprio al caso di un giovane come me affamato e solo…ti ho commosso? mi mandi una fetta?? πŸ˜€

  5. your cakes look delicious! you are definitely an awesome baker πŸ™‚

  6. Federica says:

    mamma mia che delizia!complimentisssssssssssssssimi!baci!

  7. Both cakes look wonderful. Who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake?!

  8. Ely says:

    Ohhhh che golosaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! Cioccolato e cocco (ho capito bene?) Splendido abbinamento!!!

  9. Stefania says:

    ti seguo anch’io con molto piacere
    ciao felice giorno

  10. WOW! HOW gorgeous!
    Complimenti per il delizioso blog!
    Come posso diventare tua follower??

    • PolaM says:

      ho visto che mi segui so Networked blog, se no puoi scegliere un’altra delle opzioni in alto a destra (rss feeds, facebook, twitter, email… ) o google connect (nella sidbar a destra)

  11. Dara says:

    Pola this looks fabulous! I love Greek yogurt and I am so impressed you used it in a cake. As a terrible baker myself, I congratulate you on this awesome cake.

  12. If these are the disasters ….. you have to do some more! A parte gli scherzi Pola, ho voglia di mangiarmi lo schermo πŸ˜€

  13. Kiri W. says:

    These look like beautiful, indulgent cakes – I especially love the chocolate covering with coconut flakes on the side πŸ™‚

  14. Daniela says:

    Sono deliziose entranbe le torte, io le assaggerei tutte e due . Lo yogurt dona una morbidezza inconfondibile ai dolci. Sono certa che il festeggiato ha gradito e sono andate a ruba. Ciao Daniela.

    • PolaM says:

      Assagiate entrambe abbondantemente! Le rifarei entrambe senza cioccolato per mangiarle a colazione e merenda senza sensi di colpa…

  15. Daniela says:

    Sono deliziose entranbe le torte, io le assaggerei tutte e due . Lo yogurt dona una morbidezza inconfondibile ai dolci. Sono certa che il festeggiato ha gradito e sono andate a ruba. Ciao Daniela.

  16. Susie says:

    Both cakes look delicious…. baker or not the cakes look tasty!

    • PolaM says:

      thanks! they were tasty too… I just didn’t think I would have been able to produce not one, but 2 decent cakes in just one evening!

  17. They look wonderful! And the coconut and yogurt combination is a really intriguing one too! πŸ™‚

  18. These look awesome! buzzed ya!

  19. I’m also not that much of a baker, but I don’t care what you say – if you can make gorgeous cakes like this then you are indeed a good baker! They look fab!

  20. Alda e Mariella says:

    Adoro i dolci al cioccolato, il tuo Γ¨ davvero molto goloso, complimenti!
    Un abbraccio!

  21. hemalata says:

    Beautiful cake looks so yummy.

  22. Gorgeous photos! The cakes look delicious.

  23. I am not the biggest baker either. It is something that I would like to get better at but largely I am a savoury person, it gives me more freedom to be creative. These cakes however, I could seriously make these cakes….

  24. These cake combinations sound delicious. I have made a few cakes with olive oil and was very happy with the results.

  25. Love hat you used yogurt in this cake….delicious!

  26. Raymund says:

    Wow that cake looks lovely, that layer of chocolate is so tempting.

  27. Rachel says:

    I love cakes that include yogurt! It makes them so rich and dense without tons of butter or oil. Your cakes are lovely and sound as good as they look!

  28. Donatella says:

    Wow but good!!
    Thanks for trying my recipe and have added the link to my blog!
    I look at some of your recipes and add me to your followers;-))

    See you soon

    (I hope that the translator has translated well …)

  29. As a fellow not-so-much-baker, I applaud you!

  30. See, you’re a GREAT baker! πŸ™‚

  31. Alida says:

    Wow! I love this, very yummy! Well done as usual! Brava!

  32. Chiara says:

    ne assaggerei volentieri una fetta di entrambe, cosΓ¬ deciderei quale mi piace di piΓΉ! mi piace lo yogurt greco negli impasti per torte !buona settimana….

    • PolaM says:

      Io sono per quella al limone! E ti diro’ secondo me sono anche meglio senza le glasse, ma qui la torta “svestita” non piace…

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