Decadent, Fluffy Chocolate Cake Waffles that are perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. These waffles are super easy to make, don’t take a lot of time or technique and can be served for breakfast or dessert with your favorite toppings.
About this Recipe
These chocolate waffles are a chocolate lover’s dream! They are nice and crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Mount these waffles with your favorite toppings like whipped cream, maple syrup, chocolate sauce, ice cream, strawberries, bananas and more!
Waffles are a wonderful alternative to pancakes. They look pretty, can be served for either breakfast or dinner and are just as easy to make as pancakes. To be honest, I prefer making waffles because the waffle maker does all the work for me. All I need to do is follow the manufacturer’s instructions and boom! My waffles are ready. A slight improvement from hovering over the pan, waiting to flip pancakes. (I still love my pancakes though)
I decided to take things up a notch by making these fluffy chocolate cake waffles. Adding cocoa powder to my waffles added that little bit of indulgence and it was still perfect enough to eat for breakfast and dessert! Alternatively, you can try my Chocolate Chip Waffles if you don’t have any cocoa powder to hand.
For this recipe, you are going to need a waffle maker. No waffle maker? No problem- read on because I have a solution for you. You are also going to need your ingredients, a mixing bowl and a whisk/spatula.
Fluffy Chocolate Cake Waffle Ingredients
The ingredients for this recipe are the basics. If you bake at home, you probably already have these ingredients and even if you are not a baker, there is a chance you already have these ingredients at home.
To make this easy chocolate waffle recipe, you are going to need
- All-purpose flour: This recipe uses all-purpose flour. Don’t substitute it with self-raising flour as you may not get the same results.
- Sugar: Feel free to use granulated or caster sugar.
- Cocoa powder: Try and get good quality cocoa powder for this recipe because the cocoa powder has a huge impact on the taste of the waffles. It is a good idea to go for quality here. Dutch-processed or natural cocoa powder works fine.
- Baking powder & baking soda: These leavening agents help the waffles rise.
- Salt: This gives flavour to the waffles. Without salt, your waffles may taste a bit bland.
- Buttermilk: You can use store-bought buttermilk or make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of whole milk. Stir and allow to stand for 15 minutes before using.
- Unsalted butter: Use good quality butter as well and to ensure you are using the right measurements, you should first measure out your butter before melting it.
- Eggs: Also help the waffles to rise and make them fluffy.
- Vanilla essence: Vanilla essence also has an impact on the flavour of the waffles so buy a good quality one. You can also use pure vanilla extract which gives a much better taste to your waffles.
How to Make Fluffy Chocolate Cake Waffles
To make your Waffles:
- You will first combine your dry ingredients in a bowl. You can use a whisk or a spatula for this
- Next, you will need to combine the wet ingredients in a bowl. A whisk or even a spatula or fork is okay for this.
3. Once you have combined your wet ingredients, pour it into your dry ingredients and mix until combined. Make sure there are still a few lumps left (i.e your batter would not be completely smooth).
4. Once you have your batter ready, heat your waffle maker and pour your batter into your heated waffle maker.
5. Cook for 10 minutes or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the waffle is done add it to a plate. Then, repeat this step for the remaining batter.
6. Serve with your favorite toppings. See? Super easy and within 10-15 minutes!
- Waffle maker: If you have not got a waffle maker, you can still make this recipe. You can make these waffles with a griddle pan. You need to grease your pan before pouring in your batter. I picked this tip from Jamie Oliver from one of his pan waffle recipes. So basically you would be making a griddle pan waffle. Feel free to divide your waffles into portions or serve them as a whole.
- Waffle Batter: Don’t overmix your waffle batter. You want your waffles to be fluffy and light and overmixing can cause the opposite to occur. Stop while you still see some lumps in your batter.
- Buttermilk: If you are making your own buttermilk for this recipe, you will first make the buttermilk by adding 1.5 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice to 1.5 cups of whole milk. Stir and leave to stand for 15 minutes before using for the recipe.
- Healthy chocolate waffles: For a healthier chocolate waffle alternative use wholewheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.
