Chocolate Dobash Cake

I know I just made a chocolate cake, but I wanted something that was a tiny bit sweeter and fluffier. I decided to try my hand at a Chocolate Dobash Cake, Hawaii style.  It has layers of cake and pudding-like frosting that is light and delicious!

Surprisingly, this cake does not require a lot of ingredients. I think the most important thing to have is good cocoa powder, though, because that is the dominant taste of the cake.P1100919

The first step is to combine and whisk all of the dry ingredients. The recipe says to sift them, but I find that whisking does a good job of de-lumping and incorporating everything.P1100920

Meanwhile, I started making a meringue.  This step is key for the fluffy and light texture of the cake.P1100922

While the meringue formed, I added oil and half the milk to the dry ingredients.P1100924

After the oil and milk were mixed in, I added the other half of the milk and the egg yolks to the batter.P1100925

At this point, the meringues were done. I saw that they formed stiff peaks.P1100927

The next step was to carefully fold in the meringues without losing too much of the air that was just whipped in.P1100929

When everything was mixed together, they were poured into two 8-inch pans that I buttered and dusted with cocoa powder (instead of flour).P1100928

Wanting even layers, I got my scale out and weighed the batter. I’m glad that my 8″ pans are more equal in weight than my 9″ pans!P1100931

After baking, I pulled the two cakes out of the oven and cut them both in half.P1100932

I ran into a small issue. I flipped the cakes out of their pans and onto cooling racks to cool, but the tops of the cakes got stuck in the racks because they were so soft and moist. I had to perform a little surgery and slice off the top of one of the cakes. It made for uneven layers.P1100934

While the cakes cooled, I made the frosting. It was bringing all of the ingredients to a boil and cooling them in the refrigerator for a few minutes. It was very simple and very delicious.P1100936

This Dobash cake reminds me of chocolate pudding, in cake form (because of its moist texture), topped with chocolate pudding! I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but there were 4 [uneven] layers. The crumb of this cake was very moist – they were so moist that I couldn’t use them to decorate the sides and top of the cake because they just clumped into unappetizing balls. Overall, this Dobash cake was very tasty and simple to make. It was a lot cheaper to make this cake myself than to buy it in a bakery, too! That’s a win for me!

Hawaii Style Chocolate Dobash Cake
Chocolate Dobash Cake

Chocolate Dobash Cake


» Chocolate Cake

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup (200g) and 1/2 cup (100g) sugar, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 (33g) cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk

» Frosting (Note: doubling this is recommended):

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup (66g) cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour two 8-inch pans.

To prepare cake:

  • Beat egg whites until frothy and gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar until stiff.
  • Sift together remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa.
  • Make a well in center; add oil and half of milk.
  • Beat until well-blended at medium speed.
  • Add remaining milk and egg yolks and beat until smooth.
  • Fold mixture into egg whites.
  • Pour batter into pans and bake 30 to 35 minutes. (A toothpick should be inserted and come out clean)
  • Cool, then slice each layer in half to make 4 layers.

To prepare frosting:

*NOTE: I needed to double the recipe when I made this. The following recipe did not yield enough to cover all of the layers and the outside of the cake. The following includes the original recipe quantities.

  • Combine 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, salt and butter in saucepan and bring to boil. Combine cocoa, cornstarch and 1/2 cup water; add to boiling mixture and return to boil.
  • Cool completely.
  • Frost between cooled layers, sides and top.


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