Chocolate Cake with Milky Filling (Easy Italian Dessert)

This chocolate cake with milky filling is so moist and chocolaty! One of the simplest and very delicious chocolate cakes that I’ve ever tried – which make it my fav choice for a simple celebration cake! Here is the recipe:

Chocolate Cake with Milky Filling


For the cake layers:

  • 250 grams/ 8.8 oz. (1 ¾ cups) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 65 grams/ 2.3 (2/3 cup) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 400 grams/ 14 oz. (2 cups) sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 120 ml (½ cup) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 240 ml (1 cup) whole milk
  • 240 ml (1 cup) prepared hot cocoa

For the milky filling:

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 container (8-ounce( mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

To garnish:

  • Dark Chocolate glaze (here is the recipe: LINK)
  • A few strawberries/berries/nuts (optional)



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4. Butter two 8-inch and dust with cocoa powder.
  • In a bowl, add flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda and mix until well incorporated. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, oil, milk, vanilla, and hot cocoa just until smooth. Apply egg mixture into flour mixture and combine until well incorporated. Make sure do not overbeat – mixture will be lumpy in the beginning, but mix lightly, stir with a whisk just till nice and smooth. The mixture will be thin.
  • Divide the mixture into the prepared pans. Place in the oven and bake the cakes for around 20 minutes, or just until a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Let it cool for around 10-15 minutes in the cake pan before unmolding. After that, allow cooling completely on a wire rack. In the meantime, prepare the filling.

To make the milky filling:

  • Using an electric mixer, whisk the butter until smooth. Add in the mascarpone cheese and beat until well combined.
  • Place the vanilla and sugar and mix until smooth. Put it in the fridge for around 30 minutes to set.

To assemble the cake:

  • Set a layer on a dish with the flat side facing up. Spread around the filling over the cake layer. Apply the 2nd layer. Top with the dark chocolate ganache. Store in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to set, then slice and serve.
  • Before serving, you can decorate with a few strawberries or other berries or nuts of your choice.

Buon Appetito!


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