Belgian waffles are usually thicker and larger in size than regular waffles. As a result, Belgian waffles are great when served with syrup as the deep grids hold syrup well. Also, the batter for Belgian waffles differs from the batter for regular waffles. Pure and true Belgian waffles use egg whites and yeast while regular waffle batter includes baking powder. Because Belgian waffles are thicker than regular waffles, they make good waffles for desserts because they can hold syrups, creams and other toppings that are used for desserts. This chocolate waffle recipe uses baking powder and as such is a regular waffle.
Yes. Chocolate waffles can be heated up in either a microwave or a toaster.
Wondering what to put on chocolate waffles? If you are eating your chocolate waffles for breakfast, try topping with nuts, yogurt, bananas, strawberries and even peanut butter. If however, you are eating your waffles for dessert, go for ice cream, whipped cream (fresh or canned cream), crushed cookies like Oreos, chocolate spread or syrup and some fresh berries.
Yes. You can pop your waffles and toast them for about a minute or two. This is a quick way to heat up your waffles if they have been frozen or refrigerated. If your waffles are frozen, you would need to toast them for longer than 2 minutes. I find 3-4 minutes works best for me.
You can top waffles with butter, nut butters, yogurt, nuts, fresh berries, ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate spread or syrup and normal maple syrup.
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Fluffy Chocolate Cake Waffles
- Waffle maker
- 1.5 cup of All-purpose flour
- 4 tbsp of sugar
- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1.5 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp of vanilla essence
- Combine dry ingredients: Add all-purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and mix until well combined.
- Combine wet ingredients: Pour buttermilk, unsalted butter, eggs and vanilla essence to a bowl and whisk until well combined.
- Chocolate waffle batter: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir. Do not overmix the batter and make sure there are still a few lumps.
- Chocolate waffles: Heat the waffle maker and add the batter. Cook for 10 minutes or follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Serve chocolate waffles with your favorite toppings.
- If you have not got a waffle maker, you can still make this recipe. You can make these waffles with a griddle pan. You need to grease your pan before pouring in your batter. I picked this tip from Jamie Oliver from one of his pan waffle recipes. So basically you would be making a griddle pan waffle. Feel free to divide your waffles into portions or serve them as a whole.
- Don’t overmix your waffle batter. You want your waffles to be fluffy and light and overmixing can cause the opposite to occur. Stop while you still see some lumps in your batter.
- If you are making your own buttermilk for this recipe, you will first make the buttermilk by adding 1.5 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice to 1.5 cups of whole milk. Stir and leave to stand for 15 minutes before using for the recipe.
It’s a long holiday weekend where I am and I was just browsing around to find new brunch recipes to try. No need to search anymore, wow! I need these fluffy chocolate waffles to happen ASAP! I have a waffle maker and I haven’t used it in way too long. Thanks for giving me motivation to dust it off 😉
This is so easy to make. Simple and quick recipe and perfect for any time snack too. Delicious. Chocolate combination is yum.
Loved this extra chocolatey goodness for breakfast! These chocolate cake waffles were so good and super easy to make. I had mine with fresh strawberries on top. Yum!
Absolutely no contest: waffle wins over pancake EVERY time. And with chocolate?! Yes please! I want to eat these for breakfast, lunch, snack, dessert, second dessert, midnight snack – and then repeat 🙂
Thank you so much, Britt! 🙂
These are basically brownies in waffle form! My family loved them and have requested them every weekend now.
I’m glad you all enjoyed it!
I’ve never had chocolate waffles before! That needs to change because these look so amazing. A great way to start the day!
They are so delicious! You’ll love them.
I didn’t know you could make waffles on a griddle! How cool. I definitely need to try that.
These waffles are AMAZING! I love texture and the flavor! They are my newest addiction.
Thanks, Katie! I’m addicted too.
Loreto and Nicoletta
Okay you have combined my two favorite things chocolate cake and waffles! These look amazing and so easy! Great recipe and these will definately be seen for brunch here!😋🥰❤☝👌
Heidy Linn McCallum
This chocolate waffle recipe looks outstanding, and I am looking forward to making this today since I have all the ingredients on hand minus 1, I think!!! Have a great day! I will let you know how it turns out!
Thanks, Heidy! You’ll love them.
Hey could I use hersheys cocoa
Hi Nick, Yes. Hershey’s cocoa should work!