Mother’s Day Dark Chocolate Cake Ideas From Scratch

Homemade Mother's day chocolate cake recipe from scratchMother’s Day is coming up and I wanted to do something special for my mom. I decided to make a chocolate cake. The only problem was that I have never baked a cake…

So as not to make it too complicated for me as a beginner and have a realistic chance of making a beautiful cake, I started to look for some Mother’s Day cake ideas.

I came up with a 3-part recipe for an easy homemade dark chocolate cake from scratch that includes:

– A simple and quick recipe for the dark chocolate cake

– A super easy and delicious recipe for the dark chocolate frosting

– A video tutorial of how to make white chocolate roses for cake decorating

I baked the chocolate cake and prepared the frosting an evening in advance. Then I put it in the refrigerator overnight to let the chocolate frosting go through the cake and continued with the cake decorating on the following day.

This is an easy dark chocolate cake recipe from scratch that is quick and simple to prepare. The cake decorating looks absolutely beautiful and it was easy to make, however it required some time, patience and work since I did it for the first time.

If you are a beginner don’t be afraid to try to using white chocolate roses for the cake decorating. I am absolutely confident that you can make such a great looking and delicious chocolate rose too.

Dark Chocolate Homemade Cake Recipe:

  • 2 organic eggsDark chocolate cake mix recipe
  • 200g of solid organic yogurt (it shouldn’t be liquid)
  • 2 tablespoons of organic 100% cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 cup of all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ cup of organic whole milk



I put milk aside and combined all other ingredients in a bowl and mixed it well.  I added milk and mixed until smooth. After that I poured the mixture into a baking form that had parchment paper on the bottom. The baking form should be filled only to a maximum 2/3 of the form because the mix will rise.

I baked it in a preheated oven at 350° for 40 minutes until the cake was ready. Then I took the cake out of the form and sliced it into two halves.

Dark Chocolate Frosting Recipe:

  • 3 tablespoons of organic 100% cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar (Learn how you can substitute sugar with an all-natural sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar but has zero calories and zero sugar to make this and many other of your recipes truly sugar-free and suitable for diabetics, weight loss and prevent weight gain)
  • 1 small organic egg
  • 1 tablespoon of all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • ¾ cup of organic whole milk



I poured hot dark chocolate frosting over each layer of still warm halves and assembled it into a cake. After the cake  cooled down I placed it into the refrigerator overnight to let the frosting go through. The cake will absorb the frosting like a sponge and keep it moist.


If you follow this recipe you get a dark chocolate cake that won’t be sweet. It will have a rich dark chocolate taste that perfectly combines with a sweet taste of the chocolate rose.

If you would like to have a sweet cake you can add more sugar or use any ready cocoa mix for both cake and frosting. Cocoa mixes from your supermarket such as Nesquik are already sweet but they will contain gluten. If you are watching your sugar intake look for the “no sugar added ” Nesquik option.

How To Make White Chocolate Roses Video Tutorial

Chocolate can melt at room temperature and it can ruin your creations within minutes. To save yourself a lot of frustration and prevent your chocolate from melting, getting streaky or spotted and losing its form you should always use tempered chocolate.


Don’t make the petals too thin or there is a higher chance that they can break. Try to make the petals rather in an oval form than round. This way it will be easier for you to assemble your white chocolate rose. To make it more interesting I added a small piece of dark chocolate to my white chocolate mix during the tempering and my chocolate rose has a cream color.

More Mother’s Day Cake Ideas

The following short video is about Mother of Pearl cake decorating and how to decorate Mother’s Day cake using water colors:

Check out More Mother’s Day Cake Decorating Ideas

P.S. Please share the recipes and get your copy of FREE Report “Sugar-Free Dessert Recipes to learn how you can make your recipes sugar-free.

37 comments on “Mother’s Day Dark Chocolate Cake Ideas From Scratch

  1. Excellent tutorial!!! I would love to invite you to participate in our linky party at the FineCraftGuild. Parties open on Wednesdays and stay open all week.

  2. Super cute!

    I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! The party is open every Friday and closes at midnight on Wednesday night. Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    I follow back: bloglovin, Facebook, and Twitter. =)

    Hugs, Cathy

  3. Megin on said:

    So fancy! It looks delish, too! I’m visiting you today from Sugar Bee. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesdays and would LOVE for you to add this. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

  4. OH.MY.WORD!!! This looks so yummy! I’m printing this out FOR SURE! Thanks for linking this up this week.

  5. Hola! What an awesome blog….cake everywhere! Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for linking up with Soul Food Monday!

    ~SimplyyMayra 🙂

  6. I have NEVER had a successful experience with cake but I never give up 😉
    Looking at this recipe, I want to give it a shot again. (Not ruling out fails because I am simply toooo bad at baking.)

