Breads & Baked Goods, Dessert

Decadent Chocolate Cake

  • Prep 10 mins
  • Total 45 mins
  • Medium
  • Serves 8

TIP: Vanilla extract and espresso powder boost the chocolaty-ness of this cake. They don’t add their own flavors, but enhance the cake by giving it deeper, richer chocolate flavor.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy
  • Contains Eggs
  • Contains Wheat

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy, Eggs, Wheat

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  • 3 cups water for steaming
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3.15oz sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar (optional)
  • prepared whipped cream


  • 8-Inch Round Baking Pan
  • Medium Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Large Bowl
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Parchment Paper
  • Step 1

    Add 3 cups water to the pot. Spray the Ninja Multi-Purpose Pan (or 8-inch round baking pan) with nonstick cooking spray.

  • Step 2

    In a medium bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Whisk to combine, then set aside.

  • Step 3

    In a large bowl, add the brown sugar and butter. Whisk until smooth. Add the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla extract. Continue to whisk until smooth.

  • Step 4

    Using a rubber spatula, stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture until just combined, then gently fold in chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and evenly spread.

  • Step 5

    Place the pan on the bottom layer of the Deluxe Reversible Rack in the lower position, then place the rack in the pot.

  • Step 6

    Close the lid and move slider to STEAMCRISP. Select STEAM & BAKE, set temperature to 285°F, and set time to 20 Press START/STOP to begin cooking (PrE will display for approx. 15 minutes as the unit steams, then the timer will start counting down).

  • Step 7

    When cooking is complete, remove the rack and pan. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Invert pan and transfer cake to a wire rack. Let cool completely before serving. Sprinkle top with confectioners’ sugar and serve with whipped cream, if desired.