Chocolate Mary Ann Pancake with Ganache and Raspberries


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This decadent chocolate cake is as delicious as it is beautiful. While this recipe can be made using any pan, a Mary Ann Cake pan adds a certain flair that is sure to impress.

Making a chocolate cake from scratch is easy and does not require any special equipment. Doing it right is simply a matter of mixing and combining the ingredients in the right order. Follow the directions below carefully and you will have a delicious and visually striking chocolate cake.

What is a Mary Ann Pan?

A Mary Ann pan is a round pan with fluted edges or some other decorative design and a depression in the middle. The depression provides a space for a cake filling, such as a ganache (as in this recipe), custard, lemon curd, pudding, or raspberry or strawberry cake filling. Topped with fruit, nuts, or whipped cream, a cake made in a Mary Ann pan looks professional and beautiful.

What is Ganache?

Ganache is a mixture of chocolate and cream that is used as a cake filling, the basis for making truffles, an icing, or a sauce. Depending on the cream to chocolate ratio, it can have different consistencies. A ganache must be poured and spread while warm, or else it becomes unspreadable.

Three Kinds of Chocolate

Packed with three different kinds of chocolate, this homemade cake offers a richness of flavor that can't be matched by a cake made from a mix.

Cocoa Powder. Cocoa powder results when cocoa butter is removed from chocolate liquor. The resulting powder is bitter but results in a rich dark color and chocolate flavor in cakes and other baked goods.

Chocolate Chips. These small droplets of semi-sweet chocolate have less cocoa butter than other chocolates and are made to maintain their shape without melting. In cakes, they add delightful texture and an even richer chocolate taste.

Semi-sweet Chocolate. Used for the ganache, semi-sweet chocolate is dark chocolate, made with cocoa butter, vanilla, and sugar. It melts smoothly and easily and is highly versatile.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: Serves 15.

Dry Ingredients

Cocoa powder, flours, salt, baking soda.
Cocoa powder, flours, salt, baking soda. | Source

Wet Ingredients

Water, Sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter, and chocolate chips.
Water, Sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter, and chocolate chips. | Source


  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water, boiling
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup heavy cream, (optional)

Cake Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Generously spray Mary Ann pan with Baker's Joy.
  3. In a small bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking soda.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the cocoa, sugar, and boiling water.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, and vanilla.
  6. Pour the butter mixture into the cocoa mixture and whisk until blended.
  7. Whisk the flour mixture into butter/cocoa mixture in two additions until mixed.
  8. Pour the ingredients into the prepared Mary Ann pan.
  9. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  10. Tap the pan against a counter to dissolve any air bubbles.
  11. Bake about 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  12. Cool about 1 hour.
  13. Invert the cake onto a cake serving dish or round plate.

Steps 3-7: Combining Ingredients

The white flour mixture (instruction #3), the brown chocolate mixture (instruction #4), and the yellow egg mixture (instruction #5) are ready for combining (instructions #6 and #7).
The white flour mixture (instruction #3), the brown chocolate mixture (instruction #4), and the yellow egg mixture (instruction #5) are ready for combining (instructions #6 and #7). | Source

Steps 8-9: Preparing the Batter

Follow instruction #8 and #9 and you're ready for the oven!
Follow instruction #8 and #9 and you're ready for the oven! | Source

Ganache Instructions

  1. While the cake is cooling, prepare the ganache.
  2. Put the chopped chocolate in a small bowl.
  3. Warm the cream in a small saucepan until small bubbles form around the edge of the pan.
  4. Pour the cream over the chocolate. Let it sit for 1 minute, and then stir it until the chocolate is smooth.
  5. Let the ganache cool for 10 minutes.

Putting it Together

  1. Pour the ganache into the well of the cake. Spread it evening using the back of a spoon or an offset spatula.
  2. Arrange the raspberries on top. (You can also use strawberries, or whatever fruit you like with chocolate!)
  3. Optional: Whip remaining cream in a Kitchenaid Mixer until stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes). Using a cake decorating tip, pipe out the cream on top of the cake as desired.

