Dessert Recipes, I Am The Lady Who Likes To Bake

Death by Chocolate Recipe

Charleston recipe

My obsession with this dessert began many years ago. I was still living in Warsaw and we had this cafe where my mother, brother and me would have breakfast together. Said breakfast consisted of a glass of orange juice, a pot of tea (oh how I miss tea served in a pot in the Netherlands!) a club sandwich with I think ham, cheese, cucumber and tomato and a slice of charleston.

I can’t believe there was a time that I didn’t know about the existence of this heavenly cake. Soon, the sandwich was forgotten because it meant eating less cake.

What is charleston, you may ask? In a restaurant in Canada I learned that it has another name: Death by Chocolate. I guess this is a much more fitting name. And I was reminded of that cake in the cafe and became obssessed with finding a recipe. I did and I made it and out came perfection.

This is by far the most chocolatey thing I’ve ever had. It is rich, not to sweet, simply perfect. It is in fact so rich that when I brought it to a party, many people didn’t touch it because it was too much.

Use only good quality chocolate with a high content of cocoa, between 60-80%, depending on how sweet you like it. In short, go to a special shop, perferably a chocolaterie and ask for their good stuff. You may also buy it at the supermarket and that’s what I did but the better the chocolate, the better the cake.


I have made the death by chocolate many times and rarely have I experienced such results with so little work. This cake is deceptively easy to make. Too easy, even. Luckily, you cannot really eat a lot of it because of the richness.

I love how everyone has their own chocolate cake- I certainly love this one on Yummy Mommy Club and this one looks amazing and it is apparently the best.

As for me, I will hold on to my chocolatey wonder. After all, everyone should have their own chocolate cake and this, without any doubt, is mine.




You will need:

250g (2,5 bars) of good quality dark chocolate. I used 3 by “mistake” and it was also great

125g (half a stick) butter

3 eggs

50g flour

175g sugar

Whipping cream, heavy cream

Whipped cream

In a pan, melt two bars of chocolate with the butter until you get a soft, smooth shining mass of deliciousness.

In a bowl, beat the three eggs until smooth and add sugar and flour. Slowly, add in the chocolate and mix together.

Grease a pan and pour the chocolate batter into it. Bake in 200 centigrees. The time varies so put a timer for 12 minutes, and if it’s not ready by then, check every 3 minutes. The cake should be soft but not gooey, and definitely not too hard.

Now, while the cake is baking, make the glaze: pour the whipping cream into a pan and add the remaining half chocolate bar. Wait until the chocolate melts and mix until you get a smooth shiny glaze. Pour over cake and wait until just settled.

I made this cake for friends just a few days ago, and just writing the recipe makes me want to stick my fingers into it…again!





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  • Reply Lisa of Canadian Expat Mom November 27, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Olga! You’re making it impossible to be ‘good’ before Christmas!! Some of us have Christmas party dresses to squeeze into! 😉
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    • Reply Olga Mecking December 1, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Very true but one bite of this cake and you will be truly satisfied!

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  • Reply Rhonda Gales March 16, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    This looks delicious! I love all things chocolate. Thanks for sharing. Please stop by my Sunday’s Best link party and share your recipes there. Who can resist chocolate.
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    • Reply Olga Mecking March 18, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Welcome, Rhonda! You are right, noone can resist chocolate! And certainly not this rich and decadent chocolate cake!

  • Reply Elika April 11, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I will definitely try this recipe! Looks like it’s to die for 🙂

  • Reply Elika April 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Olga,
    I’m thinking of making this as it looks delicious but am wondering for the glaze how much whipping cream to add with the remaining chocolate?

    • Reply Olga Mecking April 12, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Elika,

      thank you for wanting to make this cake. It is indeed to die for! The original recipe doesn’t mention how much whipping cream it uses. I think I’m using around a cup of cream to cover the cake. However, you can also skip the glaze and it will be also fabulous.

  • Reply Ana July 13, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Maybe it is written there and I cannot find, but isn’t it missing baking powder?

    It seems delicious!

    • Reply Olga Mecking July 16, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Hi Ana, no baking powder in this recipe! It has quite a large number of eggs in relation to other ingredients so baking powder is not necessary. However, if you want you can try it with baking powder and see what happens.

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  • Reply Daniel March 3, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Olga… oh my. I just did this. That is… dangerous. Really dangerous. The results are so incredibly spectacular for such a simple recipe! Wife and kids are still in awe (and me too, btw).

    For the ganache, I used 90g of whipping cream with 75g of chocolate. You can use more or less 1:1 proportion.

    Well, what can I say?… THANKS! 😀
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