Mary Ann Pan Chocolate Cake With Ganache and Raspberries

Updated on February 6, 2020
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Laura lives in Massachusetts, where she loves developing delicious recipes that she can share with her family, friends, and the world.

This decadent Mary Ann pan chocolate dessert will be sure to wow your family and guests.
This decadent Mary Ann pan chocolate dessert will be sure to wow your family and guests. | Source

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 too thick to spread.

This Recipe Uses 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.

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Dry ingredients in this cake: cocoa powder, flours, salt, baking sodaWet ingredients in this cake: water, sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter, and chocolate chips.
Dry ingredients in this cake: cocoa powder, flours, salt, baking soda
Dry ingredients in this cake: cocoa powder, flours, salt, baking soda | Source
Wet ingredients in this cake: water, sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter, and chocolate chips.
Wet ingredients in this cake: water, sugar, eggs, vanilla, butter, and chocolate chips. | Source

Cook Time

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


  • 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)


  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.

Stage 1: Combine the 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

Stage 2: Prepare the Batter and Bake

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

Stage 3: Prepare the Ganache

  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.

Stage 4: Assemble the Cake

  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

Mary Ann Pan Chocolate Cake with Raspberries
Mary Ann 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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    • Angel Guzman profile image

      Angel Guzman 

      12 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Mmm my son would love this! Me too!!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years 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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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      5 years 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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      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years 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.

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from MA

      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.

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      5 years 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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      Mary Craig 

      5 years 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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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years 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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      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Yep, that looks fantastic - voted and pinning!

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      Catherine Giordano 

      5 years 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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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      5 years 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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      Tami Rogers 

      5 years ago from Seattle, Washington

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

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      5 years ago

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

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      Stephanie Bradberry 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day.

      What a beautiful creation! This looks really wonderful.

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      stella vadakin 

      5 years 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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      Emese Fromm 

      5 years 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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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      5 years 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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      5 years ago

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

    • MariaMontgomery profile image


      5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

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

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      5 years ago

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

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      Michael Higgins 

      5 years 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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      5 years ago from Carson City

      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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      Anna Sidorova 

      5 years ago from Russia

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

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      5 years 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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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years 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.

    • luisj305 profile image


      5 years 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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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      5 years 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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      5 years 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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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 years 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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      Faith A Mullen 

      7 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 :)

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from MA

      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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      Dave Mathews 

      8 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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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

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

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      8 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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      Angela Brummer 

      8 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

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

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      Modern Lady 

      8 years ago from Chicago, IL

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

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      8 years ago

      That looks amazing! thanks!

    • LetitiaFT profile image


      8 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.

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from MA

      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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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 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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      Tonja Petrella 

      8 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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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      8 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!

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from MA

      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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      Brainy Bunny 

      8 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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      Vespa Woolf 

      8 years ago from Peru, South America

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


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