The Final Masterpeice

MaryAnn Pan Chocolate Cake with Raspberries
MaryAnn Pan Chocolate Cake with Raspberries | Source


Mary Ann pans make any cake look beautiful and professional. Whether for a neighborhood potluck or as the centerpiece of a special occasion, this Mary Ann chocolate cake recipe will result in a beautiful and delicious dessert every time.

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

What's better than chocolate and raspberries? What a beautiful cake!

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Brainy Bunny 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

I've never heard of a Mary Ann pan before. Thanks for teaching me something new. Your cake is gorgeous, and I bet it tastes just as good!

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LauraGT 4 years ago from MA Author

Thanks Vespawoolf and Brainy Bunny. It is delicious, and a Mary Ann pan is an easy way to impress. Everyone always asks me where I bought the cake when I serve this.

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Beautiful, and so elegant looking! I had not heard of the Mary Ann pan before, either. I may need to add that to my baking equipment - the end result is quite striking, and it makes it so easy to add toppings or fillings!

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Virtual Treasures 4 years ago from Michigan

This looks amazing! Almost too good to eat! Is there a reason we can't vote recipe hubs up? Anyway, I voted useful instead!

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This cake looks so good and does look like one that you'd buy at a bakery. Thank you for the recipe.

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LauraGT 4 years ago from MA Author

Hi all. It's definitely worth the investment in the pan! I hadn't heard of the pan either, until a co-working brought a similar cake to a potluck. I fell into the "Where did you get the cake?" question, and she told me her secret!

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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

This is quite a looker and I'm sure it's just as delicious. Plus, I learned so much. Thanks.

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Bredavies 4 years ago

That looks amazing! thanks!

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Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

I just want to dive right into this. It looks delicious.

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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

I learned so much and this is really a beautiful hub. I will share this!

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twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Wow, this looks amazing! It definitely looks like it was bought at a bakery - very impressive. My only complaint is that I can't eat it right now! Great pictures and clear explanations - voted up!

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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Wow! It looks yummy! Thanks for sharing this masterpiece. Have a great day!

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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

This is to die for I gotta make this cake and soon.

The only scalloped bake pan I have though is a Bundt pan. Guess I could use that.

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LauraGT 4 years ago from MA Author

Dave Mathews: Yes, any pan would work, although not with the ganache. This is my go to chocolate cake for any pan shape. With a Bundt pan, it would be great with a little powdered sugar sprinkled on top! Enjoy.

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Faith A Mullen 3 years ago

This looks SO good! I have never heard of a Mary Ann pan, so I found this very interesting. Anything with chocolate ganache is good by me. Voted up :)

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Phyllis Doyle 20 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

This cake is so pretty and very tempting. I love chocolate ganache, but have never made it myself. I will certainly make this cake for next time it is my turn in the family for dessert. I must get a Mary Ann cake pan!

Thanks for sharing this recipe and congratulations on the HOTD award.

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Manikandan001 20 months ago from India

Sweetest and beautiful cake.The ingredients and cooking style inviting a great pleasure to make this cake.Superb.

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PurvisBobbi44 20 months ago from Florida

That is an awesome cake. There is no way I would try it myself---but I would love for one of my baking friends to make it.

I will share with Twitter and pin on my re-pin board and share with hubbers and G+.

I hope you get a lot of traffic from these shares because you deserve your talent of baking to be shouted out to one and all.

Bobbi Purvis

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luisj305 20 months ago from Florida

This looks amazingly delicious..If I had all of the ingredients, I would eat this cake for breakfast.

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mary615 20 months ago from Florida

I've been a baker for many years, but I have never heard of a Mary Ann Pan! Your cake looks "out of this world" good, and I have bookmarked this Hub.

Congrats on HOTD! You did a fine job with your instructions and photos.

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mySuccess8 20 months ago

Baking and decorating cakes is an art that allows one to express oneself in many different creative ways. You have done a great job to produce this professional-looking masterpiece. We also learned about Marry Ann pan, and about making ganache, in this recipe which has clear instructions and photographs. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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avorodisa 20 months ago from Russia

This cake looks beautiful and tasty. The name is nice. I hope it tastes good, too.

