This Chocolate Praline Cake is a deliciously moist chocolate cake topped with a praline frosting and chopped pecans making this cake one you will not be able to resist!
I think I’ve died and gone to heaven! This Chocolate Praline Cake is literally calling my name and I can’t help but fall in love. That praline frosting alone is enough to make a person swoon.
We used our fool-proof homemade chocolate cake for this recipe. If you’ve never made a from-scratch cake before, this is the one you should start with. It’s nearly impossible to mess up.
Yes, you could use a box cake mix if you’re pressed on time, but this cake is moist, bakes up tall and fluffy and is perfectly chocolatey delicious.
Do you have to add coffee to the cake? You’ll notice that one of the ingredients is strong coffee. Coffee enhances the flavor of the chocolate, but your cake will not taste like coffee. We strongly recommend using the coffee for the best flavor, but if you absolutely can’t use coffee, use hot water instead.
The original recipe I was following out of my old cookbook called for a broiled pecan praline topping. You made the topping on the stovetop, then spread it on the hot baked cake and put it under the broiler for a few minutes until the pecans caramelized.
That topping was fantastically delicious, but it was really ugly and didn’t cover the top of the cake that well. For that reason, we decided to make a cross between that broiled praline topping and a traditional frosting.
The important thing to remember when working with this frosting is that you have to work quickly. The frosting will set up and harden slightly. For that reason, spread it on the cake immediately after making the frosting!
Yes. This chocolate cake recipe makes great cupcakes and also works well as a layer cake. Just remember, work quickly with the frosting. It will set quickly and be hard to spread on your cake.
This cake is safe to store at room temperature in an airtight container for 3 days. If you want to keep it longer than that, refrigerate it or freeze it.