    • Hi Tanya!

      This is a perfect recipe to get started with cake baking. It is simple and easy to implement.You just need to decide how sweet you want your chocolate cake to be.

      If you are watching your sugar intake and like rich chocolate taste, go with 100% cocoa powder. If you like it sweet, just use a ready cocoa mix from any brand of your choice. I tried this recipe with no sugar added Nesquik and it turned out great too.

      I encourage you to try this dark chocolate cake recipe especially if you didn’t have any luck with baking before. You may surprise yourself with a great result this time!

  7. This is great! thanks for sharing.

    I’m hosting a new linky party at my blog

    I would love to have you!

  8. Just gorgeous…what mom wouldn’t love this? This would be perfect to link-up to my new series – “Create It Thursday.” It’s live now!

  9. These are some great tutorials. Everything looks so delicious too! Thank you so much for sharing these at Much Ado About Monday. We can’t wait to see what you have to share with us next week!


  10. Oh wow, that is awesome! Looks so yummy and I’ve always been fascinated with cake decorating. I just love watching them decorate cakes whenever I’ve had the opportunity to see people do it at the bakery.

    Thanks for the tutorial. I also noticed that you have the same Corelle plates that we have, lol!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the “Making Your Home Sing Monday” linky party today! 🙂

  11. Winnie @ Bubfriendly on said:

    Yummmmm!!!! Can’t wait to try it out!!! Thanks for the video tutorials too!!! That is definitely very useful!!!

  12. Thanks for this great tutorial! We’re excited to read more from your blog.

    Your new friends and followers! We’d love for you to visit our bloggy world…

  13. That looks so good and the flower is so pretty. Have a great weekend.

  14. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe and “How To” video on our Brag About It Tuesday party. Please stop by and share more. ~~ Thanks, Sharon & Denise

  15. This looks delicious and thank you for inventing, and sharing! The white chocolate flowers are just amazing!

  16. Very impressive for a first cake… thank you so much for joining us at Foodie Friday.

    • I was looking for the easiest but delicious dark chocolate cake recipe for beginners. You don’t want to screw the things up for the Mother’s day by choosing something complicated. However, I should tell you that white chocolate roses require some time and a lot of patience when you are doing it for a first time LOL

  17. Hi Jessie,
    What a beautiful cake. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. Found you through Sew Many Ways Find a Friend Friday. Love your blog!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party.

    Hugs, Cathy

    • Hi Cathy,

      I guess I just was too early for your party… So I went there to a 2nd time and submitted the chocolate cake recipe. Today is Saturday and there is still one day before Mother’s day. I hope your readers will find the dark chocolate cake recipe as a last minute inspiration and still have time to put the recipe to use 🙂

  19. What a great delicious recipe! I can’t believe you’ve never baked a cake. I know she will love it. Thanks so much for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

    • I think that if your are a beginner the key is:

      1. Not over-complicate the things and choose an easy cake recipe where nothing can go wrong.
      2. Follow a good cake decorating video tutorial. It is very helpful tool because it is always easier too implement the thing after you saw how it was done by somebody else.

      I will be posting more recipes and video tutorials but if you would like to learn how to decorate cakes like a Pro you can do it here

      When you see a beautiful and delicious chocolate cake as the end result of your efforts it makes you inspired and you continue to try new cake recipes and start to come up with your own cake decorating ideas.

      Making white chocolate roses is more complicated and I had some broken petals, however I used most of them for the center of the rose and it still turned out well. Don’t get discouraged if your chocolate roses are not perfect. I am sure that you mom will still be positively surprise with your creations and absolutely love them 🙂

  20. bookmarked!!, I really like your web site!

  21. YUM yum YUM! Featuring you tomorrow on my blog and Facebook!! Happy Mother’s day!

  22. Thank you so much for linking on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party 🙂
    I can’t wait to see what you will be sharing with us this week!
    Marigolds’ Loft

  23. What a gorgeous cake! Any mom would feel special! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  24. I am loving these tutorials! Pinning to my baked good board for future inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders. Hope you’re having a great week!

  25. Son Whites on said:

    Awesome blog! Loving it!

  26. I love baking! & chocolate. I can’t wait to try using any of these tutorials. Thanks for dropping by & linking up @ DearCreatives Hope to see you again this week. Theresa

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  28. Sounds delicious!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  29. Your cake looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic recipe with Saturday Spotlight. Hope to see you at this weeks party!

    Angels Homestead

  30. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by Bowdabra a linking up your awesome project! We appreciate it!

    Have a lovely a week,

  31. Christian on said:

    I am genuinely happy to see this blog posts that gave me plenty ideas and valuable tips for my next cake:) Thanks for providing this grate information!

  32. karen millen on said:

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