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fpherj48 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OMG! I think HP should make a law against posting pictures like this Yummy-looking scrumptious, chocolaty, creamy, dreamy CAKE! A poor girl on a diet doesn't stand a chance! Talk about Pavlov!! My sweet reflex is on overdrive!!

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MHiggins 20 months ago from Michigan

LauraGT, I have always been someone who can barely ward off starvation with a peanut butter sandwich. After reading this tutorial, I think I could handle this! Very good presentation here. Your photos made everything look like I could reach in and grab the cake. Great job and congrats on HOTD! Voted up.

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BarbaraCasey 20 months ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

Wonderful looking cake. But what's a "Mary Ann" cake pan?

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MariaMontgomery 20 months ago from Central Florida, USA

Sounds wonderful. Can't wait to try this one.

Rayne123 20 months ago

This cake sounds so delicious. I am going to have to try this recipe.

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Journey * 20 months ago from USA

Congratulations on hub of the day. This is a very pretty cake. Thanks for sharing the recipe information.

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Emese Fromm 20 months ago from The Desert

Beautiful presentation, great cake! I was just looking for something new and different to make for my daughter's birthday, as she is a chocoholic, this is the perfect cake for her. I have used raspberries on chocolate cake before, it is the best combination! Though this Mary Ann pan makes it look more professional. I haven't heard of it before, where can I get one? Thank you for posting this recipe.

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ladyguitarpicker 20 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

A very nice hub and the cake looks great. Never knew what a Mary Ann Cake pan really was, I would like to have one. The photo is great. Stella

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StephanieBCrosby 20 months ago from New Jersey

Congratulations on your Hub of the Day.

What a beautiful creation! This looks really wonderful.

Rayne123 20 months ago

Oh yes I forgot to say Congrats as well,for your hub of the day. Have a good one

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Tamirogers 20 months ago from Seattle, Washington

My mouth is watering...great instructions--really clear. Thanks!

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sallybea 20 months ago from Norfolk

Congratulations on the HOTD. The cake looks gorgeous, the instructions and images are great, can't wait to try this recipe out. My mouth is watering at the thought of it. Delicious.

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CatherineGiordano 20 months ago from Orlando Florida

Absolutely fabulous. I may have to get a Mary Ann pan which I had never heard of before. Voting up.

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ChristinS 20 months ago from Midwest

Yep, that looks fantastic - voted and pinning!

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rebeccamealey 20 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Your cake looks divine. I'm not much of a baker, but I'll bet this is a cake worth learning to bake. Congrats on HOTD, too!

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tillsontitan 20 months ago from New York

Reading this marvelous hub led me to believe it would never make it to the table, well at least not in one piece.

This really is a winner from start to finish. Congrats on your well deserved HOTD.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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DzyMsLizzy 20 months ago from Oakley, CA

Congrats on HOTD! This sounds scrumptious!

I love fact, I'm a devout chocoholic! ;-)

I've seen these types of cake shapes in bakeries, but I never heard of a "Mary Ann Pan." I did not know that's what they were called!

Thanks for contributing to my education...learn something new each day!

Voted up, interesting, 5-starred and pinned!

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LauraGT 20 months ago from MA Author

Thanks for all the great comments everyone! It really is delicious, a sure hit. I added a link for a Mary Ann pan since some people asked for it. Try it - you will impress all your friends.

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Elsie Hagley 20 months ago from New Zealand

Nice one, this has lifted me, I have been feeling a bit low lately, looking at this recipe has my mouth watering, I would love a piece now so I have copied the recipe and will make it as I have a sweet teeth and it should brighten my day.

Congratulations for HOTD.

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MJ Martin 20 months ago from Washington State

Congrats on HOTD. I have to pass this fantastic cake onto my social network. Delicious photos, tempting us to try it.

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ChitrangadaSharan 20 months ago from New Delhi, India

Congratulations for HOTD!

Well presented and the sight of this pan cake is mouth watering.

Thanks for sharing the detailed recipe. Voted up!

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