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Blackout Amber Cake

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Oh, friends. Wow wow wow.

Chocolate block on the loooooose!

This weekend I was able with a super-fun altogether surprise: Bjork aerated me abroad to Austin for a weekend of TACOS! And added things. But honestly, mostly tacos.

We arranged in about twenty account – and by packed, I beggarly we ripped into my box of summer clothes that was still closed up bound in the basement, washed, unwashed, wrinkled, ill-fitting, out-of-date, you apperceive how it is, and tossed aggregate into a bag. And one 15-minute Lyft ride later, we were arrested in at the airport, advancing to hop a flight to Texas.

This has been a hard division of activity for us, and this altogether is a aberrant one for me. Okay, aberrant is a total euphemism. It’s sad. It’s lonely. It’s adamantine to feel like Blessed Altogether back the altogether carve absolute activity I absurd was declared to be so different.

But it’s still a birthday, and alike sad birthdays still deserve cake.

Blackout Chocolate Cake on a cakestand

As the alone one in our abode who bakes, I am usually the maker of my own altogether cake. And this year, I went ALL OUT. I showed my altogether who was boss.

No abundance boughts, no box mixes, not this year. I went with real, amazing, bootleg Blackout Amber Cake, accent on the blackout. I’m coping, okay? I’m coping.

We’re talking about life-changing cake, with accomplished milk yogurt for damp and espresso crumb for depth, chrism cheese amber frosting (CHALLENGE ME, I CARTEL YOU) for the layers, and a amber dent exoteric that gets apprenticed into the arctic block by way of a little regular-people-make-fancy-cakes drudge involving cardboard. No, I’m serious. CARDBOARD. We booty our cake-ing actual seriously, aka not actual actively at all.

This is the coolest. Analysis out this cakespo:

Slice of Blackout Chocolate Cake on a plate with a fork

There is no denying. Altogether or no birthday, aching year or acceptable year: amber block helps. Like, blackout-level helps.

And administration this blackout amber block with accompany really, really, absolutely helps. Amber blackouts are bigger back shared. S/o to our POY aggregation for bistro this with me one actor times and to Melissa for absolution me blast her own bday anniversary cool spontaneously with this madness.

Blackout Chocolate Cake on a cake stand with a plate and utensils

So – a birthday? an anniversary? a amber block and red wine night in pajamas alone? (GIRL YES.)

Whatever it is, I’m autograph this chocolate block as a adulation letter to your life. 😍

Piece of Blackout Chocolate Cake on a plate with a fork
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Chocolate Blackout Cake with slice being taken out.

Blackout Amber Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 810 big slices 1x


This is the block for amber lovers! Ultramoist amber cake, layers of chrism cheese amber frosting, and an alarming amber dent amber dribble exterior. Compound based off of this solid Chocolate Blackout Cake from Activity Fabricated Simple.



For the amber cake:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened amber powder
  • 1 tablespoon burning espresso crumb (we use DeLallo)
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 ample eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups apparent Greek yogurt (we use Chobani accomplished milk yogurt)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon boilerplate extract

For the frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 8 ounces chrism cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups absinthian amber powder
  • 1 tablespoon boilerplate extract
  • a compression of salt
  • 7 cups delicate sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 34 cups of amber chips


  1. Cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease three 9-inch annular block pans. Whisk the dry capacity together. Add the wet capacity and mix until aloof combined. Bisect analogously between the three block pans. Bake for 35 account or until the cakes are set. Let the cakes air-conditioned for a while.
  2. Frosting: Cream the capacity (except amber chips) until smooth.
  3. Assembly: Cut two 9-inch annular circles from cardboard. Awning with foil. Spread aloof a little bit of frosting on one of the cardboards and stick the aboriginal block on it (this helps it hold). Assemblage the cakes up, frosting amid anniversary layer, about the outside, and on top. Arctic for 30 minutes.
  4. Chocolate Chipping: Advance the amber chips in a advanced clabber cycle pan. Abode the added agenda on top of the algid cake. Captivation the agenda ends, cycle the block into the amber chips, acute acclaim to get them to stick (see video).


I like to cook a little added amber and dribble it over the top. WHY THE HECK NOT, this is amber blackout cake!

This block can be served algid or at allowance temperature, but it’s easier to cut at allowance temperature or afore the amber dribble sets.

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: amber cake, blackout amber cake, block recipe, amber recipe

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    happy altogether lindsay! i was watching your ig belief all weekend continued & absolutely anxious of the taco fest you & bjork had. i achievement you had a acceptable trip! ALSO…OMG THIS CAKE. saw it on facebook aftermost anniversary & my affection skipped a beat. extenuative this one for my chocoholic astronomic on mother’s day!! xx

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    OMG I actually GASPED back I saw this. And the capacity are ABSOLUTELY findable in Pakistan so BIFOLD YAY because I won’t accept to do any crazy improvising! This needs to appear ASAP in my home.

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Holy wow! Blessed altogether Lindsay! My b’day is in a brace of weeks – I was aptitude against adulate pecan, which is my fav but now I anticipate it may be Blackout amber block – this looks amazing!! I’m animated you didn’t column comestible advice on this one – I don’t anticipate I appetite to know!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I accept never fabricated a block afore that wasn’t from a box or fabricated for an Accessible Broil Kids Oven, now I am hardly tempted to try this compound because it does attending achievable not to acknowledgment delicious.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    All birthdays deserve a altogether cake. Aloof yes.

    Also, this accurate altogether block looks so so SO perfect. I cannot delay to analysis it out!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Sad birthdays are the ones that deserve the best block of all. I was so captivated to see you were actuality aerated abroad to Austin — I achievement it was a nice break. I apperceive this has been an abnormally adamantine year, and I am bridge all fingers and toes that the years advanced accomplish up for it in joy and laughter.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Dear Lindsay

    Happy Birthday! What an alarming cake! It’s my boyfriends altogether on Friday, so I’ll be aggravating out this amazing compound actual soon. Acknowledge you for the inspiration!

    All the best


  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks AMAZING! I accept a go-to amber block recipe, but I’m activity to accord this one a try because that video was too mouthwatering. I’m authoritative a brace cakes for a friend’s altogether affair this weekend, and I couldn’t acquisition a additional block recipe. Acknowledge you!!

    Also, this: “But it’s still a birthday, and alike sad birthdays still deserve cake.” Amen. You two are such an inspiration; acknowledge you for administration your journey, about painful.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    It was a decidedly admirable weekend in Austin! Animated you were able to adore it here. What are your admired taco places in Austin? I anon anticipation of the amber block from Matilda back I saw this.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Happy birthday! This looks AMAZING. I can’t delay to try it! My mom acclimated to accomplish a agnate block back I was a kid that was done in a Bundt pan. How able-bodied do you anticipate this ability alteration over to that blazon of pan?

    Thanks for sharing!!

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    Sammi Harasymchuk

    That agenda rolling ambush is SO good! I consistently wondered how bakers got the abandon so accurately coated after antibacterial their kitchen, able-bodied they can accumulate their abstruse because this adjustment looks legit! Acknowledgment for the abundant compound and Blessed Birthday!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Happy Birthday, Lindsay! This block is amazing! I’ve fabricated article agnate in the past, but this has a little added to it, and I will absolutely be authoritative it in the abreast future.

    Wishing you a admirable year–no one deserves it added than you 🙂

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    Pamela Fitzpatrick

    This looks like actually delicious!! I can’t delay to accomplish it! Blessed Altogether and achievement you had a abundant time actuality in Texas.

    Two quick questions–cake abrade or all-purpose? Sifted or not?

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Lord, accept mercy. This block looks uh-mazing. It takes audacity to cycle an absolute block in amber chips like that. And what bigger way to accomplish a sad altogether bigger than with chocolate, fabricated convalescent with yogurt of course. You’re actively my hero in so abounding ways, Lindsay Ostrom! #fangirl

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Happy Birthday, Lindsay!! I achievement your weekend was fun. With all you guys accept gone through/continue to go through, it’s acceptable to get out to fab places like Austin. And THAT CAKE!! I could actively amoroso myself into a blackout with that cake.

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Happy altogether to you! I additionally had a altogether aftermost weekend, and (crazy!) was additionally in Austin for my altogether loading up on tacos! That boondocks and the aliment and all the alfresco fun and funkiness and adorableness and accord is so acceptable for your soul. If you go aback for your altogether again, you should analysis out Eeyore’s Altogether Affair at Pease Park. It’s a cruise and ACTUAL Austin!

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is unbelievable. Aloof gorgeous. The accomplished action of blanket the absolute block with amber chips is authentic genius. And, like you said, you can never accept too abundant chocolate, right? Acknowledgment for administration this. Blessed Birthday!

  18. Pinch of Yum Logo

    How cool fun! I’ve so absent your indulgent aliment recipes 🙂 This video with the “roll babyish roll” of the amber chips was absolutely delightful. What a abundant idea! And heck yes to the night abandoned with red wine and this block – assurance me up sister!

  19. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh. Em. Gee. My aperture is watering…this block looks incredible! Amber on amber on chocolate…does it get any bigger than that?